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BOOK REVIEW – Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

By Marty Mulrooney

Tales of the Peculiar

Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of illustrated ‘peculiar’ fairy tales by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs, published in the UK by Penguin Books on the 6th September 2016. Set within the same universe as his popular Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy of books, Tales of the Peculiar is presented as being written by former Miss Peregrine ward Millard Nullings, an invisible boy who is also an accomplished philologist and renowned scholar. From wealthy cannibals to a lonely giant called Cuthbert, each story is part fairy tale, part history, and part moral lesson.

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BOOK REVIEW – Aliens: The Set Photography by Simon Ward

By Marty Mulrooney

Aliens The Set Photography

Aliens: The Set Photography is a new hardback photography book that documents the making of director James Cameron’s 1986 science fiction classic Aliens. Released today in the UK (9th August 2016) by Titan Books to coincide with the film’s thirtieth anniversary, this beautiful tome takes fans behind-the-scenes for a ‘visual celebration’ that includes a wealth of never-before-seen pictures, along with a new interview with Carrie Henn (Newt) and new quotes from Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez).

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BOOK REVIEW – Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells

By Marty Mulrooney

Over Your Dead Body - Dan Wells

Over Your Dead Body is the latest novel in the popular John Wayne Cleaver series of books by Dan Wells. Following on from I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr Monster, I Don’t Want To Kill You and The Devil’s Only Friend, Over Your Dead Body finds John and his possessed childhood friend Brooke hitchhiking from town to town as they try to track down and kill the last of the Whithered – ancient demons that hide in plain sight – and stay one step ahead of the FBI.

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BOOK REVIEW – Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

By Marty Mulrooney

Underground Airlines Cover UK

Underground Airlines is the latest novel from award-winning writer Ben H. Winters, author of the Last Policeman trilogy (The Last Policeman, Countdown City, World of Trouble). An alternative history novel set in the present day, there’s one key difference to the world as we know it – slavery still exists.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Straw Men: 10th Anniversary Special Edition by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

The Straw Men 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The Straw Men is a crime thriller by British writer Michael Marshall (Killer Move, We Are Here, also known as Michael Marshall Smith), first published in 2002. This Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive 10th Anniversary Special Edition includes a long introduction by the author, scans of the author’s writing notebooks, a deluxe oversized design, high-quality endpapers, fine bindings and an extremely collectible print run.

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BOOK REVIEW – Ecko Endgame by Danie Ware

By Marty Mulrooney

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Ecko Endgame is the third and final book in the Ecko trilogy by Danie Ware. Following on from Ecko Rising (“a hugely enjoyable genre mash-up that promises great things to come”) and Ecko Burning (“a massively entertaining sequel that fulfils much of the grand promise of its predecessor”), Ecko Endgame sees blight sweeping across the Varchinde, the Kas rising from Rammouthe and anti-hero Ecko finally facing head-on the true reality of the fantasy world he quite literally fell into.

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BOOK REVIEW – An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

By Marty Mulrooney

An Android Awakes

An Android Awakes is touted by publisher Elsewhen Press as a cross between a graphic novel and a novel. Written by Mike French and illustrated by Karl Brown, it tells the story of Android Writer PD121928 who is part of the Android Publishing Program. His wife has been forcibly removed so he can concentrate and there are plenty of replacement cats stored in the freezer. When his latest novel The Eating of Citizen Cane is rejected, he finds himself with only 14 attempts left to get a story accepted for the program before he will be deactivated.

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