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Published Sci-fi Critical Reviews

Our Child of the Stars by Stephen Cox – Review

It is always so refreshing as a writer to come across a debut that is given the amount of marketing and press we all dream about getting for our own debut novels. Before undertaking any of my reviews, I commit... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Testament, to any author, is their ability to dip in and out of genres. Most tend to dwell where comfortable, or regrettably where their publisher tells them. Some do break that mould and with great success. Ian M Banks is... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

Fantasy novels can leave you hating life, why can't you ride a white horse along with some imaginary (New Zealand) plain, heading to battle evil orks?  After we've read them the novels offer many useful functions. They can hold doors... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

Time paradoxes when woven into fiction make for marvellous reading, a testament to the author's skill at getting around tricky prose will come down to their planning. Ben Elton's latest novel Time and Time Again, cracks this head on. It's... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

It's never been understood why the fantasy genre and heavy metal make such an excellent pairing. Rock music isn't the soundtrack to cinema adaptations of epics such as Lord of the Rings or video game titles such as World of Warcraft. Yet... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

One of the many reasons why Doctor Who is the longest-running television series' in the history of television, is simply down to the genre of science fiction. The show verges on the brink of a steampunk edge as you're whisked... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Insurgence by Ken Macleod

A trait of the late Iain M. Banks that had many readers gravitate toward his work was the balance of elements in a Sci-Fi novel. Many of the genres novelists fail when they allow the intelligence of the world they've... Continue Reading →

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Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller – Review

Power structures have a recurring theme in the tales emerging from page to screen. It would appear female protagonists are still very much the driving force for books and certainly if the titles are anything to go by… girl on... Continue Reading →

An Echo of Things To Come by James Islington

There comes a point in every reader's journey when they pick up a book that instantly gets them hooked. This can happen for a number of reasons, It could be that you connect to the story, or that the location... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling

When characters jump off a page it excites us out of those early to bed reading ritual, finding ourselves glancing at a clock face that reads 1:30 am. They get condensed into proton particles, zapped directly into our minds, producing... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Many say they've defeated the overly detailed and praised American novel, Moby Dick, but in truth, hardly any finish it. It's not a massive novel, around 469 pages, a good reader can finish it in a few weeks. Yet, the... Continue Reading →

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