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Reviews: From Distant Stars

April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

From Distant Stars, Sam Peters, Gollancz From Darkest Skies was a strong mystery story set in a well fleshed-out, instantly immersive, sci-fi world. It felt like season one of a good, mid-budget television show –...

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Reviews: Love and Life in China – Our Story

April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our Story: a Memoir of Love and Life in China, Rao Pingru, Square Peg/Vintage Books “All we children knew about them was that books were among the good things of this world.” This was an...

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Reviews: Arm of the Sphinx

April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Arm of the Sphinx, Josiah Bancroft, Orbit Books (cover art by Ian Leino, design by Lauren Panepinto) “Some scholars believe the Sphinx must be a supreme mesmerist to bring so many to ruin. He spellbinds...

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Reviews: the Only Harmless Great Thing

March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander, Tor (cover design by Will Staehle) Tor have really been knocking it out the park with some terrific novellas these last few years, some have been writers I...

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Time Was, Ian McDonald, Tor All That Time Was, All That Time Will Be. Two men, lost in time, search with a desperate intensity for each other, mindful of paradox and the outward ripples of...

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The Night Lies Bleeding, M.D. Lachlan, Gollancz “The Night Lies Bleeding” by M.D Lachlan is a Gaiman-esque blending of myth and brutal reality. Deeply poetic in its narrative, this novel grips you in its sharp...

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Reviews: a Forbidding Planet – One Way

February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

One Way, SJ Morden, Gollancz A group of convicts, all facing life sentences, are offered instead an opportunity of a one-way trip to Mars, in order to prepare the habitable way station there for the...

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Reviews: Jade City

February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jade City, Fonda Lee, Orbit Books Fonda Lee’s Jade City takes the reader deep into the richly envisioned city of Janloon, in the island nation of Kekon, the only location in the world where activated...

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Reviews: Star Wars – the Art of the Last Jedi

January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Art of Star Wars: the last Jedi, Phil Szostak, Abrams So, The Last Jedi, eh? Everyone has their opinion on the movie, whether they think it good or bad, or a disgraceful act of...

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Reviews: Sin du Jour returns with Gluttony Bay

January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gluttony Bay: a Sin du Jour Affair, Matt Wallace, Tor Though bittersweet has often been the predominant flavour in Matt Wallace’s Sin du Jour novella series from Tor, the latest and penultimate installment, Gluttony Bay,...

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