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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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We Are Martians by E. R. Dee (ebook review).

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
We Are Martians by E. R. Dee (ebook review).

At first glance, this looks to be a good book and indeed there are interesting aspects to it. The Martian colony has been very generously funded by an Australian billionaire Roger Barton and is successfully expanding. All is going well until Barton dies in a plane crash. I’m not giving anything away here as this […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 85, June 2016 (emag review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 85, June 2016 (emag review).

Another month rolls by and brings with it another ‘Apex Magazine’. This is issue 85 and, let’s make this very clear right from the start, it’s an excellent issue. For me, ‘Apex’ has always been about the stories. Yes, I read the poetry, interviews and non-fiction pieces. In fact, I read it from cover to […]

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Shackleton’s Burden (A Lost Wonders Novelette) by Todd Yunker (book review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shackleton’s Burden (A Lost Wonders Novelette) by Todd Yunker (book review).

In the book ‘Shackleton’s Folly’, we meet Alec Shackleton and his assistant Dancer, who’s an AI in the form of a blue centaur. While ‘Shackleton’s Folly’ is book one in the ‘Lost Wonder’ series, ‘Shackleton’s Burden’ is not book two of the series. It is a short story (reported print length of 28 pages) detailing […]

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Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (book review).

June 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (book review).

The version of ‘Spirit’ I had for review was the large format paperback and it is a large book. It’s also quite weighty and that’s before you get to the story. Inside the cover on the title page is printed ‘Spirit’ in a large font and’ underneath in a smaller font’ there is an alternative […]

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Penda’s Fen (1974) (blu-ray film review).

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Penda’s Fen (1974) (blu-ray film review).

‘Penda’s Fen’ directed by Alan Clarke and written by David Rudkin was originally shown on BBC1 way back in 1974 as part of ‘Play For Today’. I missed it at that time as I was otherwise engaged with my birthday celebrations. For some reason, the BBC only repeated the broadcast once in 1990 and I […]

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The Communication Room by Adam Aresty (e-book review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Communication Room by Adam Aresty (e-book review).

‘The Communication Room’ is certainly Science Fiction but it’s also a thriller and a creepy one at that. You can tell it’s going to be an odd story as it starts with a section titled ‘About The Communication Room’. I could be lazy and just cut and paste this section into this review as it […]

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Apex Magazine #84, May 2016 (emag review).

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Apex Magazine #84, May 2016 (emag review).

It’s Apex # 84 under scrutiny in this review and there’s no better place to start than the intriguing cover art by Robert Carter. A man’s head is apparently being unwound (literally) and seems to be filled with nothing but fresh air. While the illustration does not relate to any specific story there is a […]

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless by Keith R. A. DeCandido

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless by Keith R. A. DeCandido

‘The Deathless’ is an original novel based on the ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ TV series or, to put it another way, it is not a novelisation of one of the episodes. But it very well could be as it has all the right ingredients with various plot twists and a satisfying ending just in time […]

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Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

I am not sure why we got ‘Lux The Poet’ to review as it is neither Science Fiction nor fantasy. The back of the book says it is fiction and so it is. The central character is Lux who thinks he is the world greatest living poet. As well as being a thief and a […]

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Shackleton’s Folly (The Lost Wonders book 1) by Todd Yunker.

April 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shackleton’s Folly (The Lost Wonders book 1) by Todd Yunker.

The implication is that the hero of this story, Alec Shackleton, is a descendant of the famous explorer Sir Earnest Shackleton in a future where the Earth has been destroyed. He’s certainly an explorer who is not averse to a bit of hardship to get to his goal, so he does share some of the […]

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