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Paul Cornell goes urban (fantasy)… with London Falling.

November 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Paul Cornell goes urban (fantasy)… with London Falling.

London Falling is the first urban fantasy novel from writer Paul Cornell who is best known for various Doctor Who episodes for the BBC, not to mention writing comics for Marvel and DC, including The X-Men and Batman & Robin. Here’s the novel’s potted summary… Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust […]

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Ghost Story (The Dresden Files book 13) by Jim Butcher (book review).

November 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ghost Story (The Dresden Files book 13) by Jim Butcher (book review).

There is no way around this so if haven’t read the previous book to this, ‘Changes’, look away now. ‘Ghost Story’ is about our loveable wizard Harry Dresden and he is, as Dickens might definitely paraphrase, definitely dead as a door nail. But wait; although his demise is definite his story is not yet over. […]

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Back To Frank Black edited by Adam Chamberlain & Brian A. Dixon (book review).

November 27, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Back To Frank Black edited by Adam Chamberlain & Brian A. Dixon (book review).

In many respects, when it comes to books on subjects relating to show-runner Chris Carter, ‘The X-Files’ tends to dominate everything. This book, ‘Back To Frank Black’, doesn’t. It focuses entirely on ‘Millennium’. Hard to believe the series is some sixteen years old now and probably that long ago since I saw it. However, reading […]

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Song Of The Sulh by Maria J. Leel (book review).

November 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Song Of The Sulh by Maria J. Leel	(book review).

Names are vitally important in any work of fiction, whether they are the names of people or places. Choose the wrong ones and the credibility of the whole plot can be compromised. With fantasy or off-world SF involving aliens, the main consideration is to appear consistent. Many authors do this well and take great care […]

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The Rapture Of The Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross (book review).

November 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Rapture Of The Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross	 (book review).

Fancy yourself as a Luddite? Well if you’re reading this fantastic review on this amazing website, you’ve failed already. Offended? Perhaps you’d like to call someone to talk about it? No wait, your phone is off-limits as well. Want to complain to the editor? Get out your pen and paper as email is also a […]

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Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi (book review)

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi		(book review)

I first came across John Scalzi when I read ‘Old Man’s War’. This book made a big impression on me and is one of the few physical books I have retained for re-reading. Unfortunately, Scalzi’s subsequent novels were not so well received and so he dropped off my radar. When I saw the book listed, […]

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Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

One is always wary when the academics get their hands on popular culture. I was recently re-reading Kingsley Amis on the subject in his introduction to the anthology ‘The Golden Age Of Science Fiction’. Academic himself, Amis nonetheless thought that the Science Fiction field became too self-conscious and was irreversibly changed when literary types stopped […]

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A Forthcoming Wizard by Jody Lynn Nye (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
A Forthcoming Wizard by Jody Lynn Nye (book review).

Chapter One contains a recap of events from book one, ‘An Unexpected Apprentice’, so you don’t need to have read it to find out what is going on. In ‘A Forthcoming Wizard’, Tildi reclaims the Great Book from thief Nemeth, who now lies dead. Before Tildi and her travelling companions have had a chance to […]

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Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Scholar’, the fourth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, opens with the furniture of fantasy: a cast list and a map. The other genre that needs this at times is the historical novel, with which indeed Modesitt’s work has much in common. The best historical novels, for my money, deal with the doings of leaders and […]

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Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

I had to put the full title, ‘Enterprise Games’, in or you would think there was a ‘Star Trek’ connection, when actually it has more in common with multi-player video games. Author Michael Hugos sees the metaphor of how we play computer games used in a business manner and along with other people, now use […]

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