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The City Of Silk And Steel by Mike Carey, Linda Carey & Louise Carey (book review)

January 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
The City Of Silk And Steel by Mike Carey, Linda Carey & Louise Carey  (book review)

‘The City Of Silk And Steel’ is a standalone novel about the concubines, children and servants of the fictional desert city of Bessa. When the sultan of Bessa, Bokhari Al-Bokhari, is murdered by the holy man usurper, Hakkim Mehdad, the concubines, their children and the female servants are sent to a neighbouring sultan as a […]

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All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (book review)

December 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders   (book review)

This is that rare find these days, a stand-alone SF/fantasy novel. I’ve put it as both but to be honest this is a genre-defying book that just happens to contain some magic and some science alongside all the other parts of the story. This is the story of Patricia, who learns that she can understand […]

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Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 edited by Greg Bear (book review)

December 30, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 edited by Greg Bear  (book review)

The ‘Nebula Awards Showcase 2015’ is the sixteenth successive volume in this series of anthologies dedicated to the Nebula Awards, which are given out annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the sixth in a row that I’ve reviewed for SFCrowsnest. This one contains stories originally published in 2013, with the […]

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Spirit Gate (Book One of Crossroads) by Kate Elliott (book review)

December 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spirit Gate (Book One of Crossroads) by Kate Elliott   (book review)

‘Spirit Gate’ is the first book in the ‘Crossroads’ trilogy by Kate Elliott. It is mainly set in a medieval world in a country called the Hundred. The book has various point of view characters: Joss, Mai, Shai and Keshad. Joss and Keshad are from the Hundred, a country that has progressively been sliding into […]

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Eyes To See: A Jeremiah Hunt Supernatural Thriller (The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) by Joseph Nassise (book review)

December 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Eyes To See: A Jeremiah Hunt Supernatural Thriller (The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) by Joseph Nassise   (book review)

‘Eyes to See’ is the first book in ‘The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicles’ by Joseph Nassise. It follows the story of Jeremiah Hunt, who lives in Boston, USA in the present day. Hunt was previously a Professor of Ancient Languages at Harvard University and, five years before the story begins, his young daughter, Elizabeth, is kidnapped. […]

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How To Draw Fallen Angels by Mike Butkus and Michelle Prather (art book review)

December 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
How To Draw Fallen Angels by Mike Butkus and Michelle Prather   (art book review)

Looking at the title, ‘How To Draw Fallen Angels’, the word ‘Fallen’ doesn’t really sink in that this book, text by Michelle Prather and art by Mike Butkus, is about some of the residents of Hell. As Prather reveals, even those from Heaven aren’t particularly nice neither and both sides appear in different countries over […]

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The Can Opener’s Daughter (book 2) by Rob Davis (graphic novel review)

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Can Opener’s Daughter (book 2) by Rob Davis  (graphic novel review)

I enjoyed ‘The Can Opener’s Daughter’ by Rob Davis but it is one weird graphic novel. Mind you, men wearing their underpants on the outside to fight criminals in New York are weird, too, but we are used to super-heroes. Just as Radio can be used for the ‘Today Programme’ or ‘The Goons’, so comics, […]

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Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald   (book review)

Kathryn Kurtz’s ‘Deryni’ series of books passed me by, it has to be admitted, but having come across one or two references to them elsewhere, I had hoped that this reference guide to the series might form a useful introduction. Alas, that was not the case, but that particular failing shouldn’t be seen as a […]

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The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen   (book review)

‘The Science Of Discworld IV’ follows along the tradition established by previous Discworld ‘Science Of…’ books by contrasting our magically-created world, known as Roundworld, with the real world, which is, of course, the Discworld. But it’s also an in-universe piece of fiction, chronicling the debates held by the wizards and scholars of the Discworld at […]

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Underworld: Blood Wars (film review by Frank Ochieng)

December 27, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Underworld: Blood Wars (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Some things will never change within the tedious and surprisingly long-running SF/horror saga ‘Underworld‘ film franchise. The vampires will still feature sharp fangs that can pierce a hardened leather sofa with one bite and the werewolves will be hairier than the local women’s wig shop. Of course, the curvaceous heroine of this Gothic gumball machine of a […]

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