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The Fires of Pompeii by  by James Moran
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Like many Science Fiction fans, I am also a fan of Doctor Who, but not of a particular incarnation of the Doctor on television. I am a Doctor Who book fan. The show is great, but it in the novels where I have always found the most interesting stories free from budget constraints and...

Article by Sam Tyler on 29th June 2022
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The genre of Urban Fantasy is pathed with perils, which means that it should be perfect for Alex Jennings’ The Ballad of Perilous Graves. How do you make your modern fantasy stand out from the others without making it impenetrable for the reader? A unique location or voice works well. An...

Article by Sam Tyler on 28th June 2022
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Urban Fantasy has become a staple of the Fantasy genre in recent years, and you are as likely to find a book about a necromancer librarian or zombie private detective walking around a modern city as you are elves and dwarves in a version of the past. I thought I had seen it all; teddy bear...

Article by Sam Tyler on 21st June 2022
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It is amazing what can inspire a writer. A little thought worm can drill itself into their head and the only peace to be found is to write the thing out. Ron Capshaw’s inspiration for The Stage Mother’s Club seems to be the author’s fascination with all the failed stage Mums...

Article by Sam Tyler on 17th June 2022
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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov
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Aurora by  by David Koepp
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Reading about a dystopia is not as farfetched as it was once as we are living through a couple of ongoing ones as I write, but there is always space for a little more terror to add to the reality. What about a situation that is eerily possible? The sun belches out radiation daily and according...

Article by Sam Tyler on 13th June 2022
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Ray Cluley’s second collection (the first one being the critically acclaimed Probably Monsters) assembling seventeen dark short stories previously appeared in various genre magazines confirms the versatile character of this talented author in terms of plots, atmospheres and geographic...

Article by Mario Guslandi on 12th June 2022
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I am not a gambler. All I do is look at how rich the casino and betting companies are to see that the odds are stacked in their favour. If you play the odds, eventually you will lose. However, there are games that require skill. Poker is one. It has elements of luck, but a skilled player is far...

Article by Sam Tyler on 10th June 2022
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Misrule by  by Heather Walter
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Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty, or do they? Malice by Heather Walter retold the story leading up to Aurora falling asleep, but with far more detail on Aurora and her relationship with Alyce, the person responsible for her curse. Misrule opens 100 years later and tells the...

Article by Sam Tyler on 6th June 2022
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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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The ships hung in the sky, much the way that bricks don't
- Douglas Adams
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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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