Author Archive: AndyWhitaker
I live in deepest darkest Essex where I enjoy photography, real ales, walking my dog, cooking and a really good book. I own an e-book reader which goes with me everywhere but still enjoy the traditional paper based varieties.
My oriental studies have earned me a black belt in Suduko and I'm considered a master in deadly Bonsai (there are very few survivors).
‘Surface Detail’ is a Culture novel packed full of interesting ideas and sub-plots. The blurb on the back cover says that the Culture is going to war with death itself, which is a bit of artistic license. It’s not going to war with death but with Hell or rather Hells as there’s quite a lot […]
Set in the ‘Witch World’ environment created by Andre Norton, this novel written by Lyn McConchie tells the tale of Meive and Lorcan. Both characters have become homeless orphans in the turmoil of the war and its aftermath. In the Witch World, the good citizens live in local fiefdoms called Dales with each one ruled […]
Following on from ‘Thief’s Covenant’ and then ‘False Covenant’ we have ‘Lost Covenant’ as the third in the ‘Widdershins Adventure’ fantasy series of novels by Ari Marmell. It picks up about six months after the ending of ‘False Covenant’, during which Widdershins has been travelling the world after fleeing the city of Davillon. The story […]
I’m always prepared to accept that magazines will be a mixed bag of content as they have to cater for as large an audience as possible. Some items will hit the mark for me and some will miss completely. As it happens, the first story item ‘Recordings Of A More Personal Nature’ by Bogi Takács […]
I didn’t get to read the original version of ‘The Binary Man’, so I had to make do with this re-edited 2013 version. It’s good to see the editor Kathryn Perkins getting star billing alongside the author as they normally go unrecognised (except by the author!) despite the work they put in. After reading this […]
Orbit classifies ‘The Better Mousetrap’ as comic fantasy and so it is, but fantasy set in a modern world circa 2008. The main differences are that magic is present and so are magical creatures but apart from that, everything else is pretty much the same. Unfortunately, for the poor devils, it seems that most magical […]
‘Plague Nation’, the second in the ‘Ashley Parker’ series picks up right where ‘Plague Town’ left off. Ashley and the other Wild Cards (people who are immune to the zombie virus and have enhanced abilities) are all most done cleaning Redwood Grove of its zombie infestation. Yay! Group hugs everyone! Unfortunately, there has been no […]
I had never heard of Aer-ki Jyr before although he has written 36 episodes of his ‘Star Force’ series and a few other books, too. This book is not part of the ‘Star Force’ series but a standalone novel. The story starts with Jalia waking up in her spaceship. Jalia is a female Junta with […]
The Warhammer 40000 universe is a grim unforgiving place where the only certainty is war and death. Humankind is beset on all sides by aliens so they fight and, in ‘Baneblade’, they fight the Orks. A highly warlike race, Orks are huge muscle-bound creatures that make up for their lack of outright intelligence with cunning, […]
‘The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield’ is book two in the spin- off from ‘The Lost Fleet’ series following on from ‘Tarnished Knight’, which was a good read, this one is one is so much better. In fact, I struggled to put it down and didn’t want it to end. Following the successful coup, President Gwen […]