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Vote for the Book of the Year 2012

Voting is now open for the SFBook Book of the year 2012 with nominations listed from each book that became "book of the month" during 2012.

It has been an incredible year with some really outstanding novels being launched, a big congrats goes to each author who made the poll.

Listed below are the 12 finalists, you can vote for you favourite by either clicking the big image on the right, or by following the link here.

The Winner will be announced right here in early January 2013.

December 2012 Osama - Lavie Tidhar November 2012 ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 5th December 2012
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Book of the Month December 2012

Book of the Month December 2012

The final book of the month for 2012 goes to Lavie Tidhar's award winning novel Osama.

Fighting of tough competition from the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie and James Smythe Osama is a triumph of literature that deserves to be a part of everyone's collection.

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written by Ant on Tuesday 4th December 2012
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Osama wins the World Fantasy Award

On the very day we review the quite breath-taking novel Osama news comes in that the author Lavie Tidhar wins the World Fantasy Award for that very same book.

Fighting off competition from some of the biggest heavy-weights in fiction including George R R Martin and Stephen King, it's fantastic to see the novel receive some of the credit it deserves.

Well done Lavie Tidhar!

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written by Ant on Monday 5th November 2012
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Locus Award Winners 2012

Locus Award Winners 2012

The winners of the Locus Awards for 2012 were announced over the weekend over in Seattle at the Locus Awards Weekend.

The Winners include China Miéville for Embassytown, George R.R. Martin for A Dance with Dragons and Neil Gaiman for his short story “The Case of Death and Honey”.

You can see full coverage of the event in the August edition of the Locus magazine but for now here is a list of those winners along with those short-listed titles.

Science Fiction Novel Embassytown - China Miéville Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey 11/22/63 - Stephen King Rule 34 - Charles Stros...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 19th June 2012
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David Gemmell Award Winners 2012

David Gemmell Award Winners 2012

The winners of the 3 David Gemmell Awards were announced over the weekend, presented in a ceremony held at London’s Magic Circle headquarters.

Patrick Rothfuss wins the Legend Award for "best novel" with The Wiseman's Fear. Helen Lowe gets the Morningstar award for "best debut" with Heir of Night and the Black Library artist Raymond Swanland walks away with the Ravenheart award for "best cover", given for the quite brilliant cover art on Blood of Aenarion.

Not only did we vote for Patrick's novel we also reviewed The Heir of Night for the Morningstar competition, expect to see the...

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written by Ant on Monday 18th June 2012
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Book of the Month June 2012

Book of the Month June 2012

This months book of the month goes to Mike Shevdon's urban fantasy novel Strangeness and Charm, the third in the Courts of the Feyre series.

The previous book in the series went on to win the SFBook of the Year as voted for by the readers of this site and Strangeness and Charm is just as good. One of it's greatest strengths in the accessability, managing to entertain just about every type of reader with an easy, disarming style and rich narrative.

If you haven't read Sixty One Nails, The Road to Bedlam or Strangeness and Charm then you are missing out one someth...

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written by Ant on Sunday 3rd June 2012
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Professor Peabody's Last Lecture

Just found this short video on the internet, an episode of Night Gallery, an American TV series which was somewhat like The Twilight Zone and penned by the same writer - Rod Sterling. It ran from 1970 to 1973 but I've never seen it appear on British TV.

Professor Peabody's Last Lecture was part of the second series and starred Carl Reiner as the arrogant professor. If you are a fan of Cthulhu or HP Lovecraft you should find it highly amusing.

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written by Ant on Thursday 31st May 2012
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SFBook gets a spring clean

Seen as though spring has firmly made it's presence known, what with all the April showers and things, we thought it only right at SFBook that we give the site a bit of a face-lift.

We hope everyone like it, as ever any issues or things that are broken (like that would happen) then please do let us know.

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written by Ant on Tuesday 8th May 2012
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Doctor Who meets Heavy Metal

Any fan of Doctor who and heavy metal music should check out this video, which features the signature tune along with "I am the Doctor".

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written by Ant on Friday 4th May 2012
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What Makes a Good Science Fiction Book

Online Book Reviews One of the big issues with speculative fiction novels I see when I write book reviews is the disparity in the quality, seemingly more than many other form of literature science fiction and it's brother fantasy seem to be an area with a massive range in the ability of the authors. This appears to be compounded by the literary explosion that is "self publishing".

Don't get me wrong there are some incredibly talented authors who self publish but this new freedom has also opened the flood gates for every man and his monkey to "have a go" and seperating the good from the bad can be very time consuming.

I do...

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written by Ant on Saturday 28th April 2012
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Tips on writing the best online book review

Online Book Reviews I've been writing online book reviews for a number of years now (and yes that is my TBR pile on the left) and thought it would be a good idea to provide a tiny insight into the knowledge and experience i've gained so far. Hopefully this will be a good starting point for anyone who wishes to begin writing the best book reviews.

The review should describe, analyze, evaluate and above all entertain, conveying your own opinion with supporting evidence from the book itself. Don't forget that this is your own personal view so don't be afraid of saying how you feel or what you really thought.

When read...

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written by Ant on Friday 27th April 2012
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Books to Watch out for Spring / Summer 2012

There are so many books coming out in this digital age that even some of the bigger titles can get missed by the avid reader. As such I thought it might be an idea to run a semi-regular item about the most promising books I've seen coming out over the next few months or so. For ease I've grouped these books by release date, if you know of one I've missed or would like to see included then let me know.

May 2012 Blackbirds Bitterblue ...

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written by Ant on Friday 13th April 2012
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Book of the Month April 2012

Book of the Month April 2012

This months choice for book of the month is by the highly talented author Keith Blackmore.

