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The Martian

by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian is one of those books that if many authors had attempted it, wouldn't have worked. The majority of the novel follows one man surviving on Mars with little more than a shelter, 2 rovers, a few space suits, air, water and potatoes. There are no monsters, no antagonists (unless you count the planet itself) and very few props.

While this might not sound like the most riveting read, its actually one of the most gripping, intelligent and above all entertaining novels I have r...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 02 March 2015
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by James Hider

Cronix by James Hider

Cronix starts off with the old and rather underplayed question of what happens when we’re able to upload our minds into virtual reality, and everyone wanders off into imaginary fairylands. As I’ve personally spent many days in a gaming induced haze punctuated by sporadic breaks for work or food, I’ve always felt that this is one of the major issues science fiction should explore, right up there with first contact, galactic wars, and doomsday scenarios. Given the increasingly advanced st...

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reviewed by Saad Hossain on Friday 27 February 2015
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The Violent Century

by Lavie Tidhar

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

The Violent Century has been one of my Holiday reads, a book I bought when it first appeared but had not had time to enjoy until now. It has to be said that Lavie Tidhar is a master linguist. His voice is confident, it's boldy unique and daring.

With The Violent Century the author turns his attention to war, the second world war to be precise. Like a select few, Fogg and Oblivion were altered by the Vomacht machine. In 1932 a quantum wave swept the globe giving some strange powers s...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 23 February 2015
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Well Fed

by Keith Blackmore

Well Fed by Keith Blackmore

After all the years spent fighting off the Zombie hordes in isolation at his home in Annapolis, Gus has finally found a new life of peace. A daily routine of tending and policing the fields of the little community, rarely interupted by shambling corpes. It seems the epidemic is finally beginning to burn out.

While the Zombie threat may be abating there are always those savages and roaming bands of mauraders who seek to take advantage of life inthe new world. Before long Gus is asked...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 16 February 2015
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Aliens: River of Pain

by Christopher Golden

Aliens: River of Pain by Christopher Golden

The story behind LV-426 is more terrifying than anything my childhood imagination lent after watching Alien and Aliens on VHS. Although before my generation, both Ridley Scott and James Cameron contributed to one of the most terrifying storylines in cinema history. And for this reviewer, it has become a personal favorite—even more so with Titan Books’ release of the new Alien strain: Alien: River of Pain. This final installment is the conclusion to a three-part series that isn’t quiet a...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 13 February 2015
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The Way Inn

by Will Wiles

The Way Inn by Will Wiles

If you've ever stayed in a Premier Inn or a Travel Lodge then you will be able to relate to "The Way Inn". It's actually one of the things I most like about staying at a Premier Inn, wherever you go you will always get the same standard. Even if it is the same layout and the same pictures on the walls and the same decor throughout.

The Way Inn encourages you to examine this salute to standardised, sanitised, anonymised, budget hotel chains - not to mention the sheer amount of work t...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 09 February 2015
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Aliens the Female War

by Steve Perry

Aliens the Female War by Steve Perry

Steve Perry recruits his daughter, writer Stephani Perry, to conclude a separate storyline to one of the best SciFi franchises of all time. Filled with plenty of Xenomorph-action and a conclusion that no one would guess, Aliens: The Female War rocks hard and entertains like a champ!

Now joined by Ellen Ripley, Wilks and Billie’s story picks up immediately after meeting Ripley at the end of book two. With Earth’s future still hanging in the balance and much of humanity destroyed...

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reviewed by D. L. Denham on Friday 06 February 2015
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Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor

by Matt Pike

Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike

Apocalypse novels are all the rage these days, and with good reason, as any rational person can sense that we are rapidly approaching some kind of great calamity. There are plenty of choices: climate change, rapidly depleting resources, drug resistant disease, or even a straight up revolution of the poorest 6 billion people killing and eating the richest 80. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind reading that last book. All things considered though, getting hit by a dark comet isn’t the unl...

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reviewed by Saad Hossain on Wednesday 04 February 2015
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by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh Howey

I missed out commenting about this novel when it was first released. There was such a rush by everyone to say how great it was I felt that I would be adding but a small ripple to a raging Tsunami. Everyone from the big papers to the big authors have commented how magnificent the book is, and they are right.

It is also one of the novels that showed the world that self-published works could not only be exceptional but commercially successful too. It won the 2012 Kindle Book Review "I...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 02 February 2015
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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

I often stay clear of books recommended by Richard and Judy, I find their "recommendations" largely restricted to wishy washy "popular" and "literary" fiction. However, like a thousand Monkeys at a thousand typewriters random chance dictates that they "should" occasionally strike gold and "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" is the genuine, solid, 20 caret variety.

The novel deals with the ideas of Time Travel, causality, reincarnation and time as a non-linear construct in an e...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 30 January 2015
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Skink No Surrender

by Carl Hiaasen

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Richard’s cousin Malley has just run off with some guy she met online, and Richard knows that things aren’t as great as she tells him they are. What’s a boy to do but to go after her, along with Skink, a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida?

The unlikely pair find themselves encountering storms, crazed wild hogs, some guns, and massive gators during the quest to find and safely return Malley.

Skink—No Surrender is a fast-paced, funny, and thrilling read, with be...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Attack of the Polly Olivers

To help celebrate the forthcoming release of "Guns of the Dawn" - an action-packed pseudo-historical fiction novel (Out 12th February in ebook and hardback), Adrian Tchaikovsky has kindly agreed to write a few words.

So Guns of the Dawn is the story of a woman who joins the army, in a fantasy world that has a fair amount to do with the Regency/Napoleonic period (1), and that means...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 27 January 2015

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