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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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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

5 star rating
Cinderella is used to being mistreated by her step family, but little is as it first appears in this twisted version of the classic Cinderella story. The first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen series.


15th January 2019

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

5 star rating
A young woman leaves her tribe to go to university across the galaxy, far from her home culture.


18th January 2017

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Radiance by Grace Draven

5 star rating
Two minor royals marry to secure an alliance between their countries, although they find each other hideous and others will scheme to tear them apart. The first novel in the Wraith Kings series.


2nd January 2017

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Rat Queens: Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic

5 star rating
The second instalment of the Rat Queens series the Queens take on demons from another dimension who are destroying their town. A graphic novel.


17th August 2016

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass And Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

5 star rating
A group of young women would rather get drunk and slay trolls than call their parents. A graphic novel.


9th August 2016

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The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K. J. Charles

4 star rating
A 19th century ghost hunter and his assistant solve occult mysteries, whilst trying to keep secrets of their own.


12th August 2020

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Eidolon by Grace Draven

4 star rating
A very different couple face the imminent destruction of their world as demons move in, and they wonder if impending doom will rob them of love as well as everything else. The second in the Wraith Kings series.


19th January 2020

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Future Arctic by Edward Struzik

4 star rating
A detailed look at how the Arctic is changing and is likely to continue changing in response to politics, climate change, animal movements, and other ecological challenges.


2nd June 2019

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The Upside Of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

4 star rating
Stress is commonly thought of as an entirely negative condition that makes us sick. Kelly McGonigal reveals the evidence that challenges that view, and explains how to use stress to improve our lives.


7th June 2018

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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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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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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