Review: The Dire Earth by Jason M. Hough

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Got a quick review today, of a novella that I’d managed to forget I had preordered way back, but which totally fits the bill for this month’s lineup. Hooray for happy coincidences! Check out my thoughts on Jason M. Hough’s The Dire Earth below the cut!

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SciFi November: Week 2 Progress Report

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OK, so! Week 2 is just about done. This was a pretty uneventful week, reading-wise – I’ve made some progress, but as of writing this post I haven’t yet finished a book… I did, however, revisit my intended reading list and do some necessary trimming, for sensibility’s sake (as well as that of my sanity, heh!) So, check out the revised list and my update below…

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Sci-Fi November Spotlight: Tripler by Neil Vogler

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Neil Vogler is an ex-freelance journalist and lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fan who lives in Devon, UK. Around thirty of his short stories have been published by December House so far, across two anthologies – We Are Now (Flash Fiction Fest #1) published in 2012 and Deadly Sins (Flash Fiction Fest #2) published in 2013. Tripler is his debut novel, the first of a trilogy.

Back to business today, and I’ve got not only a spotlight on a new and interesting SF novel, but the very first peek at some promotional art to go with it! Venture below for more…

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Review Round-up: Pretty Little Dead Girls & Can’t Buy Me Love

I’m taking a little break from all the sci-fi today in order to get caught up with a few reviews that are horribly overdue – thankfully the books themselves are not horrible! Let’s see what I’ve been reading when I’m not rolling around in SF…

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SciFi Readathon: Week 1 Progress Report

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Well, the first week is over, and before I embark on a weekend of dedicated reading, I thought I’d stop and give an update on my readathon progress! The SciFi Readathon is being hosted by The Nerdy Journalist, and so far I’ve (mostly) stuck to my intended reading list, though there’s been good progress and not so good there…

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Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

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Love Minus Eighty

Years in the future, dead women in cryogenic dating farms await rich, lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home. LOVE MINUS EIGHTY follows interconnected lives touched by these dating farms. There’s Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sells everything to visit her, seeking her forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a socially-awkward dating coach, finds herself responsible for the happiness of a man whose life she saved against his will. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in the heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the centuries pass. In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.

Genre: Science fiction | This edition: UK paperback | Publisher: Orbit | Publication date: 11th June 2013

This was an unusual book for me. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s certainly a point I’ve been thinking a lot about since I finished reading it. It was unusual because it’s a story about love, or relationships, with a science-fiction setting. This simply isn’t something I’d read a lot of before now, so what kept me reading was as much simple curiosity about the concept as it was fascination with seeing how it all turned out.

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Sci-Fi November: Get Your Sci-Fi On (Sci-Fi Bingo)

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Time for some Sci-Fi November fun and games, and if you haven’t caught it already here is an explanation of this game. Read that? Okay!

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It took some mental contortions to come up with a few of the spot-fillers here, but since I’ve included some TV and movies along with books, it was a bit easier. That said, I did limit myself to ones I’ve read/watched, ones I own, or both. Check out my end result, and a list of my picks!

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