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Fiction Review: Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

When Elmore Leonard wrote his ten rules of writing, he opened with: Never open a book with weather. Yet eleven years earlier, he had opened one of his better-known novels with: When Chili first came to Miami Beach twelve years

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Fiction Review: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

It starts when the death of Eunice Akinya, matriarch of a powerful family. It takes us to the moon, to Mars and to the outer reaches of the solar system. At the same time, it tells the personal stories of

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Fiction Review: Bosman at his Best by Herman Charles Bosman

My mission to become better read in short fiction continues with the recommendation of a friend: Bosman at his Best is a collection of the works of Herman Charles Bosman. I hadn’t heard of him until my friend mentioned him,

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Fiction Review: The Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg

I’ll start by saying that Vanessa Fogg and have been critique partners for a while now. I first met her through her story, The Wave, which impressed me deeply while leaving me with very little to critique. I’ve learned to

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Fiction Review: Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

I spent most of 2011 in Malawi, and managed to time my arrival before two days of rioting swept across the country. I spent much of those two days assuring friends and family back in the UK that I was

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Fiction Review: Walden Planet by Rich Zwicker

As a short story writer, I really should pay more attention to collections. I tend to read individual stories from authors who have caught my attention rather than whole collections, unless they’ve actually published me. My bad. Walden Planet reminded

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Fiction Review: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

I opened this book with some trepidation. I knew it won the Hugo Award last year but from the safe distance I watched from, last year’s Hugos looked like a toxic mess of political squabbling. Political choices are rarely good

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Fiction Review: The Score by HJ Golakai

Most people go to lodges in the Little Karoo to get away from it all. Vee Johnson didn’t want to go in the first place, and she definitely didn’t go to explain how a man came to be hanged with

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Fiction Review: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

I’ve consider myself something of a connoisseur of science fiction, so I raised my eyebrow when a friend insisted a novel I’d never even heard of is seminal to the genre. Naturally, I had no choice but to dash off

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Fiction Review: Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

On 28th June 1914, Driver Leopold Lojka took a wrong turn in Sarajevo. One of his passengers, the Governor of Bosnia, told him of his mistake. Lojka stopped, intending to reverse back on to his planned route. It was his

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