Tag: Scifi

Hand to Mouth by Deborah Sheldon

‘Hand to Mouth’ by Deborah Sheldon isn’t to be trusted. Well, I say that. The narrator surely isn’t. More on that in a moment. Published by Demain Publishing, ‘Hand to Mouth’ is book 48 Demain’s Short Sharp Shocks! series. If you want horror, fantasy, and all that’s in between, then this is the series to

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Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle – The Folio Society Edition

Well if you’ve found your way to this review you’re either a fan of Planet of the Apes, Folio Society or a consumer of fiction – well if that’s the case you are in for a mighty fine time. If you’re a space travelling lost soul and discovered this (a message in a bottle if

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Dark River by Rym Kechacha

Rym Kechacha worked as a professional ballet dancer with the Northern Ballet before becoming a teacher. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmith’s University and Dark River is her debut novel. Dark River entwines two parallel stories, both centring on a mother fighting to protect her family from the impact of

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Always North by Vicki Jarrett

Always North by Vicki Jarrett is a strange little beast, on the one hand I thought that the location and isolation that she brought to the book were astonishingly well written – you could feel the bleakness of it, the coldness of the arctic and at times when I was reading in bed, I’m sure

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Million Eyes: Extra Time by C.R. Berry

Wow, what a ride! That is the first thing I think of after reading Million Eyes: Extra Time by C.R.Berry. This compilation of short stories is set in the universe of Time Travel where conspiracies are explained through the lens of time travelers changing time to suit their purpose. It is part of a trilogy whose

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know by David H. Reiss

Once upon a time–when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was still in high school–I had a wonderful English teacher who treated his students as peers and insisted that we all call him by his first name; his enthusiasm for literature and drama was outright contagious. He convinced me to read outside my preferred genres

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BOOK REVIEW: Ubik by Philip K Dick (The Folio Society Edition)

Philip K Dick is in my opinion and many others the master of science fiction. His works seems to drip off the tongue when one mentions said genre, such works as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly – the list

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BOOK REVIEW: The Migration by Helen Marshall

The world is besieged by natural disasters, a disease that affects only the young is spreading, and tragedy appears at the forefront of everyone’s lives. The Migration is a wonderfully skilful novella that combines an elegiac beauty with an overarching sense of societal menace. Written from the perspective of Sophie, a sixteen-year-old girl who is

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BOOK REVIEW: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

What is interesting about literature written in the past is the omnipotent manner with which one, from our saggy hi-tech sofas in the future, can now read it: the time capsule quality of it. A quality so much more heightened when reading someone’s version of the future as written in the past, often wildly off

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BOOK REVIEW: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (The Folio Society Edition)

It is both bizarre and resonant that, in the same year Donald Trump has declared he is going to create a Space Force for planet Earth, Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, by many considered one of the all-father texts of military science fiction, should be reprinted. Originally published under the title ‘Starship Soldiers’ in The

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