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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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Altered Starscape (Andromedan Dark: Book One) by Ian Douglas

January 24, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Altered Starscape (Andromedan Dark: Book One) by Ian Douglas

I have always wanted to use the phrase ‘it’s got everything but the kitchen sink’ in a SF book and ‘Altered Starscape’ gives me that opportunity. Mobile O’Neill colony’s, AIs, Cyborgs, modified humans, aliens, Alderson disks, Dyson swarms, you name it and its most likely to be in ‘Altered Starscape’. I don’t mean this in […]

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The Blockade (First Salik War book 3) by Jean Johnson (book review)

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Blockade (First Salik War book 3) by Jean Johnson  (book review)

‘The Blockade’ is the third and final book in the ‘First Salik War’ series by author Jean Johnson. The other books in the series are ‘The Terrans’ and ‘The V’Dan’. I’ve not read the first two books so it will be a good test to see if this works as a standalone novel. I’m also […]

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Rosewater by Tade Thompson (book review).

December 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rosewater by Tade Thompson (book review).

I like alien invasion stories as they present the opportunity for displaying the best side of humanity while introducing weird aliens and technologies. ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson doesn’t present the best side of humanity but is the better book for not doing so. It is quite simply one of best books I have read for […]

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Jubal Van Zandt And The Revenge Of The Bloodslinger by eden Hudson (book review).

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Jubal Van Zandt And The Revenge Of The Bloodslinger by eden Hudson (book review).

I must admit that ‘Jubal Van Zandt And The Revenge Of The Bloodslinger’ by eden Hudson has the distinction of having the longest title of any book I have read recently. It may be a long title but at 218 pages its quite a short book. In case you are wondering, it is indeed ‘eden […]

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The Worst Man On Mars by Mark Roman and Corben Duke

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Worst Man On Mars by Mark Roman and Corben Duke

‘The Worst Man On Mars’ is a SF spoof which takes liberties with just about everything. It is in turn hilariously funny and just silly. It tells the tale of the British attempt to send a colony ship to the planet Mars where the colonists will take up residence in Botany Base. That’s the base […]

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Crossing In Time (Volume 1 of the Between Two Evils series) by DL Orton (book review).

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crossing In Time (Volume 1 of the Between Two Evils series) by DL Orton (book review).

‘Crossing In Time’ is book 1 of the ‘Between Two Evils’ series of books by DL Orton and there’s going to be at least four more of these. I know that as it lists the first five books at the beginning of this weighty tome, although I think only the first two have been published […]

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Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

Issue 88 of ‘Apex Magazine’ is hot off the press and the very striking cover by Mélanie Delon. It is hauntingly beautiful and scary at the same time. Not the type of person you would want to meet on a dark September night. Having savoured the cover, ‘Apex’ kick things off as normal with Jason […]

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The Human Blend (Volume 1 of the Tipping Point Trilogy) by Alan Dean Foster

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Human Blend (Volume 1 of the Tipping Point Trilogy) by Alan Dean Foster

It has been a long time since I have read any of Alan Dean Foster’s work. This is strange as he was a staple author for myself and my friends in our teenage years. When I got the chance to pick up ‘The Human Blend’, I took the liberty of picking up the other two […]

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The Nightmare Stacks (a Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Nightmare Stacks (a Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross

‘The Laundry Files’ are a superb series documenting the never-ending fight between what was the Q-Division of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the countless horrors from other dimensions that see us as a nice lunch. The Q-Division used to have offices above an old Chinese laundry and the name stuck, even after the rest […]

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Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

On the front cover of this book there is a picture of a huge spaceship with a glowing nebula behind it. Overlaying the rather good artwork is a large red warning triangle with the text ‘Mechanical Failure’ superimposed over it. Underneath in a smaller font is the message ‘Please restart your warship’. This sets the […]

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