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Shrouded Loyalties by  by Reese Hogan
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What is war good for? Not much, but it does advance some technologies faster than they might have been. Microwave technology, nuclear, plastic surgery – all have benefitted from being pushed by necessity. What about a war on a distant planet? Like here on Earth, any opposing armies will be...

Article by Sam Tyler on 19th July 2019
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Missing Person by  by Sarah Lotz
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The crime genre is a well-trodden one, so much so that anyone who reads the genre exclusively may find themselves jaded by similar storylines occurring over and over again. One way to excite both author and reader is to try and find new approaches. How about a crime novel told entirely from the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th July 2019
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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
- Mark Twain
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Call Him Mine by  by Tim MacGabhann
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The politicians in Mexico seriously need to have a word with whoever is in charge with promoting their country. This vast and gorgeous nation is increasingly being known more for its hideous crimes. With drug cartels running rife and corrupt police it seems that a fresh murder happens every few...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th July 2019
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Religion is a tricky thing, a lot of people think they have picked the right one. Some believe in one God, but many people have several. The Mayans had some deities you would not want to meet in a dark alley as they prey on humans from the underworld. Meeting one of these Gods would be scary,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 4th July 2019
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Alphabet Squadron by  by Alexander Freed
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Many stories end abruptly with our heroes achieving their goal. The girl marries the Prince, the good guys win the fight. We all know that in real life stories don’t actually end, they carry on regardless whether you got married or now sport a medal. At the end of The Return of the Jedi...

Article by Sam Tyler on 27th June 2019
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Heroic Fantasy doesn't always get the credit it deserves, but when done well can be powerful, energetic and immersive fiction. Sky in the Deep is one of the best examples of recent times and an equal to Gemmell's past stories.

The story follows Eelyn, a member of the Aska...

Article by Ant on 24th June 2019
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An exciting collection of short stories, for many different tastes. I enjoyed them all. They vary from what looks like a traditional sword and sorcery tale (but is a lot else besides), to modern myths exploring identity and the impact of childhood neglect on the adult. The characters of these...

Article by Irene Rosenfeld on 21st June 2019
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Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
- Aldous Huxley
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Green Valley by  by Louis Greenberg
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The average person seems to put a lot of trust in their Government. No way they are spying on me online and even if they are, what am I doing that they would care about? This attitude has shown that ignorance is not bliss, they may just sell your data to the highest bidder and before you know it...

Article by Sam Tyler on 1st June 2019
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A Wanted Man by  by Lee Child
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A good thriller should grab you from the very first page. In the past decades Lee Child has become a master of this and the majority of his Jack Reacher books open at a canter. What would you do if when hitchhiking you got into a car with wrong people? Keep your head down and try to find a way...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th May 2019
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There is no such thing as déjà vu, it is just your mind failing to process things properly. Even so, one day I was reading a book and was struck with a fearful sense of déjà vu. I could almost see what was going to happen next, it was unsettling. Was this a...

Article by Sam Tyler on 22nd May 2019
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Ancestral Night by  by Elizabeth Bear
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Haimey is the engineer aboard the Singer, an interstellar salvage vessel named after its shipboard Intelligence. Haimey is genetically modified for zero-G, and she has brain-enhancing implants that connect her to the rest of the crew and chemically manage her emotional state. Haimey, Singer, and...

Article by Russ Brown on 21st May 2019
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A Memory Called Empire by  by Arkady Martine
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A Memory called Empire is the debut of Arkady Martine, although reading the book you'd be forgiven for thinking she's been writing best-sellers for years.

The vast, interstellar Empire of the Teixcalaanli have appointed Mahit Dzmare as new Ambassador to the capital. When she arrives she...

Article by Ant on 20th May 2019
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Illustration ©2019 Tim McDonagh from The Folio Society edition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes

The bright yellow cover of this Folio Society edition of Bradbury’s classic fantasy novel is inset with a cartoon-like carnival poster, clearly...

Article by Allen Stroud on 18th May 2019
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Thanos: Death Sentence by  by Stuart Moore
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To anyone who has seen the latest Avengers movies you will know that Thanos is not a nice chap. He single handily (infinitely glovely) creates an intergalactic genocide. Despite this, the films try to give him some sympathetic elements; he only wipes out so many to save the whole. The Thanos of...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th May 2019
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