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Book Review | Strange Weather by Joe Hill
One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn't safely under cover. 'Rain' explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the co...

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Book Review | The Power by Naomi Alderman
All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain—even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived - but where will it end? * ...

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Book Review | The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and...

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Book Review | Release by Patrick Ness
Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart. At least he ha...

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Book Review | Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Humanity is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now the world is controlled by One World Intelligences—vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots.  But not all robots are willing to ced...

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Book Review | Acadie by Dave Hutchinson
The Colony left Earth to find their utopia—a home on a new planet where their leader could fully explore the colonists' genetic potential, unfettered by their homeworld's restrictions. They settled a new paradise, and have been evolving and adapting for cen...

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Book Review | Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent... In the small town of ...

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Book Review | The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in whic...

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Book Review | The Rift by Nina Allan
Selena and Julie are sisters. As children they were closest companions, but as they grow towards maturity, a rift develops between them. There are greater rifts, however. Julie goes missing at the age of seventeen. It will be twenty years before Selena sees...

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Book Review | The Management Style of the Supreme Beings by Tom Holt
When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn't for them any more, a new management team has to be found—and fast! Dynamic, resourceful and always customer-focused, the Venturi brothers are perfect for the job, and keen to get stuck in.  ...
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