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

September 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
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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Doctor Who: Who Graphica by Simon Guerrier, Steve O’Brien and Ben Morris (book review).

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Who Graphica by Simon Guerrier, Steve O’Brien and Ben Morris (book review).

There are the occasional books I look at and wonder who they are targeted at. As my fellow reviewer, John Rivers, pointed out, there is usually a batch of ‘Doctor Who’ books put out to cash in on the yuletide market this time of year. Thinking about that, he’s probably right although I’ve also seen […]

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Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box Booklet by Steve Mockus (book and model review)

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box Booklet by Steve Mockus   (book and model review)

The publicity blurb of ‘Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box’ accompanying this figurine and booklet describe Cthulhu as a ‘signature character’ who is as ‘emblematic for Lovecraft fans’ in the same way as ‘Darth Vader is for Star Wars’. But, in all honesty, I think that’s missing the point. Except for a single short story, […]

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Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina (book review)

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina    (book review)

The belief that only humans are sentient is slowly being dispelled today. It might not be the same form of intelligence that we have but the sense of family or clan support can be just as strong, as well as a variety of emotional and intelligent mindsets that compare to our own. Carl Safina’s book, […]

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Decade 1: The Best Of Albedo One Paperback edited by John Kenny (book review).

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Decade 1: The Best Of Albedo One Paperback edited by John Kenny (book review).

What a mixed bag of goodies ‘Albedo One’ served up in its first decade! This little Irish magazine is rather like the Canadian ‘On Spec’ in that it doesn’t pay professional rates but still gets professional quality stories. Mind you, some of them are definitely weird. I’ll do those first and then get on to […]

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