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Made to Kill

by Adam Christopher

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

If you can imagine what a science fiction novel written by Raymond Chandler might be like (while Chandler is known to have hated Science Fiction stories rumours persist he did write one) then Made to Kill is about as close as you will likely ever get (short of resurrecting the late author). It pays homage to Chandlers work without being derivitive or contrite. It's a wonderfully crafted story that blends Noir with with the idea of how a robot of that era might look (and feel) and function. <...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 27 November 2015
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The Mage of Storms

by Mercedes Lackey

The Mage of Storms by Mercedes Lackey

The Mage Storms by Mercedes Lackey is the bringing together of three previously released books (Storm Warning, Storm Rising and Storm Breaking) into one volume. This makes a lot of sense as while the books form part of the Valdemar series they are a complete story in themselves. No previous knowledge of the wider series is needed to appreciate this one.

The books are set in a classic fantasy world, with no modern technology, with fairly widespread use of magic. The story centres aro...

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reviewed by Karen Fishwick on Friday 20 November 2015
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An Android Awakes

by Mike French

An Android Awakes by Mike French

Billed as a ‘graphic novel, novel’ An Android Awakens tells the story, through pictures and words, of Android Writer PD121928 as it tries to produce stories that a publisher will accept before the submission limit on its programming runs out.

What we have here is an innovative throwback; something that returns us to the picture story premise of old annuals and paperbacks, but presents itself to a graphic novel audience.

The balance of narrative is weighed towards the writi...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 18 November 2015
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Oryx and Crake

by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I've been meaning to grab this series for quite some time — the combination of Atwood's evocative prose and a post-apocalyptic setting is a highly promising one. Oryx and Crake tells the story of an altered world through the eyes of a man once known as Jimmy. Now known as Snowman and clothed in deteriorated bedsheets, his only companions are the green-eyed, blue-skinned "Children of Crake" and the the voice of his one true love Oryx, haunting him in his head.

The book grabs you righ...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 13 November 2015
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Dream Alchemy

by Nicholas Boyd Crutchley

Dream Alchemy by Nicholas Boyd Crutchley

A book filled with ideas and scenes that demonstrate a strong command of both language and writing, Dream Alchemy by Nicholas Boyd Crutchley is a tricky text to review, mostly because it lacks a coherent story.

Crutchley is playing with a multiple reality concept. We have occasional hints of this within the science fiction related scenes. We know there is a blood plague that is affecting humanity, we know there is a personification of good (Sol) and evil (Babylon) and these themes r...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Tuesday 10 November 2015
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A Bag of Bedtime Tales

by Allen Stroud

A Bag of Bedtime Tales by Allen Stroud

A Bag of Bedtime Tales is an anthology of diverse short stories set in a variety of worlds and genres. The stories are grouped into three sections, one series focuses on the fictional town of Durrington and the strange events that occur there, the next is firmly fantasy genre with stories set in the world of Eledar, and last section is a more eclectic range of pieces titled ‘The Mixed Bag.’ Both the Durrington and Eledar sections relate to other works by the author and as the reader works thr...

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reviewed by Aaron Miles on Sunday 08 November 2015
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Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The smash hit science fiction debut from Cline in 2011, Ready Player One has been written about and reviewed many times since. What more can we say here at SFBook?

Cline’s story is a first person narrative that describes a new virtual utopia woven out of eighties culture. The real world socio-economic gap has widened drastically, leaving most of society living poor and compensated only by their virtual lives in the OASIS network. James Donovan Halliday of OASIS is a latter day Kevin...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Thursday 05 November 2015
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Europe at Midnight

by Dave Hutchinson

Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Autumn was my first experience of Dave Hutchinson's unique and astonishing voice. It is simply sublime fiction, a deep and intelligent story and one of my favourite reads of recent times. It was impressive enough to win SFBook Book of the Year in 2014. Europe at Midnight is the much sought after sequel and continues to explore Hutchinson's near future, fractured Europe.

Europe at Midnight is not however a direct continuation of the story and protagonist featured in the fir...

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reviewed by Ant on Wednesday 04 November 2015
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The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

by Scott Wilbanks

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Though it begins a little bit slow, as more and more threads are strung together for the reader, everything picks up. I love the storyline, I love the characters, and I love the settings.

In modern San Francisco, Annabelle Aster looks out her back door and discovers that 1890s Kansas exists where her rose garden should be. In 1890s Kansas, Elsbeth sees Annie’s house on her acreage, and storms over to ...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Monday 02 November 2015
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by Matt Doyle

Wick by Matt Doyle

A futuristic science fantasy based on a nineties card game tournament with the monsters, manoeuvres and spells depicted in a huge seemingly holographic light show, Wick is certainly a vivid visual feast when it comes to the battles.

The book is structured in a multitude of first person narratives, depicting the experiences of the contestants in the tournament. First person perspective and present tense always establishes a closer relationship between character and reader. However in...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Friday 30 October 2015
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Extinction Edge

by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Extinction Edge by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Extinction Edge, book two in The Extinction Cycle, is a whirl-wind of action and rapid evolution! The stakes have never been so higher since the Hemorrhage Virus first infected humankind. Now, the next stage in transition from modern society to a surviving-society pits Beckham and his Ghost Team against their deadliest enemy yet. Can science still save the human race?

It is amazing that this series was not grabbed by a major publisher. I’ve read my fair sha...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Tuesday 27 October 2015
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The Shepherds Crown

by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherds Crown by Terry Pratchett

I've been reading Pratchett books for such a large part of my life. Knowing there will be no more Discworld, no more cheerful yet insightful adventures from the colourful inhabitents of that world on the back of four giant elephants — propelled through space by the Great A'Tuin, is a sad and sobering thought. A distinct reminder of one's own mortality.

Books by Sir Terry Pratchett have brought so more joy, thought and wonder than any other author alive or dead. I've been a fan right...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 26 October 2015

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