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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 The book remained unpublished until his wife made the admirable decision to allow the world to see a glimpse of this authors genius.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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The Iron Trial

by Holly Black

The Iron Trial by Holly Black

The Iron Trial focuses on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with magic. In this first book, a new student, Callum Hunt comes to the Magisterium against his will—but is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that?

Well, let me just answer that very obvious (and rhetorical) question: the truth is, absolutely, more twisted than that. I read The Iron Trial within two days—it’s a quick read. The book kept me curious, tho...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Wednesday 03 September 2014
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Elite: Mostly Harmless

by Kate Russell

Elite: Mostly Harmless by Kate Russell

Elite: Mostly Harmless is the second Elite: Dangerous tie-in novel reviewed here on SFBook. Written by Kate Russell, this novel follows Commander Angel Rose who is forced into a life of crime. She is determined to not only survive but excel in her occupation as professional Assassin.

Sounds interesting enough and if that isn't tempting you then how about the fact that 10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the organisation Special Effect who have made it their mission t...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 01 September 2014
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The Real and the Unreal

by Ursula K Le Guin

The Real and the Unreal: Where on Earth by Ursula K Le Guin

With an illustrious writing career spanning several decades, Ursula Le Guin’s name is synonymous with the very best and thought provoking science fiction and fantasy writing. The Real and Unreal: Volume 1: Where on Earth? is a collection of her short stories with a common theme of being set in locations that could be the real world. A second volume entitled Outer Space and Inner Lands contains more of Ursula Le Guin’s work that might be labelled as science fiction and fantasy....

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Friday 29 August 2014
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Alien

by Alan Dean Foster

Alien by Alan Dean Foster

Alien: It’s more than just a novelization of the movie.

Alan Dean Foster’s ALIEN is fantastic. That having been said, you can easily guess the direction of this book review. Normally, I do a formal review but this one just seemed to be stifled by a synopsis and straightforward critique. Instead, I want to explain why Alien is a great novel even without the Alien universe that it is tied to....

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Thursday 28 August 2014

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