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Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

January 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts features fourteen stories from an assorted bunch of talented authors culled from the magazine ‘Crimewave’, which is put out by the same publisher that does the Science Fiction and fantasy magazine ‘Interzone’. That should tell you what sort of mood to expect. I picked out a few interesting pieces. ‘Plainview Part One: […]

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Paper And Fire (The Great Library book 2) by Rachel Caine (book review).

January 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Paper And Fire (The Great Library book 2) by Rachel Caine (book review).

When a group of young people leave home for the first time to further their education, it can be likened to the situation of students heading off to university. All are reliant on their own resources, all experiences, new situations and all need to find how they fit into the new world. In the first […]

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Darksoul by Anna Stephens (book review).

January 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Darksoul by Anna Stephens (book review).

Second books and especially second books in trilogies are a challenge to any author. The first book as a debut novel has probably had much more time in the gestation than publishing schedules will ever allow for subsequent ones. That is the first pressure. If it is the second in a trilogy, others kick in. […]

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Tolkien (is talking).

January 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Tolkien (is talking).

Fox Searchlight is releasing a new movie, entitled Tolkien, to be released in cinemas in the UK on 3rd May 2019. Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War […]

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The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous book 2) by Kate Griffin (book review).

January 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous book 2) by Kate Griffin (book review).

This book is a humorous urban fantasy, volume 2 in the ‘Magicals Anonymous’ series, which is itself a spin-off of the four-volume ‘Matthew Swift’ series. Swift, the Midnight Mayor, comes into ‘The Glass God’ and its predecessor, ‘Stray Souls’ as a minor or perhaps it’s more accurate to say a major but mainly off-stage character. […]

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The Divided States Of America Bundle # 2 edited by J. Alan Erwine (ebook review).

January 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Divided States Of America Bundle # 2 edited by J. Alan Erwine (ebook review).

‘The Divided States Of America’ is a shared world concept originated by J. Alan Erwine, editor of Nomadic Delirium Press. It’s based on a future where the United States have split up into several different powers of varying political dispositions. Writers are invited to contribute stories set against this background. The stories are available individually […]

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Superheroines And The Epic Journey by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review)

January 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Superheroines And The Epic Journey by Valerie Estelle Frankel  (book review)

With a title like ‘Superheroines And The Epic Journey’, I did wonder if author Valerie Estelle Frankel was going the Joseph Campbell route and indeed she does. However, there is a wealth of information about a variety of super-heroines and their comicbook stories as she explores them in seven aspect chapters. If anything, I ended […]

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Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

January 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame’ is the final volume in a trilogy of ‘mosaic’ novels put together by acclaimed horror editor Stephen Jones between 2010 and 2014, using contributions from some of the genre’s best-known names including Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Peter Crowther, Jo Fletcher and Michael Marshall Smith, along with other writers not normally associated with […]

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Immortal Nights: Unchained :An Argeneau Vampire novel by Lynsay Sands (book review).

January 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Immortal Nights: Unchained :An Argeneau Vampire novel by Lynsay Sands (book review).

With the plethora of dark fantasy novels that have vampires in the mix, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be original. This is why some authors, such as Seanan McGuire and Keri Arthur, have shied away from making the vampire the focus of the novel, preferring to concentrate on exploring the habits of other supernaturals. […]

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Saving For A Sunny Day by Ian Watson (book review).

January 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Saving For A Sunny Day by Ian Watson (book review).

‘Saving For A Sunny Day’ is a single author short story collection and the author is Ian Watson. There’s a long introduction by Adam Roberts telling us what a brilliant writer Mr. Watson is. Oddly, it put me off him. On the other hand, when I read the first couple of stories, I quickly realised […]

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