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Review: Martian Sands & The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

Two novels, with little obviously in common, from a highly prolific author – but common strands of storytelling can still be discerned.

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Live: Baton Rouge / She Crazy / Crows-an-Wra / Lower Slaughter

French post-hardcore, Brighton punk ‘n roll and charismatic Cornish screamo all in one small sweaty room. TL;DR: it was great.

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A short update

It’s one of those posts in which I promise to post more. Let’s see how that turns out, eh?

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Second Home

“At nights the centre becomes a ghost town, punctuated by enclaves of life where tourists congregate in restaurants and bars near historic museums, galleries and theatres. Elsewhere local businesses and residents are long gone”

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Review: Sunshine Patriots by Bill Campbell

Although highly uneven and flawed, Campbell’s rastafarian SF novel is a ferocious and dark-humoured critique of human fallibility and rapacious colonialism.

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Elysium & Snowpiercer: exploding heads vs. rail sociology

Elysium is bad science fiction on just about every level, and a pretty poor film to boot. Snowpiercer, by contrast, is a fascinating study of human social psychology in a high-stress environment.

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This Is the End: a petty apocalypse

A shower of narcissistic celebutards and vain Hollywood types gather for a party that happens to coincide with the Rapture and the subsequent end of the world? How could this go wrong?

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Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh’s latest novel initially appears ugly and callous, but given time blossoms and displays its heart.

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A short writing update

A quick update on some of my writing for other venues.

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Review: Vurt and Pollen by Jeff Noon

A joint review of Jeff Noon’s groundbreaking, hallucinatory, Manchester-based SF novels: Vurt (1993) and Pollen (1995).