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Made To Kill by Adam Christopher (book review).

March 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Made To Kill by Adam Christopher (book review).

I was sitting in my lounge, a book in my hand, reading in the yellow glow of the standard lamp. The book was a hard back, all yellow and red with the face of a steely private eye staring at me from the cover beside the silhouette of a dame with a duffel bag. By […]

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Doctor Who: Four Doctors by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards (graphic novel review).

March 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Four Doctors by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards (graphic novel review).

A couple of weeks back I watched ‘The Three Doctors’ again, which was originally aired before I was born, but I’ve seen at some point in the murky past. I like all the ‘Doctor Who’ crossover episodes, so I was keen to see what Paul Cornell has devised for his five-part comic event ‘Four Doctors’. […]

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Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen (book review).

February 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen (book review).

Some time ago I dreamt that the new issue of ‘Interzone’ featured on the cover a story about giraffes in space. When I woke up, I thought it was a good idea and jotted down some notes, but sadly haven’t written the story yet. Subsequently, I was intrigued when I saw that Lawrence M. Schoen’s […]

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Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (book review).

January 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (book review).

It’s an intriguing set up for a story being set in a solar system as imagined back in the vary earliest days of Science Fiction, with every planet inhabitable and colonised by the great powers of the Victorian era. Spaceships are launched by cannon and filmmakers travel between planets to produce the latest silent blockbuster […]

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Can & Can’tankerous’ by Harlan Ellison (book review).

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can & Can’tankerous’ by Harlan Ellison (book review).

For some reason I’ve never read any Harlan Ellison, which is odd considering he’s been writing longer than I’ve been alive. This new collection of ten previously uncollected stories seemed like an ideal opportunity to rectify that oversight. The contents page made me smile straight away, so many fabulous, long titles, which is something I’ve […]

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The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

December 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

The thing about ‘The Thing Itself’ is that it’s difficult to say what the Thing is, which is actually the whole point of the thing itself. It can’t be described or even comprehended, due to the way our minds work. I’m afraid that sentence won’t make much sense unless you’ve read the book. I have […]

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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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