My father's ghost Review and Opinion

2015/09/09

My Father's Ghost: The Return Of My Old Man And Other Second Chances
Suzy McKee Charnas
Tarcher / Putnam hardcover $23.95

review by Amy Harlib

Acclaimed American writer of Nebula award-winning SF (The Holdfast Chronicles) and young adult fantasy novels, Suzy McKee Charnas (born in 1939), in her latest book, records a superb memoir about being

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Name of the wind by patrick rothfuss Review and Opinion

2015/09/08

The Name Of The Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
Gollancz paperback £14.99

review by Simeon Shoul

To the Waystone Inn in the small town of Newarre comes Devan Lochees, better known as Chronicler, a man with a mission. Chronicler is on the track of a story, the story of Kvothe (pronounced almost like Quothe), the infamous wizard, regicide, minstrel, trafficker

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Neuropath by scott bakker Review and Opinion

2015/09/06

Neuropath
Scott Bakker
Orion paperback £9.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Cosmetically, Neuropath is a psychological thriller exploring the theory that consciousness is an illusion (a variant on the constellation of theories known collectively as eliminative materialism). Going by recent interviews of the author, this seems to be the work that

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Mammoth book of new terror Review and Opinion

2015/09/05

The Mammoth Book Of New Terror
editor: Stephen Jones
Robinson paperback £7.99

review by Mario Guslandi

For a newcomer to horror fiction this anthology would deserve a five-star ranking, because, at a very low price, it provides almost 500 pages of entertainment, spread over 24 stories and two

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Night sessions by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2015/09/04

The Night Sessions
Ken MacLeod
Orbit paperback £7.99

review by Tony Lee

Although basically SF crime/ mystery, about police detectives with A.I. robot partners conducting investigations of murders in Scotland, this novel tackles many of the social and urgent political issues raised by religious extremists

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Occupation of angels Review and Opinion

2015/08/31

An Occupation Of Angels
Lavie Tidhar
Pendragon paperback £4.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The striking cover of An Occupation Of Angels wouldn't look out of place on a Vertigo graphic novel or a CD cover for an alternative rock band. The story inside is also reminiscent of the edgier material in Hellblazer or Sandman, and the hectic

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Old man's war Review and Opinion

2015/08/30

Old Man's War
John Scalzi
Tor paperback $12.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

John Perry joined the Colonial Defence Forces on his birthday. This in itself isn't unusual. What is unusual is that he joined on his 75th birthday. John Scalzi's astonishingly confident debut novel builds from this simple premise into a modern classic that falls somewhere between

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Olympos by dan simmons Review and Opinion

2015/08/29

Olympos
Dan Simmons
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Given that it is impossible to write meaningfully about the far future, the aim of hard SF space opera is verisimilitude, rather than prediction. The harder the SF, the harder it's trying to make us believe that the essentially

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Orcs, bad blood Review and Opinion

2015/08/28

Orcs - Bad Blood 1: Weapons Of Magical Destruction
Stan Nicholls
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

Several years ago, Stan Nicholls published his Orcs: First Blood trilogy, which was essentially a traditional quest fantasy, but with orcs as the questors instead of their usual sword-fodder. Today, Nicholls' latest novel,

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Originals by dave gibbons Review and Opinion

2015/08/27

The Originals
Dave Gibbons
Vertigo / Titan graphic novel £17.99

review by Steve Aylett

For some reason I expected this to be a sort of Invisibles take-off, but in fact it's an alternative-universe Mod story in which the 'Originals' gang of the title ride around on hover-bikes instead of Vespas. There are no surprises in the story itself, a coming

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Paradox by john meaney Review and Opinion

2015/08/24

Paradox
John Meaney
Bantam paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Paradox is the second science fiction novel by UK writer John Meaney whose first book, To Hold Infinity (1998), garnered much praise and was nominated for a British SF Association award. Paradox, just recently published in the USA in hardcover by Pyr/Prometheus ($25

