Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

A fun music mockumentary in the vein of This Is Spinal Tip (my favourite comedy), setting its targets on pop music of the day, and the tacky films the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry build around their careers. There are a lot of gags here, and not every one hits, but more than…

Men of Greywater Station (1976) by George R. R. Martin

Fascinating story, with a fascinating ending. Fans of Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” might find the boggy Greywater Station reminding them of the boggy Greywater Watch in Westeros. It’s pretty heavy on the exposition, but there’s a fair bit of wacky conceptual stuff here so it didn’t bother me overmuch. One of those…

The Hero (1971) by George R. R. Martin

A short but sweet story from the early writing days of George R. R. Martin. Martin shows his gift for quick, effective, yet deep characterisation here, and the story is also really neat conceptually. Has a lot of the interesting, tricky moral situations he’d later be known for too. I give it three hrangans, and…

Deus Ex: Icarus Effect (2011) by James Swallow

It’s pretty rare for a video game tie-in novel to be particularly worthwhile, and this is unfortunately no exception. It’s competently written, there are no glaring errors or anything, but it’s undercooked, underdeveloped, stilted, workmanlike…nothing special, and nothing really pleasant to read. If read purely for insights into to the Deus Ex universe, there’s not…

Deus Ex: The Fall (2013)

Deus Ex: The Fall is a really odd game. It’s the first in a series that never eventuated. It’s part adaptation, part sequel to a spin-off prequel novel (see my review of that book, Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, here). It’s a mobile game running off an engine intended for PC/360/PS3, later adapted to PC. It introduces characters that don’t…

Deus Ex: Fallen Angel (2011) by James Swallow

A very slight short story, offering some characterisation to fan favourite Faridah Malik from Deus Ex: Human Revolution (no vital development, and the game offers plenty more), as well as some background to a memorable side quest set in Hengsha. It’s more a teaser than a significant story in its own right. Not unenjoyable, but…