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Tales Of The Apt: Spoils Of War Volume One by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tales Of The Apt: Spoils Of War Volume One by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

After ten novels in his ‘Shadows Of The Apt’ series, it’s unsurprising that Adrian Tchaikovsky has a few short stories up his sleeve that make further use of the amazing world he built up for that series. Some of the stories in ‘Spoils Of War’, the first in a planned series of ‘Tales Of The […]

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The Adventures Of The Ring Of Stones by James P. Blaylock (book review).

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Adventures Of The Ring Of Stones by James P. Blaylock (book review).

The immensely wealthy Gilbert Frobisher has recently come into possession of a diary that hints at the location of an enormous piece of highly valuable ambergris. Assembling a crew of adventurous companions, including the renowned scientist adventurer Langdon St. Ives, he sets sail on his magnificent steam-powered ship to bring back the treasure. However, he’s […]

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The Watcher Of Dead Time (book 3 of The Relic Guild) by Edward Cox (book review).

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Watcher Of Dead Time (book 3 of The Relic Guild) by Edward Cox (book review).

The last few remaining agents of the Relic Guild have been separated and none of them knows who else is left alive. As Samuel and his Aelfirian companions follow the Avatar’s instructions, hunting for something to help destroy Lord Spiral, Clara is trapped in her mind with Marney’s spirit and the remnants of Known Things, […]

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Outlander Season 1, Volume 2 (Original Television Soundtrack) by Bear McCreary (CD review).

December 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Outlander Season 1, Volume 2 (Original Television Soundtrack) by Bear McCreary (CD review).

This is the second album of music released from the television series ‘Outlander’, based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon. It’s an enjoyable hour or so of music and is an album I often find myself putting on while I’m working. It definitely evokes a sense of Scotland and Bear McCreary has made […]

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Veiled (Alex Verus novel book 6) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Veiled (Alex Verus novel book 6) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

‘Veiled’ is the sixth book in the ‘Alex Verus’ series by Benedict Jacka. It’s a series that goes from strength to strength and, when I get a new ‘Alex Verus’ book, I always know that I’m going to enjoy it. In this instalment, Alex has signed up to work with the Council in an official […]

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The Shepherd’s Crown (A Discworld Novel) by Terry Pratchett.

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Shepherd’s Crown (A Discworld Novel) by Terry Pratchett.

As many of you will know, ‘The Shepherd’s Crown’ is the final book set on Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ series and it’s difficult to approach it without a degree of apprehension. Will the last book provide a fitting end to the series? Will it be up to Pratchett’s usual standard, even though he was succumbing to […]

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Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology edited by Janine A. Southard (ebook review).

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology edited by Janine A. Southard (ebook review).

‘Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology’ is a collection of short stories where technology takes on a supernatural slant, mostly focusing on magic-imbued mobile phones and apps. I approached this feeling intrigued about the premise, but also slightly sceptical that it would turn out to be a little too contrived for my liking. However, I was […]

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Leviathan’s Blood (Children book 2) by Ben Peek (book review).

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Leviathan’s Blood (Children book 2) by Ben Peek (book review).

‘Leviathan’s Blood’ is the second book in Ben Peek’s ‘Children’ series. Following immediately on from the first book, ‘Godless’, this book follows Ayae and Zaifyr as they seek refuge and hope in Yeflam, along with the thousands of refugees from Ayae’s home, Mireea, which was destroyed by the armies of the new god. They are […]

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A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky (book review).

October 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky (book review).

M is a wizard or at least someone who views the natural laws of physics as merely very loose guidelines. Living in New York, he encounters an awful lot of people with a similar world view, ranging from the two powerful Queens of New York who control entire areas to the old man who just […]

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The Godless: Children: Book 1 by Ben Peek (book review).

September 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Godless: Children: Book 1 by Ben Peek (book review).

When someone sets the shop on fire, Ayae should have burned to death. Instead, she emerged with fiery powers, one Cursed by the gods or so some believe, others believe these powers are gifts to be treasured and used. Either way, Ayae must learn to control her new found abilities and then must choose a […]

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