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Conversations with Larry Xenomorph is a devastatingly, hilariously accurate commentary on every aspect of current society from Facebook to political correctness to the reason for the CIA, as told by a stock broker to an alien from outer space.

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Orion Rising is a unique science fiction adventure set on the oceans of Earth’s future, brought vividly alive by Chard Andrews’ knowledge of ships and the sea.

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Through the Hostage is the story of the only human to enter the world of the Cortiian mercenaries and leave alive…and still human. Full of fast-paced action and underlaid with a conflict of loyalties in a society where the wrong move gets you dead, this is adventure sci-fi at its best.

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Outland Exile: Old Men and Infidels opens in the Unity, a high-tech, totalitarian society where designer drugs are distributed by the government and computer-generated experiences and reality are interchangeable; a society where specialised training begins at thirteen and forcible retirement from society comes at forty.

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Kahtar: Warrior of the Ages creates a world within a world of Covenant Keepers, living beside the modern world, invoking touches of the folklore of the faery land of Underhill woven in with Christian mythology.

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A Mighty Rolling Thunder is a masterful blend of fantasy and dystopia, a fast-paced and original story of what happens when good and evil are quite literally unleashed in all of us.

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If there be Giants Giants is a story of archaeology and myths, giants and visions, set in Cornwall, the seat of all British legend. Ellison Blackburn has created a story richly woven with archaeological detail and Christian mythology, bound to keep you guessing.

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Playback Effect is a fantastic blend of sci-fi, romance, and detective thriller in this book. In a world where dreams have power and the Pandora’s Box of the virtual reality world is the legal and ethical nightmare of a moment of death recording,

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Her Last Breath is another twisty, intelligent mystery thriller from author J. A. Schneider, where the evidence coils and turns like an eel on a hook, and the suspense will keep you turning pages to the explosive finale.

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In a setting with strong overtones of Mad Max, Salt in the Water is the kind of gritty, kick-ass sci-fi dystopia that punches you in the teeth to get your attention – complex, nasty, and well-thought-out.

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Dead Sea Games is a fantastic example of the action / horror genre, where the characters are unquestionably real and the action grabs you in a chokehold and never lets up.

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With excellent pacing and incredibly convincing characterisation, this book totally earnt its five stars. I Belong to the Earth is a complex story of family and tragedy, complete with fantasy elements that are solidly thought-out and woven into the plot with a realism that chills.

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With a plot where the supernatural blends seamlessly into a murder mystery, peopled with circus performers, murderous clowns, and the closed, ritual-bound community of the Skomori, Bloodwalker will suck you in from the first page and not let go until the last one.

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Vassal is a wonderful example of the epic fantasy genre. The storytelling is evocative, but the characterization is where the story truly shines. This story focuses on a group of people who won’t give up on what they believe in, no matter the dangers, and no matter the odds.

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Lightfingers is a thrilling debut novel, sketching a palimpsest London of back alleys, hidden secrets and magical beings.

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Jack Croxall’s Anchor Leg is a fantastic sci-fi novel, with a fast-paced plot, twisty intrigue, and incredibly well-developed characters. An incredibly satisfying read.

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Forgotten is a twisty, complex thriller, where family relationships add a complex layer of intrigue to the action. Claudia needs to figure out who she can trust – before it’s too late.

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A.I. P.I. is a beautifully crafted story in the style of a ‘50s crime thriller, set in a future society whose prejudices and reactions are stunningly plausible.

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Rabia Gale’s writing brings her story to epic life in the glare of gaslamps and the frenetic gaiety of a world clinging to survival by its fingernails.

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It’s a Nightmare peels back layers of complacency to reveal a disturbing alternate-universe view of how the gender biases ingrained in our society could play out, a chilling and brilliantly-written exposé on the danger of being different.

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The Enemy Within is a brilliantly written sci-fi thriller, with a plot twisty enough to keep you guessing all the way. Between the armed forces, the group of desperate teenagers on the run, and the mysterious Eye, the divergent interests in play kept the stakes and the tension high right through to the finale.

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Tales from Alternate Earths is a unique and well-crafted collection of alt-history stories, offering a series of ‘what-if’ snapshots ranging from how time travel contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs to if China had converted to Islam and discovered South America.

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Phoenix Afterlife is a fast-paced, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a chilling twist – guaranteed to keep you thinking, and looking over your shoulder, long after you close the book.

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Runaway Deception, Denae Christine

Runaway Deception (Royal Deception Book 2) Symon abandoned the throne of Arton after the death of his father, leaving his treacherous uncle in functional charge of the country and his mother and a twelve-year-old soon-to-be-royal, Lana, as the only bulwark against the...

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Adam’s Stepsons, M Thomas Apple

Adam's Stepsons Dr. Heimann wrote a theoretical paper on the topic of cloning. He didn’t expect a desperate military to snap it – and him – up, and throw billions at him to make it happen. Severely conflicted, not least by the experiment’s choice of genetic donor, Dr....

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The Seven Stars, Joshua Hampton

The Seven Stars (Crowns of Silver and Ash Book 1) Written in the style of an epic fantasy, The Seven Stars introduces us to a tale of war and adventure peopled with an intriguing mix of races. There are the mysterious Sons, with their warlike abilities; humans; the...

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High Iron, Tim Craire

High Iron Aiman Shearer was very young when he was first singled out by the wizards of Varenland, and although he chose not to pursue magic and learning, it remained a part of him; a daydream to bring out and polish bright. Much later, when his peaceful existence...

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Antioch, Gregory Ness

Antioch: The Sword of Agrippa Book 1 Antioch follows the story of Roy Swenson, a scientist in an age where science has become reviled by extremists and scientists are hunted and killed on the streets; and in another incarnation, the story of the young Marcus Agrippa,...

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Fly by Night, Cris and Clare Meyers

Fly by Night (Criminal Elements #2) Rook is screwed. His ex-boss burned him so thoroughly that most of his contacts won’t even give him the time of day, the team said ex-boss hoped to kill with him hold him responsible for the mess, and he’s methodically experimenting...

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Exodus ’95, Kfir Luzzatto

Exodus '95 Exodus ’95 follows the entrepreneur Dan Ze’evi and a woman known as Claire Williams on the treasure hunt of a millennium; one fraught with factions desperate to get their hands on the final prize and either exalt it or destroy it. Between them, Dan and...

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The Bones of the Past, Craig A Munro

The Bones of the Past (The Books of Dust and Bone #1) Craig A. Munro’s The Bones of the Past  was one of those books where I seesawed on my final ranking for quite some time, which is unusual for me. Part of my trouble was that the individual storylines were perfectly...

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Feel.It, Ian Wingrove

Feel.It Roxanne Payne is one of the longest-surviving Tournament Knights, a legend to her fans and a popular icon. She’s also desperate to escape the image that Feel.It has created around her, and live as her own person. Knights attempted to break their contracts in...

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Alvar’s Spear, Charles Freedom Long

Alvar's Spear Gar is a respected scientist on the Antal homeworld of Alvar, despite his status as a despised goldeneye. Favoured by Queen Hakan and working in an area of genetics dear to the silvereye ruling class, he is protected from much of the class hatred...

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