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Review: ‘The Three-Body Problem’ by Cixin Liu

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‘The Three-Body Problem’ starts off with the cultural revolution in China. Ye Wenjie, an astrophysicist,  witnesses her father’s murder. After months in a labour camp in the mountains, she is accused of distributing reactionary propaganda. Her scientific background helps her avoid prison, but she must join a mysterious project in the mountains.  Once she enters the research facility, she will never be allowed to leave. From then, the book switches between the present and Wenjie’s story in the past.

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Review: ‘The Lost Fleet’ by Jack Campbell

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The Lost Fleet starts with the near-total destruction of the Alliance Fleet on the doorstep of the Syndicate homeworld, its dreams of ending a century of war in tatters. John Geary, recently awakened from nearly a century of hibernation, becomes the commander of the survivors. A century out of time, he must lead the fleet home.

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Review: ‘Lord Valentine’s Castle’ by Robert Silverberg

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Valentine awakes on a sun-drenched ledge overlooking a bustling town. With only vague memories of the day before, he follows a young herdsman into town. Slowly, in vivid dreams, his memories begin to return, though they’re hardly believable. His crown and memories stolen by an usurper, Valentine must travel across half the world to regain his rightful place.

Note: The title on the image is for the sequel, yet the image is otherwise the same as the copy of the book I have.

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Review: ‘The Golden Torc’, ‘The Nonborn King’ and ‘The Adversary’ by Julian May

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I reviewed the first book in the ‘Saga of Pliocene Exile’ a little while ago, and I’ve just finished the remaining books in the series. I’ll review the last 3 books together, and try not to give anything away (though I’ll assume readers know what happened in the first book). Overall I really enjoyed the series, and I think I’ll take a look at the prequel/sequel series – ‘The Galactic Milieu’.

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Review: ‘The Many-Coloured Land’ by Julian May

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In the 22nd century Earth has joined the Galactic Millieu and humanity is scattered across the stars. In this new world of aliens, psychic abilities and amazing technology, some people don’t belong. These misfits travel through a one-way time gate back to Earth’s Pliocene.

THE MANY COLOURED LAND.: May, Julian.

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Review: ‘2312’ by Kim Stanley Robinson

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In the 24th century humans have moved to space and begun terraforming Mercury, Venus, Mars and countless moons and asteroids. Earth hasn’t been forgotten though, and is still the center of much conflict. The wondrous, vivid descriptions of the beauty of the solar system grabbed me from the first page. The story revels in music, art, and revolution. The terrforming is spectacular – ice moons are carved up and slammed into Venus to make rain and snow. Asteroids become spaceships and havens for species whose homes have been destroyed on Earth. It’s a beautiful book, and I would highly recommend it.

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Review: Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

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The first book in Anne McCaffrey’s ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ series I read many, many years ago was the ‘Masterharper of Pern’. I’ve read most of the books in the series (written by her, I haven’t read any co-authored with Todd McCaffrey), and a lot of her other books too. I recently got back into them, after not reading any for quite a while. I still love them as much as I did when I was a kid. I started with ‘Dragonflight’, ‘Dragonquest’, the Harper Hall Trilogy (‘Dragonsong’, ‘Dragonsinger’ and ‘Dragondrums’) and then went on to ‘The White Dragon’ in the space of about a week.

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