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Place of birth: Cardiff, Wales
Now living: Bridgend, Wales

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Allan Fisher's 23 reviews

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with th...

8.8/10

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The Player of Games by Iain M Banks (A Culture Novel)

The Culture – a human/machine symbiotic society – has thrown up many great players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy.Iain M Banks second novel is the story of Jernau Morat Gurgeh, a genius of all the games The Culture has to offer. A master of strategy and a m...

8.6/10

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Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks (A Culture Novel)

The war raged across the Galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed.Consider Phlebas tells the story of Horza Gobuchul, a changer, and his crew of mercenaries, both human and machine. There is a war between the Indirians, who fight for their faith and religion, and The Culture, a society run by machines. Within The Culture the h...

8.0/10

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The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham (War with the Mein)

With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest to realize their fates - and perhaps right ancient wrongs once and for all. As The Sacred Band begins, one of them, Queen C...

9.2/10

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The Beginning of Sorrows by Walter E Mark (The Sixth World of Men)

The Avengers are loose. Do they have anything to do with the prophecy concerning the twelfth? On the brink of the twelfth, a few dream dreams. What do they mean? Do the dreams hold the key to the prophesied crisis? The reactions seen with in the sixth world of men are varied. Some believe the prophecy, while others reject it as folly. Some whisp...

9.0/10

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams

As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperi...

7.0/10

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II by Haden Blackman

The end of the story in the hugely popular game The Force Unleashed left the Star Wars galaxy poised at the brink of civil war. But before that can happen, the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader, have another plan already in play. The author of the original game, Haden Blackman, returns with a new story of treachery, deception, and the mani...

6.0/10

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Paths of Intimate Contention by Walter E Mark (The Sixth World of Men)

What has he done to her? She would never agree to that unless he had done something horrible to her. Degmer just knows that Neaotomo had done something to Laysa while she was away. Then she sees how nicely Neaotomo is treating Laysa and how rudely he is treating her. Could Laysa really be cooperating with Neaotomo as he says? In Paths of Intimat...

9.0/10

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Elfhunter by CS Marks (A Tale Of Alterra, The World That Is)

Elfhunter is the first of the tales of Alterra, The World That Is. It concerns the quest of an unlikely pair of heroines, Gaelen and Nelwyn, who are Wood-elves of the Greatwood Forest. They are hunter-scouts in the realm of King Ri-Aruin, and they have sworn to protect their woodland home, but they are drawn into a quest to defend all the Elves ...

8.8/10

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The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham (War with the Mein)

The apocalyptic struggle against the conquering Mein has ended and a victorious Corinn Akaran reigns over the Acacian Empire of the known world. Bolstered by her growing mastery of the forbidding, sorcerous powers contained in the BOOK OF ELENET, she rules with an iron hand.The Other Lands follows on nine years after the events of the exc...

9.4/10

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Iron Angel by Alan Campbell (Deepgate Codex Trilogy)

The chained city of Deepgate is now in ruins, and the spine militia are trying to halt the exodus of panicking citizens with brutal force. Rachel and the angel Dill are dragged off to the Temple torture chambers, but strange things start to happen as a foul red mist rises from the abyss beneath the city....Alan Campbell continues...

8.5/10

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games)

I came to the Hunger Games series late in its popularity. Way late. Less than a month's time to the release of the highly anticipated film adaptation (an adaptation written in part by Suzanne Collins herself, one of the credited writers of the script) and I've known about the series less than a year, and having only read the series a few...

9.1/10

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A Beacon of Hope by Walter E Mark (The Sixth World of Men)

On the surface, the sixth world of men is a glorious world. It is a world of great technological advancement. It is a world that has been at peace for a hundred years. While the world known as Kosundo by its inhabitants goes about its usual business, an ancient prophesy ominously predicts that the time of the soulless has come.This is Wal...

8.9/10

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Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay)

Dorian Frey is the roguish captain of the Ketty Jay and leader of a small and highly dysfunctional group of layabouts. Frey and his gang run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves, all the while avoiding the Coalition Navy frigates.Retribution Falls begins the tales of the Ketty ...

8.9/10

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The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (Maximum Ride)

These children don't need broomsticks to fly...Six children Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel have been genetically experimented upon and now have avian DNA running through their blood, leaving them 98% human and 2% bird. This allows them to fly and possess super human strength, along with other unusual traits. Max...

8.4/10

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Dante's Journey by JC Marino

A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante steps through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world – Hell itself.Firstly I would like to say this is a fantastic book in the dark fantasy genre. It is from first time author JC Marino. However, the blurb on the book’s cover do...

9.4/10

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Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt)

The armies of the Wasp Empire are on the march, and first to feel their might will be the city of Tark, which is even now preparing for siege.The second book in the Shadows of the Apt series tells of the continuing adventures of Stenwold, Che, Tisamon, Tybisa, Salma, Totho and a host of others, and their battles against the Wasp ...

9.2/10

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Shadowmagic by John Lenahan

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.Shadowmagic tells the tale of Connor an ordinary teenager, or so he thinks. Connor has a one handed father who is well versed in ancient languages and a bit eccentric. One day a knock is heard on the front door and two Celtic warri...

8.5/10

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn)

What if the Dark Lord won?The Final Empire, the first book in a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, is a tale of a subjugated people known as the Skaa, and their fight for freedom against a seemingly invincible God known as the Lord Ruler. The Lord Ruler has ruled this world for a thousand years through his Inquisitors and Obligators. ...

9.0/10

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Scar Night by Alan Campbell (Deepgate Codex Trilogy)

Scar Night features a world suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless chasm. Only through life and death will you finally discover what lies beneath this dark world as the God Ulcis and the souls of the dead are waiting for you below. This ancient city of Deepgate is home to Dill, the last in a line of Angels, who is under the protection o...

7.0/10

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Acacia by David Anthony Durham (War with the Mein)

Welcome to the land of Akaran Utopia, or at least that’s what the four Royal children of King Leodan Akaran believe. Unbeknownst to them is the fact that this lifestyle has been bought based on a lie in a world mired in corruption, deception, slavery and drug trafficking and thus begins the basic premise of our Epic story. Throughout the d...

9.3/10

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Day of the Damned by David Gunn (Death's Head series)

Whilst on holiday recently, I picked up the first two Death's Head books by David Gunn, purely based on the quality of the cover and the artwork. All I can say is they were full of graphic violence and sardonic wit and are nothing short of Fun, Fun, Fun! So on to the next instalment 'Day of the Damned.''Lieutenant Sven Tve...

8.4/10

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Halo: The Cole Protocol by Tobias S Buckell

I was interested in reading this after having enjoyed the Eric S Nyland and Joe Staten novels a few years ago. I was looking forward to a different author’s approach. This is a method which has been adopted successfully in ‘The Star Wars Extended Universe’ books and has certainly worked well there. I was also looking forward to...

7.8/10

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