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Comic Book Fever: A Celebration Of Comics: 1976-1986 by George Khoury (book review).

October 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Fever: A Celebration Of Comics: 1976-1986 by George Khoury (book review).

As the title of George Khoury’s book, ‘Comic Book Fever: A Celebration Of Comics: 1976-1986’ says, he’s going to be looking at the last decade of comics before big changes happened in the big two’s realities, let alone the companies and fans. However, having lived through these years, I also know a lot to things […]

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The Queen Of The Tearling (book 1) by Erika Johansen (book review).

October 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Queen Of The Tearling (book 1) by Erika Johansen (book review).

‘The Queen Of The Tearling’ is the first book in a trilogy by Erika Johansen about Kelsea Glynn, the heir to the throne of the Tearling. Kelsea has been raised by foster parents, Barty and Carlin, in seclusion till her nineteenth birthday, kept safe from her uncle, the Regent, who would kill her to ascend […]

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May Contain Traces Of Magic by Tom Holt (book review).

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
May Contain Traces Of Magic by Tom Holt (book review).

‘May Contain Traces of Magic’ by Tom Holt is a comic fantasy book about travelling salesman Chris Popham. He lives in a version of our world where there are few who know about magic and can practice it. Chris is a salesman of magical artefacts and sells things like portable parking spaces, powdered water and […]

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Black Wolves (The Black Wolves trilogy book 1) by Kate Elliott (book review).

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Black Wolves (The Black Wolves trilogy book 1) by Kate Elliott (book review).

‘Black Wolves’ is the first book in ‘The Black Wolves’ trilogy, set in the same world as another trilogy of Kate Elliott’s called ‘Crossroads’. ‘Black Wolves’ can be read without reading the previous books, having said that, there are quite a few characters that are introduced in this book that have a larger role in […]

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The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher (book review).

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The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher (book review).

‘The Authentic William James’ is the third in a series of novels about the Crown Chancery detective Sebastian Becker, previously in ‘The Bedlam Detective’ and ‘The Kingdom Of Bones’. Sebastian’s personal story is enmeshed and enlivened by the cases he undertakes crossing continents to solve them. Wild West ‘cowboy’ William James confesses he set fire […]

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High Stakes (A Wild Cards novel) edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass (book review).

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
High Stakes (A Wild Cards novel) edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass (book review).

The problem with the ‘Wild Cards’ mosaic these days is that after 23 books, started back in the later 1980s, which makes co-editor George RR Martin’s more recent fantasy series look like a small excursion in comparison, you do have to a little knowledge to break into. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to read […]

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Sacrifice On Spica III (The Telemass Quartet, Part Two) by Eric Brown (book review).

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sacrifice On Spica III (The Telemass Quartet, Part Two) by Eric Brown (book review).

‘Sacrifice On Spica III’ is the second novella in Eric Brown’s ‘Telemass Quartet’, following on from ‘Famadihana On Fomalhaut IV’, which I reviewed here in August. Like its predecessor, the hardback is a gorgeous collectible. It is beautifully bound and features an arresting wraparound cover image by Tomislav Tikulin of a train thundering away from […]

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Batman Illustrated Vol. 1 by Neal Adams (graphic novel review).

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Batman Illustrated Vol. 1 by Neal Adams (graphic novel review).

This book’s contents are described in the title. It’s ‘Batman Illustrated’ by Neal Adams starting with World’s Finest Comics # 175 (April 1968), among the first Batman adventures drawn by Adams. The story opens with a couple of hoods forming the Batman Revenge Squad to get back at the hero who caught them. They are […]

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Time Siege (Time-Salvager # 2) by Wesley Chu (book review).

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Time Siege (Time-Salvager # 2) by Wesley Chu (book review).

‘Time Siege’ is Wesley Chu’s sequel to ‘Time Salvager’, which I reviewed here earlier in the year. It has another beautifully atmospheric cover depicting the ruins of a future Earth where the cities, New York in particular in this book, are overwhelmed by pollution, rampant vegetation and savage tribes. The action follows on some months […]

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Echoes by Laura Tisdall (book review).

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Echoes by Laura Tisdall (book review).

There are times when it is difficult to draw a line between near future SF and contemporary fiction. Technology moves on so fast that it may well overtake the events of the story and it becomes a recent past, historical novel. However, if the book is well-written, the reader will be drawn into the story […]

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