Reviews

A Scruffian Survival Guide – Hal Duncan

A Scruffian Survival Guide Hal Duncan Lule, 118 pages Reviewed by Steve Ironside   Language is a marvel. The formality of words and structure, the ends to which it can be put – poetry, technical description, the odd bawdy chat down the pub; allowing communication in ways both broad and narrow. And yet, it remains

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Rights of Use by Shannon Eichorn

Rights of Use by Shannon Eichorn 339 pages Review by Samara Wright   In the 1960s, Project Blue Book promised the American public that UFOs were not real. Aliens did not exist. We were safe from extraterrestrial threats.   Thirty years later, two high schoolers, Sarah Anderson and Maggie Rockefeller, along with seventeen other women

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Cottingley by Alison Littlewood

NewCon Press, 99 pages Review by Marija Smits   Part folk horror, part historical fiction, Alison Cottingley’s page-turning novella – one of a series published by respected indie press NewCon – is a reworking, or rather reimagining, of the story of the Cottingley fairies. The novella, written in epistolary form, immediately intrigues: Dear Sir Arthur

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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 is

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Sailor to a Siren – Zoe Sumra

Sailor to  a Siren Elsewhen Press, 272 pages Reviewed by Samantha Dolan   This novel is Zoe Sumras’ debut and you can tell that she didn’t just happen upon space opera. The dept and breath of her worldbuilding is evident from the first dizzying battle between our protagonists, Connor Cardwain and his band of militarised

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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

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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

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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

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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

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