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A Forthcoming Wizard by Jody Lynn Nye (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
A Forthcoming Wizard by Jody Lynn Nye (book review).

Chapter One contains a recap of events from book one, ‘An Unexpected Apprentice’, so you don’t need to have read it to find out what is going on. In ‘A Forthcoming Wizard’, Tildi reclaims the Great Book from thief Nemeth, who now lies dead. Before Tildi and her travelling companions have had a chance to […]

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Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Scholar’, the fourth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, opens with the furniture of fantasy: a cast list and a map. The other genre that needs this at times is the historical novel, with which indeed Modesitt’s work has much in common. The best historical novels, for my money, deal with the doings of leaders and […]

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Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

I had to put the full title, ‘Enterprise Games’, in or you would think there was a ‘Star Trek’ connection, when actually it has more in common with multi-player video games. Author Michael Hugos sees the metaphor of how we play computer games used in a business manner and along with other people, now use […]

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The Creative Fire (book one of Ruby’s Song) by Brenda Cooper (book review).

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Creative Fire (book one of Ruby’s Song) by Brenda Cooper (book review).

From the start, author Brenda Cooper points out her lead character, Ruby Martin, has been influenced by the life of Eva Peron in her latest book, ‘The Creative Fire’. If I hadn’t read the back cover, I wouldn’t have known Ruby’s profession or the fact that she is part of a crew on a generation […]

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Kingdom Of The Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant book 7) by Derek Landy (book review)

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Kingdom Of The Wicked (Skulduggery Pleasant book 7) by Derek Landy 	(book review)

If magic’s a disease, the seventh book in the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant series has had an epidemic outbreak on the level of the Black Death. With ‘mortals’ being infected left, right and centre, the problem would be big enough without a door opening to a whole new alternate dimension of reality, not to mention the imposing […]

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The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles (book review).

November 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles	(book review).

As usual with many of Prometheus Book titles, ‘The Last Myth’s sub-title gives more about the product than the main title which doesn’t really isolate the subject matter. In this case it’s ‘What The Rise Of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America’. Initially, this sounds like an odd quandary in that it is the old […]

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Crucible Of Gold (a novel of Temeraire book 7) by Naomi Novik (book review).

November 22, 2012 | By | Reply More
Crucible Of Gold (a novel of Temeraire book 7) by Naomi Novik (book review).

It is rare for all books in a series to be equally good. Readers will have their favourites and this can generate a lot of discussion. The ‘Temeraire’ book series has its peaks and troughs, opening during the Napoleonic Wars and the British blockade of France. The difference between the world we know and Novik’s […]

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Darkship Renegades by Sarah. A. Hoyt (book review)

November 21, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Darkship Renegades by Sarah. A. Hoyt	(book review)

In ‘Darkship Thieves’, space opera debut by Sarah A. Hoyt, Kit and Thena barely escape Earth. In the long awaited sequel, ‘Darkship Renegades’, they try their luck again. It’s not their choice as returning to Eden alive marks them as traitors. They face trial and the political machinations of a man who would rule Eden, […]

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Klingon Bird-Of-Prey: Owners’ Workshop Manual by Rick Sternbach and Ben Robinson (book review).

November 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Klingon Bird-Of-Prey: Owners’ Workshop Manual by Rick Sternbach and Ben Robinson (book review).

Whether it’s a lack of imagination or merely a need to keep to a combat space vessel that works, the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey in its various sizes has kept to a similar configuration throughout its development. Then again, although it’s not said here, so do the Federation Starfleet vessels are as well. This handbook by artist […]

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Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle (book review)

November 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle	(book review)

Windhaven is a human colony world which has more water than land. We aren’t told when it was colonised but its current state looks early 19th century and any advanced technology forgotten. There are a limited number of wing gliders and the few people who use them are passed down through family eldest children except…well […]

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