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Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (book review).

February 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (book review).

Translated from the German by Jamie Lee Searle, ‘Qualityland’ is Marc-Uwe Kling’s satirical novel of a future where everything is controlled by algorithms. Set in a European country now known as Qualityland, it’s like living inside Google: adverts, deliveries, partners, jobs and every other aspect of each person’s life is assessed, rated, personalised and provided […]

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How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

When I started Stanislas Dehaene’s book, ‘How We Learn’, with its sub-title adding the detail, ‘The New Science Of Education And The Brain’, I didn’t expect the opening chapter to focus on Artificial Intelligence. More so, as in the introduction, there was a lot more focusing on what made humans different to other members of […]

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Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

Looking at the examples cited by author Heather Duerre Humann in her introduction to her book ‘Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film And Television’, I’m looking forward to seeing her knowledge in the chapters of this book. Keep a notepad ready because you’re going to want to check out her examples from fiction, non-fiction, […]

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The Cruel Stars (The Cruel Stars Trilogy book 1) by John Birmingham (book review).

February 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Cruel Stars (The Cruel Stars Trilogy book 1) by John Birmingham (book review).

When I decided to jot down my initial impressions of John Birmingham’s ‘The Cruel Stars’, I was surprised to find myself half-way through the 480 page book already. This was not because I had been reading particularly fast but because I didn’t feel like much had yet happened. This is one of the features of […]

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Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love edited by John Morrow (graphic novel review).

February 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love edited by John Morrow (graphic novel review).

In 1970, having made his name drawing iconic heroes for Marvel, artist and writer Jack Kirby proposed to his new bosses at DC a line of comics aimed at an older, wider audience. This premium series would cover topics like romance and divorce, targeting black as well as white readers. In a move that will […]

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Pencil Workshop by Sasha Prood (book review).

February 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Pencil Workshop by Sasha Prood (book review).

The first thing I said to the publicist at Abrams when I saw this book in their catalogue was they should sell it with the stationery items that they also sell as a boxset. With the introduction showing you need to have a visit to an art shop for supplies does at least support this. […]

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Daughter From The Dark by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko translated by Julia Meitov Hersey (book review)

February 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
Daughter From The Dark by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko translated by Julia Meitov Hersey  (book review)

Alexey Grimalsky likes his life as DJ Aspirin. He rules the radio air waves by day and nightclub dancers by night. Women are accommodating and money is usually cash in hand. But this comfortable life is derailed the night he steps in to help a small girl. How could he not? She was alone in […]

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The Complete Short Stories Of Mike Carey (book review).

February 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Complete Short Stories Of Mike Carey (book review).

Despite having been a fan of Mike Carey’s work for quite some time, I am, perhaps one of the few people to have neither read nor seen the film version of ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’. While I do intend to rectify this situation at some point, I was actually grateful, as it allowed […]

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Knightwatch: Invictus X (Invictaverse book 1) by Mark Ellis (book review).

February 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Knightwatch: Invictus X (Invictaverse book 1) by Mark Ellis (book review).

This book was first conceived as a comic series, back in the 1980s, when Mark Ellis was the primary writer/ideas man for Adventure Publications. Ellis states in his ‘Author’s Note’ that he was asked to create a super-hero team following the dark, ‘adult’ tone of Alan Moore’s ‘Watchmen’. He wasn’t greatly interested in copying the […]

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Chasm by Stephen Laws (book review).

February 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Chasm by Stephen Laws (book review).

There were a couple of factors I wasn’t aware of when I accepted a pdf review copy of this book from PS Publishing: Firstly, that it was actually a new edition of a book that originally came out just over 20 years ago. In fact, this is the first book release of the complete, restored […]

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