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James Lovegrove

Author of Big Damn Hero

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Works by James Lovegrove

Big Damn Hero (2018) 475 copies
The Age of Ra (2009) 337 copies
The Magnificent Nine (2019) — Author — 286 copies
The Age of Zeus (2010) 253 copies
The Age of Odin (2010) 238 copies
Firefly - The Ghost Machine (2020) — Author — 167 copies
Firefly - Life Signs (2021) — Author — 116 copies
Days (1997) 113 copies
Age of Aztec (2012) 99 copies
The Thinking Engine (2015) 88 copies
Redlaw (2011) 77 copies
Age of Voodoo (2013) 73 copies
The Hope (1990) 72 copies
Age of Shiva (Pantheon) (2014) 56 copies
Escardy Gap (1996) — Author — 52 copies
Untied Kingdom (2003) 50 copies
The Foreigners (2000) — Author — 39 copies
Worldstorm (2000) 38 copies
Provender Gleed (2005) 37 copies
Redlaw: Red Eye (2012) 34 copies
Kill Swap (2007) 26 copies
Leningrad Nights / How The Other Half Lives (2000) — Contributor — 25 copies
Imagined Slights (2002) 24 copies
Age of Heroes (Pantheon) (2016) 24 copies
Berserker (Guardians) (1999) 21 copies
World of Water (Dev Harmer) (2016) 20 copies
Age of Legends (Pantheon) (2019) 19 copies
Wings (2001) 18 copies
Diversifications (2011) 18 copies
The Wingless Boy (2008) 17 copies
Age of Anansi (2012) 17 copies
Cold Keep (2006) 14 copies
The House of Lazarus (2003) 12 copies
Gig (2003) 11 copies
Dead Brigade (Most Wanted) (2007) 10 copies
The Lord of the Void (2010) 10 copies
Ant God (1829) 9 copies
The Clouded World (2008) 8 copies
How the Other Half Lives (1999) 7 copies
The Lord of Fire (2010) 7 copies
GIG - MIK (2011) 6 copies
Computopia (1998) 6 copies
GIG - KIM (2011) 6 copies
Free Runner (2009) 5 copies
The Head (2011) 4 copies
Warsuit 1.0 (Quicksilver) (2012) 4 copies
Empire of Chaos (2009) 4 copies
Angel of War 2 copies
Hand That Feeds (1999) — Author — 2 copies
The Black Phone (2012) 2 copies
Odin Cagi (2014) 1 copy
At One 1 copy
Running 1 copy
Spinn city (2001) 1 copy
Piecework 1 copy
Junk Male 1 copy
Speedstream 1 copy
Bible Basher 1 copy

Associated Works

Michael Moorcock's Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (1994) — Contributor — 394 copies
Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology (2008) — Contributor — 355 copies
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contributor — 222 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures (2005) — Contributor — 98 copies
Wonderland (2019) — Contributor — 87 copies
Dante's Disciples (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
Encounters of Sherlock Holmes (2013) — Contributor — 72 copies
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 67 copies
Moon Shots (1999) — Contributor — 57 copies
We Think, Therefore We Are (2009) — Contributor — 57 copies
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters (2014) — Contributor — 52 copies
Mars Probes (2002) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Web: 2028 (1999) — Contributor — 45 copies
Narrow Houses: Tales of Superstition, Suspense, and Fear (1992) — Contributor — 45 copies
Blue Motel (1994) — Contributor — 43 copies
The End of the Line: An Anthology of Underground Horror (2010) — Contributor — 42 copies
Fables from the Fountain (2011) — Contributor — 42 copies
Constellations (2005) — Contributor — 32 copies
Destination Unknown (1997) — Contributor — 32 copies
Heaven Sent: 18 Glorious Tales of the Angels (1995) — Contributor — 31 copies
Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes (2017) — Contributor — 31 copies
Foursight (2000) — Contributor — 30 copies
British Invasion (2008) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 27 copies
Jupiter Magnified (2002) — Introduction, some editions — 15 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 1 (2004) — Contributor — 14 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 13 copies
Gutshot (2011) — Contributor — 12 copies
Vivisepulture (2011) — Contributor — 9 copies
World War Cthulhu (2013) — Contributor — 8 copies
A Carnivale of Horror (2012) — Contributor — 8 copies
Ainsi soit l'ange : 18 contes entre ciel et terre (1999) — Contributor — 4 copies
Snafu: Black Ops (2016) — Contributor — 4 copies
Hideous Progeny: A Frankenstein Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 3 copies
Scaremongers (1997) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Lovegrove, James Matthew Henry
Other names
Amory, Jay (pseudonym)
Birthdate
1965-12-24
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Lewes, East Sussex, England
Places of residence
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Education
University of Oxford
Occupations
speculative fiction writer
Short biography
James Lovegrove resides with his wife Lou, their son Monty, and their cat Ozzy in a farmhouse in the south-west of England. (2004)

