Book Club

James Brogden has followed Hekla’s Children with another tale of long-buried horrors unearthed, but the author’s interest in British history and folklore is combined with an ambition and narrative slipperiness that makes this a compelling chiller in its own right. The story begins with a fantastically rendered moment of horror in the form of an
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Tucked away down a side street in Edwardian London is the most wonderful toy shop imaginable. Papa Jack’s Emporium sells patchwork dogs that are as loyal as the real thing, paper trees that really put down roots, and intricately painted toy soldiers who march off to war with one another. But when a real war
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Autonomous arrives bearing the endorsement of William Gibson, Lauren Beukes and Neal Stephenson, and io9 co-founder Annalee Newitz’s debut lives up to the hype. It’s a cyberpunk thriller but the author is much more interested in big questions than big futuristic fight sequences. The story is divided between Jack, a pirate who reverse-engineers patented drugs
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2018 is upon us, and so we are preparing to clear our shelves and sink our teeth into all the amazing books that the next 12 months are sure to offer us. However, we can’t set out into the New Year without acknowledging just how brilliant 2017 was for genre fiction. Rather than attempt a
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With Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water earning rave reviews around the world, it’s the perfect time to revisit one of the filmmaker’s early masterpieces: Spanish Civil War-set ghost story The Devil’s Backbone. Helpfully, there’s a beautiful new making of and art book from authors Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams, and we have
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One of the latest novels to address the possibility of a world transformed by the effects of global warming, Paul McCauley’s Austral is set a number of years into the future. Antarctica has been colonised, the retreating ice revealing the landscape underneath, and humanity are building a new world there. The eponymous central figure is a
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