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Review: Such a Dark Thing by M. Jess Peacock

M. Jess Peacock has clearly led an interesting life, drawing all manner of examples out of an imaginative childhood for re-examination under the academic’s microscope. This exploration of the vampire archetype and its application in a multitude of fiction highlights several themes, allowing us to view this icon of horror fiction through the discussion of its variations. From Dracula to Lestat, Angel and beyond, we examine a selection of iconic characters and discuss the way in which they have been employed in stories, which makes Such a Dark Thing varied and interesting read. You’ll find examples here that you know and a few you probably don’t.

As an academic text on the Va...

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written by Allen Stroud on Tuesday 31st March 2015
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Deleted Scene - The Return of Wroid the Provoker

Gavin SmithWe are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith for a special guest post. Gavin’s new book A Quantum Mythology is out now in bookshops and we are thrilled to share with you a deleted scene from it. Gavin G. Smith’s new epic space opera is a wide-ranging exploration of the past, present and future of mankind.

A note from Gavin Smith: Wroid was a minor character from Age of Scorpio - one of the Fib, a tribe from the area that would become modern day Fife, just across the Tay River from my hometown Dundee.  He was a lot of fun to write.  He fought with his tongue and enjoyed winding people up.  T...

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written by Ant on Monday 30th March 2015
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Gollancz March 2015 Paperbacks

Gollancz has a number of treats this month with their releases in paperback.

Paperback of the month is volume one and two of the Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. The Words of Radiance is the latest novel in Sanderson's epic series The Stormlight Archive and follows on from The Way of Kings. Set on a planet constantly ravaged by fierce storms and with a unique magic system, if The Way of Kings is anything to go by, Words of Radiance should be something quite special.

Words of Radiance

The ever expandin...

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written by Ant on Thursday 12th March 2015
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Buggrit! millennium hand and shrimp

Terry Pratchett

I am sure that I speak for all here at SFBook when I say how sad we are to hear of to hear of the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett, knight of the realm. As I've mentioned before his talent was unique, each of his novels a priceless gem with so much humour, intelligence and wit. There was, and likely never will be someone quite like him.

I have been reading his books for over 20 years, — in fact I have read his books more than I have any other author alive or dead. From The Colour of Magic back in the 1980's through every Discworld book to his collaboration with Stephen Baxter with the scie...

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written by Ant on Thursday 12th March 2015
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Top 5 Must Read Vintage Sci-Fi Novels

Although some people consider science fiction novels to be a literary realm where only nerds dare to tread, savvy readers realize that there is more to this genre than spaceships and robots. Set amid the trappings of futuristic technology and otherworldly locales, science fiction has the power to raise thematic questions about very human issues, such as race, foreign policy, ethics, and human rights, through the fantastic filter of the future.The following vintage science fiction novels were ahead of their time, but not for the reasons you might expect.

The Martian Chronicles (1950) by Ray Bradbury Despite the title...

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written by Maria Ramos on Wednesday 11th March 2015