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Book Reviews

These reviews cover some of the latest fantasy and science fiction book releases, including works by both popular and lesser-known writers.
They are as spoiler-free as possible so you can still enjoy the book.

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Doors Of Sleep by Tim Pratt

4 star rating
Zaxony is condemned to travel to another universe every time he falls asleep, and there is a limit to what and who he can take with him.


26th November 2020

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To End All Wars by David Tallerman

4 star rating
Lieutenant Rafael Forrester is not expecting to survive the trenches of the First World War when he is given a perilous mission. But he learns there is more to battle for, when he is shipped back to a country house hospital full of secrets.


27th March 2020

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Survivors by G. X. Todd

5 star rating
A man wakes in a shallow grave to go on a quest across post-apocalyptic America to find someone at the instruction of a voice in his head. The third part of the Voices series.


9th August 2019

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A Dream So Dark by L. L. McKinney

4 star rating
Alice Kingston grapples with her fears as her family and friends are drawn into the battles of Wonderland, and a mysterious adversary is raising dark creatures. The second book in the Nightmare Verse series.


30th August 2020

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Sidney's Escape by Nirina Stone

4 star rating
Sidney and a disparate group of friends attempt to escape from the inhospitable Blue Dome and find a better life elsewhere on the planet of Allendia. The second in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse series.


3rd June 2020

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Prisoner Of The Crown by Jeffe Kennedy

4 star rating
A princess is brought up in luxury and taught not to question or make waves. But her family are scheming for power, and if she is to survive outside of her gilded cage she must learn to be the kind of person she was taught not to be.


18th February 2020

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A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

4 star rating
In modern Atlanta, a young woman called Alice finds a portal to Wonderland and her mission to protect the world. But mundane duties keep pulling her in different directions. The first book in the Nightmare Verse series.


2nd February 2020

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How To Live Plastic Free by Luca Bonaccorsi, Richard Harrington, and Clare Fischer

4 star rating
The Marine Conservation Society shares advice on how to prevent the scourge of plastic pollution in our oceans with this guide to daily living.


3rd January 2019

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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic To Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

4 star rating
In a town where supernatural creatures live beside ordinary humans, a werewolf barista tries to blend in. But when her friend is hurt by a rogue magician she has to take a stand. The first in the Moonstruck series.


21st September 2018

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Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles

5 star rating
In 1923 a sceptical archaeologist looks into occult happenings around London, only to get caught up in more danger than he bargained for. The first in the Green Men series.


9th May 2020

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

5 star rating
A rogue security android with a fear of human interaction is embroiled in a crisis when things go badly wrong for a peaceful scientific mission. The first novella in the Murderbot series.


28th February 2020

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Storm In A Teacup by Helen Czerski

4 star rating
Helen Czerski takes a look at how physics affects everything we do, whether it is making a cup of tea or powering our lives.


13th October 2019

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Petra by Nirina Stone

4 star rating
The first book in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse Series follows a young orphan trying to survive killer robots, acid rain, and vicious raiders in a ravaged far future world.


4th August 2019

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Inheritors Of The Earth by Chris D. Thomas

4 star rating
An examination of the species that are benefitting from rapid environmental changes brought about by mankind, and how they are doing so.


27th January 2018

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Defender by G. X. Todd

4 star rating
People everywhere have started hearing voices which urge them towards violence. Pilgrim and Lacey are struggling to survive in a world where even their own thoughts may betray them.


5th March 2017

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Real Food Fake Food by Larry Olmsted

5 star rating
The food on your plate may not be what it seems to be. Larry Olmsted examines food fraud and deception, providing a guide that will help you to eat more food that is genuinely healthy and tasty.


21st November 2019

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Weapons Of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

5 star rating
Big Data has infiltrated many aspects of our daily lives. But the algorithms that determine our schooling, jobs, insurance, finances, and more may not be as fair or useful as we believe.


9th May 2018

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Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

5 star rating
A teenager searches for answers about herself and her war-torn past, whilst a monster stirs inside her. A graphic novel.


26th August 2016

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Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell

4 star rating
It takes more than the kiss of a prince to wake Sleeping Beauty in this retelling of the Disney version of the tale. Part of the Twisted Tales series.


4th February 2020

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As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

4 star rating
A young woman is held captive by a beast in a cursed castle, whilst trying to untangle what that curse has to do with her family.


10th February 2019