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Bottled Scorpions: For Want of a Nail… by Robert Sobel

“What if the American War of Independence had failed?” is one of the great stock prompts for alternate history writers, but For Want of a Nail… If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga (1973) is undoubtedly one of the most unique … Continue reading

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Old England: Pavane, by Keith Roberts

It has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to Pavane. Back when I was getting into alternate history in my callow high school days , I assimilated this idea that Pavane was one of the three great … Continue reading

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The Mannikin’s Pagent: The House of Small Shadows, by Adam Nevill

This is my second attempt to sample the work of Adam Nevill, one of the new stars of Britain’s literary horror scene. My first experience with him was with Apartment 16, a novel that seemed to have everything I could … Continue reading

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Before the Rows, the Lens: Experimental Film, by Gemma Files

I’ve been having trouble finding something to read for a while. I’d started this year intending to reread some of my old favorites, but every time I tried I couldn’t focus on them and just ended up drifting off again … Continue reading

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I Should Have Saved That Pun For This: The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Book One: Deus lo Vult

When I said I wanted to start reading alternate history stories again back in January, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind. About a month ago, I was browsing a small hole-in-the-wall forum and was intrigued by a few … Continue reading

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The Girl In The Iceberg: Anna Kavan’s Ice

While the concept was based on dodgy science from the 1960s that was later disproven, I have a special place in my heart for stories about apocalyptic ice ages. A large part of it is simply due to my own … Continue reading

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Spooktober Special: House of Psychotic Women

With October again upon us, the time has come for the seasonal tradition of Spooktober to begin once more. This year, however, I’m going to be doing something rather different. Rather than delve into a bunch of horror-themed things, I … Continue reading

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(Repost) Entering a Radiant State, Part II

Originally posted on One Last Sketch:
Stalin, Stalin, wherefore art thou Stalin? Part I Alasdair: But even the Lodka cannot outrun Rizhin forever. As Lom searches the abandoned Lodka for Chazia’s secret archive, he is followed inside by Rizhin’s police…

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(Repost) Entering a Radiant State, Part I

Originally posted on One Last Sketch:
There is only the future At long last, we’re down to the last volume in Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Empire trilogy, 2015’s Radiant State, and Alasdair Czyrnyj’s back for another round of discussion. Six years…

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(Repost) All that’s Left is Truth and Fear, Part II

Originally posted on One Last Sketch:
Part I Nukes are Kind of Magic Michal: Higgins is very clear that the introduction of nuclear weapons represents a cosmic-scale shift in humankind’s relationship with the supernatural. Up until this point, the citizens…

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