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Book Review: Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton is a writer of epic galaxy span­ning space opera science fiction. And all of that is right here on show in Great North Road. But the novel manages the clever trick of also being very down to earth and char­acter focussed.

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Book Review: Elantris By Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson's first novel Elantris has the advan­tage of being a stand alone book (for the moment, there have been talks of sequels). There's some­thing extra satis­fying about getting the whole begin­ning and end of a story in one go. Elantris was Sanderson's first novel and it's a very capable outing displaying most of the things that people gener­ally enjoy about Brandon Sanderson's writing. The world building here is strong and by no means limited to the city of Elantris and its imme­diate surround­ings. In fact there are areas of this world we never visit that  never­the­less feel quite real to me.

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Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

This is the first book in a trilogy called The First Lawand I should stress that it is not in itself a complete story. In fact, in many ways it reads more like a  prologue. A coming together of the cast and setting the stage before the story itself gets going.That’s being a little harsh perhaps, but I didn’t find it a satis­fying expe­ri­ence to read just this book so it’s worth noting. Be prepared to invest in all three books.

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Book Review: Saturn's Children by Charles Stross

To my mind Charles Stross is an extremely talented science fiction writer who incor­po­rates lots of big, bold ideas into his fiction. Some­times, though, I get the feeling the ideas have run away with the story. Saturn's Chil­dren might be an example of that. The notion of a world where humans have died out but the obedient robots they built are still main­taining society is a fasci­nating one and Stross explores what that might mean very effec­tively here. In this case we are dealing with forms of intel­li­gence patterned directly against the human brain which allows him to also hold up a dark and rather grue­some mirror on human behavior.

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Book Review: Redshirts By John Scalzi

This felt like polished fan-fiction. Obvi­ously it's not fan-fiction. Partly due to the tech­ni­cality that it's profes­sion­ally published, and partly because while Star Trek is refer­enced (obvi­ously) this is not a story set in the Star Trek universe. But the whole time I was reading the main story (there are three related codas that focus on other … Read More…
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Book Review: Eddie And The Kingdom by Damian Trasler

Book Review: Eddie And The Kingdom by +Damian Trasler I was looking forward to reading this book (is it a novella or a novel­ette I can never remember the word lengths?) basi­cally from the moment I read the preview chap­ters in Damian's previous short story collec­tion. That can be a dangerous thing, because expec­ta­tions have a way of building unrea­son­ably. Fortu­nately in … Read More…