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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy lives in the west country and grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, lots of other old SF and Marvel Comics. After many years hard labour he has settled down to a quiet life with a nice lady, two rescue dogs and four ducks. He writes reviews for crowsnest and a few short stories, some of which even get published in obscure magazines. His self-published (Beware!) horror novel 'Arnos Hell' set in a Bristol graveyard is available on Amazon as a kindle book. His YA novelette 'The Brigstowe Dragons' will be published shortly by Alban Lake. He seldom blogs at https://eamonnmurphyblog.wordpress.com/

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The Can Opener’s Daughter (book 2) by Rob Davis (graphic novel review)

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Can Opener’s Daughter (book 2) by Rob Davis  (graphic novel review)

I enjoyed ‘The Can Opener’s Daughter’ by Rob Davis but it is one weird graphic novel. Mind you, men wearing their underpants on the outside to fight criminals in New York are weird, too, but we are used to super-heroes. Just as Radio can be used for the ‘Today Programme’ or ‘The Goons’, so comics, […]

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Trish Trash: Rollergirl Of Mars Vol. 1 by Jessica Abel (graphic novel review)

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trish Trash: Rollergirl Of Mars Vol. 1 by Jessica Abel   (graphic novel review)

‘Trish Trash: Rollergirl Of Mars’ is a graphic novel by Jessica Abel with background and design by Lydia Roberts and colours by Walter. I’m not sure what background and design means. With 64 pages, it’s quite a thin hardcover edition but a very nice one and I guess you’re paying for those lush production costs. […]

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Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (book review)

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois   (book review)

This bumper collection has the theme of dangerous women but is not genre specific so there are all sorts of stories from westerns to fantasies. Most of them are long, thirty to forty pages so would be classed as novelettes or novellas depending on your taste. Most of them are by productive if not famous […]

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Machine Man Paperback by Tom Defalco, Herbe Trimpe and Barry Windsor-Smith (graphic novel review).

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Machine Man Paperback by Tom Defalco, Herbe Trimpe and Barry Windsor-Smith (graphic novel review).

I was telling my dear brother about ‘Machine Man: The Complete Collection’ by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko. ‘Complete?’ said he. ‘So it’s got the Barry Smith stuff as well?’ No, I admitted. In fact the ‘Complete Collection’ is quite incomplete as it doesn’t have the stories from Kirby’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ neither but, […]

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Machine Man: The Complete Collection by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko (graphic novel).

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Machine Man: The Complete Collection by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko (graphic novel).

The first thing to say is that this ‘complete collection’ isn’t. ‘Machine Man’ originally featured in Jack Kirby’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ stories which may never be reprinted because of copyright issues, alas. He’s also reappeared in a mini-series illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith in 1984 and another one in 1999 where he was turned into […]

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Tales From The Crypt Vol. 3 # 1 (comicbook review)

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tales From The Crypt Vol. 3  # 1   (comicbook review)

In the tradition of EC Comics, ‘Tales From The Crypt’ has been raised from the dead by the Papercutz’ Super Genius imprint and promises to deliver horror unfit for children, so be warned. As in days of yore, the tales are hosted by the Crypt-Keeper, the Old Witch and the Vault-Keeper. The Crypt-Keeper introduces the […]

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The Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Nine (magazine review).

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Jack Kirby Collection Sixty-Nine (magazine review).

‘The Jack Kirby Collector Sixty-Nine’ is the usual mix with a few interesting articles, a few minor pieces about Kirby trivia, many accolades for Jack and lots of lovely pictures. In ‘Prospeak’, Steve Sherman, Mike Royer, Joe Sinnott and Lisa Kirby discuss Kirby. ‘Jack F.A.Q.’s’ is the conversation of a Comic-Con tribute panel on which […]

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Essential Doctor Strange Volume 2 by Roy Thomas, Dan Adkins and Gene Colan (graphic novel review)

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Essential Doctor Strange Volume 2 by Roy Thomas, Dan Adkins and Gene Colan  (graphic novel review)

‘Essential Doctor Strange Volume 2’ is similar to the second half of Volume 1 in that it’s more piecemeal with several different creative teams at the helm. Volume 1 had a long stretch of Steve Ditko to establish the character, beginning with five page tales and slowly stretching to ten and then to long continued […]

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Uncanny Magazine #13 (emag review).

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine #13 (emag review).

‘Uncanny’ is a magazine of fantasy and Science Fiction that also features author interviews and non-fiction essays. Fiction first then. ‘Don’t You Worry, You Aliens’ by Paul Cornell has no aliens, no plot, no conflict and no point. It’s a description of a man in a town by himself because everyone else has left. We […]

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The Shame Trilogy by Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton (book review).

October 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Shame Trilogy by Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton (book review).

‘The Shame Trilogy’ is a fantasy graphic novel written by Lovern Kindzierski and art by John Bolton. Mother Virtue is an ugly old lady but full of goodness and everyone in the village likes her, especially the children, who she loves in return. Sadly, she has never had a child of her own. One night, […]

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