Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear (The Eternal Sky #2)

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Elizabeth Bear’s Shattered Pillars is the second installment of her Eternal Sky Trilogy, a richly imagined and wonderfully wrought Silk Road Fantasy. Action/plot picks up shortly after the events of Range of Ghosts, specifically here, the Wizard Samarkar and Temur are on a quest to find and rescue Edene who is imprisoned at the enemy fortress Ala-Din, The problem is, Edene is forging a path both...

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein

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Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein Read as part of the Virginia Edition Series, Volume VI. First published by Doubleday, March 1956. Serialised in Astounding Magazine, February, March and April 1956. Virginia Edition published April 2008. Text with minor corrections based on the Doubleday edition. ISBN: 978 1 897350 089 136 pages Review by Mark Yon   Here’s the latest reread of Heinlein’s works,...

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Robert Jackson Bennett is a writer whose output isn’t easy to classify, aside from brilliant storytelling, wonderful characters and some element of fantastic or macabre.  Each of his novels is not quite like the previous he’s written and published, but there is a distinct voice common across those novels (at least the three I’ve read). He writes powerful, evocative stories that push all the...

The JAG in Space series by John G Hemry

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The mission statement taken from the official website of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (U.S. Navy JAG): The Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps provides solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor...

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (Noctis Magicae, Book 1)

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Set in an alternate England somewhat reminiscent of the Regency era, where Magic is taught to young men at Oxford’s Merlin College, Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s debut novel wastes no time introducing the protagonist, Graham (nicknamed Gray) Marshall, and the situation which propels his plight through The Midnight Queen. Specifically, some of his college friends encourage Gray to join them in a night time...

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...
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