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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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It

by Stephen King

It 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 ...

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reviewed by Arron on Wednesday 27 August 2014
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Stolen Lives

by GK Masterson

Stolen Lives 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...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 25 August 2014
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Storm Thief

by Chris Wooding

Storm Thief 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...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Friday 22 August 2014
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Elite: Lave Revolution

by Allen Stroud

Elite: Lave Revolution 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 ...

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reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 20 August 2014
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Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven 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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reviewed by Ant on Monday 18 August 2014
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Red Planet Blues

by Robert J Sawyer

Red Planet Blues by Robert J Sawyer

The idea behind Red Planet Blues is a clever one. Mars has been colonised and is the new frontier with many parallels to the American gold-rush of the 1800's. This time around however it is genuine alien fossils that are in demand and fetch a high price. Since pretty much anything can now be synthesized on Earth, collecting something that isn't artificial - such as the remnants of ancient Martian life - becomes highly desirable. People desperate to strike a vein of Fossils in the Martian soil...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 15 August 2014
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The Demolished Man

by Alfred Bester

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The Demolished Man was the first ever novel to win a Hugo award for "Best Novel" in 1953. As with much of Alfred Bester's works, it remains an understated classic in the science fiction genre.

The novel is set in the 24th Century with a society who can no longer hide their crimes following the rise of police telepaths. Anyone caught carrying out a serious crime is "Demolished"; their mind erased. For Ben Reich this poses a serious problem. Haunted by nightmare's of the Man with no F...

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reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 06 August 2014
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Jerry Cornelius: His Life and Times

by Michael Moorcock

Jerry Cornelius: His Life and Times by Michael Moorcock

I discovered Michael Moorcock’s work fairly late in life. I’d just started teaching in Higher Education and was pointed towards both Elric of Melibone and his academic text – Wizardry and Wild Romance. The latter I found disagreeable, but deeply insightful and the former a read I could begin but not finish, no matter how hard I tried.

Eleven years later, I return to try again with Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times, a collection of Moorcock’s short stories about this particul...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Friday 01 August 2014
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Assembly Code

by Colin Barnes

Assembly Code by Colin Barnes

Synopsis: Picking up where Artificial Evil concludes, Gerry returns to Earth and discovers that problems have only escalated in spite of everything previously achieved while saving City Earth. Petal’s story unfolds as the mysteries of her past unveil the complexity of our dystopian Earth. Gerry, now upgraded and more powerful than before, posses the skills to give what remains of humanity a fighting chance against the Family and new evil force that has emerged from the West, the Red Widows....

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Wednesday 30 July 2014
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The Bullet Catcher's Daughter

by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter is set in a world that is steeped in steampunk-esque arcane machines with a nod to the Victorian era from a social stand-point. This style is perfectly captured by the series name "The Gas-Lit Empire". In this tightly controlled Empire it is unseemly - in many cases actually illegal - for a woman to have a "proper" job. As a result Elizabeth Barnabus is forced to lead a double life of duplicity. Acting as a lady but working as a private detective while disguised ...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 28 July 2014
Book Review

Fiefdom

by Dan Abnett

Fiefdom by Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent have come together to tell a tale of a future that feels and sounds not like what one would envision, resembling more our distant past then our near future. Many readers will know of Dan Abnett and his prolific work with Marvel, Abaddon, Games Workshop, and his most successful work, Gaunt’s Ghost (where I was first introduced to Abnett). Other readers might come to this story having already been exposed to the Kingdom comics from where our story takes places. In Kin...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 25 July 2014

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