Reviews

Sealed by Naomi Booth

  Sealed by Naomi Booth Paperback: 150 pages Publisher: Dead Ink Review by Teika Marija Smits   For some reason, Dead Ink, Sealed’s publisher, billed Naomi Booth’s debut novel an ‘eco horror’ on social media. Put firmly in the literary fiction camp it most likely evaded the eyes of readers who would’ve been keen to

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The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts 192 pages Tachyon Publications Reviewed by Lucy Powell   How do you outwit a mind that is your own? How do you dupe someone who sees with your eyes, and hears through your ears? How do you outlast someone who never sleeps? These are the questions posed by Peter

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Improbable Botany – Gary Dalkin (ed)

Improbable Botany Gary Dalkin (ed) Wayward London 605 pages Reviewed by Katy Lennon Improbable Botany, edited by Shoreline’s own Gary Dalkin and published by Wayward London, shows immediately it is not taking its botanical theme lightly. It is integral to the collection; opening with an introduction showcasing the tangible effects Wayward have continually had on

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The Church of Latter-Day Eugenics by Chris Kelso & Tom Bradley

The Church of Latter-Day Eugenics by Chris Kelso & Tom Bradley Journalstone 102 pages Reviewed by Steve Ironside Centuries away, the minstrel steels himself for his audience with the King. Based on what he is going to say, will he survive it?   Meanwhile, amongst The Church of Latter-Day Eugenics’ streets of London, Fulton, a

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Learning How to Drown- Cat Hellisen

Learning How to Drown – Cat Hellisen New Con Press 185 pages Review by Samantha Dolan   Learning How to Drown is an arresting title. On the front cover, Hellisen is described as one of the most accomplished writers of African SFF’ by Geoff Ryman and that might provide an insight for some but it

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Fifty-One by Chris Barnham

Fifty-One Chris Barnham Filles Vertes Publishing 320 pages Review: Georgina Merry From the near future to the blitz, Barnham’s time travel escapade is a smooth blend of romance, espionage, and intrigue. If you want hard sci-fi, this isn’t the book to choose. However, if you love mystery, conspiracies, and vintage settings, look no further.  

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Body in the Woods Sarah Lotz

Body in the Woods Sarah Lotz NewCon Press, 116 pages. Review by Ian Hunter   A couple of years ago I was a juror on the panel that chose the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer. As one of the contenders was Sarah Lotz’s novel The Three, it was a bit of a no-brainer. That

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Binary System Eric Brown

Binary System Eric Brown Solaris, 400 pages Review by Lucy Powell   An amalgamation of two short novellas, Binary and System, Eric Brown’s Binary System is a novel that quite literally starts with a bang. After the spaceship Andromeda catastrophically explodes going through a routine wormhole jump, the accident is enough to fling the book’s

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Null States Malka Older

Null States Malka Older Tor, 432 pages Review by Callum McSorley   Malka Older returns to the world of The Centenal Cycle with her second book in the series, Null States. In her debut, Infomocracy, she introduced us to a near-future in which ‘Information’ – a near-ubiquitous, utopian version of the internet where all statements

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Spare and Found Parts Sarah Maria Griffin

Spare and Found Parts Sarah Maria Griffin Titan, 416 pages Review: Georgina Merry In a post-apocalyptic Ireland where computer technology is banned, Nell Crane, a teen who struggles to fit in, becomes obsessed with building herself a companion. She will stop at nothing to make her fantasy a reality, even if it means rejecting the

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