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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: Seventh Decimate

January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seventh Decimate, Stephen Donaldson, Gollancz “In With a Magic Bullet.” Stephen Donaldson, in his time as a writer, has created an impressive line in flawed, unlikeable bastards. Generally they are men, but a few honourable...

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Princess of Blood (Book Two of the God Fragments), Tom Lloyd, Gollancz (cover artwork by Jon McCoy) Stranger of Tempest was one of my top five books of 2016 (reviewed here), and right from the...

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Reviews: life after humans – Sea of Rust

August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sea Of Rust C. Robert Cargill, Gollancz Mankind was dead, to begin with there is no doubt whatever about that. I paraphrase Charles Dickens there in his opening to that other great science fiction &...

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Reviews: David Gemmell’s Rhyming Rings

May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rhyming Rings, David Gemmell, Gollancz I haven’t read much of Gemmell’s body of work, despite being a huge fantasy reader. Something about his books put me off at an early age, though now I am...

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Rig, Jon Wallace, Gollancz Back in 2014 I was offered an advance copy of a novel by a writer I knew only from short stories in the likes of Interzone (still a great place for...

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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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Reviews: “Oooolla!!!” The Massacre of Mankind

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Massacre Of Mankind, Stephen Baxter, Gollancz Olla! Olla! The Martian cry of triumph from Jeff Wayne’s musical adaption of HG Well’s War Of The Worlds just rang out in the empty tumble-down theatre that...

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Obelisk, Stephen Baxter, Gollancz Obelisks, Monoliths, Sentinels and Ancient Alien Artifacts are the stuff science fiction dreams are made off, the smoke from which some of the finest tales of our age are scryed by...

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