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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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10 Cloverfield Lane (Original Soundtrack Album).

April 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
10 Cloverfield Lane (Original Soundtrack Album).

After reviewing the ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ soundtrack composed by Bear McCreary, I jumped at the chance to review the soundtrack from the film ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ as its also composed by McCreary. This guy has serious talent and it shows through again. If you don’t know anything about the film you can read a […]

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Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit (book review).

April 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit (book review).

In a distant future on an earth-like planet that may or may not be the Earth, a city called Haven VII is suddenly over-run with rather large, ferocious, poisonous centipedes. They defeat the local militia and the combat robots of the local benevolent AI called Kyrios before killing every inhabitant, except for eight individuals who […]

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Covenant’s End: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell.

March 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Covenant’s End: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell.

Well, it’s taken three books to get here but the fourth book, ‘Covenant’s End’, could well be the final book for Widdershins as we know her. It’s a fitting, epic final but I’m sure there going to be a lot of fans who are going to hate Ari Marmell for it. For those who are […]

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The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

March 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

This is a collection of eight short stories by Joseph McKinley paints a rather bleak picture of our future. The book, ‘The Bearer Of Grievances’, gets its title from the first story which is very good. Imagine a technology that can remove a segment of your memory. Not only remove it but preserve it, so it’s […]

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Winter by Dan Grace (ebook review).

March 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Winter by Dan Grace (ebook review).

At 67 pages, ‘Winter’ by Dan Grace falls somewhere between a short story and a novel. It should have enough space to develop a plot or characters before a tidy ending which are often missing from short stories. In keeping with its name, ‘Winter’ is a grim story set in a grim time. The characters […]

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Black And White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge (book review).

March 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black And White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge (book review).

In theory ‘Black And White’ should be a very good book as it’s written by two accomplished authors, Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge, and involves comicbook heroes and villains. There’s also the general presentation and format of the book which is novel (no pun intended). Unfortunately, theory once again breaks down in practice. Before describing […]

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The Rhesus Chart (A Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross.

March 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Rhesus Chart (A Laundry Files novel) by Charles Stross.

Bob’s 10% project is data mining. He’s looking to identify outbreaks of anything peculiar using the National Health Service data lakes. It just so happens that there is an unusual spike in the data which indicates that something is not quite right and possibly getting worse with the potential to get much, much worse. It’s […]

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Apex Magazine # 81, February 2016 (magazine review).

February 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine # 81, February 2016 (magazine review).

It’s February, so it’s time for Apex Magazine # 81. As always, the first thing to hit you is the cover art and I do like this month. It’s by David Demaret who manages to impress not only by what’s depicted but by the suggestion there’s an awful lot more just out of view. The […]

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In A Right State by Ben Ellis (book review).

February 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
In A Right State by Ben Ellis (book review).

This is the first book from Ben Ellis so it’s his debut novel which surprised me as its quite impressive in some respects. It is set in a small town in the south of a future Briton where both local and national government has outsourced just about everything to corporations. The corporations aren’t doing it […]

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Apex Magazine # 80, January 2016 (magazine review).

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Apex Magazine # 80, January 2016 (magazine review).

The first ‘Apex’ magazine of 2016 is a bumper edition with a rather surreal cover by Matt Davis. It’s a cover that certainly gets your attention so I suppose it does its job. Jason Sizemore is holding the Editor-In-Chief baton so we’re in safe hands. Squeezed into this edition are six original works, two reprints, […]

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