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Book Review: Vicious


By V.E. Schwab Published by Titan Books When two friends find a way to acquire superpowers, events will never turn out smooth. When these friends are intelligent, competitive, driven individuals, the top pre-med students at their college, whose friendship is shattered by acquiring their superpowers, their lives and the lives of many other people will be adversely affected. Victoria Schwab…

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Book Review: Red Country


By Joe Abercrombie Published by Gollancz Take a Western but with swords instead of guns. Set it in an epic fantasy world. Throw in a stagecoach chase, an attack by ‘natives’ around the wagons, a prospector town full of vice and criminals, and tough characters living in a harsh world. And make it good. You now have Red Country, the…

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Book Review: The Red Knight


Written by Miles Cameron Published by Gollancz The Red Knight paperback is a huge, thick book – it could be used as a handy shield in a fight – and it is only the first part of The Traitor Son cycle. However, you won’t notice the size of the book when reading (well, apart from the weight) because you will…

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Book From A Library: London Falling


Written by Paul Cornell The concept of police investigating magical-related crime in London is not without precedent – I’m a big fan of Ben Aaronovitch’s Folly series – but it’s way that the story is told that makes it different. Cornell, in addition to his comic-book writing, has written for television (Doctor Who, Primeval, Robin Hood) and this book has a…

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Notes On A Book: The Name Of The Wind


Book One of The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss The paperback edition that I read is 662 pages of small print text. It’s a big book. Yet I raced through it in a euphoric rush as I devoured this book (not literally; that would be hideous, to steal a line from Alan Partridge), because the prose is so well written…

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From A Library: World War Z


An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks The great thing about this book is the scale – this is a book about what happens to the whole world during a zombie epidemic, instead of the small stories that tend to focus on a group of people in a small area. China, Israel, India, Russia, South Africa, Europe,…

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Book Review – Girl Genius: Agatha H And The Airship City


By Phil and Kaja Foglio Published by Titan Books Girl Genius is a comic book series turned online webcomic written by the Foglios and drawn by Phil, and this book is a novelisation of the first storyline. It has a steampunk setting with an alternative world history but the authors additionally describe it as ‘gaslamp fantasy’ to differentiate it because…

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From A Library: Temeraire


By Naomi Novik I have to credit Helen O’Hara, Deputy Editor of Empire Online, for her recommendation of this book; on the Empire podcast, when answering readers’ questions about what good books haven’t been adapted into film, she mentioned this book (with a description of ‘Napoleonic wars with dragons’) and because she is smart and cultural person, I knew I…

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Book Review – Foundation: The Collegium Chronicles Book I and Intrigues: The Collegium Chronicles Book II


By Mercedes Lackey I like to think that I’m fairly well read, or at least read enough about the areas I’m interested to have some knowledge of a wide variety of different genre-related materials, so it’s slightly embarrassing to admit that, before reading these books, I had never heard of Mercedes Lackey, despite the fact that she is a best-selling…

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Book Review – Anno Dracula: Dracula Cha Cha Cha


By Kim Newman I have thoroughly enjoyed Kim Newman’s alternative world vampire stories, with their wonderful blending of history and characters from literature and film, so I was looking forward to sampling the next instalment. Dracula Cha Cha Cha is another delightful addition to his ongoing storyline and it continues to combine his overwhelming love for and knowledge of genre…

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