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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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....
by Stephen King
Probably one of the best King books ever written. No that isn’t the review although if it was that would still sum the book up pretty easily. So great I’ve now read it four times, although admittedly never as fast as that first hungry initial reading. With every read, certain elements jump out at you that maybe were just part of the story in a previous read. Whether that is down to our own experiences and fears changing as we grow older or down to King’s ability to write a story so well with ...
by GK Masterson
Stolen Lives examines the questions of self and free will. How do we become the person we are? What would happen if our memories; the details of our very identity were stripped away?
Matt Tyler is going to find out. He awakes to find no memories of who he was, in a strange place with others who also have a hole where the records of their lives should be. He finds a like-minded soul in Gwen who is determined to find out who she was, who she is. Trouble is every time anyone tries to r...
by Chris Wooding
Storm Thief takes place in the fantasy world of Orokos, a city on an island run by a totalitarian government, ravaged by chaos and by the probability storms that re-order the world wherever they strike. It has been this way for so long that history has forgotten it, and its citizens don’t believe that anything outside exists. The main characters, Rail and Moa, and are teens from the ghetto who steal for a living. When they steal something that holds the key to secret of Orokos, there are othe...
by Allen Stroud
I first discovered Elite growing up in the Eighties. It was a simpler time and Elite made a huge impact, the freedom to travel to distant stars and meet, trade with Alien races was irresistable. Sadly even back then entertainment companies were already trying out crazy methods of protecting their products from copying and the Elite version I played had the most ridiculous copy protection seen before or since (you think DRM is bad). Known as Lenslok, some bright spark decided that in order to ...
by Emily St. John Mandel
Day One - The Georgia flu sweeps the globe, a pandemic on a scale not seen before. Reports put the mortality rate at 99%.
Week Two and most of Civilisation lies in ruins.
Twenty years after the cataclysm and pockets of humanity have rebuilt settlements across the US. Things seem a lot less dangerous than they did. A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through each territory along the coast of Lake Michigan performing shakespeare and classical symph...
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