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From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters (book review).

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters (book review).

Debut author Sam Peters brings us a fabulous interplanetary mystery described by the publishers as ‘your new SF thriller obsession’ which, after the first couple of chapters, proved to be pretty much accurate. Keona Rause is an intelligence agent who has spent five years on Earth following the death of his wife, Liss, in a […]

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A Gathering Of Shadows (Shades Of Magic book 2) by V.E Schwab (book review)

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A Gathering Of Shadows (Shades Of Magic book 2) by V.E Schwab (book review)

‘A Gathering Of Shadows’ is the second book in the ‘Shades Of Magic’ series, so if you haven’t read the first book, ‘A Darker Shade Of Magic’, read that one first as this one follows directly on from it. Four months after the conclusion of ‘A Darker Shade Of Magic’, Kell is restless. The bond […]

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Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

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Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

From the start, DJ Jaffe points out that his book, ‘Insane Consequences’, is not about mental conditions but about how the USA tackles or rather doesn’t tackle its most extremely disturbed citizens. The sub-title, ‘How The Mental Health Industry Fails The Mentally Ill’ tells it all. It doesn’t! That is, the mental health industry fails […]

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Alliance (book 2) by S. K. Dunstall (book review).

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alliance (book 2) by S. K. Dunstall (book review).

‘Alliance’ is the second ‘Linesman’ novel by S. K. Dunstall (sisters Sherylyn and Karen Dunstall). There’s no break in the timeline between the two books so it picks up where ‘Linesman’ left off. The story opens with Captain Selma Kari Wang on board her spaceship. They were on assignment to test out some new weapons […]

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Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace book 1) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

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Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace book 1) by Elizabeth Moon (book review).

In recent years I read and enjoyed the seven books of Elizabeth Moon’s ‘Serrano Legacy’ and intended, at some point, to read her five part ‘Vatta’s War’ series. When ‘Cold Welcome’ was announced, the first in the follow-on series ‘Vatta’s Peace’ I thought I’d best get a move on and read ‘Vatta’s War’, but then […]

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Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual by Jeremy Brecher (book review).

Jeremy Brecher’s book ‘Against Doom: A Climate Insurgence Manual’ is a short but important read. If you have any interest in climate change but needed current data in your hands or even to pass the book to others to read then this easily qualifies. Some information can be inferred. Take the recent American presidential campaign […]

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Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

Just when I thought Tom Weaver wouldn’t have any other books to surprise me, I came across ‘Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers’ in Eurospan’s back catalogue. Looking at the twenty people interviewed, there are several who worked well into the 60s and 70s, far beyond Weaver’s usual cut-off […]

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The Chronicles Of Old Guy (Volume 1) (An Old Guy/Cybertank Adventure) by Timothy J Gawne (ebook review)

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Chronicles Of Old Guy (Volume 1) (An Old Guy/Cybertank Adventure) by Timothy J Gawne  (ebook review)

In the future there will be cybertanks with sentience patterned on the human brain and personalities, too. Our hero is an Odin-Class Ground Based Cyber Defensive Unit serial number CRL345BY44. The human used to call him Carl, based on the serial number, and he didn’t like it. His peers call him ‘Old Guy’ because he’s […]

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Chalk by Paul Cornell (book review)

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Chalk by Paul Cornell  (book review)

In a forgotten world, a boy seeks to live a normal life. The forgotten world is Britain in the 1970s and the boy lives in rural England. His daily life is full of pain, that being the specialist subject of the school bully, Drake and his gang. Andrew Waggoner tries to be invisible. He hopes […]

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (book review)

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai  (book review)

If only you could travel in time and make everything right. OK, stop shouting, we all know this to be a bad idea. Case histories abound or they would do if I hadn’t travelled back in time and wiped them. Tom has a very clever dad, who is emotionally cold. He had a mum but […]

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