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Reviews: Elizabeth Moon’s Cold Welcome

April 11, 2017 | 1 Comments

Cold Welcome, Elizabeth Moon, Orbit Books (Cover art by Steve Stone, design by Sean Garrehy) How have I gone this long without hearing about Elizabeth Moon? First of all, Elizabeth Moon is an amazing name,...

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North, Orbit I knew that Claire North’s new book, “The Sudden Appearance of Hope” was about a girl who everyone forgot. I was expecting this to be a story...

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Chalk, Paul Cornell, Tor Books (cover design by Peter Lutjen) The great publisher of SF&F, Tor, has been doing a cracking run of shorter books recently, some by new talent, some by existing, some very...

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Ten Minutes on Mars, Jonathan Fisher One of my favourtite albums from way back in the day was Black And White by The Stranglers, four men on top of their game with something to say...

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Reviews: Kings of the Wyld

February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames, Orbit Books Kings of the Wyld is the debut novel from Nicholas Eames, and it follows Clay Cooper, a retired mercenary, who was content to settle down and live...

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Reviews: 13 Minutes

February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

13 Minutes, Sara Pinborough, Gollancz Although Sarah Pinborough has written plenty of genre novels, 13 Minutes is more of a pure crime thriller. It’s the story of a teenage girl who was pulled from an...

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The Art of Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, Josh Kushnins, Abrams I hope you’ve all seen this movie by now, but if you’re one of those who waits until the home release, fear not,...

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New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orbit Books (cover artwork by Stephan Martiniere, design by Kirk Benshoff) At some time in the not so distant future the waters across the face of the world arose...

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Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys, Tor “Endless disasters might overtake the short lived people to whom I had bound myself. Plagues and famines, mind destroying magics, careless or uncaring powers, vast rocks hurtling unseen through the...

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Reviews: the plot thickens in Insurgence

December 20, 2016 | 1 Comments

The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Ken MacLeod, Orbit Books (cover design by Bekki Guyatt) This is the second book in Ken MacLeod’s absorbing new trilogy – the first volume, Insurgence, is reviewed here along with a...

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