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Prince of Fools

by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools is the first in a new series (called the Red Queen's War) set within the same world as the authors acclaimed Prince of Thorns series. It is a slight departure in style and yet retains the wit and light-heartedness that those who have read the authors work will be familiar with.

Prince Jalan (the protagonist of this adventure) is a real rogue, a loveable scoundrel with more charisma than a camper van full of cats. The book sets the tone right from the start by describ...

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reviewed by Ant on Friday 28 August 2015
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Cold Days

by Jim Butcher

Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Dresden’s time as a spirit-on-a-mission in Chicago was a lot more draining then he was prepared for. Waking up from a coma, Harry realizes that his body has been preserved by the guardian spirit, Demon Reach and his new employer, the Queen of Air and Darkness.

Mab, the Fairy Queen of Winter, nurses Dresden back to health with her less than commendable bedside manner. In typical Dresden manner, he faces the danger with a smile and a joke while ably defending himself in nothing but hi...

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reviewed by Alicia Snell on Tuesday 25 August 2015
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Hugo Award Winners 2015

As many readers will know, this year there has been a concerted effort by a small but vocal minority to "game" the Hugo awards and try and put science fiction back by a few decades. They don't want to see ethnic and gender diversity in "their" science fiction and many of the Hugo award shortlists for this year were full of this small groups short-sighted, predominantly white male fiction.

Thankfully the larger science fiction community has made their voices heard and have chosen "No...

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written by Ant on Sunday 23 August 2015
Book Review

The Three-body Problem

by Liu Cixin

The Three-body Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three-body Problem was originally written in Chinese by Liu Cixin. Launched to great acclaim within China it became one of the most popular science fiction novels within the country and won the 2006 Chinese Science Fiction Galaxy Award. Thankfully it has now been translated by the talented author Ken Liu.

As I write this review it has now been the first ever translated novel to win the coveted Hugo award.

The story begins back in 1967 as young University student Ye Wen...

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reviewed by Ant on Sunday 23 August 2015
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Sensorama

by Allen Ashley

Sensorama by Allen Ashley

Our body connects with the outer world by means of our five senses ( not to mention the sixth sense for those endowed with it…). We take our senses for granted and realize their importance only when they become defective or when we miss one of them entirely. But what happens when one of our senses gets weird, distorted or abnormally enhanced?

This usual, original theme is developed in the latest anthology by editor Allen Ashley who has assembled twenty-one new pieces of speculative...

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reviewed by Mario Guslandi on Friday 21 August 2015
Book Review

Dark Run

by Mike Brooks

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

From the opening chapter I knew this was going to be good. Dark Run launches the reader into a shady future where bickering governments are working to extend their reach across space while criminals and outlaws try to make a quick buck under their noses and out on the frontiers. Fans of Firefly will be instantly at home on the Keiko, captained by the roguish Ichabod Drift and his crew of misfits. Right down to the rattling engine in need of need parts, the book has a definite atmosphere about...

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reviewed by Aaron Miles on Wednesday 19 August 2015
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Humpty Dumpty in Oakland

by Philip K Dick

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland by Philip K Dick

I'd probably be best beginning this review by mentioning that Humpty Dumpty in Oakland isn't actually science fiction. It's a realist work of dark comedy. For some reason whatever miss-guided fool wrote the wikipedia entry for this book called it "non-science-fiction". Surely "non-science-fiction" is more accurately described as "fiction"? You might as well call it a "non-movie" or "non-banana".

Anyway, PKD wrote this book way back in 1960 however it didn't see the light of day till...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 17 August 2015
Book Review

Proven Guilty

by Jim Butcher

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is once again thrown into magical conflict in Proven Guilty. As always, our wise cracking wizard-for-hire is up to the challenge!

Proven Guilty smoothly picks up where Dead Beat leaves off. Harry Dresden, now named a Warden of the White Council, struggles to fulfill his role as magical enforcer while staying true to his own beliefs. One of his first official tasks as Warden is to attend the execution of a minor corrupted by magic. The boy’s crimes are too familiar to ...

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reviewed by Alicia Snell on Wednesday 12 August 2015
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Gollancz August 2015 Paperbacks

Gollancz Paperback of the Month August 2015 is John Scalzi's novel Lock In which we reviewed back in January. It's not, as you might expect a novel about late night pub drinking, It's a science fiction police procedural which describes a pandemic virus which causes 99% of the population to suffer "flu like" symptoms. The other 1% become "locked in" to their own bodies, fully awake, but unable to move or respond to stimulus (a real condition known as "locked-in syndrome"). Those locked in be...

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written by Ant on Monday 10 August 2015
Book Review

The Supernatural Enchancements

by Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enchancements by Edgar Cantero

Quirky, accomplished and a great deal of fun, The Supernatural Enchancements is a solid, unusual novel.

The premise of the story is the protagonist (known only as A) inherits the American estate "Axton House" following the death of his second cousin "Uncle Ambrose", whom A had never met or even knew of. So A sets of from blighty with his friend Niamh — a mute teenager. The house itself, an old, mysterious and rambling mansion of a building with a long reputation - was supposed to c...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 10 August 2015
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Splintered

by Jamie Schultz

Splintered by Jamie Schultz

If you like your urban fantasy dark and gruesome with an added touch of horror, Splintered and its predecessor Premonitions are right up your alley. This sequel picks up shortly after the first book, following Anna Ruiz and the rest of the crew. Since the events of the previous novel, Karyn is out of commission and Anna has stepped up to play leader. But Anna’s real mission is to help Karyn break free of the premonitions and hallucinations that have cut her off from reality.

Enoc...

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reviewed by Vanessa on Tuesday 04 August 2015
Book Review

Armada

by Ernest Cline

Armada by Ernest Cline

I've been a gamer and science fiction fan since the very first home computers become popular. From the days of the ZX81 and even before that with the Intellivision and Atari 2600. I've been playing games ever since. Like the authors first novel, Armada seems to speak to the older gamers out there.

The story follows Zack, who, like me has a passion for books and games. He dreams of a day when some impossible, world-altering event will whisk him off to an adventure in space. He does k...

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reviewed by Ant on Monday 03 August 2015

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