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The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack by Nate Crowley

  Abaddon, 400 pages Review by S-J McGeachy When a book’s prologue consists of quotations from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Eric Morecombe you hope for a healthy combination of grim despair and hearty chuckles. Thankfully, Nate Crowley delivers both in spades.   Schneider Wrack regains consciousness and slowly becomes aware that he is dead. His corpse has been reanimated so he can serve at sea, carrying out the tasks the living would really rather not. Having been executed for political dissension, he now finds himself aboard a megaship factory. His workmates comprise former military personnel, criminals and subversives, all...

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New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit, 618 pages Review by Callum McSorley New York, New York, it’s a helluva town! So goes the song, and from Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, it’s certainly a city that’s inspired writers and artists for generations, and its prominence in media and finance has made it the capital of the world. Even over a hundred years in the future, where melting polar ice caps have caused worldwide floods and left half of Manhattan under water—the premise of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140—the great city of New...

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Infinity Wars by Jonathan Strahan

Infinity Wars Jonathan Strahan Rebellion, 356 pages Reviewed by Ian Hunter It was inevitably, I suppose, given that the previous five entries in Jonathan Strahan’s Infinity Project—at least from their titles—had a hopeful air about them starting way back in 2010 with Engineering Infinity right through to more recent offerings, that things would take a turn for the worse. So in book six, we have reached Infinity Wars. War is eternal, and one thing that mankind can always be counted on is its ability to be creative when waging it. I couldn’t help recalling the late great American writer,...

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Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Too Like The Lightning Ada Palmer Tor, 432 pages Review by Eris Young It is the year 2454, and the invention of flying cars has long since made geographical borders, and by extension nations, obsolete: if you live in Chile but work in Japan and have dinner in France, what does it matter what country you were born in? Instead, people choose from a selection of seven global governments based on their interests and ideals. The nuclear family has been replaced by a larger family unit that you choose yourself. The average life expectancy is over one hundred and...

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Off Beat: Nine Spins on Song

Off Beat: Nine Spins on Song Wicked Ink Books, 256 pages Review by Benjamin Thomas Off Beat: Nine Spins on Song is a collection of nine lengthy stories that follow inspiration derived from songs that meant something to each writer. Starting with Basil & Jade by A.G. Henley and wrapping up with Thanksgiving in the Park by R.B. Wood, this collection, while sticking to the theme, is put together in a way that keeps the reader engaged from cover-to-cover. The potential issue with any themed collection is the possibility of the theme getting stale and redundant by the last...

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