Scifi

Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook   (book review)

Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook (book review)

‘Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press’ is a selection of stories from the various anthologies put out by Elastic Press in its short but interesting life. In his introduction, editor Andrew Hook, who ran the Press, defines the genre category as ‘slipstream’. That basically means anything goes. Listed below are some that went well for […]

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Phantaxis: Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine – August 2017   (magazine review)

Phantaxis: Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine – August 2017 (magazine review)

I’m a bit late with this review of the August 2017 ‘Phantaxis Quarterly’ because I got bogged down in other reading, for which I’m sorry. Anyway, it was as good as I expected with stories covering a wide range of Science Fiction and fantasy themes. For a wonder, there’s more Science Fiction than fantasy! The […]

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Anime & Manga

Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

‘Monster Hunt’ is a Chinese comedy film that is part-live action and part-animation. Telling the story of a human man who gives birth to the new monster king, it is a light-hearted martial arts romp with an endearing fantasy slant to it. Having been successful in its native China, it has now been released on […]

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The geek heaven that is Akihabara, Tokyo.

The geek heaven that is Akihabara, Tokyo.

In this video, Chris Broad brings us an exclusive behind the scenes look at the geek uber-heaven that exists only in the Akihabara area of Tokyo. Well, when I say “us” and “exclusive”, he uploaded it to his Youtube channel and we embedded it here for your general geeking anime and manga delight. Thanks, Chris. Akihabara […]

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TV

Good Omens TV show crews up again.

Good Omens TV show crews up again.

Good Omens, the forthcoming fantasy TV series for Amazon and BBC Two has cast young actor Sam Taylor Buck as Adam Young, the reluctant Antichrist, in the television adaptation of the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett which began shooting in London this week. Joining Sam Taylor Buck in the Them, the group […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Thunderbirds Are Go Official Guidebook   (book review)

Thunderbirds Are Go Official Guidebook (book review)

I’ve spoken in the past about the quality of Japanese books, especially when it comes down to their love of the Century 21 product. This also extends to the latest CGI version. I came across this book, ‘Thunderbirds Are Go Official Guidebook’, some time ago but had to figure out how to find one being […]

September 20, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – Sept 2017: Information indigestion.

Editorial – Sept 2017: Information indigestion.

Hello everyone How good are you at remembering things you’ve read on the Internet? Every day we read or probably just glance at a lot of material on the Net but how much do we really remember? Any website that classifies as Favourites you save to menu so you don’t even have to remember where […]

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Make Some Noise: Sound Effects Recording For Teens by Ric Viers (book review).

Make Some Noise: Sound Effects Recording For Teens by Ric Viers (book review).

OK, in recent reviews of film books, we’ve covered many topics but not this one in as much detail. Ric Viers is a sound effects specialist and with this book, ‘Make Some Noise: Sound Effects Recording For Teens’, he is going to describe how to create the noises needed for films to be dubbed in. […]

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More

Science

The Forgotten Genius Of Oliver Heaviside by Basil Mahon (book review).

The Forgotten Genius Of Oliver Heaviside by Basil Mahon (book review).

In many respects, Basil Mahon’s book ‘The Forgotten Genius Of Oliver Heaviside’ covers practically everyone related to the invention and use of electricity outside of the USA. Mahon mentions the likes of Wheatstone, whom Heaviside was related to William Thomson (not stated as Lord Kelvin except with his photo) to James Maxwell and Heinrich Hertz […]

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The Joy Of Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier (book review).

The Joy Of Mathematics by Alfred S. Posamentier (book review).

I like covering maths books from time to time and this one is going to be useful for you and your sprogs. You’re not only shown how to do it but the algebraic formulas so you can apply the sums quickly. There’s a lot to digest here but if you learn only a few of […]

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Books

The Art Of Frozen by Charles Solomon  (book review)

The Art Of Frozen by Charles Solomon (book review)

Despite the film ‘Frozen’ coming out in 2013, I only saw it on TV last Yuletide, mostly turned away by all the hype surrounding it, not to mention me thinking I probably wasn’t the target audience. I was pleasantly surprised, not to mentioning realising it was the plot of ‘The Snow Queen’ at how good […]

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The Blacker The Ink: Construction Of Black Identity In Comics And Sequential Art edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings  (book review)

The Blacker The Ink: Construction Of Black Identity In Comics And Sequential Art edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings (book review)

Just in case you don’t know what ‘The Blacker The Ink’ edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings subject matter is concerned with, I included the sub-title, ‘Construction Of Black Identity In Comics And Sequential Art’. In other words, the presence of our dark-skinned kin in the comicbooks. Don’t expect this book to be comprehensive […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Doctor Who: Survival: music by Dominic Glyn   (CD review)

Doctor Who: Survival: music by Dominic Glyn (CD review)

It felt rather weird having a CD from the near beginning of ‘Doctor Who’ with the Daleks and then this one, ‘Doctor Who: Survival’ by Dominic Glyn from the end of the original run together, although the release date for each was weeks apart. You couldn’t get more of a contrast in how composers had […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Punisher (trailer for Netflix TV series).

The Punisher (trailer for Netflix TV series).

Here’s the trailer for the new Netflix TV series based on the Punisher comic-books. After taking revenge on the criminal gangs he thought responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. He soon finds himself in the target scopes of […]

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