Speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, thriller – who cares about genres when the writing is as good as in the novels reviewed here.
As the bassist prepares for his Joy of Jazz show, Gwen Ansell unpacks the musician's life and the label “avant-garde”, which he has been linked to.
Following Terry Pratchett's death, Gwen Ansell pays tribute to a writer whose scale of vision and literary skill has made him a legend.
Healthily contaminated, this keenly anticipated science fiction trilogy cannot be neatly categorised.
William Gibson’s 11th novel is a gripping read that explores a world of multiple, branching timelines.
Award-winning debut is a powerful meditation on class, gender, identity and imperial expansionism.
It’s Robin Hobb in John le Carré’s territory, in the spy truism and the paralysing miasma of memories.
Pirate, merc and telepath – all female, but some less convincingly so than others, writes Gwen Ansell.
The role and relevance of Marxism to a wide variety of issues – ranging from democracy to the environment – is explored in a new book.
Book reviews: Fresh contexts for a veteran and a novice result in two very compelling and readable crime thrillers.