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Blindsight – Peter Watts

Blindsight is the novel to read if you’re looking for a fast-paced, science-focussed/ hard (but totally accessible) sf novel. This is a great novel to give to someone who is interested in tech but poo-poos the idea of sf. They’ll love it. Continue reading

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Let’s play ball! Summerland by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon creates an incredible fantasy world where an unlikely hero has to save the world … with baseball. This is on my list as a must-read for young and adult readers. In Summerland, Chabon sets his literary sights on creating an American fairytale, it’s like a modern American version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe featuring the greatest of all American sports, baseball. Continue reading

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'Fahrenheit 451' has texture

“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores.”

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Peter F Hamilton interview in the Guardian today

Check out Master of his universe, an interview by the Guardian on Peter F Hamilton (you can also listen to the podcast). Choice quote: “Um, to somebody who has never ever read it [science fiction] before I would suggest I’m not … Continue reading

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For the firefly fans

Check out this online Dark Horse comic by Jim Krueger and Will Conrad called Serenity: the other half. Also in the news, Shepherd Book gets a comic explaining his back story.

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…what I’m reading at the moment

1. Space by Stephen Baxter (Thanks, David!) 2. Astropolis by Sean Williams (Book 2 of Saturn Returns) 3. Affluenza by Oliver James (An interesting psychological study of need to consume. He conducted interviews around the world) What I hope to be … Continue reading

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justice, warlords and magic: good stuff

Kate Elliot, Spirit Gate, Crossroads Book 1, Orbit. Published 2007. I have not read any Kate Elliot before and picked this book up on impulse, seeing that great cover, a great teaser page and the Orbit tagline. People that ride … Continue reading

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A rough and insane Cleopatra

Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy Book 1) Karen Miller, Published April 2008. Karen Miller is a great storyteller. If you liked her previous series Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, you’ll enjoy this new series. Fast-paced and easy to get into, I sped through Empress and am … Continue reading

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Did Fleming create a lover or hater?

In all the hoopla about Sebastien Faulks’ new Bond novel The Devil May Care, I read this great Guardian/Observer article ‘Bring on the Bond Girls’ by 7 female women on their reaction to the books, feminism, Bond’s sexuality and Ian … Continue reading

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A lovely fantasy twinset

What do you call two books in a series? A twinset? Musings aside, this is another great offering from Orbit, one of my favourite sf&f publishers. A fast-paced classic fantasy tale, this is one of my must-reads. Asher is a … Continue reading

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