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Luna: New Moon (book 1) by Ian McDonald (book review).

October 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Luna: New Moon (book 1) by Ian McDonald (book review).

I’ve read Ian McDonald’s short story ‘The Fifth Dragon’ a couple of times, a story set in the early days of moon colonisation that sets the scene for the five big family corporations who dominate the lunar economy. It was intriguing enough that I wanted to read the trilogy of ‘Luna’ novels that follow on […]

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Magic Triumphs (A Kate Daniels novel book 10) by Ilona Andrews (book review).

October 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Magic Triumphs (A Kate Daniels novel book 10) by Ilona Andrews (book review).

In a more and more competitive market, writers have to do more to make themselves noticed, not only by the potential publishers but by the readers as well. Thus, the first novel in a series needs to put the protagonists into great peril, ramping up the tension and perhaps allowing them to survive by the […]

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Images Of The Past: A Century Of Man-Made Disasters by Nigel Blundell (book review).

October 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Images Of The Past: A Century Of Man-Made Disasters by Nigel Blundell (book review).

I have to confess that the main interest in reading about disasters is ensuring that such things should never happen again and lessons were learnt from it. Nigel Blundell’s book, ‘Images Of The Past: A Century Of Man-Made Disasters’ covers 15 significant ones, although some chapters, deal with collective ones as that befallen the American […]

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The Future Of Erotic Fantasy Art by Paul Peart-Smith (book review).

October 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Future Of Erotic Fantasy Art by Paul Peart-Smith (book review).

I pulled my copy of ‘The Future Of Erotic Fantasy Art’ four years ago and using some spare time to catch up with this book and found mint copies are still out there. The first introduction by artist Chris Achillés defines ‘erotic art’ as featuring women in a state of undress but not necessarily of […]

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Roman Soldier Operations Manual by Simon Forty (book review).

October 10, 2019 | By | 3 Replies More
Roman Soldier Operations Manual by Simon Forty (book review).

When I was originally offered books from Haynes new range based on historical warriors, I did wonder if it fell in our remit. However, with so many books in our genre resetting history or even telling tales with a historic background, then they do make for useful research. Simon Forty’s book, ‘Roman Soldier Operations Manual’, […]

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Anackire (The Wars Of Vis Trilogy book 2) by Tanith Lee (book review).

October 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Anackire (The Wars Of Vis Trilogy book 2) by Tanith Lee (book review).

When the term ‘prolific’ is used to describe a writer, the implication often is that the resulting work will be the kind of enjoyable romp, characteristic of the old pulps. Often this assumption is true and there are many readers who appreciate this kind of book. Rarer is to find a prolific writer whose works […]

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The Pan Book Of Horror Stories selected by Herbert van Thal (book review).

October 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Pan Book Of Horror Stories selected by Herbert van Thal (book review).

‘The Pan Book Of Horror Stories’ is a diverse collection of old-fashioned horror fiction. There is implied racism in certain stories but that has to be taken in the context of the time when they were written. For example, in ‘His Beautiful Hands’ by Oscar Cook, the manicurist is vengeful partly because of her Javanese […]

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Goddess Of The Ice Realm (Lord Of The Isles Saga book 5) by David Drake (book review).

October 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Goddess Of The Ice Realm (Lord Of The Isles Saga book 5) by David Drake (book review).

This reviewer has read quite a lot of fantasy. Indeed, I would not be qualified to review fantasy books on a website like SFCrowsnest if I had not. Usually, I expect to review fantasy novels by authors who have not published in any other genre and often I will be reviewing their first or second […]

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hungergames prequel: book news).

October 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hungergames prequel: book news).

Scholastic has now given SFcrowsnest the title and cover for the next novel in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins — the first new Hunger Games book since 2010’s Mockingjay. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be published on May 19th 2020, published simultaneously in print, digital and audio formats by Scholastic in […]

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Susanna Clarke’s follow-up to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on the way (book news).

September 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Susanna Clarke’s follow-up to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on the way (book news).

Susanna Clarke’s next two fantasy novels are coming out from the publisher Bloomsbury, only 15 years after her work Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Piranesi will be about a “watery labyrinth”, hitting book shops on September 2020 with a second fantasy novel to follow. https://www.thebookseller.com/news/susanna-clarkes-perfectly-constructed-next-novel-goes-bloomsbury-15-years-after-jonathan – The Offworld Report, the best news offworld SFcrowsnest

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