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Andy Malone
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Review - The Killing of Bobbi Lomax ePublic Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith. A richly inventive new collection of stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both, winner of the Baileys Women's Prize and the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?
The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery - and right now they are under threat from funding cuts and widespread closures across the UK and further afield. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st January 2016 [9/10]
Review - The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds ItselfThe Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself by Ian Sales
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself by Ian Sales. For fifteen years, Earth has had a scientific station on an exoplanet orbiting Gliese 876. It is humanity’s only presence outside the Solar System. But a new and powerful telescope at L5 can detect no evidence of Phaeton Base, even though it should be able to. So the US has sent Brigadier Colonel Bradley Elliott, USAF, to investigate. Twenty years before, Elliott was the first, and to date only, man to land on the Martian surface. What he discovered there gave the US the stars, but it might also be responsible for the disappearance of Phaeton Base... more»»
Nigel 31st December 2015 [9/10]
Review - The Killing of Bobbi Lomax eThe Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty. Bobbi Lomax was the first to die, the bomb killed the prom queen on her own front lawn. Just moments later one of the nails from the city's second bomb forced its way into the brain of property investor Peter Gudsen, killing him almost instantly. The third bomb didn't quite kill Clark Houseman. Hovering on the brink, the rare books dealer turns out to be Detectives Sinclair and Alvarez's best hope of finding out what linked these unlikely victims, and who wanted them dead and why. But can they find the bomber before he kills again? Set deep in the religious heartlands of America, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax follows this troubled investigation as a narrative of deceit, corruption and forgery emerges, with an unlikely hero at its heart - a rare coins, books and manuscript dealer - who could either be a genius or the devil... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st December 2015 [8/10]
Review - Only SuperhumanOnly Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett
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Paul has sent in a review for Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett. 2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It's a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system. Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she's joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can't tell the heroes from the villains... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st December 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Third SinThe Third Sin by Aline Templeton
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A. W. Colclough has kindly sent in a review for The Third Sin by Aline Templeton. Pleasure is the highest good: the group who called themselves the Cyrenaics embraced the hedonistic principle until the death of one of their members from an overdose. Sobered, the group went their separate ways. One headed for Canada, another disappeared and a third was believed to have committed suicide - at least until his body turns up two years later in the wreck of a car swept up on the Solway mud flats. The murky relationships among the Cyrenaics, revived when they start returning for a party celebrating Scotland's Year of Homecoming, bring more suffering and death. DI Marjory Fleming, called in to help the neighbouring division with the struggling murder enquiry, faces obstruction and hostility that begins to hinder her investigation of another murder on her own patch. With tensions both in her team and at home, Fleming starts to feel the odds are stacked against her... more»»
A. W. Colclough 31st December 2015 [8/10]
Review - A Decent BomberA Decent Bomber by Alexander McNabb
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Chrissi has reviewed A Decent Bomber by Alexander McNabb. Twenty years ago, Pat used to make bombs for the IRA. He doesn't want to do it again today... In a world where travellers are made walk barefoot through airport security in case there’s a bomb in their heels and we’re told 100ml of liquid is dangerous, what happens when a man capable of making bombs that weigh a tonne is torn out of retirement and forced to resume his old trade? Carnage. That’s what. Pat O’Carolan has been a farmer these past twenty years, living on a remote smallholding with his ghosts and occasional visits from his beloved niece. When he’s forced by Somali terrorist turned extortionist The Accountant to make a series of bombs using materials stolen from forgotten IRA caches, Pat joins the War on Terror as only he knows how. New terror meets old in a deadly clash with only one winner... more»»
Chrissi 30th November 2015 [8/10]
Review - An Android Awakes  An Android Awakes by Mike French & Karl Brown
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Nigel has reviewed An Android Awakes by Mike French & Karl Brown. Your world is manipulated by computer coding, search engines and social networks. It’s just a matter of time before everything you watch, read and listen to will be created by autonomous machines. In the future some of us will become great writers, renowned artists, visionary filmmakers and talented photographers. Most of us though will just have more sex. Go forward a few more generations and none of us are creative save that of our procreation. Our culture is shaped by machines. The novel has become a 1000 words. Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Android Publishing Program. To replicate their idea of a writer’s life, his wife has been forcibly removed and he lives in solitude with an allowance for drugs and state prostitutes. He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a story accepted by the Program or he will be deactivated. Can one of his characters and their story save him... more»»
Nigel 30th November 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duck pond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th November 2015 [7/10]
Review - The SHIVA Syndrome The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua
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Paul has sent in a review for The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua. A secret Russian mind research laboratory in Podol'sk erupts, annihilating thousands and leaving a monstrous, one-mile deep crater in its wake. Beau Walker, parapsychologist and reluctant empath, is coerced into joining a research team, code-named SHIVA, to investigate the enigmatic event. Walker must fight his way past political and military deceptions and a host of deadly adversaries to unlock the riddle of the SHIVA syndrome. Will he have the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to defy the dangers he faces… or will they destroy him before he can come to a new, challenging understanding of the nature of reality... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th November 2015 [9/10]
Review - Cherub: Mad DogsCherub: Mad Dogs by Robert Muchamore
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Alex Frost has sent in a review for Cherub: Mad Dogs by Robert Muchamore. In the eighth title of the CHERUB series, James is heading into the lethal world of gang warfare. The British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes on to the streets. The police need information fast, and James Adams has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all. He works for CHERUB. Cherubs are trained professionals, aged between ten and seventeen. They exist because criminals never suspect that kids are spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist... more»»
Alex Frost 30th November 2015 [9/10]
Review - Playing with FirePlaying with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
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Chrissi has reviewed Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen. What if your child wanted you dead? Julia doesn't understand what is happening to her daughter, but she thinks she knows what's causing it. She is terrified for Lily, and for herself, but what scares her more is that no one believes her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There, Julia uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation - a discovery that puts her in serious danger. Some people will do anything in their power to keep the truth silent… more»»
Chrissi 2nd November 2015 [8/10]
Review - The House of Wolfe The House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake. On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom’s family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break. The only captive not related to either the bride or the groom is the young Jessica Juliet Wolfe, a bridesmaid and close friend of the bride. Jessie hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie’s abduction, they fear that the kidnappers will kill the captives after receiving the ransom and desperately try to find her before it’s too late... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st October 2015 [7/10]
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