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Star Wars: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

I’m not going to lie, this book left me wanting more. And not always in a good way either. Empire’s End is the third book in a sort of literary game of join the dots by Chuck Wendig which seeks to explain some of the events which took place between the end of Return of the... Read More »

Attack on Nantucket by Thad Dupper

Attack on Nantucket is a military thriller set predominantly in the island community of Nantucket, and involves a well-coordinated attack on the family of the President of the United States. The attack is carried out by some extremely well-funded and organised generic brand terrorists, who seem to be sponsored by the Apple company. There are... Read More »

Klaus Barbie by Tom Bower

I think that most people who have even a minimum of knowledge about the second world war know who Klaus Barbie is, at least at an intellectual level. One of the most notorious, or infamous Nazi figures, with a nickname like The Butcher of Lyons, he instantly evokes a certain image and emotion. As a student... Read More »

The Shadow Factory by James Bamford

The Shadow Factory by James Bamford is a history of the National Security Agency – one of the most secrecy-bound American intelligence agencies in history, at least until recent years. In addition to the technical and scientific history, it examines the politics and the pitfalls faced by the agency throughout the year. Written in 2008,... Read More »

Trials of Magic by Thomas K Carpenter

Trials of Magic is the story of two sisters who are essentially auditioning for entry into a school of magic, where their real talents can be put to use – if they pass the trials, that is. The book is set in a very modern time, apart from the existence of magic, but I thought... Read More »

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina Hoerlin

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina HoerlinThe Pope of Physics is a book about the life of one of the innovative masters of physics, Enrico Fermi, who immigrated from Italy to America, and took part in one of the biggest science experiments in modern history – the construction of the atomic bomb during the second world war. I was surprised to... Read More »

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so... Read More »

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew ReillyI think most people know what they’re getting themselves in for when they pick up one of Matthew Reilly’s books, for good or ill, although he has dabbled outside his home turf of high-paced military thrillers in recent years with The Tournament (quasi-historical fiction) and The Great Zoo of China (his love letter to Jurassic... Read More »

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)I have always found the Cthulhu mythos an interesting one, and I was attracted to this comic, which puts a modern, gritty detective spin on the tale. Arriving at a house to investigate a possible kidnapping, two detective uncover a sinister cultish plot to do dastardly things in the name of Cthulhu. I don’t read... Read More »

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild is a fantasy novel set in an interesting world, where humans are essentially trapped in a city which is both on the border of everywhere, and cut off from everywhere else at the same time. Labrys Town is a tightly controlled world, where magic is outlawed, and citizens live in fear of... Read More »

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