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by Howard Andrew Jones
The Desert of Souls is a sweeping tale that is firmly rooted in the traditional sword and sorcery genre and yet flows with a steady, refreshing grace. Set in 8th Century Baghdad the novel is full of an eastern style that set's it apart from the majority of the genre. The only recent novel that comes close was the equally impressive Throne of the cresent moon by Saladin Ahmed....
by Stephen Donaldson
We last saw Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery getting ready to set sail with the Giants and embark upon the quest to find the fabled One Tree, that force that could remake the staff of law and free the land and its people from the evil influence.
One Tree rejoins these brave souls as they set sail on the giant's ship crossing the ocean to look for the island that hosts this legendary tree and once again have a weapon to fight Lord Foul and his multitude of minions....
by Stephen King
Review by Cleggy. What can be said about this author that hasn’t been said before? Prolific. Scary. Master of terror. King is all of these and more. King has really grown as not just a writer of horror throughout his career but as a true wordsmith, a master of his art and none more so than with this latest offering.
Moving away from the horror genre somewhat to that of crime/thriller King has written a fantastic novel that will appeal to old and new fans alike. It has the power to e...
by Clark Thomas Carlton
Prophets of the Ghost Ants is about as different a story as you are ever going to read (and given the sheer breadth of works around nowadays that is saying something). It's already been optioned for a film trilogy and has been lauded by such people as Lawrence Bender - the Oscar winning film producer whose credits include one of my favourite films "Good Will Hunting", not to mention Inglorious Basterds, Pulp fiction and An Inconvenient Truth.
As you can imagine it has a lot to live ...
Step right up! Step right up! Talk “the Talk” @Titan Books to Win Money-Can’t-Buy Prizes. Best-selling author Stephen King returns with a breathtaking tale of love – and loss – set in a 1970s North Carolina amusement park.
Celebrating the release of this bittersweet coming-of-age novel, Titan Books and Hard Case Crime are teaming up with a series of digital p...
by Christopher Fowler
Review by Cleggy. This is the first book I have read by this author, not somebody I had ever heard of. To my surprise I discovered a large catalogue of books he has written, most of which are very popular in their own right and it is at times like these I question what I have been reading these last thirty odd years. Did I enjoy it? Obviously a yes, even Simon Cowell would have a hard time criticizing this novel. Although I will admit it took me two attempts to get into it, but once I had, w...
by Mercedes Lackey
Redoubt is the fourth novel in the Collegium Chronicles, following the adventures of the Herald trainee Mags and his friends Bear, Lena and Amily. Mags is becoming something of a hero, not least due to his rescuing of Amily (the daughter of Kings Own Herald Nikolas) from agents of Valdemars treacherous enemy "the Karse".
But the mysterious Assassin's are still at large and may be hunting him, the reason's why they are hunting him could very well be hidden in dark corners of Mag's un...
by Graham Masterton
Review by Cleggy. Although Graham never seems to have reached the dizzy heights of other horror writers he has been a very prolific writer over the years, and has seen a few of his works hit the silver screen. However, forever in the shadow of the likes of Herbert, another British horror novelist, these movie adaptions seem to be B-rate movies at best, and this seems to be the idea people have in mind when they pick up one of his books. Garnering much of his success in the late seventies and ...
by Ira Nayman
Noomi Rapier is a rookie investigator with the Transdimensional Authority, a force who police the travel between dimensions. When Noomi and her partner "Crash" Chumley find a dead body slumped over an altered transdimensional machine in one of the many dimensions they patrol, they must discover not just who were the accomplices but what they were doing with the technology.
You wait ages for a good science fiction comedy novel and then two come along within the space of a month, this...
by Hylton H Smith
The Nexus Odyssey is an omnibus featuring the Darwinian Extension series along with the follow-on novel "Renewal", a series that presents a bold vision for the human race.
It begins in 2033 with a planned mission to populate the red planet, Mars. But rather than a simple plan to create a settlement as the private company Mars One is working towards in 2023, the idea is to colonise the planet and ultimately terraform the surface cre...
From award-winning British fantasy author Freda Warrington, A Taste of Blood Wine (Titan Books, May 2013) is the first novel of a gothic vampire melodrama.
To celebrate the return of the critically acclaimed Blood Books in collectable paperback and e-book edition, Titan Books and Freda Warrington are serialising two rare and risqué stories set within the ...
by Freda Warrington
A Taste of Blood Wine is romantic. It’s chock full of smoldering description, intrigue and mystery, dark love, and all sorts of gossip and twists and turns.
The novel follows Charlotte, the daughter and lab partner of a scientist, as she rapidly falls for the vampire Karl. But then the plot thickens. Karl is completely under the power of his maker, Kristian, who demands total servitude and tends to lean toward the criminally insane, with his God-fearing notions and sick love of Karl. ...
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The Dying of the Light: Interval by Jason Kristopher