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Assembly Code

by Colin Barnes

Assembly Code by Colin Barnes

Synopsis: Picking up where Artificial Evil concludes, Gerry returns to Earth and discovers that problems have only escalated in spite of everything previously achieved while saving City Earth. Petal’s story unfolds as the mysteries of her past unveil the complexity of our dystopian Earth. Gerry, now upgraded and more powerful than before, posses the skills to give what remains of humanity a fighting chance against the Family and new evil force that has emerged from the West, the Red Widows....

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 30 July 2014
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The Bullet Catcher's Daughter

by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter is set in a world that is steeped in steampunk-esque arcane machines with a nod to the Victorian era from a social stand-point. This style is perfectly captured by the series name "The Gas-Lit Empire". In this tightly controlled Empire it is unseemly - in many cases actually illegal - for a woman to have a "proper" job. As a result Elizabeth Barnabus is forced to lead a double life of duplicity. Acting as a lady but working as a private detective while disguised ...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 28 July 2014
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Fiefdom

by Dan Abnett

Fiefdom by Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent have come together to tell a tale of a future that feels and sounds not like what one would envision, resembling more our distant past then our near future. Many readers will know of Dan Abnett and his prolific work with Marvel, Abaddon, Games Workshop, and his most successful work, Gaunt’s Ghost (where I was first introduced to Abnett). Other readers might come to this story having already been exposed to the Kingdom comics from where our story takes places. In Kin...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 25 July 2014
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Journal of the Plague Year

by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Journal of the Plague Year by Adrian Tchaikovsky

If you like your science fiction with a dystopian edge, this might be a good book for you.

The Afterblight Chronicles is a shared world series published by Abaddon Books. Originating in 2006, with Simon Spurrier’s The Culled and passing through the hands of several different writers over the years, it is a post-apocalyptic vision of humanity in the grip of an uncontrollable virus. The latest publication is Journal of the Plague Year: three authors writing three stories, sharing the ...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 23 July 2014
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No Hero

by Jonathan Wood

No Hero by Jonathan Wood

Arthur Wallace, inspired by 80's films such as Tango and Cash, is an Oxford copper who finds himself entirely unprepared when fate chooses him to step up and play the hero; recruited as he is by the mysterious government agency MI37.

Luckily he's always lived by the mantra "What would Kurt Russell do?" but even the venerable action hero might find himself outclassed against an inter-dimensional nightmarish group of creatures who now threaten our reality.

Told from the fir...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 21 July 2014
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The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Kelsea Glynn is the only heir to the throne of Tearling but rather than growing up surrounded by servants and sophistication she has been raised in a woods by foster parents, in secret. Mostly this is due to her real mothers failings - Queen Elyssa was murdered for ruining the kingdom and for 18 years its been ruled over by Regent.

The Regent is Kelsea's uncle but in reality his strings have been firmly pulled by the Red Queen. The Red Queen is a tyrant and sorceress who rules the n...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 18 July 2014
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Artificial Evil

by Colin Barnes

Artificial Evil by Colin Barnes

Colin F. Barnes’ Artificial Evil, Book One of the Techxorist Series introduces readers to a familiar yet new experience in post-apocalyptic literature. The series is ongoing, the author’s website reveals book four as “in progress” (as of July 2014). Currently, the three part series includes a prequel to Artificial Evil. As a reader, I’ve decided to read through book three before enjoying the prequel. And by enjoy, I don’t speak presumptuously. Artificial Evil grabbed me in the first thirty pa...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 16 July 2014
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Baptism of Fire

by Andrzej Sapkowski

Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher series is something quite special and Baptism of Fire is no exception. Written by the talented Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and translated by the equally talented liguist David French (who translated the previous book in the series Time of Contempt).

The people behind the series have done something no other have quite accomplished. That is to not only create a Polish-English series that retains the voice of the author but also to transfer this to a series of Computer ...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 14 July 2014
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Diary of a Teenage Superhero

by Darrell Pitt

Diary of a Teenage Superhero by Darrell Pitt

Darrell Pitt delivers a new take on two well-loved genres in his series Teen Superheroes. Mixing Superhero with Alien Invasion, Pitt creates a world on the verge of an invisible war whose salvation rests in the hands of five teenagers, each as unique as their country of origin. In book one, Diary of a Teenage Superhero, Pitt introduces the reader to his cast of misfit teens and sets up an excellent opening book for the series. As of July 2014, there are three books published for Teen Superher...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 11 July 2014
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We Are All Completely Fine

by Daryl Gregory

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

Cannibals ate Stan’s hands and legs. A psychopath cut Barbara open and carved pictures on her bones. They and other people with similarly intense and unbelievable experiences attend group therapy sessions at the center of Daryl Gregory’s novella We Are All Completely Fine. At the start of the story we know the other group members as Martin, who refuses to take off his computerized sunglasses, Greta, whose body is a map of scars, and Harrison, who used to hunt monsters. Eventually we learn mo...

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reviewed by Nate Hawthorne on Wednesday 09 July 2014
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Truth and Fear

by Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear is the second novel in the Wolfhound Century series by the talented author Peter Higgins. The first book in the series Wolfhound Century was a seriously impressive novel. So much so that it won Book of the year on SFBook for 2013.

The story continues right where we (quite abruptly) left Wolfhound Century as Lom and Maroussia try and stay out of clutches of the authorities. The book hits the ground running with a sw...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 07 July 2014
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Summer Knight

by Jim Butcher

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files are fast becoming a comfort read of mine. Jim Butcher writes in such a disarmingly warm, friendly manner that is quite compelling, relaxing and addictive.

Summer Knight is the fourth book in the series and poor Dresden really seems to have hit rock bottom. With no cases, no money, a girlfriend who has disappeared after being bitten by a Vampire. That's not to mention the wizard's White Council to answer to.

The story continues from the fallout of the "vam...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 30 June 2014

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