Quote: Guilty Pleasures, “Graves Are For The Living…”


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Graves are for the living, not the dead. It gives us something to concentrate on instead of the fact that our loved one is rotting under the ground.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures

 
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Review: God’s War By Kameron Hurley


A NEW BREED OF (ANTI) HEROINE HAS ARRIVED

ASS-KICKING, HEAD CHOPPING WOMAN RE-WRITES THE CONVENTIONS OF A GENRE AS SHE UNDERTAKES A MISSION SHE CAN’T REFUSE

 

Book CoverGod’s War
(Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1)

Kameron Hurley

Genre: Science Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 16th January 2014 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0091952786
ISBN-13: 978-0091952785

 
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Part science fiction, part urban fantasy, God’s War is a rather difficult novel to nail down, due in no small part to its inherent contradictions. For example, certain facets of the book are incredibly original and unique, yet the plot progresses in a very predictable manner; there is little, if anything, within the run-of-the-mill narrative that will take you by surprise. Also, several interesting characters are introduced throughout the story, yet interesting never translates into memorable; you’ll have a hard time remembering any names once you’ve finished reading the book. It is a novel that is rather good at setting up expectations, but not so good at meeting them.

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Review: Bitten By Kelley Armstrong


IT TOOK A SECOND TO CHANGE ELENA’S LIFE…

FEW READERS WILL ESCAPE THE SENSE OF DEJA VU. YES, YOU’VE READ THIS STORY NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE

 

Book CoverBitten
(The Women Of The Otherworld, Book 1)

Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th May 2010 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 1841499188
ISBN-13: 978-1841499185

 
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When Kelley Armstrong’s debut novel, Bitten, was first published in 2001 the urban fantasy genre was still very much in its infancy, hence the book didn’t need to do much to stand out; Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series was more or less the only high profile competition. As the market was not yet as saturated as it is today the tropes that readers now come to expect of the genre had not been established. One obvious benefit of this circumstance is that readers at the time would more than likely not have viewed the story as lacking in originality. Sixteen years later, however, anyone reading the book for the first won’t be able to escape the feeling they’ve read it all before.

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In Coming: Brand New Releases For March (2016)


WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?

Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy book releases for the third month of 2016.

 

This month there are over thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include a few first instalments of new book series as well as a several sequels to ongoing series. Which of these offerings will succeed in persuading you to add them to your reading lists this March?

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Based primarily on UK publication dates.

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Quote: Full Moon Rising, “…Not A Snowflake’s Chance In Hell.”


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If I had a talent I could claim, it would be as a finder of trouble. Which is undoubtedly what I’d find by sticking my nose where it had no right to be. But would I let a thought of trouble stop me? Not a snowflake’s chance in hell.

Keri Arthur
Full Moon Rising

 
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Review: Gameboard Of The Gods By Richelle Mead


GODS WALK AMONG US, WE ARE THEIR PAWNS

BEHIND A SERIES OF RITUALISTIC MURDERS LIES A HIDDEN REALITY A KICK-ASS HEROINE ISN’T READY TO BELIEVE

 

Book CoverGameboard Of The Gods
(Age Of X, Book 1)

Richelle Mead

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th June 2013

ISBN-10: 140591355X
ISBN-13: 978-1405913553

 
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For almost a decade author Richelle Mead has been one of the most popular voices of the urban fantasy scene; writing a number of successful books in more than one series, for both the young adult audience as wells as adult readers. With the very noticeable shift towards dystopian stories in the mass market publishing sphere, kick-started by the success and popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Mead would follow the trend and throw her hat into the dystopia ring.

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In Coming: Brand New Releases For January (2016)


WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?

A new year is upon us. Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy major book releases for the first month of 2016.

 

This month there are almost thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include several first instalments of new book series as well as a few sequels to ongoing series. As many of the bigger, established names of fantasy and science fiction won’t be releasing new books till much later in the year, it gives mid-tier and up and coming writers an opportunity grab the limelight. So who will succeed in getting their books onto your reading lists this January?

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Based on UK publication dates.

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Review: Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris


IT’S JUST HER MIND THEY WANT TO USE. HONEST!

THWARTING HATE GROUPS AND SOLVING MURDERS IS ALL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SLEUTH, SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

 

Book CoverLiving Dead In Dallas
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117036
ISBN-13: 978-0575117037

 
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While a part of me would ideally love for every book I read to be an unforgettable, life defining masterpiece, I realise that this is not a realistic expectation. There are times when I simply have to let myself enjoy a book for what it is. Reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is always one of those occasions. Living Dead In Dallas, the second instalment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, much like its predecessor, Dead Until Dark, is at best a disposable guilty pleasure. Much, if not all, of the enjoyment to be derived from it is the result of how eye-rollingly cringe-worthy, and hilariously funny the story is. Whether or not that is by design is hard to tell. But I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt.

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Review: The Good, The Bad And The Undead By Kim Harrison


IN THE HOLLOWS VAMPIRES ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING…

KIM HARRISON UPS THE ANTE FOR THE BOUNTY HUNTING WITCH, RACHEL MORGAN, AS SHE GOES UNDERCOVER AND IN OVER HER HEAD

 

Book CoverThe Good, The Bad And The Undead
(The Hollows, Book 2)

Kim Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 453 Pages
Date: 5th January 2012 (First Published 2005)

ISBN-10: 0007459769
ISBN-13: 978-0007459766

 
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With Dead Witch Walking, the first book of The Hollows series, Kim Harrison established a very solid foundation upon which to build the rest of her urban fantasy series. With this second instalment, Harrison, raises the stakes for her plucky but incompetent, bounty hunting heroine, Rachel Morgan; revealing more about the history and character of both Rachel and the people in her life (friend and foe alike). All the while further expanding and expounding on the alternate history, supernatural world that is the playground of these characters.

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Review: King Maker By Maurice Broaddus


A LEGEND RE-IMAGINED AS THE WIRE MEETS EXCALIBUR

URBAN FANTASY BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT. WHO SAYS THERE IS NO MORE ORIGINALITY LEFT IN THE GENRE?

 

Book CoverKing Maker
(The Knights Of Breton Court, Book 1)

Maurice Broaddus

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010

ISBN-10: 0007343310
ISBN-13: 978-0007343317

 
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In recent years there has been a growing trend that has to lead to the publication of numerous re-tellings/re-imaginings of classic works of fiction. Whether it be the reworking of popular children’s fairy tales into adult erotic novels, or unconventional “mashups” blending horror with Victorian literature in the vein of Austen and the Bronte sisters, there has been several interesting, if not particularly good books written.

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