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Palimpsest by Charles Stross

September 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Palimpsest by Charles Stross

As a novella, Palimpsest is densely packed with extraordinary ideas, facts and speculation. It also manages to pack in an absorbing story to wrap all this around. At its heart is the story of Pierce, an agent of Stasis, he starts a twenty-year apprenticeship by killing his grandfather and that’s when everything starts to go […]

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Alt Hist Issue 4: The Magazine Of Historical Fiction And Alternate History

September 17, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Alt Hist Issue 4: The Magazine Of Historical Fiction And Alternate History

The fourth issue of ‘Alt Hist’ magazine features six stories of horror, history and fantasy:   ‘Restless’ by Dylan Fox, set in the 1860s onboard a fleet of British ironclad warships steaming towards China.   ‘Kleine Menschen’ by Eric Jackson is a historical fantasy story set in World War II Germany.   ‘Feast Of Faith’ […]

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Harper Voyager goes a-hunting new talent.

September 12, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Harper Voyager goes a-hunting new talent.

Book publishing scifi super-power Harper Voyager in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia are launching a joint venture aiming to offer aspiring writers the chance to join their global science fiction and fantasy imprint. Harper Voyager is offering new writers the chance to submit full, unagented manuscripts for a limited two-week period. The publisher […]

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The Hidden by Richard Sala (book review)

September 8, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Hidden by Richard Sala  (book review)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and you should feel terrified. Written and illustrated by Richard Sala, ‘The Hidden’ is a monster-mash apocalypse tale combining B-movies and gothic classics without feeling like a carbon copy of either. The book starts strong with a zombie-like attack on a town. The only survivor, […]

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Jupiter # 37: XXXVII Kale.

August 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Jupiter # 37: XXXVII Kale.

‘Jupiter’ continues on its way with another stupendous collection of stories. A really enjoyable edition displaying plenty of variety, great quality and intriguing subject matter. Definitely one to read for all Science Fiction fans out there. Six stories on offer this time. We start with Krishan Coupland’s ‘Apples’. In a post-apocalypse world, two children make […]

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The Best of Kage Baker.

August 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Best of Kage Baker.

The big problem with anything that is labelled ‘Best Of…’ is no one can actually agree what should be included or left out. While it is useful to stimulate discussion, the ultimate choice will either leave the reader smug or frustrated. While the author is available to be the final arbiter, there is an excuse […]

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Year Zero by Rob Reid.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Year Zero by Rob Reid.

There’s a lot of praise for this book with some on the front cover and lots all over the back cover. For once I can’t disagree with a single one of them. Even the one that said ‘Year Zero is ROFLMAO funny…’, although I had to google that one just to see if it was […]

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Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by John Watkiss.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by John Watkiss.

This Del Rey trade paperback original collection, ‘Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures’, consists of number of stories and a few poems and fragments along with interesting essays on where the works first appeared and who influenced Robert E. Howard’s historical tales. The stories are a stylish precursor to the sword and sorcery stories, Conan […]

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Dark Shadows: Poisoned Soul by James Goss

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Dark Shadows: Poisoned Soul by James Goss

‘Poisoned Soul’ Charity Trask is not herself. She’s being haunted by musical hall singer Patsy Faye. It’s not a marriage made in heaven. Poor Charity, she’s had a rotten life. He father, the overtly Godly Reverend Gregory Trask, has already tried to ruin her life and she is unlucky in love with various relationships in […]

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Dark Shadows: London’s Burning by Joseph Lidster,

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Dark Shadows: London’s Burning by Joseph Lidster,

A nightmare for many, the Blitz is a welcome respite for his thoughts. Quentin Collins knows that ‘London’s Burning’ but his dark nature finds the perfect spot among the blackouts of the city. First, a werewolf, he had that curse lifted but is condemned to immortality by a magical painting. He has many a bitter […]

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