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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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Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates (book review)

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates   (book review)

In celebration of ten years of well-known UK small press, publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates presents us with ‘Now We Are Ten’, an anthology of stories that in some way each feature the number ten. Some of the stories are in ten sections, some feature the number ten in some significant or […]

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The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken Macleod (book review)

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken Macleod  (book review)

The second book in ‘The Corporation Wars’ trilogy, ‘Insurgence’, carries on directly from ‘Dissidence’ in this multi-faceted plot involving far-future AIs, virtual reality and planetary colonisation. It’s also known as the ‘Second Law Trilogy’ in some places, though not on the cover of this book. A group of human fighters from various factions have been […]

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Crises and Conflicts edited by Ian Whates (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crises and Conflicts edited by Ian Whates    (book review)

Celebrating ten years of well-known UK small press publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates has launched a series of anthologies with various themes, including ‘Crises And Conflicts’, the third of such space opera and military SF anthologies from the imprint. This one includes sixteen stories by a fine array of well-known and up-and-coming […]

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The Core Of The Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (book review).

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Core Of The Sun by Johanna Sinisalo (book review).

I’ve read several translated novels during the past year and, one thing I’ve come to realise is that, although the location, language and customs may be different, the ingredients of a great Science Fiction novel are just as indefinable. ‘The Core Of The Sun’ is the first Finnish novel I’ve read but, once again, it […]

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