Review: Get Katja by Simon Logan

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About the only things that Katja values in her life are her guitar, her band, and her wits. All three are about as battered as each other but, as Minnesota punk band Dillinger 4 wrote, channelling down-and-outer author Nelson Algren, “the beat-up side of what they call pride could be the measure of these days.”

Review: Martian Sands & The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

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

Review: Sunshine Patriots by Bill Campbell

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

Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty

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

Review: Vurt and Pollen by Jeff Noon

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

Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Jo Walton’s partially autobiographical ninth novel is a love letter to the books and countryside of her youth; the imaginative stories of SF and fantasy, and the magic of the Welsh landscape.

Review: Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Lavie Tidhar), The Joy of Technology (Roy Gray), Paintwork (Tim Maughan)

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A review covering three books from three up-and-coming authors (on in Tidhar’s case, fairly well established). Originally published in Vector.

S L Grey – The Mall review

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“Leading duo Rhoda and Dan are less heroic than most. The former has lost a child in the mall whilst scoring coke, and the latter is a socially and emotionally stunted miseryguts who despises his job. Events fling this unwilling pair of misanthropes together in pursuit of the child Rhoda has lost.”

Gary McMahon – The Concrete Grove review

As I sit down to write this review in mid-August, 2011, the riots that have erupted across Britain over the past week have begun to subside, the energies that drove them dissipating in the face of a coherent police response and that most British of demotivators, the weather. But the anger, social exclusion, vanishing economic […]