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Is That A Word? by David Bukszpan (book review)

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Is That A Word? by David Bukszpan (book review)

The bane of any Science Fiction writer is coming up with new words, be it for character or location names or something just a little off-beat that the reader might feel familiar with but can’t quite place. Unless you’re a linguist or have a great love of wandering through dictionaries, keeping an eye out for […]

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The Hidden World (A Princess Of Roumanis book 4) by Paul Park (book review).

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The Hidden World (A Princess Of Roumanis book 4) by Paul Park (book review).

‘The Hidden World’ completes Paul Park’s inventive and, at times, frustrating series of novels centred on Miranda Popescu. At the opening of the series, she believes she is a young girl living in the present day USA, living what we would regard as a normal life with her friends, Andromeda and Peter. Miranda discovers our […]

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The White Tyger (A Princess Of Roumanis book 3) by Paul Park (book review).

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The White Tyger (A Princess Of Roumanis book 3) by Paul Park (book review).

Paul Park’s ‘The White Tyger’ is the third in his quartet which began with ‘A Princess Of Roumana’ and continued with ‘The Tourmaline’. This does mean any reader who has not read the first two parts will be lost as Park works a number of threads from these novels in preparation for the conclusion. The […]

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Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman (non-fiction review).

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Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman (non-fiction review).

Kim Newman’s ‘Nightmare Movies’ is a greatly expanded update of a book previously published in the 1980s. In his introduction, he notes his influences and how this book was a reaction to the work of critics such as William K. Everson. He still recommends their work, but notes that too many of their generation hold […]

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Warrior (The Wolfblade Trilogy book two) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

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Warrior (The Wolfblade Trilogy book two) by Jennifer Fallon (book review).

Two things happen in ‘Warrior’. This isn’t hyperbole or writerly misdirection to hook you into reading more of this review: the second book in the ‘Wolfblade Trilogy’ could have been stripped down to a dozen pages or so and still served as a functional second act. You’ll notice I said functional, not fun. What happens […]

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TV Cars: Star Cars From The World Of Television by Giles Chapman (non-fiction review).

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TV Cars: Star Cars From The World Of Television by Giles Chapman (non-fiction review).

Just in case you thought that publisher Haynes only did manual-sized books, I came across ‘TV Cars: Star Cars From The World Of Television’ by Giles Chapman. With the front radiator of FAB ONE on the cover, one would think that there would be some fantasy cars under the cover. Of the fifty-two cars, there […]

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Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronvitch (book review).

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Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronvitch (book review).

‘Whispers Underground’ sees the return of a loveable boy wizard but this one is slightly more grown up than Harry. Peter Grant is learning to reconcile the ancient art of magic with the modern and only occasionally fritz-ing his phone. Leslie and Peter continue to develop their tentative friendship. Her facial injuries are still a […]

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The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next 7) by Jasper FForde (book review).

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The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next 7) by Jasper FForde (book review).

Thursday’s back and just as well. ‘The Woman Who Died A Lot’ sees the return of the heroine from many previous Jasper Fforde adventures. Thursday Next, a Jurisfiction Agent (semi-retired), has enough problems without work on top of it. Her last encounter in ‘One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing’ left her in a bad way. […]

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Seven Princes by John R. Fultz (Books Of The Shapen: Volume 1) (review).

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Seven Princes by John R. Fultz (Books Of The Shapen: Volume 1) (review).

This book, ‘Seven Princes’, strikes me as a bit of a conundrum. It has all the tropes of a modern, hard edge fantasy in the vein of Martin, with a little bit of the ridiculousness of 60s Moorcock. It’s a strange balance and one that doesn’t quite stop seesawing back and forth throughout. To make […]

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Trolls by Brian and Wendy Froud (art-book review).

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Trolls by Brian and Wendy Froud (art-book review).

Although I’m not a lover of fantasy, I do like Brian Froud’s illustrative work. He explains in the introduction to this book, ‘Trolls’, that the work presented here would have gone towards a further film with producer-director Jim Henson had he lived so this book is some twenty years in the making. I also discovered […]

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