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Bookworm 2013: After Wartime

Book-wise, 2013 started off with a veritable bang. Despite Shepard’s reputation for being an absolutely brilliant, yet terribly underrated writer in the genre during the eighties, I must confess what really drew me to this book was the cover – if it weren’t so gorgeous I probably would have kept “Life During Wartime” on the […]

Bookworm 2012: The Book with the Ironic Title

Quite a few things conspired against my reading Joe Abercrombie’s The Heroes. Most prominently, it is a book hyped left and right, and I have grown wary of overhyped books. Secondly, it is a fantasy novel, and there are very few fantasy stories I really find engaging – a few classics like Tolkien or Howard, […]

Bookworm 2012: Bloody Murder

Suddenly, things got personal. Leviathan Wakes by the merged duo unified under the moniker James SA Corey is a lightly written though heavy and dark in tone planetary space opera, with just a smidgeon of hard SF underpinning and a detective story smeared on top. It was to be an ideal beach book (space zombies!), […]

Bookworm 2012: Piles to Branches

The majority of the negative reviews for New Model Army by Adam Roberts seem to be focused on the apparent implausibility of the scenario he proffers. However, it would seem that those complaining are unaware of the origin of the title, of the real, historical New Model Army and the way it differed from the other armies of […]

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