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Revenger

Alastair Reynolds

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds has the kind of scientific imagination that few can match, his stories often explored on a grand scale. While the Universe in Revenger is certainly grand and gloriously imagined, the story itself it much more personal.

The far future Galaxy of Revenger has seen vast Empires rise and fall while planets have been shattered and remade. In the rubble of our reformed solar system, many small planetoids orbit the now faint star. While many of these worlds have been popul...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 26th September 2016
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Infernal

Mark De Jager

Infernal by Mark De Jager

Stratus wakes up in a field with no idea who he is. All he knows is that his name is Stratus and he doesn't seem to be human. He quickly learns that he possesses an in-human strength, natural gift in magic and an insatiable hunger. Well that and the fact that there seems to be a raging beast inside his mind.

Infernal is a book that you shouldn't judge by it's cover - which I don't feel reflects the size of ferocity of the protagonist al all. The cover features a hunc...

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Review written by Ant on Friday 23rd September 2016
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A Head Full of Ghosts

Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts was first released last year and won the coveted Bram Stokers award for Best Novel. It's also received pretty much the finest compliment a Horror novel can receive when Stephen King said of the book:

 

Scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare.

 

Titan Books are launching the paperback this month and I've finally found time to give it a read. I have to say it lives up to all expectation, even that of "Th...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 19th September 2016
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Touch of Iron

Timandra Whitecastle

Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle

Touch of Iron is not, as the Amazon blurb suggests, a tale of an epic quest of a Prince for a magic sword, although there is a Prince and he is on a quest for a magic sword.  Neither is it is a story about Fae, as evoked by the title in the trend of supernatural fantasy.  It is instead, the story of a girl called Noraya, who is running from a marriage she does not want and a village where she has never been accepted and who now turn against her. 

All Noraya wants is to be with he...

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Review written by Karen Fishwick on Friday 16th September 2016
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First Magyc

Nicole Dragonbeck

First Magyc by Nicole Dragonbeck

First Magyc, by Nicole Dragonbeck, the first book in the Guardians of the Path series is essentially a Young Adult portal fantasy where a girl, Ria, gets drawn into a magical land and it turns out she might be the subject of an ancient prophecy where only she can save the magic.  While the premise of the book is not entirely original and the spelling of the title a little pretentious, the tale is nevertheless entertaining. 

The fantasy land itself has some original and compelling ...

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Review written by Karen Fishwick on Wednesday 14th September 2016
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Titanborn

Rhett Bruno

Titanborn by Rhett Bruno

Titanborn follows the life of "collector" (part bounty hunter part detective) Malcom Graves. Graves is a seasoned veteran who has seen the worst of humanity and is often tasked with cleaning up such flotsam. He lives in a future where mankind has spread to other planets and have adapted, with the human race branching into sub-species, becoming quite different to each other.

After a serious bombing incident on Earth, Graves is teamed up with a new partner and sent to Saturns largest ...

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Review written by Ant on Monday 5th September 2016
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Spoils of War

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Spoils of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Spoils of War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky, is a volume of short stories set in the Tales of the Apt world and takes place (in the chronology of the world) before Empire in Black and Gold which is the first novel in that series.  It tells stories of some of the minor characters from the main book series, but also introduces some new characters and tells you about them. 

The Tales of the Apt world is one in which human are split into kinden types bases on insects and arachnids, which ten...

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Review written by Karen Fishwick on Wednesday 31st August 2016
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Becoming David

Phil Sloman

Becoming David by Phil Sloman

A horror novella that sets out its stall early on, Becoming David by Phil Sloman is a carefully constructed novella that investigates the mind of a perfectionist serial killer from both the inside and the outside.

To begin, we are introduced to Richard, a self-sufficient serial killer who has worked out and perfected his method of 'scratching the itch'. The anonymity of the Internet allows him to arrange dates with young men and lure them into situations where he can murder ...

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Review written by Allen Stroud on Monday 29th August 2016
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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

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 cure for her mother’s illness. Felix Callahan is an old man living in an isolated bunker unde...

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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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