Quote: The War Of The Worlds, “No One Would Have Believed…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.

 
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Review: Altered Carbon By Richard K. Morgan


THE CYBERPUNK DEBUT THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE

AN ABSORBING NOIR MURDER MYSTERY IN A FUTURE WHERE DEATH HAS BEEN RENDERED OBSOLETE BY TECHNOLOGY

 

Book CoverAltered Carbon
(Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 1)

Richard K. Morgan

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Mystery
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 534 Pages
Date: 4th September 2008 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 0575081244
ISBN-13: 978-0575081246

 
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Hip-hop legends, Public Enemy, once famously proclaimed: Don’t believe the hype. It is a sentiment that I have adhered to all my adult life, helping to shield me from numerous disappointments. So the first time I picked up the novel, Altered Carbon, a decade or so ago, I was unmoved by all the critical praise it had garnered, and unimpressed by the accolades it had received. The comparisons to Philip K. Dick were unconvincing, as such a comparison must surely be an unjustified exaggeration, especially for a first time author. And as for the reports that the film rights had been gobbled up by Hollywood, looking for the next Matrix; this was not a big deal. But once I had finished reading the book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all the hype was more than justified.

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Quote: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, “You Have Plenty Of Courage…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

 
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The Spotlight: Star Wars, The Thrawn Trilogy


STILL THE DEFINITIVE FOLLOW UP TO THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY.

With new Star Wars films on the horizon, now is a good time to rediscover the highlight of the old Expanded Universe.

 

A few days ago it was announced that principle photography for the seventh Star Wars film has been completed. The title of Episode VII, which is the first part of a new trilogy set after Return Of The Jedi, was also confirmed to be The Force Awakens. (Yes, I agree, it’s a very uninspired title.)

Book CoverLittle is actually known about the plot of the film, or the trilogy in general, but what is known for certain is that these new films will not be acknowledging the vast Expanded Universe of Star Wars literature that has been produced over the years. Earlier this year, Disney, the new owners of the franchise, announced that they were de-canonising the stories told in these books, comics etc. so as not to constrain the producers of future films. This is actually not a bad thing because most of the Expanded Universe material (with a handful of exceptions) is unmitigated rubbish.

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Trivia: The Winners Of Both The Hugo And Nebula Awards For Best Novel


IT HAS OCCURRED MORE OFTEN THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

An elite group of novels and their authors have achieved the ultimate accolade of winning both awards at the same time.

 
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As you are no doubt already aware, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award are the two most prestigious honours bestowed upon works of fantasy and science fiction. But did you know that 23 books have achieved the double whammy of winning both awards for Best Novel? The most recent being Ancillary Justice, the début science fiction novel by American author Ann Leckie.

Below, I present you with the complete list of books that have accomplished this impressive feat for their writers.

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Review: The Left Hand Of God By Paul Hoffman


THEY TOLD HIM HE COULD DESTROY THE WORLD

A TALE THAT THREATENED TO TURN A FANTASY TROPE ON ITS HEAD IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY THAT PROMISED MUCH MORE THAN IT DELIVERS

 

Book CoverThe Left Hand Of God
(The Left Hand Of God Trilogy, Book 1)

Paul Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Paperback, 437 Pages
Date: 6th January 2011 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0141333553
ISBN-13: 978-0141333557

 
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Do you know which types of stories disappoint me most? It’s not those travesties that are bad from beginning to end, because such works can at least lay claim to being consistent. It is actually those books that start off exceptionally well, luring me into the belief that I have embarked upon a journey of literary greatness, only to quickly run out of steam, before petering out, with each successive chapter becoming progressively worse than the one before; they irk me most. Would you like to hazard a guess as to which camp The Left Hand Of God falls into?

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Another World, Year One: The Story So Far…


ANOTHER WORLD HAS LIVED TO SEE ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY.

Now it is time to reflect on what has gone, and look ahead to what is still to come.

 

Like me, it probably escaped your notice that Saturday 1st November marked the first anniversary of Another World. Looking back on that day when I made my initial posts for the blog, I didn’t give any thought to what the future had in store for the site. After all there was no guarantee that it would still be part of the blogosphere twelve months later. How may people start a blog only to abandon it weeks later, for one reason or another? I myself have been guilty of quickly losing interest in maintaining a blog on two occasions in the past. Yet here I am today celebrating the first anniversary of this blog.

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As I prepare myself for another twelve months (hopefully), I would like to share some of my reflections on the first year: The things that I am reasonably pleased with, those things that weren’t so good, and the areas I intend to improve upon during the second year.

Starting off with the thing that I am most happy with, obviously I must mention how pleased I am that I have persevered with the blog for a year. It is an accomplishment that I’m actually rather proud of, and it has given me all the encouragement I need to invest more time in the blog.

Secondly, as I didn’t want to overburden myself in regard to reviewing books, I aimed to achieve an average of one book review posted every two weeks. This would mean a total of twenty-six books during the course of the year. I am happy to report that I managed to reach this goal, having reviewed twenty-nine stories in total.

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