Binary Storm (2016) and Modern Sci-Fi Literature

(Note: When I started writing this, I meant it to be a straight forward review of a sci-fi book I read recently called ‘Binary Storm’, but it sort of became a ramble about a bunch of other stuff, including Ernest Cline’s  ‘Ready Player One’, Christopher Hinz’s ‘Liege-Killer’ and some of my opinions on current trends […]

Review: The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett

Sorry for such a late review. This one took a lot to process, to really work out what needed to be said about the book before sending it (kicking, screaming, etc.) onto our esteemed website. Somewhat unlike our normal posts, this is going to be separated into two parts; the first will be a general review, […]

Ernest Cline – Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline

It’s a rare thing these days that I don’t enjoy reading a book. Gone are the days when I had two hours of commuting a day and could rip through a novel or two in a week (several weeks if it was by Neal Stephenson). I am now left with whatever time I can find […]

Review and Giveaway: Clariel by Garth Nix

I first heard about Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series (alternatively known as the Abhorsen series) from a housemate during my university days. She was kind enough to lend me her copies of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, which I remember finishing in a matter of days (no small feat during those postgraduate days) and then gushing about them to everyone […]

Review: Witchcraft Couture

Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free by the author. However this was in no way considered a guarantee for a positive review, I have not been paid for this review, and the Author did not have a hand in the creation of the review. What follows is an honest critique of the strengths and weaknesses of […]

Terry Pratchett: A Retrospective

I’ll never forget the first time I became aware of Terry Pratchett; I was eleven years old and a friend handed me a dusty and battered copy of Mort claiming that it was nothing short of the best book he’d ever read. Now I’m nearly 30 and I’ve lost the count of the times I’ve […]

Review: Wynter #1 from New World Comics

It’s a short first issue, so unfortunately this is going to be a short first review. Hot off the press from New Worlds Comics, Wynter Issue 1: Set in a utopia-style future where man kind has colonized the stars, expanded it’s relationship with machines and AI, and developed into the kind of society found in […]

The Road to FeroCity by Morat

Morat has spent years in the company of bikers, rockers and punks and this mad cap, rip-snorting journey of mayhem seems almost autobiographical. His years at Kerrang and Metal Hammer interviewing and partying with the likes of Prodigy and Motorhead have not been wasted when we join his characters as they take to their unreliable motorbikes […]

Empty Throne - Bernard Cornwell

The Empty Throne, by Bernard Cornwell

Spoiler warning for the previous Warrior Chronicles books. * * * * * I was once fortunate enough to meet Bernard Cornwell, the famed and justly lauded author of the Sharpe series, amongst a host of other books. Including, now, the eighth book in the Warrior Chronicles, The Empty Throne. At the time, the third Warrior Chronicles book, […]

The Slow Death of Books

The Slow Death of Books

Warning: Opinions Ahead! Following from my post about the relevance of classical music, and the general decline in the sale of print books mixed with the increase in sales of other media and other reading methods (Kindles and so on), I thought I should write a bit around the apparent death of books. Now, before […]