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The Night of the Eleventh Sun - Steven Burgauer

The Night of the Eleventh Sun – Steven Burgauer

A typical science fiction book will project you so many years into the future and wow you with all that has been achieved or dismay you with the awfulness that is our possible destiny. Not so for Steven Burgauer’s latest book, The Night of the Eleventh Sun, which takes us back to the dawn of our time. But it is not us that is his focus; we are a mere bit part in this tale. Rather it is our rival hominid species, the Neanderthal, that takes centre stage. Hold on a minute, I hear you utter, does that not...

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The Crown Princess' Voyage

The Crown Princess’ Voyage – Dylan Madeley

This is the sequel to The Gift Knight’s Quest, and readers will find it difficult to follow without having read the first instalment but not impossible. The land of Kensrik is in a state of flux; the ruling Kenderley family have been dethroned by a popular rebellion to be replaced by a representational government. But what will the erstwhile rulers and the nobility class do? Many are attacked and forced to seek sanctuary in the crown princess’ palace or flee. The princess herself, Chandra, is at a loss; she retains her wealth and her army but is unwanted by...

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The Road To War

The Road To War – Steven Burgauer

William Frodsham was one of the many thousands of young American citizens to enlist for military duty after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Unlike the vast majority of those men and women, William, years after the conflict, gathered his notes and his memories to write a detailed account of those years. Author Steven Burgauer has shaped these writings into a very readable historical novel, structured in diary form. The opening pitches us straight into the intense fighting which followed the D-Day landings. We learn straightaway that William is a courageous soldier and an excellent leader of...

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The Pink Beetle - Caspar Vega

The Pink Beetle – Caspar Vega

From the title and the first part of this novella, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a children’s book – so be warned, it isn’t! Aside from some annoying errors and slightly clunky dialogue, the first part (of three) of the story reads well. We are pitched into the world of Bobby Ravenelle, a typical kid into bikes, comics and hanging out with his friends. Intrigue is developed nicely as references to an upcoming festival, ‘The Melt’, are dropped into the story. We gradually learn that this is a whole town event and involves local councillors collecting metal...

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Hillstation - Robin Mukherjee

Hillstation – Robin Mukherjee

While the idea of a mountain village so remote that it doesn’t even appear on maps is appealing to many of us keen to escape from the age of Google Map invasion, Rabindra, having lived there all his life, is not so sure. He longs to escape, and as we learn more about his family and fellow villagers, you begin to see his point of view. The primary source of his suffering is the fact that he is the second son and as such must forever live in the shadow of his doctor brother and face the daily scorn...

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