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Famadihana On Fomalhaut IV (The Telemass Quartet part one) by Eric Brown (book review)

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Famadihana On Fomalhaut IV (The Telemass Quartet part one) by Eric Brown  (book review)

Over the years, I’ve reviewed quite a few of Eric Brown’s novels for SFCrowsnest. He doesn’t just write novels though. In addition to lots of short stories, Brown has published a number of novellas, many through the specialist genre imprint, PS Publishing. The most recent of these forms a series called ‘The Telemass Quartet’. The […]

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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2016, Volume 130 # 725 (magazine review)

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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2016, Volume 130 # 725 (magazine review)

The May/June issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ includes one novella, five novelettes, five short stories and the usual mix of non-fiction. I’ll review them in that order. The cover image is a dramatic action shot of a near-naked warrior jumping off a ledge to attack a huge crouching humanoid, seemingly made […]

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Weird Space: The Baba Yaga (book 3) by Eric Brown & Una McCormack (book review).

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Weird Space: The Baba Yaga (book 3) by Eric Brown & Una McCormack (book review).

‘The Baba Yaga’ is the third book in Abaddon’s ‘Weird Space’ series of SF novels, created by Eric Brown. I reviewed the first two books, ‘Devil’s Nebula’ (2012) and ‘Satan’s Reach’ (2013), both written by Brown, and enjoyed them. This volume is co-authored by Brown and Una McCormack, a British genre writer best known for […]

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An Interview With James Lovegrove by Patrick Mahon.

May 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
An Interview With James Lovegrove by Patrick Mahon.

James Lovegrove is the author of over fifty novels for adults and children. Born in 1965, in England, he became a published writer soon after graduating in English Literature from Oxford University. He spent the advance from his first novel, ‘The Hope’, on a round the world trip and later used those experiences to inform […]

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World Of Water (A Dev Harmer Adventure) by James Lovegrove (book review).

May 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
World Of Water (A Dev Harmer Adventure) by James Lovegrove (book review).

‘World Of Water’ is the second outing for James Lovegrove’s newest hero, Dev Harmer, following on from ‘World Of Fire’, which I reviewed here in October 2015. I’ve recently interviewed James about the new book and his writing more generally. The interview should go up on SFCrowsnest around the same time as this review. Dev […]

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The Very Best Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Volume 2 edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

May 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Very Best Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Volume 2 edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

‘The Very Best Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume Two’ came out in 2014 and is part of a long series of anthologies of classic stories from the pages of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’. Volume One, which I reviewed here in 2009, came out to mark the sixtieth year of the magazine’s […]

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Nightchild (Chronicles Of The Raven book 3) by James Barclay (book review)

March 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nightchild (Chronicles Of The Raven book 3) by James Barclay  (book review)

‘Nightchild’ is the final book in James Barclay’s debut ‘Chronicles Of The Raven’ trilogy, with which he blazed a trail through the UK’s epic fantasy scene between 1999 and 2001. I reviewed the first two novels in the series, ‘Dawnthief’ and ‘Noonshade’, for SFCrowsnest a few months ago. Does ‘Nightchild’ provide a suitably dramatic ending […]

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This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons (book review)

March 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons   (book review)

‘This Year’s Class Picture’ was originally published in 1992 in the anthology ‘Still Dead’, when author Dan Simmons was much less well-known than he is today. It had a huge impact at the time, winning the Stoker, Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards for short fiction over the following year. Subterranean Press have decided to re-issue […]

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Zombo: You Smell Of Crime And I’m The Deodorant by Al Ewing and Henry Flint (graphic novel review).

March 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zombo: You Smell Of Crime And I’m The Deodorant by Al Ewing and Henry Flint (graphic novel review).

Just before I started writing this review, I noticed on social media that it was the thirty-ninth birthday last week of the British comics institution that is ‘2000AD’. The galaxy’s greatest comic may be best known for the exploits of 22nd century lawman Judge Dredd but it has spawned a huge number of other characters […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2016, Volume 130 # 723 (magazine review).

February 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2016, Volume 130 # 723 (magazine review).

The first issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2016 is a relative rarity in that it contains no novella-length story. Instead, there are three novelettes, an impressive nine short stories and the usual suite of non-fiction articles. Before I start on the fiction, a quick nod to Bob Eggleton’s rather lovely […]

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