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Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronvitch (book review).

September 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
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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The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (book review).

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (book review).

‘Clockwork Angel’ is the first book in ‘The Infernal Devices’, a new series by Cassandra Clare, set in a steampunk world. Basically, this means that it’s set in a Victorian-esque England with additional urban fantasy and technological elements. In this book, Tessa arrives in London to live with her brother, Nate, after her grandmother, with […]

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The Zombie Times, August 2012 (zine review).

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Zombie Times, August 2012 (zine review).

If you’re a fan of everything to do with zombies, you’ll probably already know about ‘The Zombie Times’. If you don’t, I suggest you head over to Terror4fun’s website right now and subscribe. The newsletter, which is free, comes out every couple of months and includes news about new books, films, games, conventions and anything […]

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Nebula Awards Showcase 2012, edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (book review).

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012, edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (book review).

‘The Nebula Awards Showcase 2012’ is the thirteenth anthology in a row dedicated to getting the winning stories from the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Annual Awards out to a wider audience. This volume covers stories published during 2010, for which the awards were given out in May 2011. The co-editors of the book […]

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Anne McCaffrey: A Life With Dragons by Robin Roberts (book review).

September 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Anne McCaffrey: A Life With Dragons by Robin Roberts (book review).

I came across ‘Anne McCaffrey: A Life With Dragons’ by Robin Roberts with my usual serendipity when it comes for looking for books people might have missed. As you can see from the title, this is a biography of the late Anne, released in 2007, chronicling her life from America to Ireland, together with all […]

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The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (book review).

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The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (book review).

The dragon Griaule is 6000 feet long and has been lying dormant in the hills for thousands of years exerting his influence over the surrounding country. This collection brings together six short stories and novellas about this enormous dragon, giving different perspectives on his life and influence. ‘The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule’ tells […]

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Science fiction travels Beyond the Sun?

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Science fiction travels Beyond the Sun?

Kansas-based author and editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt writes in to tell us about his latest anthology project – this one being launched on KickStarter by the writer. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve dreamed about exploring the stars. What’s out there? What strange planets and beings might we encounter?” Schmidt said. As he watched […]

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