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Review: Marc-Uwe Kling – QualityLand (2020)

Science fiction Published in German in 2017 Translated to English in 2020 by Jamie Lee Searle QualityLand is run by the almighty algorithms, ensuring total satisfaction and efficiently for its quality citizens. Whatever the country’s name once was, now it … Continue reading

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Marlon James – Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019) Review

I couldn’t find this book in the fantasy section of my book store, because Jamaican-born Marlon James had previously won the Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014). This branded him Literary, and his output too. … Continue reading

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E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith – The Lensman Series Review

A review of: Galactic Patrol (1950) Grey Lensman (1951) Second Stage Lensmen (1953) (Children of the Lens (1954) I planned to read this one, but I couldn’t take it anymore. I scanned through it) By Klono’s chromium claws!  I have … Continue reading

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Susanna Clarke – Piranesi (2020) Review

9/10 The real life Giovanni Piranesi was an Italian artist from the 18th century, famous especially for his etchings of labyrinthine environments, which he called prisons. Let’s look at some right now. Claustrophobic and beautiful, aren’t they. Piranesi starts with … Continue reading

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John Crowley – Engine Summer (1979) Review

9.5/10 I hardly know how to start with this review. It’s such a complex little novel, like a multifaceted crystal, and when you peer into it and turn it in your fingers, the internal structure only gets harder to make out. … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov – I, Robot (1950) Review

8.5/10 Isaac Asimov may not have invented the word ‘robot’ (that honour goes to the Capek brothers) but his book series pushed the robot into our collective consciousness as no other piece of popular entertainment has done. Most notably, I, … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov – Foundation’s Edge (1982) Review

7.5/10 In the 1940s, Isaac Asimov wrote his famous Foundation trilogy and promptly forgot all about it. In the next few decades while he was writing non-fiction, fans pestered him endlessly to write a sequel, but uncle Isaac never listened. … Continue reading

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David Mitchell – The Bone Clocks (2014) Review

My rating: 8.5/10 Holly Sykes is an angry teenager, hormones raging and very stubborn, and runs away from home in heartache. There’s weird stuff going on in her life: she hears voices, strangers know her name. Before she realizes it, … Continue reading

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Josiah Bancroft – The Hod King (2019) Review

Also in this series: Senlin Ascends (2013) Arm of the Sphinx (2015) By this point in the series, Thomas Senlin’s search for his kidnapped wife feels increasingly hopeless. He knows where she is, but he can’t just walk up. And, … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov – Foundation and Empire (1952) Review

Also in this series: Foundation (1951) Second Foundation (1953) Foundation and Empire, the second novel in publication order of Asimov’s Foundation series, is in effect two novellas smashed together. Both novellas were written in 1945 and only put together in … Continue reading

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