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The Bands of Mourning

by Brandon Sanderson

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

The Bands of Mourning, part of the second series of Mistborn books, taking place hundreds of years after the original Mistborn trilogy, follows the adventures of Wax, Wayne, Marasi, and Steris once more. The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist, but now there’s proof that they might, and Wax, Wayne, and Marasi are recruited to investig...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Friday 05 February 2016
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Demon Road

by Derek Landy

Demon Road by Derek Landy

I’m already a fan of Landy’s previous work, Demon Road shows some of the same great dialogue and riveting narrative that made his Skulduggery Pleasant series such a great read. But his latest offering is definitely darker in tone and content, with murderous demon parents, twisted witches, and even the heroes are killers. The first of a new trilogy, the book tells the story of Amber, a teenage daughter of demon parents who occasionally sports some horns of her own. The plot follows her attempt...

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reviewed by Aaron Miles on Thursday 04 February 2016
Book Review

Firefight

by Brandon Sanderson

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson needs little introduction: wantonly imaginative; rollicking action scenes; well thought-out magic systems. Firefight, the second book in his YA Reckoners series is perhaps less well known, and centres on a group of humans in post-apocalyptic American cities hunting evil X-Men - sorry, ‘Epics’, given powers by the giant red orb hovering around in the sky called ‘The Calamity’ that suddenly appeared one day.

In the series opener Steelheart, young protagonist David gr...

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reviewed by Danny on Monday 01 February 2016
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The Dark Forest

by Liu Cixin

The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin

Defeatism. Fatalism. These are universal, recurrent maladies that everyone experiences at points throughout their lives. Even if one moves forward - how do we find meaning in such a vast, uncaring universe?

Only here, the universe isn’t uncaring, it’s quite pointedly predatory. These are the central themes that China’s foremost hard sci-fi writer Liu Cixin wraps up in an elegantly written, surprisingly humorous and ultimately humanistic sequel to The Three Body Problem. Cixin plays ...

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reviewed by Danny on Wednesday 27 January 2016
Book Review

Crossed

by Evelyn Blackwell

Crossed by Evelyn Blackwell

Crossed is riding the heights of topical subjects, that of environment, ecology and global warming. In the very near future a cartoon is created that will ultimately change the world. It follows the adventures of a sea turtle who crosses the ocean and encounters other marine life struggling within a polluted ocean.

This sparks a wave of environmental awareness accross the worlds youth and some form a world-wide movement who call themselves "Crosses". Crosses believe that those most ...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 18 January 2016
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Books to look out for in 2016

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2016 looks set to be a big year for science fiction and fantasy, with some highly promising TV series - from Man in the High Castle to new episodes of Black Mirror, films from another Star Wars to JG Ballard's High Rise (with many in between) and of course lots of lovely books.

Some of the most talented authors writing today are publishing books this y...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 13 January 2016
Book Review

Time and Time Again

by Ben Elton

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

Ben Elton is a talented fellow. I've loved most of the TV programs he's been involved in from the Young Ones and Blackadder to Blessed and the Thin Blue Line. His humour is often satirical, off-the-wall and almost always makes me laugh.

The only novel I've read of his prior to Time and Time Again is Stark — an early example of modern environmental fiction and a book that feels a lot like the love-child of Douglas Adams and Grant Naylor. I like Time Travel novels, there have been som...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 11 January 2016
Book Review

The Thing Itself

by Adam Roberts

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

I've said a number of times now that Adam Roberts is a gifted author and this is increasingly evident with each new book he writes. His work overflows with ideas and at the same time he seems to delight in using different structures, to experiment in forming his narrative. This time he's turned his attention to the Fermi Paradox, told through the workings of Kant along with that classic tale by John Carpenter — The Thing, and a host of other ideas.

It begins on an Antarctic research...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 08 January 2016
Book Review

Dragon Queen

by Stephen Deas

Dragon Queen by Stephen Deas

The fifth book in the dragon series by Stephen Deas, Dragon Queen is certainly value by weight of pages. The previous tale, The Black Mausoleum weighed in at just over three hundred in the mass market paperback, whereas Dragon Queen is twice that and a little more.

The first trilogy of Deas’ story is well developed towards its conclusion in Order of the Scales. The fourth book, The Black Mausoleum is a standalone grimdark adventure. Dragon Queen attempts to pick up the loose ends of...

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reviewed by Allen Stroud on Wednesday 06 January 2016
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The Gun Seller

by Hugh Laurie

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

I've been a fan of Hugh Laurie since he first made an appearance on Blackadder (series 2 and onwards) in the early 80's along with "A bit of Fry and Laurie" and the the TV adaption of PG Wodehouse' "Jeeves and Wooster". He is a talented comedian but it took me years to finally watch his long running American series "House", for ages I just couldn't imagine him playing a more serious role.

I since became entirely hooked and have recently finished watching, I'd rate it one of the fine...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 04 January 2016
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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

SFBook would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2016.

The last 12 months have been a rewarding one for book readers with a number of stand-out novels from some massively talented and diverse authors, despite attempts by small but vocal groups to bash the genre back into the stone age. It's a genre that is becoming increasingly ...

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written by Ant on Friday 01 January 2016
Book Review

Closer to the Heart

by Mercedes Lackey

Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey

Closer to the Heart is listed as The Herald Spy book 2, it is worth noting, however , that while the characters do appear in Closer to Home (The Herald Spy book 1) the book is itself a complete story, rather than a continuation of the existing story arc. In fact, the characters life before these books appears to be the subject of The Collegium Chronicles and The Herald Spy books appear to follow on directly from these.

I recommend not being put off by the blurb on the back cover (wh...

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reviewed by Karen Fishwick on Thursday 31 December 2015

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