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The Dead of Winter by  by Nicola Upson
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There are two types of Christmases: merry or blue. Whether you are more Slade or Elvis will depend on the experiences you have had in the past on December 25th. Have your winters been full of family fun and presents? Do you get a sense of wellbeing and good tidings to...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th January 2022
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Kill Me Goodbye by  by A K Reynolds
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There is an internet meme of Will Ferrel playing a dishevelled looking Anchorman and stating, “well that escalated quickly.” I have read many crime thrillers in my time, and they often pick up pace and rattle along, but none have...

Article by Sam Tyler on 10th January 2022
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Artificial Condition by  by Martha Wells
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Artificial Condition is the second book in The Murderbot Diaries, and the follow up to All Systems Red. It won the 2019 Hugo and Locus awards for best novella, and like the others in the series, has received a great deal of praise. It is highly recommended (but not imperative) you read All...

Article by Ant on 6th January 2022
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The Fallen Star by  by Claudia Gray
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The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray is released on the first anniversary of the creation of The High Republic Universe, a bold move by the Star Wars novels to create their own sandbox in which to play, free from the Skywalkers. There are comics, YA books and more....

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th January 2022
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The easy confidence with which I know another man?s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also
- Mark Twain
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All Systems Red by  by Martha Wells
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As I write this, the fifth book and first full-length novel in the Murderbot diaries, Network Effect, has won the Hugo award 2021 for best novel, already having won the Nebula and Locus. The series itself has also won the 2021 Hugo for best series. I guess I have some catching up to do. All...

Article by Ant on 31st December 2021
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The year 1973, UK, Ireland and Denmark join the European Union, CBS sell the New York Yankees for $10 million and Skylab, the United States first ever space station, is launched. It's not a year that's often recalled in history, but quite a bit did happen.

Inflation caused issues around...

Article by Ant on 28th December 2021
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The Stone man by  by Luke Smitherd
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One of those books I missed the first time around, The stone man is the first in a series of science fiction thrillers. It looks like it's already become a bit of a self-published success story and the second in the series, The empty men is out now.

The story begins on one July afternoon...

Article by Ant on 23rd December 2021
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Sadly this will be the final volume of a successful, long lasting series of anthologies compiled by distinguished British editor Stephen Jones. Once again he has collected the “best” short horror stories appeared in collections and genre magazines during the previous year. Actually,...

Article by Mario Guslandi on 22nd December 2021
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84K by  by Claire North
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Despite repeated and continued efforts by the UK government (amongst others) of turning it into a reality, I still enjoy the odd dystopian fiction. More and more often though it does feel like things that will be rather than things that may. 84K is a good example. Set in a future where the...

Article by Ant on 20th December 2021
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The fictional detective always seems to have some flaw that follows them through life preventing them from being happy or doing their best work. This could be drink, gambling, or drugs. In the case of Johann Thorsson’s Detective John Dark it is far worse, a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th December 2021
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I picked this book up some time ago as I like tales of immortality and time and what not, and it seemed intriguing that the same author who wrote The boy in the striped pajamas  would write an historical fantasy. Of course it's one of those books that people who don't like fantasy will tell...

Article by Ant on 15th December 2021
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Absynthe by  by Brendan P. Bellecourt
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I have done my time at university where I drank too much and stayed out too late. Looking back now I can only think about my poor liver and the crazy never die attitude that many of the young have. I was never that adventurous and stuck to beer and whatever was on offer at...

Article by Sam Tyler on 13th December 2021
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn?t go away.
- Philip K Dick
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World's Edge by  by David Hair
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Fantasy books are often bulky reads. Not only this, they also often come as part of a series. A series of chunky books. That is a lot of story to tell and the trickiest part is the middle. Book one introduces you to the characters, while the final...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th December 2021
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The Fantasy genre is broader than some people try to make out. I have read Tolkien and there is nothing else quite like that, although many followed the path. Modern Fantasy is often darker and violent, but back in the 80s and 90s there was more of a sense of adventure and magic....

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th November 2021
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Exposure by  by Louis Greenberg
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Going to see live theatre can be an exhilarating experience of an excruciating one, both for the same reason. This is live and in front of you. As an audience you are experiencing the magic together, or if things go wrong, the disaster. There is a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th November 2021
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A whole anthology addressing the subject of shapeshifters ( beyond the time honored example of werewolves)  is a real challenge because the risk of repetitiveness ia always around the corner and so is the hazard of making suspension of disbelief an unreachable goal.

Editors SD...

Article by Mario Guslandi on 20th November 2021
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Five Decembers by  by James Kestrel
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Noir is not always an easy genre to write, there is a timeless tone to it. You can pick up a book that was written 70 years ago and it still has all the effortless style to make it incredibly readable. If you are going to write a new noir set during the classic noir period you are not only...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th November 2021
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Swashbucklers by  by Dan Hanks
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Nostalgia is a dangerous tool to use in a novel as what people think happened is not always the case. They prefer to see the past through rose tinted glasses. The 1980s can be seen as an era of Nintendo playing and Bermuda shorts, but that was not my 80s. I remember the Spectrum, my milk...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th November 2021
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