Defenders by Will McIntosh

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Alien invasion stories have been a staple of science fiction since the genre began.  War is a great catalyst for technological innovation. These two linked ideas / themes come together in Will McIntosh’s Defenders. In the near future, Earth is attacked by the Luyten, giant alien starfish intent on taking over the world and making it their own. As humanity fights back, the world bands together in...

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

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A wandering bard and his companion make landfall on the strange, mist shrouded island of Creyak. They are greeted by a singular man, Hashath the King. Unfortunately the king is dead and frozen.  If you haven’t guessed by now, Talus is the wandering bard and that king finishes out the title of Graham Edwards mythically and historically flavored mystery Talus and the Frozen King. We know Talus is...

Laurence and the Riders by Sloan Archer

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Laurence and the Riders by Sloan Archer reviewed by fellow author Leon G. Caesar Laurence and the Riders has it all: blood-and-gore, a passionate love story, an age-old secret, mystery, suspense, action, a centuries-old blood feud, treachery, revenge, fantasy,  and humor. Starting the plot with the end, has turned out to be an effective technique, and Archer knows just how to torment the reader.  I...

Timecrunch: The Trails of Death by Leon G. Caesar

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Timecrunch: The Trails of Death by Leon G. Caesar reviewed by fellow author Sloan Archer. Timecrunch begins on an interesting note: several thousand years into a science-driven future. The book isn’t merely set in the future, but in a utopian society where violence is nothing more than a dream of the past. A dream of the past, that is, until a time capsule is opened for the entire world to see. The...

Echoes of Betrayal (Paladin’s Legacy #3) by Elizabeth Moon

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Echoes of Betrayal is the third installment of Elizabeth Moon’s Paladin’s Legacy, which itself is a sequel series to Moon’s landmark debut trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion. This novel is the exact midpoint of the Paladin’s Legacy series and builds well off of what came before and picks up fairly directly from the previous installment of the series, Kings of the North. US Hardback Cover Kieri...

SFFWorld Archive: Rocketship Galileo by Robert A Heinlein

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Here’s one from the SFFWorld Archives that seems to have disappeared! Originally written in May 2009, it is the first of my ongoing reread of Heinlein’s novels, through the Virginia Editions. US Cover 1947   Rocketship Galileo by Robert A Heinlein First published 1947 by Scribners; NEL Edition (1980) 159 pages, ISBN Number: 45049795 Rocketship Galileo was first published by Scribners...

Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris (Doctor Who)

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This year BBC Books are re-releasing some previous Doctor Who novels under the banner of The Monster Collection. Each taking a different monster from Doctor Who’s past, these novels look at different incarnations of the Doctor and the various enemies he’s faced over his regenerations. As someone that has followed Doctor Who since it returned to the screens with the Christopher Eccleston’s ninth...

V-S Day by Allen Steele

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Published by Ace Books, February 2014 ISBN: 978 0 425 259740 308 pages Review by Mark Yon   Subtitled ‘A Novel of Alternative History’, this is a novel expanded from a story, ‘Goddard’s People’, published in Asimov’s Magazine in 1991. It is a novel that reinforces the ‘what-if’, and allows the reader to imagine what might have happened with space rockets had events taken a different...

Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

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Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak E-book Edition Published December 4th 2013 by Clockpunk Press Review copy provided by author. Review by N. E. White. Chasing the Star Garden, book one of The Airship Racing Chronicles, by Melanie Karsak is a steampunk fantasy about Lily Stargazer, a drug addict and airship pilot extraordinaire. The book begins in the middle of a race. Lily and her crew are...

Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson

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Epic Fantasy is a strong as ever and if any writer (who doesn’t have an HBO show to his name) is the standard-bearer, then one could make the case that Brandon Sanderson is that standard-bearer.  With that, The Stormlight Archive may wind up being his magnum opus; it is after all his love letter to the epic fantasy genre. And epic it is, but for its sheer size, Words of Radiance might have the largest...
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