Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review: War of the Worlds (Fox TV Series)

You’d think that in the middle of a world pandemic, you’d want to avoid apocalyptic television!  But this was so good that despite its grim subject, I kept going to the end. There were two things that struck me about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blue Mars

Finishing the Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy is a mark of honour, rather like being able to say you’ve read War and Peace or all seven volumes of Proust.  With ten years between each volume, I can’t say this series … Continue reading

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Interpreting Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is the book I wish I’d written.  I read it sick with green envy.  How much easier would my life had been if I’d been awarded even an ounce of David Mitchell’s talent. It’s not that I think … Continue reading

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Review: Aggretsuko

I LOVE THIS!  I discovered it last night and watched the first two episodes, brilliantly short at fifteen minutes each – though they felt so much longer, packed as they were with story line. If you’ve been on Mars recently … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated)

On the 20th anniversary of the first publication of The Philosopher’s Stone, I was due to start reading a new book and thought it would be appropriate to reread the first Harry Potter book.  It’s not the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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Radio Review: Journey into Space

I love radio serials.  I used to listen to them on Springbok Radio in another land, far, far away, but I don’t remember any sci-fi.  Radio 4 Extra (the badly renamed Radio 7) used to have a whole hour of … Continue reading

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Author Review: V. Gomenzi

This was a massive novel to write.  It was intended to be the fourth novel in the Fleet Quintet and encompassed all three earlier novels, beginning before the first one (Commences – yet to be published) and ending after the … Continue reading

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Author Review: Flesh for Sale

When I began FLESH FOR SALE, it was as the next Fleet novella after COMMENCES, at the time the first Fleet novella.  Between the two I had written a short story called Access Denied and it was only while writing … Continue reading

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Author Review: Transference

You’d expect to find brilliantly imaginative technology in your average sci-fi novel.  For some futurist authors, inventing new hardware is probably half the fun.  With TRANSFERENCE, I went in the opposite direction:  the computers are laughable, like something out of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Abominable by Dan Simmons

Before I start this review, let me just say briefly: stick with it – this book explodes into life after a slow start. I read this without having any idea what it was about, without seeing a blurb or any … Continue reading

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