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Review: Lockstep

The lockstep is the weirdest concept I have ever come across. By hibernating, the population of a far flung colony can exist on almost nothing but the power required for the deep sleep modules. While they slumber, bots tend the day to day activities, harvesting and harbouring resources to sustain the colony when it wakes,…

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Review: Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, #1

Night of the Hunter is the first book of the ‘Companions Codex’ and book twenty-five in the legend of one of the most enduring heroes of the Forgotten Realms, Drizzt Do’Urden. In cracking open the cover, there is the weight of more than twenty-four previous books looking over the reader’s shoulder. The legend of Drizzt also…

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Review: Grand Central Arena

‘Grand Central Arena‘ by Ryk E. Spoor is exactly the sort of book I expect from Baen. Substantial, sweeping, sprawling, however you want to describe it. BIG! Big ideas, bold characters, mind-bending science and really cool aliens all packed inside a bright and colourful cover. Set in a future on the cusp of FTL travel, this…

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Why Am I Still Playing Assassin’s Creed III?

Because I’m bloody-minded, or maybe just idiotic. Really, there are so many other ways I could spend my time. I have hobbies that don’t elevate my blood pressure, cause me to swear compulsively and drive me to thrash a pillow against the end of the bed. My gaming computer is tucked into a nook in…

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Review: DemonWars: First Heroes (Saga of the First King)

I never doubted R.A. Salvatore talent; despite my love of Drizzt, I’d not have made it through twenty-four books (so far!) chronicling his legend if Salvatore had no skill with words. If he could not tell a story, the story, in the way it needed to be told, deftly and surely, his words always underlying and…

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Review: Mass Effect Foundation (#8)

The beginning of the eighth issue of Mass Effect: Foundation deals with the aftermath of Kai Leng and Agent Rasa’s failure to capture Jack in the previous issue. The tension between them seems worse than the repercussions of their failure. Kai Leng’s facial expressions here are so well drawn! Between that and his posture, his fury…

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Writing Outside the Lines

I like writing outlines. Putting facts in order appeals to my sense of, well, order. I didn’t always feel that way, however. In school, I thought they were one of those evil necessities. I always knew what I wanted to write, so why did I need to write about what I wanted to write? Why…

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Review: Nightcrawler by John Reinhard Dizon

Sabrina Brooks has the key components for a secret life as a vigilante at her disposal: a fortune inherited upon her father’s death, stewardship of his chemical company and a desire to serve and protect. In fact, had her father not passed away, she might have pursued a career in law enforcement. As matters stand,…

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Review: Pariah #1 by Philip Gelatt and Brett Weldele

Pariah #1 is the first comic in a new series following the release of Aron Warner‘s Pariah Volume 1, where we learned about the Vitros, children born of an experiment designed to cure rare and fatal diseases in-vitro. They’re still human, just very intelligent, and like all sub-sets of the population, they’re regarded with distrust. After an…