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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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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr. (SF Masterworks book 122) (book review)

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr. (SF Masterworks book 122)  (book review)

For over a decade in the 1970s, many people thought James Tiptree, Jr. was a man. Indeed, reading the fiction here might well support it as at that time particular words here were thought never would be used by a woman, let alone aspects of rape. There are samples in this anthology that would certainly […]

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First Maitz: Selected Works by Don Maitz (book review)

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
First Maitz: Selected Works by Don Maitz  (book review)

That ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ brought up cover artist Don Maitz and because his work is mostly in the USA, I added one of his two books, ‘First Maitz: Selected Works’ to my list to have a look at. Those of you who are familiar with my […]

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Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz (book review)

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz  (book review)

As the title, ‘Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers’, suggests, Deborah S. Patz’ book is aimed at teen-agers who have a yen to become film-makers. Patz describes how she started that way herself so her lessons aren’t out of other books but her own experience. The book is divided into three sections: […]

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The Art Of Michael Whelan (book review)

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Michael Whelan   (book review)

Now here’s one book you’ll only be able to get on the second-hand market and the third of Michael Whelan’s artbooks. In something I haven’t seen before, the main text pages are on what can only be described as textured paper and the colour art on the more standard dulled gloss paper used at the […]

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