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Wolf At The Door by Theresa Derwin (book review)

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Wolf At The Door by Theresa Derwin  (book review)

Modern writers of horror have a difficult problem. Gone are the days of sitting around a real fire in a room lit by candlelight, with the wind howling outside and rats scratching in the walls. It is made harder by the authors who have taken the tradition scary monster such as the werewolf and vampire […]

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Magic For Nothing (InCrypid book 6) by Seanan McGuire (book review)

June 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Magic For Nothing (InCrypid book 6) by Seanan McGuire  (book review)

There are two ways of tackling a series of books involving the same group of characters. One method is to stick with one or two individuals and weave every story around them, following them as their lives are changed by events. This is the approach taken by Charlaine Harris in the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ books and […]

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Dreamweaver (Dreamweaver Chronicles book 3) by C.S. Friedman (book review)

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dreamweaver (Dreamweaver Chronicles book 3) by C.S. Friedman  (book review)

There seems to be a current fashion for respected authors to change their habits and start writing books for younger readers. Where the novel in question has an element of ‘rite of passage’ with the lead characters discovering either or both independence and sexuality, there is a relevance since this is what the just out […]

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Infection by Kyle Turton (book review)

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Infection by Kyle Turton   (book review)

In the days before DVDs were common and eBooks were yet to be a figment of the imagination, the only way to recapture the film you’d just seen and enjoyed was to hope that someone produced a book of the film. Many of these were written by contracted writers who were given the script and […]

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Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (book review)

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds   (book review)

The majority of Science Fiction writers are usually content to populate the galaxy of their novels with standard star systems of planets orbiting a central star. Constructed worlds are rarer. Bob Shaw gave us a Dyson sphere in ‘Orbitsville’, Larry Niven took many time to visit a ringworld and Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Rama’ was a […]

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The Rhymer: An Heredyssey by Douglas Thompson (book review).

February 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Rhymer: An Heredyssey by Douglas Thompson (book review).

I am in favour of writers taking risks and trying experiments with their writing. One of the best is Stephen Hall’s ‘The Raw Shark Texts’ in which he plays with words and concepts as well as presentation. It is a delightful book. It is also good that there are publishers that are willing to take […]

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Winter Halo: An Outcast Novel by Keri Arthur (book review)

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Winter Halo: An Outcast Novel by Keri Arthur   (book review)

It is always refreshing to have novels set in places other than the USA or the UK. Keri Arthur sets her stories on her home continent of Australia, most in and around Melbourne. Until now, the landscapes have been largely recognisable if slightly futuristic. Her characters have been supernatural beings caught up in actions to […]

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Telepath: Hive Mind 1 by Janet Edwards (book review)

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Telepath: Hive Mind 1 by Janet Edwards  (book review)

There is now a new kind of author: the hybrid. These are writers who have been published by mainstream publishers but have later decided, for various reasons, to self-publish. Storm Constantine was one of the first, wanting to get her earlier books back into print before going on to develop the independent publishing house of […]

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Bad Bishop by Irene Soldatos (book review)

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bad Bishop by Irene Soldatos   (book review)

Telling tales about benevolent supernatural beings is a popular concept in many modern novels. Often, these are long-lived or immortal, some having seen many centuries of life. Less often do we see the early life of these people. Jasper Kent populated the Russia of the Romanov’s with the threat of strigoi, power-seeking vampyrs who wished […]

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Crosstalk by Connie Willis (book review).

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crosstalk by Connie Willis (book review).

Most people would agree that the pace of life has increased exponentially over the last thirty years or so. With it has the apparent need for rapid and incessant communication. Companies, such as Apple and Samsung, vie with each other to be the first to announce the next big innovation. The pressures to perform have […]

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