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Doctor Who: Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker  (book review)

One of three new novels for the new ‘Doctor Who’ companion ‘Diamond Dogs’ tips a curtsey nod to the late great David Bowie with its title. An off-planet adventure for Bill and the Doctor sees her introduction to his interesting moral code as they land inside one of the biggest diamond vaults anywhere so he […]

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The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells  (book review)

For those who are looking at the title, ‘The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture’ and wondering what ‘bestiary’ means, it’s the examination of animals. In this case, animated animals and, especially in its origins in the early cartoons and why they were favoured instead of humans was it being easier to animate. For those […]

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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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Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek (book review)

June 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek  (book review)

Now here’s an odd or unusual book depending on your perspective. Inez van der Spek’s book ‘Alien Plots’ makes better but not total sense from its sub-title ‘Female Subjectivity And The Divine In The Light Of James Tiptree’s A Momentary Taste Of Being’. On first seeing the title when I was selecting books from the […]

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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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Veteran (book 1) by Gavin G. Smith (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Veteran (book 1) by Gavin G. Smith  (book review)

‘Veteran’ tells the story of Sergeant Jakob Douglas, an ex-special forces veteran who has been discharged from the forces. There’s a British interest here as he’s ex-SAS and the opening chapters take place in Dundee. However, the future has not been kind to Dundee or other areas of Britain. It seems there was a Final […]

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Transformation (book 3) by James Gunn (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Transformation (book 3) by James Gunn  (book review)

‘Transformation’ is the final book in James Gunn’s trilogy and Asha and her companions are exploring the Transcendental Machine and transversing the galaxy with the little problem of threat at the back of their minds that when they finally get home, the Federation is likely to have them killed. The last spaceship who volunteered and […]

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Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West  (book review)

It’s odd that I haven’t come across any of the other books by Thomas G. West because he specialises in the genius mind. With ‘Seeing What Others Cannot See’, the sub-title, ‘The Hidden Advantages Of Visual Thinkers And Differently Wired Brains’ gives what this book is all about. Namely, key scientists have a stronger sense […]

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The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (book review).

It’s airships and rifles in a kind of Napoleonic-era war in the steampunkish debut novel ‘The Guns Above’ by Robyn Bennis. Other than the steam engines mounted on the airships and the mention of trains, there’s little of the traditional Victorian steampunk ethos in this book. But there’s plenty of adventure, grittiness and sarcastic comments […]

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Tor, master of Spin

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tor, master of Spin

Jen Gunnels at Tor in New York has acquired US rights to Andrew Bannister’s Spin Trilogy, the science fiction series of novels that opened with Creation Machine, from Helen Edwards, Rights Director of Transworld UK. Literary agent John Jarrold sold world rights in the trilogy to Simon Taylor in 2015, and Creation Machine was published by […]

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