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Reviews: going widdershins in Finding Baba Yaga

September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Finding Baba Yaga, Jane Yolen, Tor Books (cover image by SHutterstock, design by Jamie Stafford-Hill) “So, this is a tale Both old and new, borrowed, narrowed, broadened, deepened, rethreaded, rewoven, stitches uneven, re-plastered, re-harled, rehearsed,...

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Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames, Orbit (cover artwork by Richard Anderson, design by Lisa Marie Pompilio) If Kings of the Wyld (reviewed here) was the ‘Blues Brothers’ of epic fantasy, then Bloody Rose is the ‘Almost Famous’....

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Reviews: the Art of Solo, a Star Wars Story

July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Art of Solo, a Star Wars Story, Phil Szostak, Abrams Books I think it is fair to say that the Solo movie underperformed dreadfully at the box office (relative to other Star Wars films,...

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Reviews: Ravencry

July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ravencry: The Raven’s Mark Book Two, Ed McDonald, Gollancz (cover design by Dan Smith) I didn’t love Blackwing and I could never quite put my finger on why. It had everything I wanted from a...

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Dreadful Company, Vivian Shaw, Orbit Books (delectable cover art by Will Staehle) “An absolute delight.” That was what I said about the first of Vivian Shaw’s Great Helsing novels, Strange Practice, around this time last...

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Before Mars, Emma Newman, Gollancz Planetfall and After Atlas were both some of the most interesting and emotionally immersive speculative fiction I have ever read, and I’m happy to report that Before Mars is no...

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Reviews: high tension in Adrift

June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Adrift, Rob Boffard, Orbit Books (cover design by Charlotte Stroomer) With a history degree and little chance of going straight from college to a nice museum job, and reluctant to take a post with her...

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The Atrocities, Jeremy C Shipp, Tor.com (cover art by Samuel Araya, design by Christina Foltzer) “Turn left at the screaming woman with a collapsing face. Turn right at the kneeling man with bleeding sores the...

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Reviews: The Grey Bastards

May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Grey Bastards, Jonathan French, Orbit Books (cover design by Larry Rostant & Duncan Spilling) The Grey Bastards from Jonathan French is a smoothly written adventure which is all too easy to devour in one...

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Reviews: Record of a Spaceborn Few

May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers, Hodder & Stoughton Not since Steven Erikson published the last of the Malazan Books of the Fallen have I been this excited for a new title. With the...

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