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You'll Never Believe A Man Can Fly
A set of colliding circumstances conspire to cause an accident, an accident which results in the transformation of Ian Davies, an ordinary man with an ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
The Prefect
I don't know why I missed this one on publication having previously devoured all of Alastair Reynolds's output as soon as it had appeared but in some ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Windup Girl
**spoiler alert** A fascinating future world post "expansion" with global warming run riot and the energy economy having moved to one based on treadle ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
A dark tale set fifteen minutes into the future and yet a world that is so well described and characters so vital that it leaves you bereft when its a ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
The Three
The bulk of The Three consists of a book within a book, Black Thursday: From Crash to Conspiracy by fictional journalist Elspeth Martins; a format all ...more
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Testament of Jessie Lamb
We get to know Jessie Lamb against the background of a slow apocalypse, one which despite the death knell it may be sounding for the human race allows ...more
May 09, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Doctor Who: Shada
Shada is very much a story whose reputation precedes it.

I first became aware of it in 1979 - when questioning my eight year old brother about a list o
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Terminal World
At first Terminal World seems like a genre switch for the master of hard SF and space opera - something more like Science Fantasy with meta-textual no ...more
Feb 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
Actually would have preferred to give it a three and a half but you can't do that here.

Witty, intelligent and with some devastating one liners (of bot
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
The God Delusion
I couldn't find a single fact or well reasoned argument in this book that I disagreed with. That's not to say I think it's perfect - it has flaws, but ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2011
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children #1)
Less galaxy and aeon spanning than some of Reynolds's previous work, Blue Remembered Earth is nevertheless highly enjoyable. It's a positive and very ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
A Matter of Blood (The Dog-Faced Gods, #1)
Written three years ago, this is a gritty police procedural set in the dark depressing world we’re all now afraid we might wake up to tomorrow. The NH ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
For people of a certain age this is a graphic novel that will resonate. Growing up in the seventies and eighties, struggling with what passes for adul ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
The Coincidence Engine
There is a certain self conscious humour to be to be found in a particular type of genre novel. Often the novel is apocalyptic, containing demons, ang ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Jul 15, 2011
This strays away from the Big Mind-Mangling Ideas of his previous book Anathem and as such isn't quite as intellectually engaging but is nonetheless a ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
The Raw Shark Texts
A man wakes up at home having lost his memory. This alone would make a fascinating story but the notes he starts receiving from his earlier self in be ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Zoo City
A fascinating glimpse into an alterative present where getting a criminal record is not the worst thing that happens if you do something wrong... I ho ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Killer Move
**spoiler alert** A thriller with many so many twists and turns that it was only reaching the end that the truth comes into sight... The protagonist i ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
From the way this book was marketed I was expecting something along the Douglas Adams axis, in reality the book has more of a Kurt Vonnegut flavour.

Feb 22, 2012
Jul 15, 2011
Doctor Who: Harvest of Time
Spot on accurate description of the era of the programme in which it was set. I could hear the characters voices in my head (as well as the synthesize ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
A book that’s fascinating and worrying in equal measure and with a strong identity of its own - there’s no way anyone on any of the sides portrayed in ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Atheist Monks in Space - but far more fascinating than that. A novel of daunting length that nonetheless makes you sorry to leave that world when it's ...more
Jun 2011
Jul 15, 2011
The Long War (The Long Earth #2)
Fantastic in depth world building in what would be a first-class "series bible" for a TV show or background information for a series of novels. But fo ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
I read these for Jaime's work rather than Gibert's (Maggie and Hopey are old friends I have known since I was 17) and in this volume "Browntown", a ta ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2011
The Tao of Pooh
The funniest thing about this book was years ago when a friend was trying to describe it to me before I'd actually read it - he couldn't remember the ...more
Jan 1994
Dec 20, 2011
Another change of genre for Mr Mieville. This time he goes for Hard SF.

Except it isn't really. He is using all the trappings of the hard SF genre (alb
Aug 26, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
There's nothing quite like reading something written in 1886 to make you realise how little things have actually changed and that attitudes, hopes, fe ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Surprised that this feminist utopian novel from 1915 isn't better known - a hundred years later it is still as relevant as ever. Will have to seek out ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The Tao Of Pooh
not set
Nov 29, 2014
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