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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

As any good middle manager will tell you, spotting problems is easy. The challenge and the creativity is in finding the solutions. The easy way, the lazy way, is to point at everything wrong with the world and go all chicken little. In my gloomier moments, I suspect that the current vogue for dystopian SF […]

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The Exiled Blade (The Assassini Trilogy book 3) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Exiled Blade (The Assassini Trilogy book 3) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

One, twice, three times a vampire…or not a vampire? ‘The Exiled Blade’ is the final book in ‘The Assassini Trilogy’, an alt-history/fantasy/intrigue series centred on Venice and on the mysterious Tycho, a supernaturally super-powered assassin of mysterious origin… not least to himself. Over the course of the previous two books, ‘The Fallen Blade’ and ‘The […]

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The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

September 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

Escaping from Earth just a whisker or two ahead of the conscienceless, self-replicating Dragons unleashed on the planet by Matjek Chen of the Sobornost, gentleman thief Jean le Flambeur is finally free. His one-time captor, Mieli, is herself now a captive of the zoku. Her ship, Perhonen, torn apart by wildcode and the Sobornost’s crystal […]

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A Memory Of Light (The Wheel Of Time book 14) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (book review).

March 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
A Memory Of Light (The Wheel Of Time book 14) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (book review).

A polite notice: this review contains spoilers! The book was published a year ago and I can’t imagine any circumstance where someone who actually cares about the fourteenth and final book of ‘The Wheel Of Time’ hasn’t read it already, but nonetheless; you have been warned. This is ‘A Memory Of Light’. It is over […]

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Infiltration (board game: review).

December 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Infiltration (board game: review).

Set in Fantasy Flight Games’ Android universe, home to the excellent ‘Android: Netrunner’ card game and the godawful timesink that is the original Android board game, ‘Infiltration’ gives its players control of a team of criminals breaking into the offices of CyberSolutions Inc. Their objective: to steal as much confidential data as possible and escape […]

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The Towers Of Midnight (The Wheel Of Time book 13) by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson (book review).

December 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Towers Of Midnight (The Wheel Of Time book 13) by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson (book review).

What more is there to say about ‘The Wheel Of Time’? What purpose in reviewing ‘Towers Of Midnight, the thirteenth in the series, a book almost as thick as it is wide? Surely anyone who’s got this far knows exactly what they’re getting and anyone reading this review is either an incurable fan of the […]

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Sharps by K.J. Parker (book review).

September 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sharps by K.J. Parker (book review).

As a sweeping generalisation, KJ Parker’s novels are intelligent, funny, brutal, thrilling and inaccessible. Parker’s gift – one of them, at least – is turning mundane, everyday activities into extended, perfect metaphors for life and human nature. Genius when you read it, but tough to sell to friends or Internet readerships. As you gushingly describe […]

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The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

July 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi (book review).

 Hannu Rajaniemi is a magnificent bastard of a novelist, who – to echo a line I used it reviewing his book,  http://neverenoughshelves.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-quantum-thief.html” his previous novel manages to both have his cake and eat it. (There’s probably a quantum physics joke in there, but let’s leave it and move on.) The universe of ‘The Fractal Prince’ […]

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Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (book review).

March 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Jack Glass by Adam Roberts	(book review).

I’ve been staring at ‘Jack Glass’ for over an hour, trying to find the best way to start this review. There’s little point in summarising the plot, because the plot is just another post-modern cog in the cunning little machine that Adam Roberts has so intricately assembled. This is a clever book, but it’s a […]

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Android: Netrunner: The Card Game (card game review).

March 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Android: Netrunner: The Card Game (card game review).

‘Android: Netrunner’ is a two-player ‘living card game’ (LCG) pitting a futuristic megacorporation against the wily hacker who wants to break into its servers and steal its secrets. It’s also very good. The original ‘Netrunner Collectible Card Game’ (CCG) first materialised in 1996. Designed by Richard Garfield of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ fame and based in […]

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