Book Review: Doctor Who – The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson

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The TARDIS lands in the Lancashire village of Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, and the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz soon become embroiled in a witch trial run by the local landowner. Fear stalks the land, and the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But the Doctor soon…

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Book Review: Doughnut Economics – Kate Raworth

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In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin. Moving beyond the myths of ‘rational economic man’ and unlimited growth, Doughnut Economics zeroes in on the sweet spot: a system that meets…

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Book Review: Land of Big Numbers – Te-Ping Chen

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I’ve had a long-held fascination with China. I took Mandarin at University and, a few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to Beijing. So I was excited to pick up this book of short stories about modern China. It is a mixed lot of tales about Chinese people both in and outside of…

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Book Review: Kindred – Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

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This is an amazingly detailed look at the life of Neanderthals. It covers their habits, habitats, and human-like behaviour. We get a full history of the science of Neanderthal studies, and an overview of the cutting edge laser-powered science that is happening today. It is slyly and subtly funny – with little pop culture call…

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Book Review: Black Sci-Fi Short Stories

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This is a delightful collection of short stories. It starts with a scholarly introduction to the history of Black Sci-Fi. And, for once, Black isn’t just limited to mean “African American”. We get a panoply of authors – both modern and historic. Some of the historic stories – especially W. E. B. Du Bois’ The…

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Book Review: Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Series Book 1) – Mary Robinette Kowal

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Let’s get this out of the way first. I freakin’ love Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut Series. She has created this amazingly rich and detailed universe, full of fleshed-out characters engaging in daring-do. So when this earlier novel was cheap on Amazon, I picked it up. The “Glamourist Histories” novels were written several years before…

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Book Review: Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead series Book 1) – Kat Dunn

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Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Morts they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat,…

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Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

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A bit of a random one this. My friend David Carrington bought me it as a birthday present. It is AMAZING! Absolutely everything a modern sci-fi novel should be. It has aliens who are alien! Not just because they have pointy ears, but because their cultural values are radically different from humans. And us humans,…

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Book Review: How To Invent Everything

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This is an entertaining, useful, and thoroughly tedious book. Imagine your time machine went wrong and you were stranded in the past. How could you “invent” the technology needed to improve the world, At its heart is a potted history of every piece of technology required for modern civilisation. Short and entertaining chapters which discuss…

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Book Review: The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

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The novelisation of the TV series! OK, OK, the book was written nearly 40 years before the Netflix miniseries. But it is uncanny how close the two are. Most adaptation are really “creative reimaginings” of the source material. Taking liberties with the source material, introducing new, relatable characters, and monkeying around with the plot. But…

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