Scifi

X MARKS THE SPOT: END OF AUGUST (book conversions).

X MARKS THE SPOT: END OF AUGUST (book conversions).

Hardback to small enlarged paperback The Martian by Andy Weir (pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books. 369 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-09195-14-1) check out websites: www.delreyuk.com and www.galactanet.com/, released: 28 August 2014

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Shockwave, Darkside (movie review).

Shockwave, Darkside (movie review).

Here’s the official blurb for new scifi war movie Shockwave, Darkside . . . It is the last, great war. Out of the wreckage of a troop transport, five soldiers on the way to battle find themselves stranded on the dark side of the moon. Cut off and behind enemy lines, they start a dangerous journey through […]

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Sisterhood Of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (book review).

Sisterhood Of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (book review).

There are lots of ‘Dune’ books now. I read the originals by Frank Herbert up to ‘God Emperor Of Dune’ but gave up on the next one half-way through, bored with the complicated plot. Brian, son of Frank, has since teamed up with Kevin J. Anderson to write many more, which I’ve avoided on the […]

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Japanese animation or anime is a huge successful and very diverse multimedia industry. As Jonathan Clements says himself in ‘Anime: A History’, it is a ‘medium’ rather than a genre. This book is based on Clements PHD doctorate and is a highly detailed discussion on the history of animation, predominately in Japan and its spread […]

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Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (trailer).

Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (trailer).

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, he joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s […]

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The Wind Rises (2013) film review by Mark R. Leeper.

The Wind Rises (2013) film review by Mark R. Leeper.

Japanese cult animation director Hayao Miyazaki makes his final film before retiring, a fictionalised biography of the aircraft designer who gave Japan the Zero fighter plane. The story is okay, but not really compelling. What is more engaging is the view of life in Japan between the World Wars and Miyazaki’s take on international politics. […]

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TV

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek by Steven Moffat and Phil Ford (TV review).

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek by Steven Moffat and Phil Ford (TV review).

When you read my editorial tomorrow where there is a discussion on ethics, you’ll be wondering if I knew anything about this story in advance. I’m a precog not a time traveller. For the record, I wrote the original editorial draft a couple weeks ago and was just finishing the final polish today. Be careful: […]

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Doctor Who – ‘Deep Breath – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

Doctor Who – ‘Deep Breath – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

Type ‘Doctor Who Deep Breath review’ into Google and it currently has 138,000 results. By the time you read this the number will likely be more. Reviews began popping-up once the leaked unfinished version appeared online ready to download. This isn’t the only review on this site, if you’d like a spoiler-free review then I […]

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Deep Breath by Steven Moffat (TV review).

Doctor Who: Deep Breath by Steven Moffat (TV review).

As with previous years, don’t expect me to go too spoiler, there’s enough other sites doing that, even in the brief hour after the first of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the next regeneration of the Doctor. This review is more to do with impressions having watched the first extended episode. What is most surprising is […]

August 23, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

Culture

Akira Kurosawa:  Samurai Collection (Blu-ray review).

Akira Kurosawa: Samurai Collection (Blu-ray review).

Akira Kurosawa was one of the world’s greatest film directors. Mention Japanese film directors to anyone and they will immediately say Kurosawa and ask them to name one of his works and they will undoubtedly come up with ‘The Seven Samurai’. To write about him would take not just a book but several volumes, so […]

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Writing Subtext by Linda Seger (book review).

Writing Subtext by Linda Seger (book review).

In many respects, subtext is an inner or double meaning more than what is said. As author Linda Seger says in her book, ‘Writing Subtext’, it allows for deeper implications that the viewer can take on-board when watching a film to give a bit more depth without taking more time. With film time being precious, […]

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Editorial – Aug 2014:  Like us but not so different.

Editorial – Aug 2014: Like us but not so different.

Like us but not so different. Hello everyone The popularity of the various aliens who study humans is always used as an opportunity for the outsider to safely make comment on society without the writer getting into trouble doing so in films and TV. Right back to the days of Klattau in ‘The Day The […]

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Science

The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

Last year, I reviewed ‘The Joy Of Chemistry’ and this year, it’s their book ‘The Chemistry Of Alchemy’ by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite. If you thought that this would be purely a history of alchemy, then you’ll be in for a surprise. Like their other book, this is more of a […]

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Curiosity by Rod Pyle (book review).

Curiosity by Rod Pyle (book review).

No, ‘Curiosity’ isn’t about why you puzzle over things. The cover and the sub-title, ‘An Inside Look At The Mars Rover Mission And The People Who Made It Happen’ should give instant clarification and that it’s the name of the vehicle currently on Mars. More amazingly, considering that it’s two years since the Mars landing, […]

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

As always with non-fiction books, you should always pay attention to the sub-title even it would make the main title bar too big if included. Such is the case with Dennis R. Trumble’s book, ‘The Way Of Science’ and ‘Finding Truth And Meaning In A Scientific Worldview’. Basically that translates into how science rules the […]

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Books

X MARKS THE SPOT: END OF AUGUST (book conversions).

X MARKS THE SPOT: END OF AUGUST (book conversions).

Hardback to small enlarged paperback The Martian by Andy Weir (pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books. 369 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-09195-14-1) check out websites: www.delreyuk.com and www.galactanet.com/, released: 28 August 2014

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Legion Of Super-Heroes Volume 3: Fatal Five by Paul Levitz, Francis Portela and Scott Kolins (graphic novel review).

Legion Of Super-Heroes Volume 3: Fatal Five by Paul Levitz, Francis Portela and Scott Kolins (graphic novel review).

The literal final volume of ‘The New 52’ version of ‘The Legion Of Super-Heroes’ is an all out confrontation between the LSH and the Fatal Five, probably their most dangerous opponents. Tharok, their leader, has hit the United Planets where it hurts, their technology, and turned their quantum connectors against them, giving the LSH an […]

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Legion Of Super-Heroes Volume 2: The Dominators by Paul Levitz, Francis Portela and Scott Kolins (graphic novel review).

Legion Of Super-Heroes Volume 2: The Dominators by Paul Levitz, Francis Portela and Scott Kolins (graphic novel review).

Having only recently heard that DC Comics had cancelled ‘The New 52’ version of ‘The Legion Of Super-Heroes’ last year through lack of sales, I thought I ought to have a look at their last two of three collected volumes before these, too, vanished into the winds of time. It seems today’s younger audience never […]

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Recent Articles

Tomorrow, The Killing (A Low Town Novel book 2) by Daniel Polansky (book review).

Tomorrow, The Killing (A Low Town Novel book 2) by Daniel Polansky (book review).

Warden used to be a soldier, serving under highborn men who often left their men to risk their lives while they took home the glory. Roland was one of the better ones, a man who fought alongside his troops and tried to make things better. But Roland was murdered years ago and now his sister […]

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The Clown Service by Guy Adams (book review).

The Clown Service by Guy Adams (book review).

Toby hasn’t been getting along very well in the Secret Intelligence Service, especially as he’s trying to hide the panic attacks and PTSD after his time in the Middle East. Reassignment to the mysterious Section 37 may be an attempt to get him out of the way but Toby soon realises this is a place […]

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A Natural History Of Dragons: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

A Natural History Of Dragons: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

As a young girl, Isabella was fascinated with scientific pursuits, particularly anatomy. Unfortunately, dissecting pigeons to see how they worked was considered most unladylike and definitely not the way to win the heart of an eligible young man. However, the prospects of a good marriage were not enough to distract Isabella and her interest in […]

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