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The Blue Blazes

by Chuck Wendig

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

There can be no doubt that Chuck Wendig has a way with words. He writes in a style which has an edge of grim reality, merging with that of the fantastic in such a way that feels entirely natural. As I've said before his books are always adult in nature and he pulls no punches in his depictions, although none of his writing ever feels gratuitous.

I read The Blue Blazes while stuck on a Motorway after work and when I say I read it, I read the whole book (and another afterwards) I was ...

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reviewed by Ant on Tuesday 30 September 2014
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The Seventh Miss Hatfield

by Anna Caltabiano

The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

As an author, reading a novel written by a seventeen year old is occasionally an experience of envious scrutiny. The merest mention of age by the publisher in the foreword and back cover blurb is an invocation to comparison. "Seventeen eh?" "Really? Well let’s just see if she’s any good… or worth of publication." etc. If I think back to my literary output at the same age, I was nowhere near producing such accomplished prose as Miss Caltabiano, but to make that comparison alone doesn’t do the...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Monday 29 September 2014
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Poe

by J Lincoln Fenn

Poe by J Lincoln Fenn

23-year-old Dimitri Petrov makes a living writing obituaries, but on Halloween he gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the haunted Aspinwall Mansion. There he meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer who works at the local nursing home, and promptly falls for her. But right as he’s trying to woo her, things get real creepy—the séance becomes real and Dimitri has a near-death experience.

After waking up in the morgue and finding himself stuck with a female ghost he dubs Poe, thi...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Thursday 25 September 2014
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Ascending Spiral

by Bob Rich

Ascending Spiral by Bob Rich

A unique twist on the time-travel tradition! A mix of genres amalgamated into something unforgettable. This is a read to be experienced with your brain’s switch flipped on.

From the book’s synopsis:

Dr. Pip Lipkin has lived for 12,000 years, incarnated many times as man, woman, and even as species beyond our world and senses. But he's here for a reason: to pay restitution for an ancient crime by working to save humanity from certain destruction....

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 24 September 2014
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The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix

by Paul Sussman

The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix by Paul Sussman

There is a bittersweet air that surrounds the publication of The Final Testimony of Raphael Ignatius Phoenix. It was the authors very first work and yet it has also proved to be his last. Paul Sussman passed away at the untimely age of 45 in May 2012. The book remained unpublished until his wife made the admirable decision to allow the world to see a glimpse of this authors genius. The fact that the book charters the life of a character who plans on also dying having complete...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 22 September 2014
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Jennifer Government

by Max Barry

Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Simply put this is a witty outlook on modern life and the consumerists of today. It does bare great similarities with the classic Orwell novel but where that can be quite dark and bleak this novel, although fatalistic somewhat is rather funny. The characters in the novel all having surnames from their employers is a particularly amusing idea. So you have characters such as John Nike, Hayley McDonalds and of course Jennifer Government....

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reviewed by Arron on Friday 19 September 2014
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The Relic Guild

by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

Sometimes a book comes along that reminds you of the pleasure of being a reader and/or a writer, a book that you start at the right time and cannot fail to admire.

In a measure, The Relic Guild is this kind of book. From the first page, the description crackles and draws you into the story and certainly made me reflect on passages of my own. “Best raise your game, Stroudy boy!” I thought as the image of a wounded wizard making his way to the hidden fastness of his master’s lair lit ...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Thursday 18 September 2014
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The Incorruptibles

by John Hornor Jacobs

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

The Incorruptibles is a tightly paced novel that feels fresh, leaving behind characters to be pondered long after the story ends.

Synopsis: On the edge of the Empire, a motley group of mercenaries protect a gluttonous governor and his family from the twisted evil that exists beyond the safety of the Empire. Sudden events up the ante between the Empire and the nations they are at war with, leaving Fisk and Shoe to protect the nobles and a girl - whom might just hold the secrets to e...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 17 September 2014
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The Long Mars

by Terry Pratchett

The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett

The Long Mars is the third novel in the Long Earth series and is set in the years following the events of the cataclysmic finale of The Long War. The world has now been changed not just by the continued expansion of humanity into the Long Earths but also by recent events. Populations begin to migrate to other worlds in large numbers and the Datum earth economy changes.

Lobsong, Sally and Joshua are all involved in this economic dislocation when Sally receives a message from her fath...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 15 September 2014
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The Fungus

by Harry Adam Knight

The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight

When I was given this book I must admit I had my doubts. The front cover didn’t appeal, the title seemed rather dated and the type of book I was expecting seemed very much planted in the 80’s. Reading through the first few pages and I wasn’t disappointed. It was exactly as I feared. Cheesy. Cliché ridden and almost cringe worthy. I read on, determined to at least do what I promised. And I am so glad I did. This book is fun. Once you get past the first few chapters what you have is a really we...

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reviewed by Arron on Friday 12 September 2014
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Love Minus Eighty

by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh writes love stories with high body counts. In terms of total death toll, he's probably killed all of humanity at least twice by now, yet each of his books is genuinely touching. In his first novel, Soft Apocalypse, his characters try to hold relationships together in the face of appalling violence as the United States and probably the world unravels completely, with several billion people dying. In his second novel, Hitchers, the body count is relatively low, just over half a mi...

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reviewed by Nate Hawthorne on Wednesday 10 September 2014
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Gather Yourselves Together

by Philip K Dick

Gather Yourselves Together by Philip K Dick

Gather Yourselves Together is one of the very first novels written by the late Philip K Dick, one biographer considers that it may be his first novel-length story. It was first published in 1984 after the authors death and as ever credit goes to Gollancz for making sure it stays in print.

It's an interesting book. Like a number of PKD stories there is little real science fiction, actually its pretty much none-existent here. The premise is that an American run Factory in China is bei...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 08 September 2014

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