Reviews

Body in the Woods Sarah Lotz

Body in the Woods Sarah Lotz NewCon Press, 116 pages. Review by Ian Hunter   A couple of years ago I was a juror on the panel that chose the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer. As one of the contenders was Sarah Lotz’s novel The Three, it was a bit of a no-brainer. That

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Binary System Eric Brown

Binary System Eric Brown Solaris, 400 pages Review by Lucy Powell   An amalgamation of two short novellas, Binary and System, Eric Brown’s Binary System is a novel that quite literally starts with a bang. After the spaceship Andromeda catastrophically explodes going through a routine wormhole jump, the accident is enough to fling the book’s

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Null States Malka Older

Null States Malka Older Tor, 432 pages Review by Callum McSorley   Malka Older returns to the world of The Centenal Cycle with her second book in the series, Null States. In her debut, Infomocracy, she introduced us to a near-future in which ‘Information’ – a near-ubiquitous, utopian version of the internet where all statements

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Spare and Found Parts Sarah Maria Griffin

Spare and Found Parts Sarah Maria Griffin Titan, 416 pages Review: Georgina Merry In a post-apocalyptic Ireland where computer technology is banned, Nell Crane, a teen who struggles to fit in, becomes obsessed with building herself a companion. She will stop at nothing to make her fantasy a reality, even if it means rejecting the

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You Should Come with Me Now: Stories of Ghosts John Harrison

You Should Come with Me Now: Stories of Ghosts John Harrison Comma, 272 pags Review: Katy Lennon This collection is clearly the work of a veteran of the short story; yet Harrison’s 15 year break from the format obviously did not dull his aptitude or enthusiasm for it. Published by Comma Press, known genre fans

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A Scruffian Survival Guide – Hal Duncan

A Scruffian Survival Guide Hal Duncan Lule, 118 pages Reviewed by Steve Ironside   Language is a marvel. The formality of words and structure, the ends to which it can be put – poetry, technical description, the odd bawdy chat down the pub; allowing communication in ways both broad and narrow. And yet, it remains

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Rights of Use by Shannon Eichorn

Rights of Use by Shannon Eichorn 339 pages Review by Samara Wright   In the 1960s, Project Blue Book promised the American public that UFOs were not real. Aliens did not exist. We were safe from extraterrestrial threats.   Thirty years later, two high schoolers, Sarah Anderson and Maggie Rockefeller, along with seventeen other women

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Cottingley by Alison Littlewood

NewCon Press, 99 pages Review by Marija Smits   Part folk horror, part historical fiction, Alison Cottingley’s page-turning novella – one of a series published by respected indie press NewCon – is a reworking, or rather reimagining, of the story of the Cottingley fairies. The novella, written in epistolary form, immediately intrigues: Dear Sir Arthur

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Body in the Woods – Sarah Lotz

Body in the Woods Sarah Lotz NewCon Press, 116 pages. Review by Ian Hunter A couple of years ago I was a juror on the panel that chose the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer. As one of the contenders was Sarah Lotz’s novel The Three, it was a bit of a no-brainer. That is

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