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Gene Wolfe, one of science fiction’s greatest writers, passes away.

April 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Gene Wolfe, one of science fiction’s greatest writers, passes away.

Sad news in today. One of the greats passed away yesterday at the grand old age of 87 – award-winning SFF author Gene Wolfe, who produced The Book of the New Sun – a tetralogy exploring the adventures of Severian, a disgraced and exiled torturer forced to wander a strange far-future Earth (Urth) in an […]

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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan series book 1) by Arkady Martine.

April 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan series book 1) by Arkady Martine.

‘A Memory Called Empire’ is book one in the Teixcalaan series by Arkady Martine. Having said that, I felt that it could be read as a standalone. It is also Martine’s debut novel, something I found hard to believe as I was reading it as it was so well-written and accomplished. In ‘A Memory Called […]

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100 Innovations Of The Industrial Revolution: From 1700 To 1860 by Simon Forty (book review).

April 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
100 Innovations Of The Industrial Revolution: From 1700 To 1860 by Simon Forty (book review).

As author Simon Forty explains in the introduction, picking out just 100 choices for his book, ‘100 Innovations Of The Industrial Revolution: From 1700 To 1860’, meant being selective. Even so, this is the era of early steel production so it would hardly be surprising that several of the choices were in its manufacture. This […]

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Cloudbound (Bone Universe book 2) by Fran Wilde (book review).

April 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cloudbound (Bone Universe book 2) by Fran Wilde (book review).

‘Cloudbound (Bone Universe book 2)’ by Fran Wilde follows on from ‘Updraft’, but with a different protagonist. Nat Densira, Kirit’s lifelong friend and former neighbour, is an apprentice counsellor on the new council. He is helping to move society forward now that they are free from the singers’ rule. But politics are more complicated than […]

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Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

April 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

Peter V Brett’s ‘Demon Cycle’ is an epic fantasy set over five fairly sizeable books and a number of accompanying novellas. ‘Barren’ is the most recent of those novellas and with only 135 pages you might expect it to be a little light on content but, in those pages, Brett fits in what many others […]

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Sinless (Eye Of The Beholder: Book 1) by Sarah Tarkoff (book review).

April 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Sinless (Eye Of The Beholder: Book 1) by Sarah Tarkoff (book review).

‘Sinless Eye Of The Beholder Book 1’ by Sarah Tarkoff imagines a future where the existence of God and one true religion has been proven by sins having a physical impact on the way people look. Since the Revelation, if you commit a sin, your physical appearance will change. This can be anything as simple […]

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From Divergent Suns (book 3) by Sam Peters (book review)

April 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
From Divergent Suns (book 3) by Sam Peters  (book review)

After the tumultuous events of ‘From Darkest Skies’ and ‘From Distant Stars’, Agent Keon Rause of the Magenta police force is back in full swing, investigating a mysterious high-profile suicide. Working through the aftermath of discovering that his long-dead wife Alysha is actually alive, Agent Rause is attempting to get to the bottom of the […]

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Invisible Ecologies by Rachel Armstrong (book review).

April 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Invisible Ecologies by Rachel Armstrong (book review).

Rachel Armstrong’s second novel ‘Invisible Ecologies’ is subtitled ‘Songs Of The Ecocene II’ although, from what I could tell, it is unrelated to last year’s ‘Origamy’, which is now volume I of the series. The interesting thing about this series title, I thought, is that actually when you step back and think about what you’ve […]

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How To Do Things: A Timeless Guide To A Simpler Life edited by William Campbell (book review).

April 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
How To Do Things: A Timeless Guide To A Simpler Life edited by William Campbell (book review).

I did think before opening the covers of this book, ‘How To Do Things: A Timeless Guide To A Simpler Life’ edited by William Campbell, that it was more do with doing things for yourself. It is, to some extent, but more to do with life in the early 20th century and an American magazine […]

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Lost Anatomies: The Evolution Of The Human Form by John Gurche (book review).

April 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Lost Anatomies: The Evolution Of The Human Form by John Gurche (book review).

Now, here is a stunning book even if you’re looking solely at the art of John Gurche. However, the book ‘Lost Anatomies: The Evolution Of The Human Form’ is actually a look at various primates in text and illustrated. Gurche is an anatomist by trade but has drawn, penned, pastels and a little digital enhancement […]

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