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Critical Point (Cas Russell book 3) by S.L. Huang (book review).

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Critical Point (Cas Russell book 3) by S.L. Huang (book review).

‘Critical Point’ is the third Cas Russell novel by S.L. Huang, a mathematics graduate and stuntwoman who has used her experience to create the unlikely yet fabulously effective mathematical genius mercenary/private detective Cas Russell. As the novel begins, it becomes obvious that Cas has at some point lost her memory and also that her colleagues […]

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Insights: The Kon-Tiki Quartet, Part Three by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Insights: The Kon-Tiki Quartet, Part Three by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

I reviewed the first two volumes in Eric Brown and Keith Brooke’s jointly written ‘Kon-Tiki Quartet’ of novellas about interstellar colonisation, ‘Dislocations’ and ‘Parasites’, here in February and August 2019 respectively. I’ve now caught up with the third volume, ‘Insights’. PS Publishing have done the same excellent job on the book’s production and presentation, as […]

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Doctor Who: Star Tales (book review).

May 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Star Tales (book review).

‘Star Tales’ from BBC Books is a series of stories from different writers based on the current Whittaker Doctor. Sometimes it’s just the time for a short story and this is that time. Each one feels like a high-cost episode of the show. Chasing The Dawn by Jenny T Colgan. The Doctor encounters Amelia Earhart […]

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At Childhood’s End by Sophie Aldred with Steve Cole and Mike Tucker (book review).

May 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
At Childhood’s End by Sophie Aldred with Steve Cole and Mike Tucker (book review).

Ace is gone and Dorothy is home again. She’s rejected the technicolour world of Oz and her travelling days are done. These days Dorothy McShane is a reclusive millionaire philanthropist running a charity called A Charitable Earth. She’s fine, she’s alone and she’s not fine. The nightmares every night might be a clue that something’s […]

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Sea Change by Nancy Kress (book review).

May 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Sea Change by Nancy Kress (book review).

In the not-too-distant future, the world is looking rather fragile following an economic crash, rising sea levels and massive food shortages that have followed on from a backlash against genetically modified organisms. Idealistic young campaigner-for-anything Renata Black lives through the momentous upheavals in society, seen via flashbacks, and becomes a member of the Org, a […]

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The Art Of Painted Comics by Christopher Lawrence (book review).

May 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Painted Comics by Christopher Lawrence (book review).

I did think when I started Christopher Lawrence’s book, ‘The Art Of Painted Comics’, that perhaps it was misnamed. Perhaps ‘The Art Of Painted Covers’ might have been a better title as much of the first part of the book addresses their start in pulp novels. Then again, the likes of The Shadow and The […]

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Acorna’s Rebels (book 6 of the Acorna series) by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (book review).

May 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Acorna’s Rebels (book 6 of the Acorna series) by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (book review).

‘Acorna’s Rebels’ is part of a series of science fantasy novels that started as collaborations between Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball. However Elizabeth Ann Scarborough has been the co-author since volume three and so in reviewing book six we must consider the latter author. Anne McCaffrey, of course, should need little introduction. She is the […]

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The Disestablishment Of Paradise by Philip Mann (book review).

May 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Disestablishment Of Paradise by Philip Mann (book review).

A book of wonderful imagery and almost mystical storytelling, Phillip Mann’s ‘The Disestablishment Of Paradise’ takes us on a magical journey of the far future where one of mankind’s colony worlds is being abandoned and left to nature. It’s not for the sake of nature that this disestablishment of the colony is taking place. After […]

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The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (book review).

May 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (book review).

‘The Women’s War’ by Jenna Glass contains multiple references to violence and sexual violence that some readers may find triggering. The Abbey of the Unwanted is full of women no one wants as wives. The disobedient. The troublemakers. The ones who inconvenienced fathers or husbands. Those cast aside in divorce. All are sent to the […]

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The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack – 10th Anniversary Edition by Nicholas Gurewitch (book review).

May 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack – 10th Anniversary Edition by Nicholas Gurewitch (book review).

If long running comic strips like ‘Peanuts’, ‘Doonesbury’, ‘Calvin And Hobbes, et al are akin to sit-coms then one panel cartoons are more the equivalent of sketch shows. While the former will often provide plenty of self-contained laughs, they also rely on recurring characters, their recognisable traits and the occasional long running story. The latter […]

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