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Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See

Writing Fight Scenes – What an Editor Wants to See 

As an editor, something I’ve discovered when I’m editing books for other people is I’m making the same comments over and over again in relation to action scenes. I thought I’d summarize them here in the hope that someone may find it useful for their writing. As always, this is just how I’d do it […]

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The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
4.5

Jen Williams’ debut novel, The Copper Promise was one of my personal highlights of 2014. It came out last January, which seems a long time ago now, and The Iron Ghost is the not-long-awaited but eagerly anticipated follow-up, the middle book in the trilogy. Middle books in a series can be difficult; they have to […]

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Autodrome by Kim Lakin-Smith

Autodrome by Kim Lakin-Smith
3.5

Eddie Izzard used to do a sketch where he talked about how you only get car chases in movies, never in books. And the reason you don’t get them in books is that it would be very dull: “The man was driving. He looked over his shoulder at the other man, and he was driving […]

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Banished by Liz de Jager

Banished by Liz de Jager
4

Liz De Jager’s debut novel, Banished, is set in a world where the borders between the realm of Faerie and our own world, the Frontier, are thin and porous. It’s a situation where dangerous Fae politics can have a deadly impact on the unsuspecting human world. The Blackharts are enforcers, a human family with strong […]

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Hive Monkey by Gareth L. Powell

Hive Monkey by Gareth L. Powell
4.5

The attack macaque is back! Fresh (well, ish) from saving the world from nuclear meltdown in Ack-Ack Macaque, our titular monkey is having a bit of a meltdown of his own. Struggling with the sudden fame that has been thrust upon him, he is having a hard time dealing with a world in which he […]

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The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle
4

Warning this review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you haven’t finished the book! The Prince of Lies is the final installment in Anne Lyle’s debut Night’s Masque Trilogy, published by Angry Robot. It brings the story of Mal and Coby, Ned and Sandy to a conclusion. Mal and Coby have returned to London […]

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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
3.5

Please be aware that this review contains spoilers. Doomsday Book is widely regarded as an SF classic, the first book in the acclaimed Oxford Time Travel series. First published in 1992, the book is set in 2054, when scientists at Oxford University are beginning to unravel the secrets of time travel. An error in the […]

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Queen Rat by Kim Lakin-Smith

Queen Rat by Kim Lakin-Smith
3.5

Queen Rat was first published in 2012 by Murky Depths, but it’s just been released as an ebook. And as it’s been sitting on my TBR pile for a while, I thought it was an opportune time to review it. The story is a slab of steampunky fun aimed at older children or young young-adults. It’s […]

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The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
3.5

The Privilege Of The Sword is the sequel to Ellen Kushner’s legendary novel, Swordspoint, which told the story of the romance between Alec Campion and swordsman Richard St Veir. The Privilege Of The Sword is set in the city of Riverside, some twenty years after the first book, where quarrels are settled by hired blades. […]

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Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
4

Gemsigns, Stephanie Saulter’s confident debut novel, is set in the world of the near-future. Humans have been forced to resort to universal genetic modification to overcome the effects of a mysterious cybernetic plague. Of course, humans being humans, corporations didn’t stop with curing the Syndrome, but went on to create a wide variety of genetically […]

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
4.5

Emma Newman is, in the nicest possible way, crazy. I’ll tell you how crazy she is. She’s spent the last year writing recording and uploading a short story on a different person’s blog every single week. Fifty-four stories in all. Fifty-four stories in a year. That’s more than some people write in a lifetime, and […]

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The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea

The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea
4.5

A hambone is sweet, but a pot of jam is the supreme comforter… Mythology Thirteen years in the writing, The Hounds of the Morrigan was finally published in 1985, one of only three books completed by Galway-born author Patricia O’Shea. She spent the first sixteen years of her life in Ireland, and the people and […]

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