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Hide by  by Kiersten White
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As an adult it is easy to forget how exhilarating hide and seek was when you were a child. That crackling of electricity in your chest as you huddle in a hiding place waiting to get caught. The heightened senses as you hear the footsteps of the seeker drawing closer. The sense of relief as they...

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th May 2022
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Momenticon by  by Andrew Caldecott
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I adore science fiction, but it also frustrates me. I consider myself reasonably well read and clever enough to cope with most books, but occasionally a science fiction book comes along that I just cannot get my head around. Momenticon by Andrew Caldecott is a Bizzaro take on a dystopian future...

Article by Sam Tyler on 24th May 2022
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Under Fortunate Stars by  by Ren Hutchings
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I have a love hate relationship with time travel stories. I love the mind-bending physics and puzzles that they create but hate the fact that most of them just could not work. How can people from the past learn what they need to from those in the future if they have not lived their own futures...

Article by Sam Tyler on 20th May 2022
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Equinox by  by David Towsey
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Are you a night person or a day person? Do you like to wake up at 5am and then go to the gym before a full day at work and an early night? Perhaps you like to wake up in time for Bargain Hunt and work from home into the late hours? Either way, you are you. The night owl and the early bird, same...

Article by Sam Tyler on 12th May 2022
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We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
- Stephen King
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Mercury Rising by  by R. W. W. Greene
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Space is for the few. You may have been trained as a professional astronaut and pushed the boundaries of science. Maybe you are a geek done good and decided to spend your billions on the vanity project of commercial space travel. Maybe, just maybe, you are a celeb or competition winner who...

Article by Sam Tyler on 9th May 2022
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Dark Stars by  by John F D Taff
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I am a massive genre fan, but I have not always had a good relationship with horror anthologies for the simple reason that they have scared me in the past. The shorter form of horror story can give a jolt to the reader’s senses and then disappear, only to live on in freaky flashbacks. From...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th May 2022
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Prison of Sleep by  by Tim Pratt
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I love sleep and have a deeper appreciation of it since having a family. I find myself able to drop off in a second as I snatch any five minutes I can before being woken up again at 5 am. The number of naps that I have would not be advisable in the world of Zaxony Delatree as I may end up waking...

Article by Sam Tyler on 30th April 2022
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I have read many genre books and I see trends in what is currently popular or going through a period of high quality. The dark gothic fairy tale is having a moment in the sun as I have recently read some excellent stories that hark back to a feel of past fables but are their own modern take. T...

Article by Sam Tyler on 26th April 2022
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There are seminal books aplenty in genre fiction. These books are giants and other fiction stands on their shoulders to reach greater heights. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the biggest influences on the horror genre bringing with it a folklore and character that still resonates today....

Article by Sam Tyler on 22nd April 2022
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If you go down to the woods today, you are in for a big surprise. Something far worse will be waiting for you than a few bears holding sandwiches. These are the ancient woods that our ancestors grew up near, pockets of civilisation surrounded by darkness and danger. When myths and folklore were...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st April 2022
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Stringers by  by Chris Panatier
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Comedy combined with Science Fiction is rare because it is so hard to do. When it clicks though it is worthwhile as you get some absolute classics such as Red Dwarf or Hitchhiker's. Those are mighty large shoes to try and fill, but Chris Panatier is giving it a go in Stringers, a book that...

Article by Sam Tyler on 16th April 2022
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Pod by  by Laline Paull
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Nature, red in claw and tooth. It is a world of the strong surviving the weak dying. Therefore, fiction that tells a story from the animal perspective can be full on. Watership Down and The Animals of Farthing Wood have managed to traumatise many a youth and even the jolly Redwall books I used...

Article by Sam Tyler on 7th April 2022
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All generalizations are false, including this one.
- Mark Twain
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Braking Day by  by Adam Oyebanji
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When we colonise space, I hope that we send out the brightest and the best. These people will represent the absolute best that humanity has to offer, but what happens if the journey is a long one? The bright young things are not going to live to see the destination in 150 years, but their...

Article by Sam Tyler on 5th April 2022
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Our Child of Two Worlds by  by Stephen Cox
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Having a family is a beautiful thing, but they can also be a pain. They do not listen and when they do, they get it wrong. Days are made up of petty squabbles that have lived below the surface for decades, but the foundation is all built on love. Writing a flawed, realistic family is not easy,...

Article by Sam Tyler on 31st March 2022
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The Bookseller polled agents recently, and they saw one major trend for 2022 as ‘Joy-seeking, as readers continue to gravitate towards books that inspire, lighten, and distract...’ They also dubbed an increase in science fiction sales as showing the desire for ‘escapism’. Almost any book distracts, or could be used to ‘escape’, but never mind.

As I hear some sneering from all around me, some...

Article by Sam Tyler on 31st March 2022
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Pennyblade by  by J L Worrad
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The days of High Elves and spiffing adventures being the only choice in fantasy are long over. This is a vast genre that still has books of High Fantasy, but it also has Low Fantasy. This gritty version of the genre is more prevalent than ever with some of the best being made into TVs shows and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th March 2022
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What are you going to do if Godzilla arrives. You must have a plan in mind. At least one for home and one for the office. I used to have a great plan that would see me have an almost 100% chance of surviving, but then I went and started a family. Now I have no chance as their little legs are...

Article by Sam Tyler on 28th March 2022
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If you are of a certain age, you will know that the 80s was by far the best decade for pop culture, the films, music, comics, books, all unbeatable. All the films and TV shows basking in that 80s nostalgia prove it so. But wait, what is that? A load of 90s-based films and TV shows are starting...

Article by Sam Tyler on 25th March 2022
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