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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).

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The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike (book review).

June 4, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike (book review).

There is a note to readers at the beginning of ‘The Season Of Passage’ explaining that it was written in the 1970s and has been published in its original form. The author therefore apologises for the strange dates and for the complete absence of cell phones. While the story was written in the 70s, it […]

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The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher (book review).

May 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher (book review).

I’m not sure what to make of ‘The Burning Dark’ as it could be described as being a ghost story with a SF twist. Of course, the ghosts are not your normal run-of-the-mill ghosts as this is a Science Fiction story after all. The SF twist comes largely from the setting as the story takes […]

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Hardcore (a Combat-K Novel) by Andy Remic (book review)

May 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hardcore (a Combat-K Novel) by Andy Remic   (book review)

OK, I’ll admit I’m a fan of the two previous ‘Combat-K’ novels, ‘War Machine’ and ‘BioHell’, so I was looking forward to ‘Hardcore’, the third instalment of the series. I’ll say one thing for Andy Remic, you get a lot for your money with this book costing a penny short of eight quid for 652 […]

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UGLIES: Cutters, created by Scott Westerfield (Graphic novel review).

May 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
UGLIES: Cutters, created by Scott Westerfield (Graphic novel review).

For ‘Uglies: Cutters’, Scott Westfield has again teamed up with comicbook storywriter Devin Grayson and illustrator Steven Cummings, who also provided the cover artwork. This edition of the graphic novel is in the cut down 8¼ x 5¾ inches size. This is 5th book in the series if you don’t include ‘Bogus To Bubbly: An […]

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Bone Dance by Emma Bull (book review).

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bone Dance by Emma Bull (book review).

‘Bone Dance’ is set in what remains of a city in the near future after a conflict between North and South America has laid waste to much of the American civilisation. As a post-cataclysmic novel, there’s not a lot of scope for technology to creep in as most tech and the means to produce it, […]

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Pulse (A Chess Team Adventure book 1) by Jeremy Robinson (book review).

March 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pulse (A Chess Team Adventure book 1) by Jeremy Robinson (book review).

This is a Chess Team adventure novel, a sort of cutting edge US military sci-fi and ancient Greek mythology mash-up. Those readers who play chess can rest easy and stand down as they won’t be called up for active duty by Uncle Sam. The Chess Team refers to the elite, best-of the-best US Special Forces […]

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Eschalon: Book III (PC Game review).

February 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Eschalon: Book III (PC Game review).

It has been 7 years since ‘Eschalon: Book I’ was released and although fans of ‘Eschalo’n had book 2 in 2010, it has been quite a wait for the concluding part. For those new to ‘Eschalon’, as I was, it is a role playing, dungeons & dragons PC game where you get to guide your […]

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The Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (book review).

February 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (book review).

‘The Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove’ fits into the pigeon hole labelled ‘comic fantasy’, although there are only two fantasy elements. Steve the dragon and Mavis Sand the aged and possibly bionic barmaid of the Head of the Slug Saloon. The rest of the setting down in Pine Cove is what you would expect for […]

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Steam Engines Of Oz Volume 2: The Geared Leviathan by Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix (graphic novel review).

February 15, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Steam Engines Of Oz Volume 2: The Geared Leviathan by Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix (graphic novel review).

If there was one word I would use to describe ‘The Geared Leviathan’ graphic novel it is ‘sumptuous’. The layout, artwork and lettering are very well done. As the series title, ‘Steam Engines Of Oz’ suggests, the lands and people of the Wizard of Oz have had a steampunk makeover. This has been tastefully done […]

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Transition by Iain M. Banks (book review).

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Transition by Iain M. Banks (book review).

‘Transition’ is about a multiverse where there an infinite number of Earths ranging from almost similar to the one we know to the drastically different. They may also be further back in the development or somewhat ahead. A number of people are aware of the multiple Earths and have the ability to transition between them. […]

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