The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick

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In Book Two of The Erebus Sequence we return to the world of Landfall and the castle of Demesne. Nine years after the events of The Boy With A Porcelain Blade we are a wiser reader, now knowing that the King’s reign was a time of horror and almost mystical wonders. Lucien, the ‘Boy’ (or Orfano) of the first book has retired in solitude to San Marino. After the terrors of her father’s reign,...

Wolves by Simon Ings

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Wolves is a novel set in the near future that deftly explores the disjunct between perception and reality. Failures in perception pierce the Simon Ings’ narrative like shards of glass. It is through the prism of these shards that we glimpse a near future world start to wash away under the waves.  The science fiction landscape is flooded (an apt metaphor when talking about this book) with media that...

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

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Elizabeth Bear is one of the more prolific writers in Science Fiction and Fantasy, penning stories across the wide landscape of the genre. In Karen Memory, she tells the story of a “seamstress” in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th Century, though it is not quite the 1800s we know. Mind readers, robots and zeppelins help to flavor the story told through the voice of Karen Memery, yes the title of...

Farside by Ben Bova

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It’s been a while since I read, never mind reviewed, any of Dr. Bova’s novels. In fact, the last one I reviewed was the Ben Gunn anthology, The Sam Gunn Omnibus (2007) back in, erm… 2007. So what do we have here, eight years on? For those who don’t know, for over two decades Ben has been creating his own series of novels (The Grand Tour series) which explore different planets (and in...

Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden

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Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden is the final novel in the new Alien trilogy release last year by Titan Books. The first two books, Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: Sea of Sorrows, focused on the planet LV-178 and told two semi-connected stories set a couple of hundred year apart. Alien: River of Pain, meanwhile, returns us to very familiar surroundings: LV-426. Acheron. Hadley’s Hope. From...

The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards

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The premise of this one is basically ‘German Nazis and British heroes in WW2 meet aliens.’ It’s not a new idea (see also Harry Turtledove’s Worldwar series or W. A. Harbinson’s Projekt Saucer series, for example) but it is solid entertainment, briskly read. Justin has been a writer for the Doctor Who series, and it shows in this film-script-like novel. Mashing up aliens and UFO’s with...

Spire City – Season 1 by Daniel Ausema

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Spire City – Season 1 by Daniel Ausema Kindle Edition Mush Publishing Published September 2014 Review by N. E. White. Excuse me as I bumble through this review. I don’t often read stories that are released as a serial, so I’m not exactly sure how to refer to each episode. They are not quite short stories, not quite chapters in a book, but maybe something in between. This review if for the...

Hive Monkey by Gareth L Powell (Ack-Ack Macaque #2)

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Hive Monkey is the second novel in Gareth L Powell’s Ack-Ack Macaque series, a series I was eager to read more of after the impressive – and BSFA award winning – first novel, Ack-Ack Macaque. When I read the first novel last year I was surprised at what I found. Rather than a light-hearted steampunk romp I found an intricate and absorbing sci-fi story with a unique and rather enjoyable anti-hero....

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

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The latest book to have been sat around in ‘the pile’. I must admit that the subject matter is not the happiest, nor even that original: my first thoughts were of the Mad Max movies, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Stephen King’s The Stand, the Tank Girl comics and the story/film A Boy and his Dog, although there’s little in the way of technology here. However, having read it, it must be said...

Generation V by M.L. Brennan (American Vampire #1)

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If there is any character trope / type so ubiquitous in the fantasy genre that it has become mainstream is it is the Vampire. That isn’t to say new things can’t (and shouldn’t) be attempted with the vampire, which brings me to Generation V, M.L. Brennan’s first novel as well as the first in the series tentatively dubbed Generation V. Our protagonist and first person narrator is Fortitude Scott,...
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