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Book Review: The Clockwork Giant by Brooke Johnson

Okay so this is a slightly unusual situ­a­tion. I'm reviewing a book that won't be published until 2015, but it was published when I bought it. That's because the author self-published and then subse­quently sold the book and a sequel to a major publisher. That expla­na­tion out of the way let's talk about The Clock­work Giant by Brooke Johnson. It's a Young Adult novel with a steam­punk setting and a heavy emphasis on romance.

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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: Raven's Shadow Book 1 — Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

This is another of those series where you're not going to get a wholly satis­fying conclu­sion to each book. That doesn't mean it's a bad book, I just like to warn people about that sort of thing up front. It does reach a logical pause point of sorts, but there's clearly a lot of unre­solved issues. Appar­ently Blood Song was … Read More…

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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