The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley (Worldbreaker Saga #1)

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It has been a pretty good year for Epic Fantasy in 2014 and the upward trend continues with Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire, her first novel for Angry Robot Books and the first installment of The Worldbreaker Saga. Set in a milieu of parallel worlds featuring gender roles swapped or showcased in a different light, invading forces, blood magic, orphans, and bears-as-mounts, swords made of vegetation;...

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress

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Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress is the first book I’ve read by the author, mainly because she is primarily published in the US. While in this day and age of e-readers and the seeming availability of pretty much anything you want, that’s not really an excuse on my part. However, after Yesterday’s Kin came to my attention and I read the blurb I knew it was a book that I needed to move to the top...

Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown (Multiplicity #1)

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Jani and the Greater Game (Multiplicity #1) is Eric Brown’s new novel, a steampunk adventure and departure from his usual sci-fi offerings. As a fan of Brown’s work I approached this novel with some apprehension. Would it be as good as his sci-fi works? Would the change in genre work for me? Would it, ultimately and simply, be a good novel? The answer isn’t quite as simple as a yes or no… The...

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...
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