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Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (book review).

June 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (book review).

London has changed. Salamanders scavenge in its alleyways and golden snakes live under floorboards. Most of the city has been bought up by a mysterious group operating from a skyscraper called Angel Tower. Men have become grey worker drones or, worse, criminals and pimps. Women are now housewives, skivvies and prostitutes. The sun always shines […]

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Beowulf: a translation and commentary together with Sellic Spell by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien (book review).

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Beowulf: a translation and commentary together with Sellic Spell by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien (book review).

Words he spake, ‘his mail gleamed upon him, woven like stuff in crafty web by the cunning of smiths: ‘Hail to thee, Hrothgar! I am Hygelac’s kinsman and vassal; on many a renowned deed I ventured in my youth. To me on my native soil the matter of Grendel has become known…’’ So JRR Tolkien […]

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Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (book review).

June 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (book review).

What happens when some smugglers, swindlers, gamblers and the odd Rebel team-up to conduct a heist on high-ranking figure from one of the galaxy’s most notorious crime syndicates? This is the question posed by Timothy Zahn’s novel ‘Star Wars: Scoundrels’, a book that throws Han Solo and Lando Calrissian firmly into the world of ‘Ocean’s […]

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Black Angel (1980) (film review).

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Black Angel (1980) (film review).

Prior to the 1980 release of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, George Lucas wanted an accompanying short film that would be suitable to be viewed alongside his new film, after the short film partnered with ‘Star Wars’ had turned out to be less than inspiring. Lucas turned to his set decorator from ‘Star Wars’ and the […]

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The Eidolon by Libby McGugan (book review).

May 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Eidolon by Libby McGugan (book review).

There are two distinct themes at work in Libby McGugan’s philosophical science thriller ‘The Eidolon’. One is the very interesting relationship between our lives, physics, reality and our spiritual well-being. The other is the influence, whether intentional or not, of seventies SF TV shows. It makes for a thought-provoking and entertaining novel. Robert Strong is […]

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Talus And The Frozen King by Graham Edwards (book review).

May 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Talus And The Frozen King by Graham Edwards (book review).

When the King of Creyak, a remote island in ‘the North’ is found dead, the villagers are thrown into confusion. Regicide is something unthinkable. Could it be the work of the bard Talus and his friend Bran who have recently arrived? This is the mystery presented to the reader at the opening of ‘Talus And […]

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Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (book review).

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Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (book review).

‘Star Wars: Honour Among Thieves’ and includes the short story ‘Silver and Scarlet’, all by James SA Corey now occupies a unique place in ‘Star Wars’ history. It is the last novel to be published by Del Rey within the continuity of the ‘Expanded Universe’. Last month, Lucasfilm announced that the books, outside of the […]

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The Lascar’s Dagger (The Forsaken Lands book 1) by Glenda Larke (book review).

May 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Lascar’s Dagger (The Forsaken Lands book 1) by Glenda Larke (book review).

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the post-war UK experienced a paper shortage in the early 1950s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ was broken up into three books. The unusual move created a viable business model for serialisation in publishing, especially in SF and fantasy, that hadn’t been seen since the end of the 19th […]

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The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (book review).

April 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (book review).

The profile of Loki, the Trickster God, agent of Chaos has never been higher. Thanks to the ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers’ movies from Disney/Marvel and a wickedly enjoyable performance by Tom Hiddleston in those films, we have more awareness of Loki than ever before. It is therefore the perfect time for Gollancz to release what is […]

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The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

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The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

There has been much talk lately of the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movies, with Disney wanting to pursue a similar approach to their work with Marvel in using the ‘Star Wars’ movies as the central point around which they can break-out characters into stories. Debates within ‘Star Wars’ fandom have raged about which characters should deserve […]

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