His powerful voice combined with a real talent to spin a story filled with larger than life characters is nothing short of astounding and the self published novel Mountain Man embodies everything that is good about the genre.

If you have any interest at all in post-apocalyptic fiction then you really should by this novel.

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written by Ant on Thursday 12th April 2012
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Anarchy (Books) in the UK

6th April is of course Good Friday but thanks to Anarchy books it looks set to be a very good Friday indeed!

Not only are they releasing 7 new novels but for a limited time only they are giving away the excellent anthology Vivisepulture for free!

The new releases include:

New York Blues by Eric Brown Hal Halliday runs a missing persons business in mid 21st century New York. It is a city that is drowning in refugees after terrorist outrages have left much of America a radioactive wasteland. People colour their grim lives with endless hours spent in VR. It is an addiction which has made VR magnate Sergio Mantoni a mul...

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written by Ant on Thursday 22nd March 2012
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Andy Remic wants your Money

ANDY REMIC WANTS YOUR MONEY!

BEN NEVIS ROCKS - Saturday 25th August 2012

Author ANDY REMIC (The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles, Theme Planet, Toxicity, War Machine, Kell’s Legend, Soul Stealers, Biohell, Spiral, Quake, Warhead, Serial Killers Inc., etc) will be joining awesome singer/musician MIKE PETERS (The Alarm, Big Country) and lots of other walkers and climbers on an ascent of Ben Nevis on Saturday 25th August 2012 in order to raise money for charity LOVE HOPE STRENGTH FOUNDATION – TAKING THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER TO NEW HEIGHTS. It’s for a brillain...

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written by Ant on Monday 5th March 2012
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Book of the Month March 2012

Book of the Month March 2012

Another bumper month of reviews has again made it very difficult to decide on just one winner. The level of quality is getting seriously high with novels such as Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, Autumn - The City by David Moody, Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders, Hell Train by Christopher Fowler, Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper, Gentle Reminders by Martin Pe...

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written by Ant on Friday 2nd March 2012
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World Book Day 2012

World Book Day 2012

Today is World Book Day 2012 and this year not only is it possible for every child up to 18 years old to receive a free book token but over half a million around the world will take part in the first online children's book festival.

The festival is called "The Biggest Show on Earth" and is aimed to get as many people reading as possible.

Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson along with popular authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Eoin Colfer, Cressida Cowell and Derek Landy will take part in the new festival which will be streamed live on the internet.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged his support and there will be local even...

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written by Ant on Thursday 1st March 2012
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Book of the Month February 2012

Book of the Month February 2012

This months book of the month was one of the most difficult choices in recent memory, there has been such a strong start to the year that it's been almost impossible to pick just one out.

How can you possibly choose between Andy Remic's Theme Planet, Adam Christophers Empire State, Jim Butcher's Storm Front or Chris Beckett's Dark Eden (to ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 1st February 2012
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I AM SPARTACUS!

Spartacus

Well ok not really, but I do have the next best thing and that's a guest blog by the real actual author of Spartacus: Swords & Ashes - J.M. Clements. SPOLIARIUM Author J.M. Clements on his novel Spartacus: Swords & Ashes Starz were playing their cards very close to their chests about events in the Spartacus: Vengeance TV series. You don’t need a spoiler warning to know the broad historical details. You can get those right now in Plutarch and Appian, Florus and Frontinus. But as for the character details, they weren’t telling until long after my book would need to be delivered. It was too risky to set the first Spartacus novel anyw...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 25th January 2012
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Why I still buy paper books

Why I still buy paper books

Christmas was a bit of a revelation for me as far as book buying goes and I thought it would be worth sharing my recent thoughts on that sometime contentious subject of ebook versus paper book.

I have had a Kindle for a little over a year now and I do really like the device, not only is the screen really easy to read but potentially having a whole library stored on a wafer device is incredible and reminds me so much of watching Star Trek TNG back in the 80's and 90's.

I have a few hundred books stored on my Kindle including the complete works of Mark Twain (counted as one book as it's all in one volume), although over a third of these are ebooks sent for re...

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written by Ant on Thursday 5th January 2012
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SFBook Book of the Year 2011

SFBook Book of the year 2011

This years book of the year was again very closely contested competition (although people have behaved a lot better this time around) and each of the 12 finalists are quite deserving of the title.

In the end though there can only be one winner and the SFBook Book of the year award 2011 goes to...

Son of Heaven by David Wingrove, published by Corvus Books and the first volume in the Chung Kuo series, a 20 volume epic.

Congratulations David on a well deserved win!

Second place goes to the incredible Angry Robot novel Embedded by Dan Ab...

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written by Ant on Sunday 1st January 2012
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Happy New Year from SFBook

Happy Birthday! SFBook is 12 years old!

SFBook would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our visitors and personally thank each and every one for visiting the site over the last 12 months.

SFBook has enjoyed considerable success in 2011, over the year the site has attracted over 370 000 unique visitors who have looked at almost 1.7 million pages with over 3 million "hits" registered.

The book of the year competition has also been very successful, the winner of which is the well deserving novel Son of Heaven by David Wingrove and published by Corvus Books. Dan Abnett's Embedded too...

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written by Ant on Sunday 1st January 2012
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Book of the Month January 2012

Book of the Month January 2012

This months book of the month, the first of 2012, goes to Hylton H Smith's The Ice Wars of Dominia, a fitting conclusion to the excellent Evilution series.

Congratulations to Hylton, the first Entry into the book of the year 2012!

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written by Ant on Sunday 1st January 2012