Tag Archive: Nina Allan

Aug 18

Experimental Film by Gemma Files

Experimental Film by Gemma Files is a damn fine ghost story.  It’s not a genre that I particularly like – last year I read a couple of ghostly related novels that bored me senseless – but by fusing together the alchemy of cinema with Wendish mythology Files has delivered a compelling and genuinely creepy ghost story. …

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Mar 12

Week 10: Definitely not a LONGLIST, Overbearing Angels and the Deconstruction of Myth

Books Read The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett Currently Reading Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (1) Earlier this week Tom Hunter, the Award Director for the Arthur C Clarke Awards, released the list – NOT A LONGLIST – of all the books submitted to the judges …

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Jul 27

Who Should Have Won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel

Because I’ve completely forgotten who was nominated (announced so long ago) here is a reminder of the finalists and links to my reviews: Ancillary Sword, Anne Leckie (Orbit) The Race, Nina Allan (Newcon) Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan) Europe in Autumn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves, Simon Ings (Gollancz) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, …

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Jul 03

So, who should have won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel…

Here is a reminder of the five nominees with links to my outrageous, provocative and always controversial reviews: Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey) Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton) The Peripheral, by William Gibson (Viking) The Way Inn, by Will Wiles (4th Estate) The Race, by Nina Allan (NewCon Press) First off …

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Jun 25

Book Review: The Way Inn by Will Wiles

What’s It About A creepy and dark novel about reality bending motels and business conferences. Representative Paragraph The “conference surrogate” is probably the greatest idea ever invented in all of literature.  (Hyperbole intended!!!!) “I meant,” I said, “why are you here at the conference? Aren’t there places you would rather be? Back at the office, getting …

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Jun 12

So Who Should Have Won This Year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award

The shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award was as a follows (with handy hyper-links to my not so concise reviews): The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit) The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate) Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager) The First Fifteen Lives …

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Jun 11

Book Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

What’s It About Imagine a near future where the European Union has been dissolved and the continent has splintered into hundred of tiny nations and polities and republics.  A Europe where three apartment buildings, ruled over by a gang, can call for nationhood.  A Europe where sovereignty and independence and geography is always in a …

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May 12

And the John W. Campbell Award finalists have been announced…

… I had no plans of reading the shortlist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award until Jonathan Strahan pointed it out to me this morning. Here are the finalists: The Race by Nina Allan A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias The Peripheral by William Gibson Afterparty by Daryl Gregory Europe in Autumn by …

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May 05

The Locus Award Nominees Have Been Announced

I’ve been hanging out for the announcement of the Locus Award nominees.  This Award has always been an excellent snapshot of the state of (mostly) American SF&F and because my tastes have clearly drifted away from core genre, I’m curious to see how I react to the 20 novels listed below (or at least the …

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Apr 27

Book Review: The Race by Nina Allan

What’s It About The back cover copy of The Race would lead you to believe that the entire novel is set on the coastal town of Sapphire, suffering a slow decline from fracking and ecological disaster.  And while that’s partly true, Sapphire and its denizens only comprise a fourth of the novel.  In actual fact The Race consists of …

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