Books & Booze: The Lions of Al-Rassan
 

The Lions of Al-Rassan

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Sieges and Siegecraft, Part Two: Defenders
 

Siegecraft in Fantasy: Part Two

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Disabilities in SFF (Redux): More or Less than ‘Fine’?
 

Disabilities in SFF (Redux)

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Browsing all articles tagged with dystopia.

The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman

The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman
4.5

Covers count; every author knows this. Covers can make you buy books, they pose questions, raise mysteries – draw in the eye and the imagination. It is rare, however, for the cover of one book to make you buy a different book, but so it was with me this weekend. Later this month, the final […]

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Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day

Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day 

There are few genres in all of entertainment that are more sculpted by the times they are written in than science fiction. From its earliest beginnings, sci-fi has been about asking questions. What will humans eventually evolve into? At what point will humanity’s drive to invent give birth to a new lifeform? Which accent is […]

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James
4.5

Gilded Cage began life as a Wattpad success and it’s easy to see why. Sitting halfway between the YA and adult markets, James’ story has a wide appeal and deals with popular themes. While the dystopian ‘us and them’ set-up is familiar, the world of Gilded Cage is far more comprehensively realised than many of […]

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The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi

The Diversity of Today’s Cutting Edge Sci-Fi 

When we talk about science fiction we divide it up. It’s too big for a single shelf, we have to break it into subgenres and swallow it in pieces. There’s hard sci-fi, which typically deals with complicated scientific concepts. I usually call this technical sci-fi, since it’s often predicated on the idea that the science […]

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
4.25

This review contains spoilers for Red Queen. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. I’m new to this series and tore through the first book, Red Queen, in one sitting. The idea isn’t an original one – we’re talking an ‘us and them’ scenario with the eugenics elements borrowed from […]

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
4

Illuminae was a good time from beginning to end. The plot itself is fairly straightforward – teenagers break up, teenagers’ planet gets invaded, teenagers barely escape onto improvised evacuation ships with a fraction of their population, teenagers are on separate ships, rogue AI (maybe), plague, hacking, and conscription, and it’s all in SPACE! If you’ve […]

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The Vagrant by Peter Newman

The Vagrant by Peter Newman
4

Peter Newman’s debut novel, The Vagrant, tells of a man who “friendless and alone…walks a desolate, war-torn landscape”. After recently enjoying the latest Mad Max movie, I was immediately struck with the feeling that this would be a fantasy equivalent, swapping engines for horses and guns for swords. The Vagrant’s cover depicts the man himself, […]

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
3.5

Paige Mahoney is one of the rarest and most powerful clairvoyants in the known world. She is the infamous Pale Dreamer, known for her ability to control the minds of others. In the futuristic landscape of Scion London, unnaturals like Paige are policed with Orwellian ferocity. Paige is the second-in-command of the Seven Dials syndicate, […]

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
3.5

The 5th Wave is the first in an ongoing trilogy by Rick Yancey. The second book, The Infinite Sea came out in September, and the third book is expected in 2015. It combines the recent trend toward young adult apocalypse and dystopian fiction with a good, old-fashioned alien invasion. This makes me happy. Alien invasions […]

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
3.5

The YA trilogy that started with Shadow and Bone concludes with Ruin and Rising – with quite a few unhappy readers. Apparently, the uproar is over a relationship that didn’t pan out. You can’t please everyone, obviously, but the process did keep you guessing until the very end. After all, isn’t that what contributes to […]

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What the Stale Air Tastes Like: An Apocalyptic Overview

What the Stale Air Tastes Like: An Apocalyptic Overview 

The stars are going out. The nuclear fallout bunkers were built in a rush. Your cat seems to be mutating into some sort of slug monster. We have reached end game. All our endeavours are for nothing, apart from that collection of bottle caps that you’ve been storing just for this day. The end is […]

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
4

The year is 2044. Planet Earth is entering the third decade of a colossal energy and employment crisis. Cities are going up in superheated mushroom clouds, and people are packed together in slums like sardines. The world is in a bleak time in its history. A time when nearly everyone is looking for an escape […]

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