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2001: An Odyssey In Words edited by Ian Whates and Tom Hunter (book review).

January 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
2001: An Odyssey In Words edited by Ian Whates and Tom Hunter (book review).

To celebrate the centenary of Arthur C. Clarke’s birth, NewCon Press has produced a volume of stories that all contain exactly 2001 words. It’s a fantastic concept, giving rise to a great selection of brief yet entertaining stories but, even with a page count of around 200 pages, that still amounts to rather a lot […]

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Updraft (Bone Universe book 1) by Fran Wilde (ebook review).

January 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Updraft (Bone Universe book 1) by Fran Wilde (ebook review).

Fran Wilde’s story, ‘Updraft (Bone Universe book 1)’ story is set in a city above the clouds, where citizens live in towers made of bones. It is governed by singers who live in a place called the Spire, a central tower. The story follows Kirit Densira, the daughter of a well known trader. Kirit breaks […]

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J.J. Abrams Interviews edited by Brett Durham (book review).

January 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
J.J. Abrams Interviews edited by Brett Durham (book review).

OK, take a deep breath. The ‘J.J. Abrams Interviews’ book edited by Brett Durham has 30 interviews with the producer/director/writer. Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born into the Hollywood system as both his parents and grandparents were also part of it. From the opening interviews, he reveals his grandparents were the bigger influence and his grandfather, […]

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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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