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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:08

The boundaries of forever Zero K'

DeLillo's latest effort a look at the dynamics of immortality

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:03

Love and loneliness - 'The Pier Falls'

Collection features wide range of stylistic diversity

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:59

After the fire The Map of Bones'

Trilogy's second book another excellent dystopian offering

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:05

The sins of the father & Sons'

Novel explores the hidden truths of family and fiction

Tales of fathers and sons have a tendency to be a little overwrought. Family sagas have that built-in sense of melodrama that can sometimes overwhelm otherwise solid storytelling. Finding the line between big feelings and narrative clarity can be hard, but when that balance is struck, the results can be truly remarkable.

'& Sons' (Random House; $27) is one such remarkable result. It is both sweeping and subtle, a grand epic and intimate family portrait all rolled into one. Author David Gilbert offers a look at the consequences of greatness and the toll it can take both on one's family and one's self. 

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:08

Mysteries on the moon The Cassandra Project'

Sci-fi novel offers space race conspiracies

What if we went to the moon before we went to the moon? That is, what if Neil Armstrong wasn't the first?

That's the central conceit of 'The Cassandra Project' (ACE, $25.95), a team-up offering from science fiction mainstays Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick.

The year is 2019. Jerry Culpepper is the main spokesperson for a rapidly deteriorating NASA; the government has been increasingly less interested in funding the sort of blue sky science that the Agency does. The Space Age has lost its luster - the shuttle program is shut down, orbiting space stations are considered boring and the logistics of a manned Mars mission remain inscrutable.

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