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The Navigator
This is a very interesting read, full of ideas and with a highly-unusual narrator figure to provide a god-like point of view. Other reviews have outli ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Shadow of the Wraith (Nexus)
I'm not sure what to make of this book. On one hand, it is a very entertaining read and clearly influenced by a whole host of popular sci-fi movies, f ...more
Mar 24, 2013
May 05, 2012
Red Gone Bad
This is a rather mixed take on traditional fairy tales. The first sees Red seek a slice of the action after putting up with the boasts of her friends ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Jethabel (Leviathan #1)
I really liked this. The book blurb is deceptive: this is a story of survival, set upon a not-quite derelict alien spacecraft. And when I say alien, t ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
Century Rain
This was the first Alastair Reynolds book I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it (enough for me to seek out his other works, anyway). The clever 'big dumb ...more
Jul 2011
Jan 07, 2012
The Szuiltan Alliance
I've been searching for a decent indie space opera for a while and this is certainly one of the better ones. At heart, it is a political thriller, wit ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Camera Obscura (The Bookman Histories, #2)
Hmm... It had been a while since I'd read any 'steampunk' (I'm still not convinced the Toby Frost books qualify), my last proper encounter being the d ...more
Oct 2011
Jan 14, 2012
Sub Rosa (Turnabout Tale, #1)
I liked it: this was a quick, light-hearted read. The modern touches to the traditional Beauty and the Beast storyline were nice (I liked the audio bo ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Who Needs Cleopatra?
I first came across Steve Redwood when I was an editor of a small-press short story magazine, whereupon I quickly fell in love with his bizarre sense ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2012
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
I feel a little guilty that this is the first Neil Gaiman novel I've read (apart from Good Omens, his collaboration with Terry Pratchett), despite lov ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
The Northronde Princess
I really enjoyed this. As a fantasy, it had all the right elements: a strange new force threatening a kingdom; a good range of characters, from the go ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Turnkey (The Gaslight Volumes of Will Pocket, Vol. I)
This book was an enjoyable read. The alternate history to explain the steampunk elements was convincing and once I'd got used to the interesting frami ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Flash Gold (Flash Gold Chronicles #1)
I read this as part of my ongoing quest to find a steampunk book that really defines the genre. Flash Gold is a quick, entertaining read and a freebie ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
The Waggoner
I picked this book out of nostalgia for the English Midlands, particularly as it’s been a while since I’ve read anything set in my native Black Countr ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Brick Moon and Other Stories (eBook)
I sought this out because of the story 'The Brick Moon', which is an early tale about the creation of an artificial satellite (for navigation purposes ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Walking a Fine Time Line
I bought this on the strength of the Smashwords sample simply because I fell in love with Dr Serendipity Brown from the start. It is a well-written an ...more
Aug 2013
Mar 17, 2013
The Twyning
I read this really quickly, which is a bad sign; I like to savour good reads. I'm left wondering whether this is supposed to be a children's book (the ...more
Sep 12, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
A Malevolent Manner
This was an interesting read, with a somewhat unexpected plot device that probably should be mentioned in the blurb but isn't. In brief, the Ravenwood ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Oct 08, 2013
This was an entertaining read, albeit not the comedy I'd expected from reading the blurb. Nor does it really work as a novel, as it reads more like a ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
Take Back Tomorrow
I read this after it was nominated as the 'non-Fantasy book of the month' in the Goodreads Indie Book Club Group. It's an unusual take on a time-trave ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
Bleak House
It's been a while since I've tried to read any Dickens, but I'm glad I picked this one up, though it did take me a while to plough through this length ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
Living through Hope!
I found this a real page-turner. The trials and tribulations of the main character Bridget brought on a whole raft of emotions (I was close to tears a ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Disappeared (Retrieval Artist, #1)
This book has an interesting premise: each alien race has their own laws and all interstellar races (including humanity) agrees to abide by them, only ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Space Captain Smith (Chronicles of Isambard Smith #1)
I bought this purely on the basis of the 'Flashman'-like cover and did not regret it. I found it very funny indeed, though a little erratic - the open ...more
Oct 2011
Jan 07, 2012
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
I recently read this again after first picking it up many, many years ago. Yes, in many ways it has dated, but in others it seems fresher than ever. T ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Jan 07, 2012
The Garden Wall
On the whole this was an entertaining story. It felt like reading two books in parallel for a good two-thirds of the way and while the scenes at Birmi ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
I liked this a lot. The lack of dialogue was disquieting (but if you read the plot summary it's obvious why there is so little dialogue in the book) b ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2012
The Left Hand of Darkness
Why did I wait so long to read this? This is deservedly a classic, not just of science fiction but of literature as a whole. The plot device of neuter ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
Great North Road
This took me a while to plough through, but for sci-fi fans it's definitely worth a read. I really liked the plot strand featuring the Newcastle polic ...more
May 13, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
Marlowe and the Spacewoman (Marlowe and the Spacewoman, #1)
This was an entertaining read! The action is fast-paced and the humour well thought out - it put me in mind of The Stainless Steel Rat and sequels. Th ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
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