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Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse!’ is the first in a trilogy of so-called ‘mosaic’ novels which bring together mixed media contributions from multiple authors to produce the story of a zombie outbreak and its aftermath, based on a concept created by British horror editor Stephen Jones. The books came out between 2010 and 2014 and were sufficiently successful […]

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The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

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The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

A common problem with Science Fiction is that it doesn’t hold up well to scientific scrutiny. Things that make sense superficially, such as faster-than-light travel, don’t really make any sense when thought about scientifically. It’s not that we just don’t how to make spacecraft travel faster than light, it’s more that physics as we understand […]

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Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (book review).

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (book review).

One thing I rarely ever have is creative block. I might not have time to do everything I want to in a given time but I was curious to see what Danielle Krysa had to say on the subject in this book called ‘Creative Block’. In her introduction, she explains that she interviewed 50 trained […]

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Nailbiters by Paul B. Kane (book review).

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nailbiters by Paul B. Kane (book review).

Where once horror stories tended to involve the supernatural, these days writers have a choice, either to follow traditional patterns of ghost and demon-motivated stories while avoiding the clichéd plots or to go more for the splatter-type nastiness. Both types play on the fears of the reader but with the development of the ‘benign’ supernatural […]

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Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders (book review).

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Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders (book review).

A problem often with only seeing a cover of the book on a small scale is that you don’t tend to see or even read all the text. It wasn’t until I got this book, ‘Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual’ that I realised it wasn’t a general programming book for computers but Python, specifically for the […]

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Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

December 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

When I can fit them in, I try to fit in some art technique books. As I’m focusing on improving how I draw clothes, it’s inevitable I will look at artbooks that focus on fashion and picked this one up in the summer, flicked the pages and was immensely impressed with Anna Kiper’s art technique […]

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Mississippi Roll (A Wild Cards Novel book 24) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

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Mississippi Roll (A Wild Cards Novel book 24) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

As the title ‘Mississipi Roll’ of the latest ‘Wild Cards’ book should point out, this mosaic blend of six stories has gone down to the deep south. Actually, it’s on the Mississippi steamboat Natchez as its crew discover that its management now want to dock it and just use it as a casino so they […]

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The Graces (book 1) by Laure Eve (book review).

December 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Graces (book 1) by Laure Eve (book review).

‘The Graces’ can easily be read as a standalone book but is actually the first in a series. Book 2, ‘The Curses’, will be coming out in 2018. This is a YA paranormal thriller. This is the story of a group of siblings, The Graces, who look like they have everything as they move through […]

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The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (book review).

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (book review).

I hardly know where to begin in describing Christopher Priest’s ‘The Adjacent’. It’s a multi-stranded novel that alternates the tale of Tibor Tarent, a free-lance photographer in near-future Britain, with a selection of tales from earlier time periods and other places that feel like they are almost related somehow, without making the connection obvious. The […]

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Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

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Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

‘Dune’ was a great Science Fiction novel by Frank Herbert that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It was followed by some interesting sequels also written by Frank and then by some longer and less interesting ones. A vast interstellar empire with assorted groups competing for power offers plenty of scope for stories so […]

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