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Durand Welsh

Durand Welsh

Durand Welsh

Durand Welsh lives in Sydney, Australia, where he’ll read anything with a spaceship or a sword on the front cover. He always enjoys a good action-filled romp, and given his gimpy knee and lack of private healthcare, it’s probably best for everyone that these only occur in his imagination. His dream is to one day grow a beard, preferably his own.

REVIEW: Dungeons and Daddies Podcast

Tabletop roleplaying is enjoying quite the resurgence of popularity in recent years. Shows such as Stranger Things and Community probably contributed, as did the pandemic in bringing about a recognition that online gaming can...

REVIEW: The Edge of Sleep by Jake Emmanuel and Willie Block

Before it was a novel, The Edge of Sleep by Jake Emmanuel and Willie Block, was one of the best SF podcasts in recent memory. I remember being utterly riveted when I first listened...

REVIEW: The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud

The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud is science fiction, but science fiction of the retro kind, a wistful homage to the outlandish bygone tales of a Mars with a breathable atmosphere, stiff and clanking robots,...

REVIEW: Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro

Ordinary Monsters is a gas-lit fantasy romp primarily set in Victorian England and Scotland, but with side-stops in America and Japan. While the larger setting is not overwhelmingly fantastical – the Victorian elements largely...

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REVIEW: Bystander 27 by Rik Hoskin

Bystander 27 is a superhero novel told from the point-of-view of an everyday man. Jon Hayes is an ordinary Joe, or as ordinary as a Joe can be if he’s an ex-Navy Seal who’s...

REVIEW: Thin Air by Richard Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is best known in the grimdark community for his seminal SF work Altered Carbon, a genre-defying blend of noir detective fiction and high-concept SF. While Altered Carbon featured space opera elements...

REVIEW: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was a hell of a lot of grimdark fun, so it’s an understatement to say I was keen to get my hands on Ravencry, the second instalment in the Raven’s Mark series. Ravencry...

REVIEW: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was one of the best grimdark debuts of last year. With the sequel Ravencry on the horizon, there is no better time to look back at the first book in Ed McDonald’s Raven’s...

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Dragons, fire-fighters, post-collapse America, powered mech suits, robots, ghosts: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby is a heady mash-up of tropes and genres. The novel could loosely be described as a mix of cop drama,...

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson

How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy

Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever is an epic fantasy trilogy first published in 1977. Its titular main character, Thomas Covenant, is from a 20th century town in our world. He’s...