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Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva book cover

In My House, Stalin's Daughter and The Smartest Book in the World

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Vulture Central staffer Matt Dupuy to review the pick of publishing this week. Alex Hourston's debut novel proves to be an intense page turner. Rosemary Sullivan explores the life of the offspring of one of the 20th Century's most fearsome dictators and, on a lighter note, Greg Proops …
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Make Something Up, The Water Knife and Girl at War

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at literature's latest with a book of scintillating short stories from Chuck Palahniuk. New York Times best selling author Paolo Bacigalupi take us into the near future with a dystopian tale of drought, detectives and delinquents. And the 1990s Yugoslav Wars are reimagined through the eyes of a …
Mark Diston, 30 May 2015
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The Harder They Come, Hunters in the Dark and Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest from the literary world with T.C. Boyle observing the saints and sinners at roots of American gun violence. Lawrence Osborne tells a gripping tale of expats adrift and running amok in Cambodia, and David Lagercrantz delivers a curious conspiracy in his fictional take on events in …
Mark Diston, 16 May 2015

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

Page File Special Think of some of the ways the Enlightenment helped advance the human individual. The ability to shape your identity. The ability to own and control your stuff. Economic autonomy. All three help to define the modern world, they’re ways we know that ‘now’ is not like ‘before’. All three are founded on the sanctity of the …
Colin Farrell surveys the planet in the Total Recall remake. Credit: Sony Pictures

Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

Page File Something Coming Through is a story that manages to be all over the genre map but still somehow work. We’re in clear sci-fi territory in one way – humanity has made first contact with aliens known as the Jackaroo, we’re now living on alien worlds and it’s a short hop into the future in Earth time. But otherwise, the book has …

The Glittering World: Some style, but no substance

Page File When I hear “mysterious race of beings” on the back of a book, my mind goes straight to aliens, not strange, supernatural, fairy-like creatures, so The Glittering World wasn’t quite the book I thought it would be. It’s being pitched as a Neil Gaiman-esque kind of story and you can see why the publisher went there. The novel …
Artist’s impression of sunset on the newly discovered super-Earth world Gliese 667 Cc. Credit: ESO

Hardboiled, fast-paced, mind-bending fun – Dark Intelligence IS sci-fi

Page File It’s not easy to come in cold on something like Neal Asher’s Polity universe, a hard sci-fi world spanning 12 books and counting that I’ve never quite got around to starting. Instead, it was a dive into the deep end with the twelfth novel, Dark Intelligence, the beginning of a trilogy about the black AI Penny Royal, who’s popped …
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Sex, androids and violence in Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Page File It all sounds like a beautiful love story. A man in forbidden love with an android robot sets out on a quest to find and reassemble her after she’s kidnapped and stripped down for parts. But Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a gruesome, grotesque noir story of a dismal future, where half of the world is considered …
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The Invisible Library – a playful, timey wimey, spook adventure tale

Page File The Invisible Library has been billed by the publishers as a sort of Doctor Who meets spy thriller, where a secret society of spooks skip through alternate worlds and times looking to collect books on behalf of the eponymous library. Irene is the librarian in question, part spy, part thief, who uses her wits and the Language …
Artist’s impression of sunset on the newly discovered super-Earth world Gliese 667 Cc. Credit: ESO

Proxima and Ultima: AI, hard sci-fi and multiverse – ALL GOOD. Romans – not so much

Page File Fresh from his multiverse world-building with Terry Pratchett in The Long Earth series, Stephen Baxter turns to his own multiverse in the two-book set Proxima and Ultima – a very different hard sci-fi tale. Proxima starts in the far-flung future, when Earthlings have started making their way out into the immediate galactic …
Water World at Universal Studios Los Angeles Credit: Universal Studios

Tides of Maritinia: The spy who jumped into a sci-fi water world

Page File When Tides of Maritinia first kicks off, it’s a bumbling-Brit-abroad, Evelyn Waugh-style tale of a stuffed-shirt bureaucrat literally moulded into a secret agent, but it evolves into quite a tragic story of the misdeeds of war and one man’s struggle to find his moral compass. Jakob Bryce is the lead for Warren Hammond’s first …
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The Genome: Loose morals ... and even looser plotlines

Page File The Genome is the latest novel from Sergei Lukyanenko, the sci-fi and fantasy author, and now modern Russian figurehead for the genre since his Night Watch novel was made into one of the few Russian movies to cross over to Western blockbuster status. Anton (Konstantin Khabenskiy) in Night Watch Anton (Konstantin Khabenskiy) …
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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

Page File The most likely way for humans to first travel beyond the Solar System is through some form of hibernation, most often referred to in sci-fi as deepsleep. The prospect is rife with dramatic potential for a good book – what would it be like to be the same age and yet years older than friends and family, or to never see them, or …
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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

Page File Anyone who’s read Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, a searingly bleak and intricate fantasy series, will be bitterly disappointed with Willful Child (and yes, pedants, that is how he spells it). Starship Enterprise Instead of a blistering and fascinating foray into sci-fi, Erikson does a limp, lacklustre job of …
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The elegant, strange and fascinating world of Three Body comes to English readers

Page File Three Body, as it’s known in China, is prominent sci-fi author Liu Cixin’s trilogy of an alien invasion of Earth, one of the most enduring sci-fi tales since the birth of the genre. With The Three Body Problem, the English translation of the first book, Liu’s wildly popular trilogy comes to the English-speaking world for the …
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Fatal System Error: Watching the miscreants

Book review Fatal System Error - The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet is an informative and entertaining look at the roots of the burgeoning cybercrime economy and its links to government, featuring a rogue's gallery of international wrong 'uns. Joseph Menn peers down into the underground economy through the …
John Leyden, 1 Mar 2010

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