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Ancillary Mercy (book 3) by Ann Leckie (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ancillary Mercy (book 3) by Ann Leckie (book review).

The hype over Anne Leckie’s ‘Ancillary’ books is not exaggerated. The judges and nominators of all of the various awards were all correct. I was blown away by ‘Ancillary Justice’ and equally impressed by ‘Ancillary Sword’, so I already knew I was going to love the third volume, ‘Ancillary Mercy’, before I started reading it. […]

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Wastelands 2: Stories Of Life After Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams (book review)

November 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Wastelands 2: Stories Of Life After Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams   (book review)

Who doesn’t like a good post-apocalyptic tale? ‘The Postman’, ‘Waterworld’ and ‘I Am Legend’ are among my favourite films. In a short story collection, like ‘Wastelands 2’, there is plenty of opportunity for broad, sweeping adventures, including the original version of David Brin’s ‘The Postman’ as well as shorter, more individual and quirky tales that […]

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The Mammoth Book Of Steampunk Adventures edited by Sean Wallace (book review).

October 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Mammoth Book Of Steampunk Adventures edited by Sean Wallace (book review).

This is my second large dollop of steampunk in recent weeks, having polished off ‘The Mammoth Book Of Steampunk’ in short order. I’m optimistic about this volume, simply due to the addition of the word ‘Adventures’. I like steampunk but I find many of the stories in anthologies I’ve read are more fantasy or romance […]

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The Mammoth Book Of Steam Punk edited by Sean Wallace (book review)

October 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Mammoth Book Of Steam Punk edited by Sean Wallace   (book review)

It’s been a while since I had any steampunk to read, so the chunky 500-page ‘Mammoth Book Of Steampunk’ was, I decided, an excellent opportunity to catch up with a wide selection of authors and stories. The volume contains 30 stories, including a handful original to the collection, gathered together by regular Mammoth editor Sean […]

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Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (book review)

September 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson  (book review)

Dave Hutchinson’s novella ‘The Push’ was nominated for the BSFA award a couple of years back and was a very fine piece of space opera indeed. His new novel ‘Europe In Autumn’ was also nominated for the BSFA award. It’s of a completely different style and sub-genre but is a very worthy nominee. The book […]

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Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

I shared a Table of Contents with Adrian Tchaikovsky in the NewCon Press anthology ‘Looking Landward’ a couple of years ago. His story was about ants and mine was about worms. I subsequently met him briefly at EasterCon this year and stood next to his wife while ordering a sandwich. I’d not read any of […]

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Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

I enjoyed the film ‘John Carter’ a lot, even though the critics didn’t seem to like it. I enjoyed it so much in fact that it prompted me to buy the three-volume omnibus edition of the entire Barsoom series, comprising all 11 books, which I then read over the course of the following year. Towards […]

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Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance Volume Five (book review).

July 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance Volume Five (book review).

Since I first read ‘Araminta Station’ over 20 years ago, Jack Vance has been one of my favourite authors. I’ve read just about every SF book he wrote and over the past couple of years I’ve been getting hold of the last few older and more obscure books on my to-read list. Subterranean Press have […]

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Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett (book review)

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett  (book review)

Chris Beckett’s ‘Dark Eden’ was an excellent novel and my opinion was confirmed by its winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The planet Eden and the society that had developed on it were so well thought out and captivating that I have been intrigued to see what would happen next. Eden is an orphan world, […]

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Coming Home (Alex Benedict series book 7) by Jack McDevitt (book review).

June 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Coming Home (Alex Benedict series book 7) by Jack McDevitt (book review).

From the start I should probably make it clear that Jack McDevitt’s ‘Alex Benedict’ books are one of my favourite series, so I could tell you how great ‘Coming Home’ is without even reading it. Having said that, I shall attempt to write something sensible about the book rather than just enthusing about it. This […]

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