Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes EBook Edition Published 2010 by Angry Robot Review by N. E. White. Award-winning Zoo City is Lauren Beukes second novel, and though I’m getting to it fairly late, it was published back in 2010, it’s got a lot to offer to today’s reader. A fast-paced urban fantasy with snappy dialogue, you won’t be disappointed in the novel’s main character Zinzi December and the...

The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

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The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd Published by Titan Books, July 2014 160 pages ISBN: 978 178 116 8431 Review by Mark Yon Here’s another of those great Art books Titan are currently publishing. This time, (after John Harris’ HERE and Chris Foss HERE) it’s Fred Gambino. Personally I’ve come across Fred’s work through his book covers: Elizabeth Moon, Allan Cole and Chris Bunch’s STEN...

Terra’s World by Mitch Benn (Terra #2)

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Terra’s World (Terra #2) is Mitch Benn’s follow up to his hugely enjoyable debut, Terra. Still focusing on the titular character of Terra, Terra’s World ups the stakes while still keeping everything that made the first novel so special. A couple of years have passed since Terra returned to Earth to live with her biological parents, but all is not as peaceful as she’d have hoped. With attempts...

The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin (Matthew Swift #2)

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Matthew Swift is a sorcerer of the streets, killed and resurrected in his debut novel A Madness of Angels, he is now more than what he once was. At the outset of the second novel featuring Swift – The Midnight Mayor – Swift is the number one suspect in the murder of the titular character. The Midnight Mayor, you see, is something Swift didn’t believe existed. Unfortunately for Swift, the Mayor...

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks (The Defenders of Shannara #1)

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The High Druid’s Blade (The Defenders of Shannara #1) is the new novel from acclaimed fantasy author Terry Brooks, and a new entry in his best-selling world of Shannara. A stand-alone novel in a themed series, The High Druid’s Blade is marketed as both a return to a familiar setting for fans, and an ideal starting point for those new to his works – like me. With cover quotes from authors such...

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Published by Bantam/Transworld, July 2014 380 pages ISBN: 978-0593072691 Review by Mark Yon. A promising debut Fantasy. Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is a Queen-in-waiting – the sole heir to the throne of Tearling. Brought up in hiding, it is time for her ascendance. After the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, for the last eighteen or so years the Kingdom has been...

The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler (Book Two of The Shadow Campaigns)

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When a major military conflict has concluded and a treasure is found, what are soldiers to do?  In the case of Marcus d’Ivoire, Winter Ihrenglass, and the leader of their military unit Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, they return home. While the soldiers were accustomed to military conflict in the battle trenches, the home to which they return is in a conflict of a different sort – political. The...

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

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As you may know, Mr Mercedes is the new book by one of the most popular and well-known authors on the planet, Stephen King. Mr Mercedes follows retired detective Bill Hodges as he attempts to track down a mass-murderer that has seemingly got away with his crime. This novel is a thriller through-and-through, taking the ex-detective trope and spinning it with a story that just won’t let up. Here’s...

The Three by Sarah Lotz

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The Three by Sarah Lotz Published by Hodder and Stoughton, May 2014 ISBN: 978 144 4770 377 480 pages Review by Mark Yon As I type this, it is approaching summer holiday season (again) at Hobbit Towers. And as is normal, I notice the appearance of the usual holiday reads, all ready to take away with you on that long holiday journey. The Three is one of those catastrophe novels that is *that good* it...

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (Book One of The Shadow Campaigns)

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War is raging between the Vordanai Empire and the Khandar; a rebelling colony led by a religious group known as the Redeemers.  Into this fray (after a prologue, natch) we follow two characters; soldiers, who are embroiled in the military campaign.  The first in Django Wexler’s The Shadow Campaigns, The Thousand Names is a military fantasy novel cut from a different swath of cloth.  It involves...
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