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Amazon Finally Makes KU Appealing For Novelists

The new per-page payout for the Kindle Unlimited subscription service makes it a much better deal for authors of longer novels.
18th July 2015

Thoughts On The Sieghart Report On Libraries

The Sieghart report on libraries missed its mark by miles. Yet the real cause of the decline of the UK library network is depressingly obvious.
28th December 2014

Personalised Book Recommendations

Answer seven questions and find a book to match your personal tastes.

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Alien Quiz
Discover how well you know aliens in movies and literature.

This moderately hard quiz features all kinds of cute, sinister and strange droids.

Fantasy Novels of the '00s
Are you an expert on noughties fantasy literature?

Or try this month's featured quiz.

Short Story : Pulpulous

A novelist is faced with poverty and ruin when her work becomes obsolete. How will she fight the vast corporate machine and get back on top?
By Ros Jackson.


Fans of random silliness will enjoy the generators in the fiction section. These include generators for fantasy quests, prophecies, science fiction plots, MacGuffins, and characters.

Top 10 fantasy books

  1. The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring

  2. Beyond The Shadows by Brent Weeks

  3. The Left Hand Of God by Paul Hoffman

  4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

  5. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  6. Copperhead by Tina Connolly

  7. Any Other Name by Emma Newman

  8. Ironskin by Tina Connolly

  9. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb

  10. Crown Thief by David Tallerman

Recently reviewed older releases

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Night School by Richard Wiseman
5 star rating
This book explores the science of sleep and offers tips on becoming a super sleeper.
Released in 2013.

31st January 2016

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59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot by Richard Wiseman
5 star rating
Professor Richard Wiseman discusses the science around self-help and presents lifestyle advice based on scientific studies.
Released in 2009.

20th December 2015

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The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
4 star rating
This guide covers the creative side of steampunk, including literature, fashion, art, music, and much more.
Released in 2011.

15th December 2015

Warpcore SF is all about sci-fi and fantasy. Read short fiction, discover films, books, and graphic novels, try a plot generator, or test your genre knowledge with a quiz.

Book Reviews

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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4 star rating
Some people seem to believe Callum Hunt is the personification of evil, and the young mage is afraid they might be right. The second novel in the Magisterium series.

27th December 2015

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Sleepless by Lou Morgan

4 star rating
A group of students take a mysterious study drug to help them cheat at their exams. But none of them are prepared for the side effects.

19th June 2015

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Mine To Spell by Janeal Falor

4 star rating
A young woman living in a repressive society struggles to conceal her forbidden magic. The second novel in the Mine series.

19th October 2015

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Solatium by Becca Mills

5 star rating
Beth Ryder has hidden powers that mark her out for a different life, but she is about to find out how different when she embarks on a fantastic and dangerous journey. The second novel in the Emanations series.

11th October 2015

Film Reviews

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J. J. Abrams

2 star rating
In the seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga, a young woman helps a droid get important information into the hands of the Resistance, whilst a sith lord once again terrorises the galaxy.

24th December 2015

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