Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1)

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After more than a decade and seven intervening novels, Robin Hobb returns to her best known and most beloved character: FitzChivalry Farseer, ‘star’ of The Farseer and The Tawny Man trilogies.  Sure she dabbled in the same world with the Rain Wilds books, but it is Fitz / Tom Badgerlock (Badgerlock is the name he assumes for much of The Tawny Man trilogy) and the Six Duchies where Hobb gained...

Ur by Stephen King

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Ur by Stephen King is a short novella, released in 2009 and coming in at just over 20,000 words. Dealing with a very interesting concept – an e-reader capable of multi-dimensional and precognitive searching – King not only manages to give you a plot device you’d (probably) kill for, but does so in such a way that will leave you breathless and very much wanting more. When old-school English teacher...

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

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The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs Published by Gollancz, August 2014 (Review copy received) 270 pages ISBN: 978-0575133662 Review by Mark Yon This is an interesting novel from an author new to me, that I think many readers of the grimdark persuasion may like. It’s a combination of mercenary buddy novel (see Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) and occultist magic, with a great deal of...

The Clown Service by Guy Adams

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The Clown Service by Guy Adams Published by Del Rey, July 2014 ISBN: 978 0 091953 157 314 pages Review by Mark Yon The Clown Service is a book that holds its influences up high and upfront: it’s a spy novel with an X-Files type twist. As an espionage tale, it has a touch of British diplomatic bureaucracy, in the way that Len Deighton’s 1960’s novel The Ipcress File did, and a healthy helping...

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...
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