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These are the reviews of older fantasy and science fiction books, including some popular works and some by authors who are not so well known. They are as spoiler-free as possible so you can still enjoy reading the book.

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The Incredible Unlikeliness Of Being by Alice Roberts

5 star rating
Alice Roberts looks at the amazing journey of human development and why our bodies have evolved in the way they have.


2nd July 2017

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Sleeping Late On Judgement Day by Tad Williams

5 star rating
Bobby Dollar has already been to Hell, but his toughest test will come when he takes on a rogue angel who outranks him many times over. The third Bobby Dollar novel.


8th June 2017

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The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin

5 star rating
The modern world can bombard us with information, making it exhausting to try to keep organised. Daniel Levitin examines the neuroscience behind keeping order and remembering what we need to.


28th September 2016

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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery

5 star rating
An exploration of how the move to industrialised farming has affected animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Taking a global perspective, this book pulls no punches in its critique of intensive factory farming.


5th April 2016

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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

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Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

5 star rating
New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.


2nd June 2014

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

5 star rating
We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by the actions of mankind. This book tells the story so far, and examines how we are changing the biosphere.


12th May 2014

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Breach Zone by Myke Cole

4 star rating
A witch invades New York with a plan to take over, and she wants illegal magic users to join her against humanity. The third novel in the Shadow Ops series.


19th February 2017

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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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Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

4 star rating
A boy gets the chance to go to magic school, but he would rather do anything else. The first in the Magisterium series.


26th August 2015

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Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

4 star rating
A young woman with the power to change her appearance is tasked with saving her kind from extinction. Unfortunately, people like her are more hunted than she knows.


23rd March 2015

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The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

4 star rating
If humanity suffered an apocalypse, what would it take to rebuild civilisation from its ashes?


4th July 2014

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The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

4 star rating
The trickster god of Asgard offers his version of events.


31st March 2014

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War Cry by Jim Butcher and Carlos Gomez

3 star rating
Harry Dresden leads a group of rookies on a top secret mission. A graphic novel in The Dresden Files series.


26th October 2014

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Happy Hour In Hell by Tad Williams

5 star rating
An angel descends into Hell to retrieve his demonic girlfriend, to find that the torment and monsters are only part of his problems. The second Bobby Dollar novel.


26th May 2017

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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.


31st January 2016

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Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human

5 star rating
Baxter is trying to lead a normal life as a high school racketeer when his girlfriend goes missing, and he has to hire a supernatural bounty hunter to retrieve her. The first in the Apocalypse Now Now series.


27th October 2015

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All Is Fair by Emma Newman

5 star rating
Cathy wants to change a magical society that has not altered for centuries, but she discovers that even those at the top are little more than puppets. The third volume in the Split Worlds series.


19th May 2014

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Copperhead by Tina Connolly

5 star rating
Helen is beautiful, but what good are perfect looks if people use them to keep her powerless? The sequel to Ironskin.


29th October 2013

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Any Other Name by Emma Newman

5 star rating
Cathy feels trapped by marriage, whilst her friend Sam feels unable to save his own. The second book in the Split Worlds series.


23rd October 2013