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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

It’s airships and rifles in a kind of Napoleonic-era war in the steampunkish debut novel ‘The Guns Above’ by Robyn Bennis. Other than the steam engines mounted on the airships and the mention of trains, there’s little of the traditional Victorian steampunk ethos in this book. But there’s plenty of adventure, grittiness and sarcastic comments […]

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The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu (book review).

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu (book review).

After reading Cixin Liu’s ‘Three-Body’ trilogy last year and subsequently meeting him in person for an interview, I have been looking forward to reading his first translated short fiction collection, ‘The Wandering Earth’. Three of his short stories were published in English in the Ken Liu edited volume ‘Invisible Planets’, but only one of those […]

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Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

‘Dark Run’ is the debut novel by Mike Brooks with a book full of dodgy space bars, roguishly heroic smuggler captains and assorted crewmembers with dubious pasts, mechanically augmented humans and seedy underground dwellings. You may be thinking that this all sounds like the ingredients for a standard and possibly clichéd rip-roaring, gritty space opera. […]

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The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

‘The Collapsing Empire’ is the first book in a new series by award-winning author John Scalzi and the first of his books that I’ve read. The setting is a far-flung interstellar empire know as the Interdependency, over a thousand years in the future, where planets are connected via poorly-understood faster-than-light conduits known as the Flow. […]

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Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin (book review).

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin (book review).

Unlike the rest of the Earth’s population, I have neither read nor watched ‘Game Of Thrones’, not being a fan of fantasy, though I did once see George RR Martin in passing at EasterCon. I did read two of George RR Martin’s Science Fiction books years ago: ‘Windhaven’ and ‘Tuff Voyaging’, the latter of which […]

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From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters (book review).

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters (book review).

Debut author Sam Peters brings us a fabulous interplanetary mystery described by the publishers as ‘your new SF thriller obsession’ which, after the first couple of chapters, proved to be pretty much accurate. Keona Rause is an intelligence agent who has spent five years on Earth following the death of his wife, Liss, in a […]

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Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace book 1) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace book 1) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

In recent years I read and enjoyed the seven books of Elizabeth Moon’s ‘Serrano Legacy’ and intended, at some point, to read her five part ‘Vatta’s War’ series. When ‘Cold Welcome’ was announced, the first in the follow-on series ‘Vatta’s Peace’ I thought I’d best get a move on and read ‘Vatta’s War’, but then […]

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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

March 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

‘Slow Bullets’ is the second of Alastair Reynolds’ novellas I’ve read recently, the other being ‘The Iron Tactician’ and, like that book, the scope of the tale comes across just as vast as his much fatter novels, with a sense of history and scale that place the tale as part of something far larger. In […]

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Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

Originally published in German, ‘Limit’ is Frank Schätzing’s mammoth near-future thriller, translated into English in an equally unwieldy massive volume and then, thankfully, published by Jo Fletcher Books in a 2 volume edition. Even so, part 1 is 705 pages long which, I don’t know about you, but I find to be uncomfortably large to […]

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The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

February 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (book review).

I haven’t read any of Alastair Reynolds’ previous stories about interplanetary traveller Merlin, but in ‘The Iron Tactician’ we have a novella of almost 100 pages that give enough hints about his background and that of the galaxy he inhabits to make previous knowledge unnecessary. The book is intriguing enough, though, that I now want […]

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