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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

June 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

For anyone who doesn’t already know his work, Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-respected living authors of hard Science Fiction in the world, perhaps most famous for his detailed depiction of the process of colonising another planet in his award-winning ‘Mars’ trilogy (1992-1996). ‘Aurora’ comes from the same vein of realistic space […]

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Children Of Ruin (The Children Of Time novels book 2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

June 2, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Children Of Ruin (The Children Of Time novels book 2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s 2015 novel ‘Children Of Time’, we followed some of the descendants of humanity as they travelled among the stars on voyages of hundreds or thousands of years, looking for earlier colonies of humans that had been sent out from a now dead Earth. This sequel, ‘Children Of Ruin’, follows a similar format, […]

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Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia by Brian Cremins (book review).

June 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia by Brian Cremins (book review).

The biggest problem with Brian Cremins’ book, ‘Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia’ was discovering that there was just over 18 pages of footnotes at the back of the book with details that needed to be looked up when reading. I know this is a bugbear of mine but surely if the information is […]

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Powerless: A Superhero Novel: Volume 1 by Tony Cooper (book review).

May 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Powerless: A Superhero Novel: Volume 1 by Tony Cooper (book review).

Despite the rise in the number of novels and stories involving supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves and angels, there is still a fascination for the super-hero. I am sure there is no-one who has not wished at some time or another to have some power that is unique to us. That power may be […]

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Horizon (Bone Universe book 3) by Fran Wilde (book review).

May 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Horizon (Bone Universe book 3) by Fran Wilde (book review).

This third book, ‘Horizon’ follows on from the second ‘Cloudbound’ book in her Bone Universe trilogy by Fran Wilde. Kirit, Nat, Wik and Ciel are on the ground. They’ve discovered that their living city is going to die soon. They try to keep feeding their city to keep it alive, while trying to find a […]

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Knight (A Chronicle Of Sibyl’s War book 2 of 3) by Timothy Zahn (book review).

May 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Knight (A Chronicle Of Sibyl’s War book 2 of 3) by Timothy Zahn (book review).

If you kept up with my review of ‘Pawn’ this month, the sequel ‘Knight’ was released this year. Nicole Hammond is both a Sibyl and Protector on the alien starship Fyrantha. Her selection and abduction to this role is based on her ability to communicate with the starship when she doses herself with a throat […]

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (book review).

May 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (book review).

The Science Fiction field and especially fandom is a place where diversity is celebrated. We have long got over the pulp SF trope of all sentient aliens being automatically hostile and, in some novels, the aliens have behaved better and with more honour than humans. There is never going to be total harmony and, as […]

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (book review).

May 23, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (book review).

Co-produced by the Sherlock Holmes Museum, this eye-catching hardback, ‘The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, asserts it has every Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Let us consider its merits. The volume is substantial and runs to over a thousand pages. The edges of the pages are tinged scarlet and the binding […]

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Beneath The World, A Sea by Chris Beckett (book review).

May 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Beneath The World, A Sea by Chris Beckett (book review).

When I read the cover blurb for Chis Beckett’s new novel ‘Beneath The World, A Sea’, it seemed vaguely familiar. A British policeman is sent to investigate the killings of the indigenous species of the Submundo Delta, the Muendes, whom the local human populace do not consider to be sentient. The Muendes mess with their […]

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Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

May 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

Knowing the best place to start is often a dilemma, whether the work in progress is a story, a novel or, in this case, a series of novels. Many authors will return to favoured characters and write about the events leading up to their first appearance in print. For Lynsay Sands ‘Argeneau Family’ saga, ‘Single […]

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