Under The Suns by Ches Smith

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Under The Suns by Ches Smith Kindle Edition Published August 2014 Review by N. E. White. As a reviewer, I’m an equal opportunity reader. Meaning, I’ll read traditionally published works right along with self-published tales. While there are drawbacks to including self-published works in my to-be-reviewed pile (quantity versus quality conundrum), today I’m happy to be presenting one of the latter. Ches...

Alien: the Archive – The Ultimate Guide to the Classic Movies

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Well, this one surprised me. First of all, it made me realise that it is 35 years since I sneaked into a cinema, underage, to watch the first movie in this franchise. (If I remember right, it wasn’t very busy.) I was impressed by the story, the imagery, the sheer horror of it all, though I had no inkling of what a franchise this would become. In 2014 the franchise is estimated to be worth at least...

Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #15)

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Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. This time, it’s worse than that. Mab’s involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised...

War Dogs by Greg Bear

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UK Cover They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun to sun, planet to planet, across the cosmos. Pundits have taken to calling them the Antagonists – or Antags – and they have already...

C. Montgomery Burns’ Handbook of World Domination by Matt Groening

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The world of The Simpsons is such a delightfully complicated one and such a part of the world’s cultural landscape of the last twenty five years that its icons are globally recognisable. This Handbook of World Domination, as if the cover didn’t give it away, is a collection of material allegedly compiled by the series’ great baddie, Mr Charles Montgomery Burns, but written/drawn by the series’...

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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So: what do you do when your successful author is in-between books in their best-selling series, with no sign of the next and the fans are baying for more? Well, you could publish a potted history of your famously fictional world. Or you could do this – publish a stand-alone novella from the same famous fictional world, with a character who has already become known but you want to write more about. The...

Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman

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Johnny Alucard, Book 4 of the Anno Dracula series, is not something that I ever expected to see, but I’m very glad I did. For Book 3, (Dracula Cha Cha Cha, reviewed here) published in 1998, seemed to draw things to a definite close – Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula of the Undead, was beheaded, his ashes spread into flowing water and gone, an ending which would normally pretty much decide a villain’s...

Horns by Joe Hill

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Original US Hardcover (2010) Of the stories, novels, and comics Joe Hill has written in his relatively short career, perhaps the least likely to make it to the screen first is his second novel, Horns. This isn’t a comment on the quality of the novel (because it is an excellent dark fantastic tale), but rather the premise that launches the plot as well as the nonlinear fashion of the novel. First,...

Lock In by John Scalzi

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Lock In is John Scalzi’s latest novel, and a change of pace from the man behind the Old Man’s War books. Rather than the military/space opera-esque novels we’re familiar with from Scalzi, Lock In is instead more comparable to Agent to the Stars, though even that is a tenuous comparison. Set in the near future and focusing on a world where almost 2 million people are locked in to their own bodies,...

The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

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Alix Black is a swordswoman, a soldier of the country of Alden in King Erik White’s army at a time of great chaos and war. Her King’s brother has broken away from him in an act of civil war while Alden is at war with Oridian, a nation powered by dark magic. The Bloodbound is the first of a new series by Erin Lindsey, pen name for Burundi-writer E.L. Tettensor, author of the Nicholas Lenoir supernatural...
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