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Bear Head Reviews

Bear Head

Adrian Tchaikovsky

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 8 Jul 2021
ISBN: 9781800241565

In a sequel to Dogs of War, Honey the genetically engineered bear takes a ride in Jimmy the Martian's head and starts a revolution on the Red Planet.

4 stars out of 5
Lisa Tuttle
12 Feb 2021

"Smartly choreographed as it moves between opposing forces on two planets, this is a rousing good read"

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Bear Head (Head of Zeus, £18.99) is a sequel to his Dogs of War, but perfectly comprehensible – and very exciting – without knowledge of the earlier book. Although it is set in a near future when Mars is being converted into a holiday destination for billionaires, and “bioforms” are engineered from animal stock as intelligent instruments of war, some things are familiar: the chief villain is an American politician even more malevolent than a certain recent ex-president. Narrator Jimmy is something of a bioform himself, having undergone physical modifications to survive his construction job on Mars. 


4 stars out of 5
4 Feb 2021

"Funny, appalling, gruesome and uplifting"

Mars is being terraformed for the rich elite by a breed of genetically modified labourers...

Funny, appalling, gruesome and uplifting, (often at the same time), Bear Head is propelled by a cracking plot that balances dystopian satire with a palpable sense of moral peril.


4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
8 Jan 2021

"Terraforming Mars was never so blue-collar"

Honey is on the run from reactionary forces on Earth and is going head to head with President Warner S Thompson, the poster boy of the anti-smart-animals movement. There’s a lot of Trump in Thompson, but no cheap gags; the British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky’s dissection of Thompson’s appeal and ghastly genius is the thoughtful highlight of this unashamedly thrilling escapade. You don’t need to have read Dogs of War to enjoy Bear Head — but why deny yourself the pleasure?