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(M93'12) The Age of Ra, James Lovegrove in World Reading Circle (August 2013)

Reviews

As a long time both comic and MCU lover who has never read any of the novels I was not sure what to expect going into Doctor Strange: Dimension War beyond knowing what comic arc it was a retelling of. As such I had set the bar pretty low and while this was an enjoyable novel, it still somehow didn't quite meet the bar of what I expect with a novel off one of my favorite in the comics.

While all the characters who were involved in the comics in some way played a role in this story about Doctor Strange, from Wong to Dormammu, somehow they all felt a bit flat. As if the dialogue and descriptions had not been fleshed out in advance, and each chapter or situation was being written individually of the rest of the novel. This often lead to the early stages of the novel, I would say about the first half, feeling disconnected from the chapters surrounding it. At about the half way point things started to tie together and the novel at last started to feel as if each chapter was part of a novel and not a standalone serialization of a story.

On the flip side I will add that the story held my despite me knowing, per the comics, the outcome of this story and each characters part in it. The descriptions of magic and places were well done, and the narration from the POV characters when they were just thinking to themself was decently written.

I would pick this up if you love:
- Doctor Strange
- Marvel
- Prefer a novel to Comics
- Have not already read this story in the comics

Over all a novel I would recommend to those I know who love the MCU but don't read comics as a way to learn more about the characters stories.

I received an advance review copy of this book and I am leaving this review voluntarily and all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own and unbiased.
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LadyRamakin | Apr 15, 2024 |
Good reading entertainment is a case of storyline, characters, ideas, originality, etc. Well, in this case there is at best a weak case - if you can excuse the turn of phrase.
An amalgam of various genres there is no clear case of what this is supposed to be a western, science fiction, or perhaps a crime mystery. It doesn’t feel like it is quite at home in either genre. The main characters are cliched and the storyline is quite predictable.
Nevertheless, as a reviewer I always appreciate the effort of an author, after all it I much easier to write a review than a novel.
Also, it is only fair to mention that the second part of the series is much more entertaining.
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nitrolpost | 21 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
Not bad. A bit out of character for Holmes, personally. He seems *very* quick to jump on believing everything. And this also retcons everything rather than adding to it. In this version, all the "official" Holmes stories are mostly made up by Watson to cover up their actual investigations into Lovecraftian horrors. But, as I mentioned before, not a bad read. Might grate a bit if you are a particularly devoted fan of either Lovecraft or Holmes, but for a more casual audience, worth the read.
 
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MrKusabi | 10 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
4.5/5 This SH fan was not disappointed by this novel. Attention was given in keeping the writing style and our beloved Holmes and Watson as close to Doyle's intent as possible. Perhaps Sherlock is a bit more condescending to Watson, but Watson definitely holds his own and his skills as a doctor are needed almost as much as SH's detective skills. A Gothic keep where a supposed Black Thurrick-Krampus demon is running amok, this is a worthy holiday read.
 
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crabbyabbe | 4 other reviews | Dec 17, 2023 |

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