God of Gnomes by Demi Harper
 

God of Gnomes

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Last Memoria

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The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
 

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

Review

 

Browsing all articles tagged with classic SFF.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson
4

As debut novels go, this one kicks arse. Written in 1984, Gibson’s cyberpunk tale was a culmination of various cult influences and pressure from a looming deadline. We’re introduced to body modifications, cybernetic implants, and ‘the matrix’ – an online information highway. Bear in mind that the World Wide Web wasn’t invented by Tim Berners-Lee […]

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Dark Moon by Meredith Ann Pierce

Dark Moon by Meredith Ann Pierce
4.5

Meredith Ann Pierce doesn’t miss-a-beat with the second instalment of her wonderfully original Firebringer Trilogy, Dark Moon. But before I begin, I feel that the following needs to be stated. Anyone that might be wary of reading Pierce’s Firebringer Trilogy solely based on the fact that it is unicorn fiction, you are missing-out on a […]

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Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder

Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder
3.5

Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for the first two books. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the previous novels. I recently described these books as crack. I can’t remember to whom, but I know exactly what I meant when I said it, and I know that whoever I said it to […]

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The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
4.5

The late Victorian era was a time of new and dangerous ideas. The concept of evolution challenged traditional religious belief. The first few voices were questioning the politics of Empire. Ideas of hypnotism and psychology were starting to be taken seriously. H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau is a vivid, uncomfortable exploration of […]

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Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
4

“She must be rich, Holly thought. Then, for the first time, she realized, I’m rich now, too.” Readers, I rolled my eyes. Your parents were going to get you a horse for your eighteenth birthday. What can you call that but rich? I may not have been quite that bitter at reading those sentences, but […]

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Legend by David Gemmell

Legend by David Gemmell
4

Legend introduces us to a tribe called the Drenai, who feature in 12 other books by Gemmell which form The Drenai Saga. Under attack from the Nadir, all is seemingly lost, but as a menagerie of characters merge together, they become an unstoppable force defending against the sieges of the Nadir. The initial irritation for […]

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Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce

Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce
4.5

Spoilers Warning: This review contains spoilers. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. “He was born under a dark moon.” I grew-up with a hearty, diverse digestion of equestrian nonfiction: Anna Sewell’s Victorian Black Beauty, Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion series and Will James’ Western Smoky the Cowhorse. Peter S. […]

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Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks

Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
4

If ever there was a case to be made for not judging a book by its cover, this is it. The cover sat before me shows the face of a planet in hues of blue. The only thing it’s safe for you to deduce is that the novel is set in space. To be honest, […]

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
4

My first introduction to The Man in the High Castle was not in printed format – I first watched the adaptation that Amazon produced. I was intrigued by the concept of an alternate reality where World War II culminates in the triumph of the Axis powers. The first season of the show was gripping and […]

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M. John Harrison Interview – You Should Come With Me Now

M. John Harrison Interview – You Should Come With Me Now 

M. John Harrison’s first story was published in New Worlds in 1968. Since then he has proved himself one of the most interesting writers in genre. His Viriconium stories, beginning with The Pastel City (1971), use a decaying city on the edge of time to explore the very nature of fantasy and escapism, while the […]

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Space Mavericks by Michael Kring

Space Mavericks by Michael Kring
5

“I activated.” And on those words you are carried away into a world of adventure and action. Actually, as this is sci-fi, more than one world. I own two copies of this book. I had to buy a second when the first started to fall apart from many years of re-reading. In fact, I just […]

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The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker

The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
5

The Company novels have finally become true science fiction. (I say finally, though I will gladly admit that I loved cyborgs in history). After a brief sojourn in a year some readers of this blog may remember – 1996 – we’re off to the future. The twenty-first century (about fifty years in our future), the […]

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