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by Andrew Buckley
I'm often saying that there just isn't enough well written comic fantasy, aside from the likes of Pratchett, Holt, Howard and Rankin the laugh-out-load novels still being written are few and far between and in large the genre is being propped up by writers such as Rob Knipe and RJ Astruc.
Thankfully Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish is without a doubt not only the funniest of funny novels I've read this year but it also happens to be a brilliant, engaging story and as well written ...
by Melissa Mar
Review by Vanessa. Aislinn has always seen faeries. They are powerful, cruel, and dangerous. She and her grandmother have avoided them all of their lives—don’t stare, don’t speak, don’t attract their attention. But now, faeries have started to stalk her, including Keenan, the Summer King. Keenan has searched high and low for his Summer Queen for centuries; without her, summer will die. But so far, no mortal has been able to take the scepter without also taking the Winter Queen’s cold and beco...
by Ann Vandermeer
Back in November 2011 Jeff and Ann VanderMeer published "The Weird", the ultimate collection of weird tales of the last 100 years. This November they turn their attentions to Time Travel in another landmark Tome.
This is without a doubt the most definitive collection of stories featuring time travel that has ever been assembled and the contributers read like a who's who of Science Fiction - Wells, Adams, Asimov, Bradbury, Gibson, Le Guin, Moorcock, Baker, Bear, Egan, Chu, Cherryh - ...
by Annette Curtis Klause
Review by Vanessa. Blood and Chocolate’s protagonist Vivian Gandillon loves the change—the sweetly painful way her body moves from human to wolf. At 16, she’s stunningly beautiful and has all the men in her pack running after her. Her pack family, recently driven away from West Virginia where her father lost his life, reestablishes themselves temporarily in a Maryland suburb, where Vivian falls for a human....
To co-incide with the publication of Steve Berry's Behind the Sofa and also the 50th Anniversary of the worlds longest running science fiction show - Doctor Who, we are lucky enough to have an excerpt - written by none other than funnyman Paul Whitehouse.
Behind the Sofa is published by Gollancz and all royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the charit...
by Steve Berry
To relate to this novel you need to understand the reason for the book, memories. Those snapshots of time stored in our own personal biological computer situated in our noggin.
In many ways it's these recordings of our travels through time (and if we are lucky, space) that make us the people we are; which is why the illness Alzheimer's is such a cruel beast. It robs us of our loved ones, it robs us of our past and it makes us become someone who at times isn't really us anym...
by Jason M Hough
It's the 23rd Century and Earth is changed forever following the arrival in Darwin, Australia of the alien "builder" technology that provides a "tether" out into space, humanity finally has a space elevator. No-one knows why, or even if they will return.
Some time later the planet is left ravaged by a plague that turns most of the population into savage animals. Only those who live within a 9 mile radius of the alien technology, on the space stations around the elevator and a few wh...
by Ken Mazur
2047 in New York and the future imagined in Zxap Jacket is a grim one; acid snow falls with abandon on the dirty streets and those without a Zxap Jacket suffer stinging eyes and burned skin. As is commonly prevailent within the early 21st Century, it isn't long before private enterprise looks at the marketing opportunity such an environmental disaster provides and Maxwell Zxap was the winner of that race.
Zxap jackets come in many different styles and models - tailored to the audien...
by JRR Tolkien
Like many people who read fantasy my journey into this wonderful genre was largely propelled at a young age by The Hobbit. For me it came from a completely unlikely source too - from my Gran who didn't ever seem to read much (at least that I noticed), didn't have many books and yet had The Hobbit along with Hardback editions of the Lord of the Rings.
I have no idea how or why she came to be the owner of these books - something that may forever remain a mystery however I do recall th...
by Stephen Baxter
Proxima is more than a bit of a surprise. There is no doubt that Stephen Baxter is a talented and imaginative author however I often find his novels quite dry and lacking in empathy. Part of this is entirely due to the subject matter some of his works draw from, often narrating a timeline that encompasses thousands of years or vast events. Proxima has all of his wonderful imagination and yet is also much more focused and far easier to read than any of his books I've read before (including the...
by Douglas E Richards
Douglas Richards has a wonderful way of injecting science fiction elements into a thriller style plot without upsetting the balance and comparisons to the late Michael Crichton are inevitable. If anyone was to compare authors it would also be fair to say that Richards is a worthy successor to Crichton - there is the same carefully considered and yet pacy plot combined with plenty of atmosphere and tense, "thrilling" moments....
The Émigré Saga is a slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy written by TS Koomar that follows the (mis)adventures of the larger than life pawnbroker Morley as he attempts a daring heist from the Royal Academy Library in order to pay of his fearsome loan sharks. SFBook is proud to be serialising the novel over the next few months, this time it's Part 4....
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Book of the month
The Time Travellers Almanac by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer