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T.O. Munro
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A Study in Whethering - Spoiler free review of "The Heart of Stone" By Ben Galley
I like ARCs  Advanced Reader Copies - there is a delicious thrill in getting an early insight into books not yet available to the general public.  So I was very grateful to receive an electronic ARC for "The Heart of Stone" by Ben Galley. Galley is an exper...

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Of Myth and Magic
I was talking to my second daughter (she's a quaternary scientist you know) about the fact that we are currently 10,000 years into an interglacial - a pause between ice ages - after the last 100,000 year ice age came to an end. I had heard that apparently t...

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Red Sister - this is what is inside it. (My spoiler free review)
As a reviewer, Red Sister set me a challenge I have not had since "The Girl with All the Gifts." The conundrum of capturing how it made me feel and why, but without spoiling the experience for anyone who comes after me. (By the way - as far as The Girl With...

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A roaring debut - "Valley of Embers" by Steven Kelliher
I love an Advanced Reader Copy - and so  tore into this early release of Steven Kelliher's debut work - "Valley of Embers" Kole Reyna is an Ember, he has realised the same latent
ability that his mother had – the power to endure, control and wield fire. It
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A roaring debut "The Valley of Embers" by Steven Kelliher
I love an Advanced Reader Copy - and so  tore into this early release of Steven Kelliher's debut work. "The Valley of Embers" Kole Reyna is an Ember, he has realised the same latent
ability that his mother had – the power to endure, control and wield fire. ...

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An Eviscerating Anthology - my spoiler free review of "Gutted" edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward
Sixteen masters and mistresses of horror writing regale us with a selection of "beautiful horror stories." That may at first seem like an oxymoron. Horror is traditionally scary, bloodcurdling, tense, shocking, in some way or other beyond the norm.  I have ...

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The disturbing sound of a "Silent City" - my spoiler free review of G R Matthews Sci-fi Book
A Fresh Direction This is the fourth of G.R.Matthews novels that I have read and, at first glance, it's style and context is as different as you could imagine from the other three.  The Forbidden List trilogy (The Stone Road, The Blue Mountain , and The Red...

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He does it with mirrors - a spoiler free review of "The Wheel of Osheim" by Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence recently challenged his facebook followers to give him a page number between 1 and 415 and he would try to find a spoiler free quote to share from that page of The Wheel of Osheim.  There may have been those who hoped to tease the entire book ...

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The knives are out but will Nysta get her man? (Review of "Duel at Grimwood Creek" by Lucas Thorn)
I read Lucas Thorn's debut book "Revenge of the Elf" a year and a half ago and reviewed it here . As I wrote then, Nysta's tale was both enjoyable and different. It was a reminder that the pantheon of self-published work includes both quality stories and di...

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A Worthy Winner "The Thief who pulled on Trouble's braids" by Michael McClung
McClung and the SPFBO Just over a year ago, Mark Lawrence launched his Self Published Fantasy Blog Off in which over 250 self-published novels were submitted in batches to ten volunteer bloggers in a two round competition.  Each blogger identified the favou...
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