What is Mark reading?

On this page I’ll keep track of the things I am reading, with any random comments on particular aspects of the work that strike me. I’ve recently started to read a few speculative fiction magazines to get a feel for what is current in the genre more generally, so as well as books some of my comments may be on particular short stories or magazines depending on how the mood takes me.

Many of the podcasts/reviews etc I consume are by long standing members of the industry who are much more qualified to judge the merits of the many, many works that populate the speculative fiction landscape than I am. My tastes run to the more pulp/populist and I don’t seem to pick up on the deep underlying themes that others do. So be warned, if you are in search of a sensitive assessment of the literary merits of a story, with comparisons to obscure/worthy/classic authors and use of words like ‘zeitgeist’ then you’ve come to the wrong place. If on the other hand you like a good old fashioned ray gun…

 

Vigil by Angela Slatter – a review

Created July 24, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – May 2016

Created June 5, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

So, what did everyone else do in May?

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – April 2016

Created May 8, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

So, what did April have in store for me?

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Sheep Might Fly (a fiction podcast) by Tansy Rayner Roberts – a review

Created May 1, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – a second review

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Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – March 2016

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So, what did March have in store for me?

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Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody – a review

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Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – February 2016

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So, what did I do with February?

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – a review

Created February 14, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 1 comment. Top.

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – January 2016

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So, what did I do with January?

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier – a review

Created January 31, 2016. Last modified March 4, 2017. 3 comments. Top.

This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – a review

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Monthly Roundup – August through December 2015

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Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres – a review

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Monthly roundup – June and July 2015

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The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke – a review

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Monthly roundup – May 2015

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Clariel by Garth Nix – a review

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Bound by Alan Baxter – a review

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Monthly roundup – April 2015

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Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan – review

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The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke – review

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Monthly roundup – March 2015

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Cold Comfort & Other Tales by David McDonald – review

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Monthly Roundup – January & February 2015

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The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby – review

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Zeroes – news

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Horizon by Keith Stevenson – review

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The Female Factory by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter – review

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Kaleidoscope edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios – review

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Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

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Secret Lives by Rosaleen Love – review

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North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier – review

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Black Sun Light My Way by Jo Spurrier – review

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Monthly roundup – November and December 2014

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Monthly Roundup – October 2014

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The Godless by Ben Peek – review

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Monthly Round Up – August and September 2014

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Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier – review

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Monthly Round Up – July 2014

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Watermarks by Jason Nahrung (Cosmos magazine)

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Monthly round up – June 2014

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Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan – review

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May 2014 – mini reviews

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The Rogue by Trudi Canavan – review

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April 2014 – mini reviews

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The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan – review

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Catch up December 2013 – March 2014 – mini reviews

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The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung – review

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Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart – review

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – review

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Bloody Waters by Jason Franks – review

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson – review

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Wizard Undercover by K. E. Mills – review

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Wizard Squared by K. E. Mills – review

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Witches Incorporated by K. E. Mills – review

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Caution: contains small parts by Kirstyn McDermott – review

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The Expanse Trilogy by James S.A. Corey – review

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Redshirts by John Scalzi – review

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A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin – review

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Suited by Jo Anderton – review

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Angel Rising by Dirk Flinthart – review

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The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby – review

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Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer – review

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A Trifle Dead by Livia Day – review

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New Ceres Nights edited by Alisa Kranostein and Tehani Wessely – review

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The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills – review

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Black Glass by Meg Mundell – review

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Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis – review

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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina – review

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Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres – review

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – review

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Blood and Dust by Jason Nahrung – review

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Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott – review

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A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandan Sanderson – review

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Quiver by Jason Fischer – review

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Evaporating Genres – Essays on Fantastic Literature by Gary K. Wolfe – comment

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Astonishing X-Men – review

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Pyrotechnicon by Adam Browne – review

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Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren – review

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Cold Days by Jim Butcher – review

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Aurealis #56 (November 2012) – review

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The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – April/May 2012 – review

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Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan – review

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Salvage by Jason Nahrung – review

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Aurealis #55 (October 2012) – review

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Aurealis #54 (September 2012) – review

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The Light Heart of Stone by Tor Roxburgh – review

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The Eternal Tide (Star Trek: Voyager) – Kirsten Beyer – review

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Watching the Clock (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations) – Christopher L. Bennett – review

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May Contain Traces of Magic by Tom Holt – review

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Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer – review

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The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe – review

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman – review

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Aurealis #53 (August 2012) – review

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Aurealis #52 (July 2012) – review

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Aurealis #51 (June 2012) – review

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Viral Novella series – -30-, Anomaly, Martyrs and The Call – review

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The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – review

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A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix – review

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Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott – review

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Reign of Beasts by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

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Analog – May 2012

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The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

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Damnation and Dames edited by Liz Grzyb and Amanda Pillar – review

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Mistification by Kaaron Warren – review

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Aurealis #50 (May 2012)

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Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan – review

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Ishtar by Kaaron Warren, Deborah Biancotti and Cat Sparks – review

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When We Have Wings by Claire Corbett – review

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Star Trek Enterprise: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin

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Analog – April 2012 – review

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SQ Mag – Edition 1 (March 2012) – review

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Aurealis #49 (April 2012) – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – March 2012 – review

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Analog – March 2012 – review

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Rise Like Lions by David Mack – review

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Showtime by Narrelle M Harris – review

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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #53 – review

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Aurealis #48 (March 2012) – review

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Sprawl edited by Alisa Krasnostein – review

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Aurealis #47 (February 2012) – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – February 2012 – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – January 2012 – review

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The Silver Wind by Nina Allan – review

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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat by Andrez Bergen – review

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Aurealis #46 (November 2011) – review

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Analog – January/February 2012 – review

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Debris by Jo Anderton – review

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A Book of Endings by Deborah Biancotti – review

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Above/Below by Stephanie Campisi/Ben Peek – review

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The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines – review

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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord – review

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

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The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood – review

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Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti – review

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Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

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Inheritance by Christopher Paolini – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – December 2011 – review

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Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson – review

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Analog – December 2011 – review

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Anywhere But Earth – edited by Keith Stevenson – review

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Zero History by William Gibson – review

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Spook Country by William Gibson – review

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Antipodean SF Issue 162 – December 2011 – review

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Nightsiders by Sue Isle – review

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Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex – review

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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #52 – review

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Analog – November 2011 – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction – October/November 2011 – review

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Analog – October 2011 – review

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Aurealis #45 – review

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Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

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Snuff by Terry Pratchett – review

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Asimov’s Science Fiction September 2011 – review

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The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – review

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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #51 – review

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Aurealis #44 – review

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Analog – September 2011 – review

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Worldshaker by Richard Harland – review

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