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Mystery is a powerful tool. You can exude a sense of power from the shadows that may not be true if a light was shined on you. The premise of T.S. Willberg’s Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder begins thus, with a mysterious detective agency, but we...

Article by Sam Tyler on 15th May 2021
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Within Without by  by Jeff Noon
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I have conversations with my colleagues and a surprising number of them are dismissive of Science Fiction as being too farfetched and complicated. This is not true, as it is such a wide genre. There are Sci Fi books that will cater for readers who only want a touch of the unreal, but there...

Article by Sam Tyler on 13th May 2021
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New Pompeii by  by Daniel Godfrey
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For many people, the leading writer of speculative fiction in the 90s and 00s was Michael Crichton who was able to marry a level of scientific reality with some outrageous ideas. A theme park full of dinosaurs, intelligent apes, nanobots that can kill? He was able...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th May 2021
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If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
- Albert Einstein
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Some of my favourite Urban Fantasy is about a normal world that is unaware of the creatures that lurk in the night. Whilst we are all safely asleep, there is are demons and witches lurking around the corner. Most of us will never even know that these things exist,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th May 2021
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I find it amazing how easy it is to miss things that are right on your doorstep. I grabbed this book online (not by choice, this was before the shops had re-opened) because I was after some easy reading. I often find good urban fantasy easy and immersive. It was only after actually picking the...

Article by Ant on 6th May 2021
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Stories about monsters were told back in the day as a way of making people scared. And they should be. How do you stop a curious child from walking in the woods at night or going for a swim in a deep lagoon? You speak of vampires, werewolves and merfolk that...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th May 2021
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Aliens: Infiltrator by  by Weston Ochse
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The Alien franchise can be seen as one of two things: an awesome series of Space based horror and action stories, or a textbook example of Corporate Malfeasance. The Aliens may be the most reoccurring characters, but the second is not Ripley, it is Weyland...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th May 2021
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Australian authors of dark fiction often remain scarcely known outside their country and that’s a shame because the quality of their work is usually very good.

The present volume is the debut collection by Rebecca Fraser, a mix of short stories, flash fiction and dark poems....

Article by Mario Guslandi on 30th April 2021
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Following the news, it feels like the world is going to hell in a handcart. Put aside any politics and there is enough going on environmentally to worry most people. The idea of the oceans rising, smog filling the skies and animals dying out whilst the infrastructure of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th April 2021
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Fantasy does not have to be one set thing and as the years progress, I find fantasy books that have moved away from just being magical creatures going out on a quest far more interesting. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia has the lightest of fantasy touches and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 27th April 2021
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Composite Creatures by  by Caroline Hardaker
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Almost everything that we see daily would feel strange and alien to someone out of time. Show an Ancient Roman a modern carrot and they would ask why it was so large and orange. In Caroline Hardaker’s Composite Creatures the world has changed a lot....

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th April 2021
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I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it
- Jack Handey
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Fairies are not real. If they were we would have more evidence of them than a suspect looking photo taken by a couple of Victorian School Girls. However, Fairies are just brighter than you think. Why would they risk being seen by humans who have in recent years...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th April 2021
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Have you ever sat down and read some Fairy Tales to your children? Not the sanitised versions that we read today, but the originals. If you have, you gave the kids nightmares as these are stories not about happiness and magic but of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 8th April 2021
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I love the ocean. I love its crash and roar, I love how it purrs violently at night. I love it in a storm, on a clear calm day, or when the full moon is sitting just above the horizon and turning all that black water to silver. I’m also terrified of it. It’s a force of nature: it doesn’t care that you’re there, you can’t negotiate with it, you don’t matter. It’ll eat you up, dash you on rocks, drag...

Article by Sam Tyler on 8th April 2021
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