Author: Iain Maloney

Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth by Cassandra Khaw

Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth Cassandra Khaw Abaddon Books, 155 Pages Review: Benjamin Thomas Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth is the second part of the saga of Rupert Wong, our favorite cannibal chef. While Ends of the Earth is technically a novella, it packs more in its pages than most mammoth tomes we find on the shelves. The tremendous difficulty with novellas for writers is the fact that there are a lot more darlings that have to be killed in order to get the desired word count. Khaw’s blade, like the one belonging...

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Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Raven Stratagem Yoon Ha Lee Solaris, 400 pages Review by Iain Maloney Criticism is a funny old thing. The critic is late to the party: the book is published, printed, often already in shops and on people’s nightstands by the time the review comes out so any criticism offered is at best parenthetical. As a novelist myself I’ve read critical reviews of my books and thought, ‘Okay, so the reviewer thinks W doesn’t work, X should’ve done Y and Z should’ve been longer. What do they think I can do about it now?’ While some writers occasionally get the...

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Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger of Tempest Tom Lloyd Gollancz, 472 pages Reviewed by Ian Hunter With ringing endorsements from the likes of Adrian Tchaikovsky, James Barclay and Edward Cox and a great cover by Jon McCoy, of a lone rifleman (actually our hero armed with a Mage Gun that fires elemental bullets) on the cover about to square off to something that looks more than slightly like the Balrog from Lord of the Rings, you know you are going to be in safe hands with the first instalment of Lloyd’s The God Fragments entitled Stranger of Tempest. We are dropped straight into...

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All the Galaxies by Philip Miller

All the Galaxies Philip Miller Freight Books, 308 pages Review by Henry Northmore Fans already know that many of the strongest works in the genre use sci-fi as a prism to examine our own world. Taking existing concepts and extrapolating into the future, exaggerating for effect or repositioning them on strange new worlds. We live in volatile political times offering plenty of meat for writers to chew over. However Philip Miller can’t have known how timely All the Galaxies would be when published. Set after a second failed Scottish Independence Referendum (which could be as soon as 2018 if...

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The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

The Beauty Aliya Whiteley Unsung, 112 pages Review by Marija Smits Online Exclusive. The Beauty, like other books from Unsung Stories, is somewhat unclassifiable. It doesn’t appear to sit neatly in any sci-fi genre, and although probably best described as speculative fiction it also has a fairy tale aspect to it. In places it also happens to be downright disturbing, as befits good horror. Dystopian or utopian? That’s for the reader to decide. But first and foremost: it is a rattling good read. The novella begins with Nate, a storyteller, at a time in the near future when all...

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