Fantasy/Science Fiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Ms Roberts’s foray into a new trilogy is to be commended, given the high quality of her earlier works. The Awakening maintains the high standard we have come to expect. In this book, her command as the puppeteer is more evident than usual but in no way diminishes the quality. She

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Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Sometimes I wonder why authors decide to write sequels to a story that has already won a major award and gained acceptance by the reading public. I suppose some writers cannot help seeking more and more recognition. Others become slaves to their own publicity. (I wonder what drives Nora Roberts). In

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Queen of Storms by Raymond E. Feist

Reviewed by Ian Lipke This particular book is Book 2 of a trilogy that began with King of Ashes. The reason why each title was chosen remains a mystery for much of each book, the second more so than the first. In fact, it is not until readers are well into the books, almost at

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Providence by Max Barry

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend Six-legged bear-sized aliens living and procreating like bees in enormous hives that float in deep space; a state-of-the-art weaponized space ship; a volatile crew of four; and, artificial intelligence (AI) so evolved that humans are superfluous. Such are the elements of Max Barry’s latest speculative novel – Providence. This is a

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The Cobra Queen by Tara Moss

Reviewed by Rod McLary Pandora English – the protagonist of this novel – is a living human being.  The word ‘living’ is used advisedly as the area of New York in which Pandora lives is populated by the living, the dead and the undead.  She lives in Spektor – an area of Manhattan where the

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QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling

Reviewed by Rod McLary QualityLand was a best seller when it was first published in Germany in 2016.  It has now been translated from the German to English and is to be published around the world.  The story is set sometime in the near future in a world which is largely run by robots and

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