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Perfect dark: initial vector by greg rucka Review and Opinion

2015/08/23

Perfect Dark: Initial Vector
Greg Rucka
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Renowned for his bleak crime novels and the superb comic series Queen And Country, Greg Rucka appeared to be an unusual choice to write this series of tie in novels for the Perfect Dark series of computer games. Whilst the games cover the sort of action

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Peculia Review and Opinion

2015/08/22

Peculia
Richard Sala
Fantagraphic paperback $12.95

review by Amy Harlib

A highly successful American illustrator and comicbook artist with a long track record in numerous publications, Richard Sala finally gets some of his best shorter work in his preferred métier, graphic storytelling, collected into a high quality, large trade paperback.

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Blindsight by peter watts Review and Opinion

2015/08/21

Blindsight
Peter Watts
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Duncan Lawie

As a child, Siri Keeton, the narrator of Blindsight, had half his brain cut out to cure seizures. He had to learn again what it meant to be human, an experience which suited him well to life in the late 21st century. The rise of machine intelligence and the increasing specialisation

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Pharaoh fantastic Review and Opinion

2015/08/19

Pharaoh Fantastic
editors: Martin H. Greenberg and Brittiany A. Koren
DAW paperback $6.95

review by Amy Harlib

Veteran anthologist Martin H. Greenberg teams up with newcomer Brittiany A. Koren under the auspices of DAW Books to produce Pharaoh Fantastic, another mass-market paperback volume of themed fantasy stories by diverse hands to join

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Planet suite by allen ashley Review and Opinion

2015/08/17

The Planet Suite
Allen Ashley
TTA Press chapbook £4.99

review by Tony Lee

US poet and critic Ezra Pound once wrote that, "Literature is news that stays news." Now here is a bulletin of timeless importance from the talented British writer Allen Ashley. The Planet Suite offers an innovative tour of the Solar system, along the infinite frontiers

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Polity agent by neal asher Review and Opinion

2015/08/15

Polity Agent
Neal Asher
Tor hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Neal Asher is really pumping them out at the moment. This year we've had The Voyage Of The Sable Keech, set in the 31st century, Prador Moon closer to home in the 24th century, and now Polity Agent, in the 25th

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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Power girl Review and Opinion

2015/08/13

Power Girl
Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, and others
Titan graphic novel £7.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The blurb on the back of this book asks, "Who is Power Girl? ... Superman's cousin? ... Granddaughter of an ancient Atlantean sorcerer? ... Pawn in a game of cosmic chess?" My wife suggested there was another question that might be posed about the super

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Principles of angels Review and Opinion

2015/08/08

Principles Of Angels
Jaine Fenn
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Khesh City is enclosed in a dome and balanced on a stalk far above the rocky surface of an empty planet. The City, as it is usually referred to, is a well-regulated place, neatly divided into quarters by long avenues and governed by a Concord, which has the ultimate sanction

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Punktown by jeffrey thomas Review and Opinion

2015/08/07

Punktown
Jeffrey Thomas
Ministry Of Whimsy paperback $11.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jeffrey Thomas, an American writer of numerous dark fantasy and horror short stories, takes a new approach in this recently published collection of nine interrelated tales of 'slipstream' SF, seven of which have

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Quiet war by paul mcauley Review and Opinion

2015/08/05

The Quiet War
Paul McAuley
Gollancz hardcover £18.99

review by Duncan Lawie

[W]e are disadvantaged because we cannot stoop to the level of our opponents by spreading false counter rumours. We must cleave to the truth because otherwise we will become like our enemies, and traduce our own cause. At the same

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Rainbows end by vernor vinge Review and Opinion

2015/08/04

Rainbows End
Vernor Vinge
Tor hardcover $25.95

review by Tony Lee

Set in a highly computerised San Diego, in the year 2025, Rainbows End charts the recovery to stable mental health of former Alzheimer's patient, Robert Gu, an almost forgotten poet of once legendary status who finds himself excluded from the modern cyber-enhanced world, adrift

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