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World War X – Volume 1 by Jerry Frissen & Peter Snejbjerg (graphic novel review).

April 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
World War X – Volume 1 by Jerry Frissen & Peter Snejbjerg (graphic novel review).

You know you’ve had a bad day at work when you awaken an ancient evil. I mean, sure, you could be late for a meeting or forget the boss’s birthday, but right at the top there’s awakening an ancient evil. Now imagine you did it on the Moon. This is the situation that scientists find […]

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The Empire Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 1) by David Wingrove (book review).

April 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Empire Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 1) by David Wingrove (book review).

What does a Time War look like? If you’re ‘Doctor Who’ then it look likes a bunch of golden flying saucers attacking an orange planet with lasers and explosions. Thankfully, David Wingrove’s excellent novel ‘The Empire Of Time’ is a little more subtle, but no less exciting, as it describes a conflict between German and […]

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Judge Dredd: Year One Omnibus by Matt Smith, Michael Carroll and Al Ewing (graphic novel).

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd: Year One Omnibus by Matt Smith, Michael Carroll and Al Ewing (graphic novel).

‘Judge Dredd: Year One’ is an omnibus of three novellas, each detailing a separate case from the Dredd’s first year on the streets of Mega-City One. It gives the reader a unique perspective on the Judge that was only really presented during the ‘2000AD’ story ‘Origins’. Otherwise, Dredd’s story has been told from about the […]

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Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide by Daniel Wallace (book review).

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide by Daniel Wallace (book review).

The fourth in Daniel Wallace’s ‘in-universe’ guides to the ‘Star Wars’ universe, the ‘Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide’ is unique for two reasons. Firstly, it was originally published in a now sold-out Collector’s Box version and secondly, it was one of the last books to sneak non-canon material out under the ‘Star Wars’ brand name. […]

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Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop by Katrina Pallant and Szokolai Dergely (book review).

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop by Katrina Pallant and Szokolai Dergely (book review).

On New Year’s Eve, prior to a glass of champagne, I sat down with my nephew, Freddie, and attempted Egmont’s fun ‘Star Wars R2D2’s Droid Workshop – Build Your Own R2D2’. This is a neat Star Wars activity book with plenty to entertain any young fan of the Force. My nephew is seen and so […]

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Doctor Who: Last Christmas by John Rivers (TV review).

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Last Christmas by John Rivers (TV review).

You’ll find the spoiler-filled review of ‘Last Christmas’ below, so if you haven’t seen the 2014 ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’, I suggest you take a read of Geoff’s excellent review here: http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-last-christmas-by-steven-moffat-doctor-who-review/. Otherwise check under your bed before proceeding… ‘Last Christmas’ or to call it by its proper title: ‘Doctor Who’s Big Movie And Self-Referencing […]

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Gallow: The Crimson Shield (book 1) by Nathan Hawke (book review).

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gallow: The Crimson Shield (book 1) by Nathan Hawke (book review).

‘Gallow: The Crimson Shield’ by Nathan Hawke is a violent hack and slash romp that may take place in a fictional land but is clearly based on the Viking incursions of antiquity. The eponymous hero, Gallow, is a Lhosir who has chosen to live among a foreign people called the Marroc. The Lhosir once invaded […]

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Doctor Who: ‘Death In Heaven’ by John Rivers (TV review) (Doctor Who review).

November 12, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Doctor Who: ‘Death In Heaven’ by John Rivers  (TV review) (Doctor Who review).

It’s all over, the final episode of the eighth series of ‘Doctor Who’ ‘Death In Heaven’ has aired. If you haven’t seen it then please check out Geoff’s review here: http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-death-in-heaven-by-steven-moffat-doctor-who-review/. SERIOUSLY don’t read on if you haven’t seen it! If however, you have watched ‘Death In Heaven’, then read on or face deletion… ‘Doctor […]

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The Future King: The Waking World by Tom Huddleston (book review).

November 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Future King: The Waking World by Tom Huddleston (book review).

‘The Waking World’ by Tom Huddlestone is a fantasy Young Adult novel that tells the story of Aran, a young boy whose father, a local Lord, wants him to run the family farm. Aran, though, dreams of adventure and believes himself to be something greater. When reports of sea-faring marauders attacking villages and taking slaves […]

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The Drawing Of The Dark by Tim Powers (book review).

November 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Drawing Of The Dark by Tim Powers (book review).

Alcohol. As Homer Simpson put it, ‘The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.’ For Irish mercenary Brian Duffy, tasked with keeping the peace in an inn in Vienna, alcohol or rather the Hertzwestern beer that is brewed there is his key problem. Not only does the beer give him the strangest visions, […]

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