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The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden (book review)

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden  (book review)

‘The Bear And The Nightingale’ is a standalone novel set in Russia in the 1800s. Vasilisa is the youngest daughter of five children, living in a small village on rich lands owned by her father, Lord Pyotr. Her mother, Marina, daughter of the Grand Prince of Moscow came from a line of women known to […]

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Roger Hargreaves Doctor Who Series: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth – all by Adam Hargreaves (books review)

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Roger Hargreaves Doctor Who Series: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth – all by Adam Hargreaves   (books review)

Lest we forget, ‘Doctor Who’ is intended to be a show for children. I have two of them myself and. like any good geeky parent, I am determined to make them like the things that I like or I’ll considering writing them out of my will. Though considering that all I have to leave them […]

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The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (book review)

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent   (book review)

Jeremy Lent’s book title, ‘The Patterning Instinct’, sounds like a book on knitting but makes more sense from its sub-title, ‘A Cultural History Of Humanity’s Search For Meaning’. Lent’s perspective is to look at humanity from a historical point of view and what it all means. Also, if you’re looking for the meaning of life, […]

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The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Collapsing Empire (book 1) by John Scalzi (book review).

‘The Collapsing Empire’ is the first book in a new series by award-winning author John Scalzi and the first of his books that I’ve read. The setting is a far-flung interstellar empire know as the Interdependency, over a thousand years in the future, where planets are connected via poorly-understood faster-than-light conduits known as the Flow. […]

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Radiate (Book Three in The Lightless Trilogy) by C.A. Higgins (book review)

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Radiate (Book Three in The Lightless Trilogy) by C.A. Higgins   (book review)

C.A. Higgins’ novel ‘Radiate’ is now twice removed from the first book in the series, ‘Lightless’, where there was a revolution brewing in our Solar system’s populated planets and moons. Even further then the sequel, ‘Supernova’, where the leader of the revolution faces her apparent demise. None of this is helped with no proper recap […]

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (book review)

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge   (book review)

When a little girl is found in a cheese vat by the master cheesemaker, Grandible, it is his instinct to pull her out. What he sees in her face makes him recoil with shock and he determines to protect this child. He names her Neverfell, making her his apprentice. Grandible teaches her how to make […]

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Doctor Who: Plague City by Jonathan Morris (book review)

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Plague City by Jonathan Morris  (book review)

Welcome to Plague City, where many people won’t survive the night. Thomas and Isobel are nursing their daughter Catherine when the night doctor comes. Everyone knows that visit is a death sentence. Cloaked and with a bird-like mask to keep the sickness at bay, the doctor makes his rounds but is fighting a losing battle […]

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Hero-A-Go-Go! by Michael Eury (book review).

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hero-A-Go-Go! by Michael Eury (book review).

If your first reaction to Michael Eury’s book, ‘Hero-A-Go-Go!’, and the cover are what an awful selection of comic-book characters, wait until you get inside. No, only joking, Well, maybe not. Some of them really are truly awful but this is the nature of the 1960s where many of the super-heroes and super-villains were more […]

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Rumors Of War And Infernal Machines by Charles E. Gannon (book review).

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rumors Of War And Infernal Machines by Charles E. Gannon (book review).

Charles E. Gannon’s objective is to compare how the blend of Science Fiction tropes have blended with real life military. From my perspective, it’s a bit like which came first, the egg or the chicken. SF authors have always looked in the news to see what is going on and often extrapolated how far it […]

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The Boy On The Bridge by M.R. Carey (book review).

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Boy On The Bridge by M.R. Carey (book review).

Getting back into the swing from Mike Carey’s first novel, ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’, becomes a lot harder with no précis of what happened there. Checking my original notes, there is little to connect to the two stories other than the post-apocalypse reality anyway. However, I really do wish editors and authors paid […]

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