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Smoke

Dan Vyleta

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke is a book that presents the idea - what if your stronger emotions were visible? People's Anger, Lust and Lies all visible as real smoke and soot that settles around them, permeating their clothes and the space around them. Within this world Children are born carrying "the seeds of evil" within them while the ruling elite have somehow found a way to control their desires and control their sin.

As you might imagine there is a big gap between the rich and the poor, the rich i...

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Review written by Ant on Thursday 25th August 2016
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South

Frank Owen

South by Frank Owen

I recieved a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a free review.

SOUTH is a dystopian fiction set in an alternate America, set in modern times, where a civil war breaks out between the North and the South. The story follows a variety of five characters, each trying to kill, hide or survive. The book follows Garrett and Dyce, on the run from the South’s law enforcement; the Callahans. Whilst journeying through the South, they meet Vida, a woman trying to find a ...

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Review written by Sam on Thursday 18th August 2016
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Whistleblower

David Smith

Whistleblower by David Smith

A near future Science Fiction story packed full of action, when it starts, Whistleblower by David Smith has all the punch of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Jake Redwood is part of a special police task force ordered to apprehend suspect alien children and subject them to a set of rigorous tests before they break cover and commit mass murder. The whys and wherefores of this burgeoning worldwide crisis are only to be guessed at, but when one particular child is captured and begins telling a...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Thursday 11th August 2016
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The Damaged

Simon Law

The Damaged by Simon Law

Horror comes in different guises, it can be dark, chilling, violent, bloody and psychological;

Simon Law’s second novel The Damaged is all of these themes.

The story starts in 1987 during ‘The Great Storm’. Law does a great job of writing about the eighties that is both familiar to those who remember it but also useful to readers who may not.

We are introduced to the Mason family, a typical middle class eighties family. Sandra Mason is an assistant manager ...

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Review written by Tracey Holmes on Monday 8th August 2016
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Dreams of Chaos

Allen Stroud

Dreams of Chaos by Allen Stroud

Dreams of Chaos, the first in a trilogy by Allen Stroud, is a companion piece to the computer game Chaos Reborn from Snapshot Games. Set in the 14th Century, it explores an alternative history of our world mainly set between Europe and the Far East with copious amounts of wizardry and religious orders thrown into the mix. Wizards walk amongst us, and have done for centuries, wielding magic as they seek to transcend mortality by acquiring our faith and devotion. Their manipulations lie at the ...

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Review written by Phil Sloman on Friday 5th August 2016
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Mechanical Failure

Joe Zieja

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

I was quite unprepared for Mechanical Failure. While the blurb mentions it as a "sarcastic adventure", such a description doesn't do justice.

Set in the far future after Humanity has spread to the stars and now live in a different Galaxy, mankind has managed to endure Two Hundred years (and counting) of peace. For Sergeant R Wilson military was the perfect career - mostly involved with drinking, avoiding work and hosting epic barbecues. Eventually though Wilson decides to expand...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 18th July 2016
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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet was originally funded as a small kickstarter project and self-published as a result. It was such a hit that it found a big publisher, got nominated for a ton of awards and has been raved about by many, many people. What struck me in particular wasn't just what everyone was saying or how many awards it was nominated for. What raised my interest was the type of awards that were included - it was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award (always one to wa...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 11th July 2016
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The Long Cosmos

Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett

And so we come at last to the final volume in the remarkable journey that is The Long Earth. It also happens to be the swansong of that singular author Sir Terry Pratchett.

And what a finale it is. The Long Cosmos lives up to the promise the authors have been building with this series, it is quite simply breath-taking. A vision that goes far beyond the boundries that the Long Earth already presented us with and far our into an endless multitude of space.

I've been wai...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 4th July 2016
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The Kings Justice

Stephen Donaldson

The Kings Justice by Stephen Donaldson

The Kings Justice is one of two new stories released this month from one of the veterans of the Fantasy scene - Stephen Donaldson.

It's a tale of an enigmatic figure known only as Black who goes in search of evil deeds. He has powers that help him route out evil, not least the ability to manipulate people to his will. He can also sniff out the bad and often trace it back to it's source.

The Kings Justice see's Black investigate a murder in the sleepy village of...

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Review written by Ant on Wednesday 29th June 2016
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The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Claire North

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August got me hooked into Claire North's (also known as Kate Griffin and Catherine Webb) wonderfully rich, clever and entertaining stories. As such I've been eagerly awaiting The Sudden Appearance of Hope for some time.

One of the things that really draws you into the authors works is the idea, with Harry August it was this select group of people who exist in a loop, repeating their life over and over again. This time the bright idea ...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 27th June 2016
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Mongrels

Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels is a book that grips you by the jugular right from the start, a bit like the way a werewolf might. Funny enough that's what Mongrels is all about - a family of werewolves who are forced to travel around the USA avoiding the authorities and others who take a dislike their kind. It's a country that shuns them at every turn and we see this journey, this forced isolation, from the viewpoint of a young boy as he grows up.

His family consist of aunt Libby and uncle Darren...

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Review written by Ant on Friday 24th June 2016
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Powers

Brian Michael Bendis

Powers by Brian Michael Bendis

A continuation of the story from the comic books, Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim is a standalone novel, that links into the comic book story arc. Fans of the Playstation Network TV series may notice a few inconsistencies in terms of the background of its principle character, Deena Pilgrim, but any prior knowledge of this, or the comic book series, does give a clear image of the characters and their world.

The novel from Kleid and Bendis doesn’t rely on its visual bagg...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Monday 20th June 2016
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Dark Sky

Mike Brooks

Dark Sky by Mike Brooks

The crew of the Keiko are back. Mike Brooks hammers out the sequel to his epic, sci-fi adventure, Dark Run; Dark Sky, and it truly is an incredible adventure. It continues the rapid-fire wit from the first, harkens back to the space opera/western of Firefly and blends two different perspectives on this rising revolution plot that will have you hooked from start to finish.

The plot picks up where Dark Run left off. After stealing a ton of money from the multiple bank accounts of Icha...

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Review written by Sam on Friday 17th June 2016
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The Medusa Chronicles

Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter

The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds

A collaboration between Science Fiction greats,  Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds, The Medusa Chronicles picks up the story of Arthur C. Clarke's A Meeting with Medusa a Nebula Award winning novella published in Playboy in 1971. It takes the story of Howard Falcon, from his shattered aftermath into a new era of humanity, where artificial intelligence, sentient primates and further discoveries of alien indigenous life on Jupiter gradually shape the ideologies of human society over t...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 15th June 2016

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