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The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo (book review).

September 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo (book review).

George RR Martin is of course best known for his series of fantasy novels widely known as the ‘Game Of Thrones’ universe thanks to the popular television show of that name. But before he’d written even the first of these novels, he’d written a number of other books including a children’s story called ‘The Ice […]

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Noche Roja by Simon Oliver and Jason Latour (graphic novel review).

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Noche Roja by Simon Oliver and Jason Latour (graphic novel review).

‘Noche Roja’ (English translation: ‘Red Night’) is a graphic novel take on the classic hard-boiled, film noir detective genre, but this time set on the Mexican-American border at some vaguely unspecified 1970s/1980s point in time. A number of young Mexican women have been found dead and horribly mutilated, but local law enforcement seems to have […]

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Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon (book review)

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon   (book review)

Robert McCammon has been turning out horror-slash-dark fantasy novels since the late 1970s, mostly standalone works but, in recent years, with the accent on the continuing use of certain characters within their own discrete worlds. Such is the case with ‘Freedom Of The Mask’, the sixth book to feature Matthew Corbett, a 17th century sleuth […]

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Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

‘Zero-G’ is a brisk SF thriller that essentially transfers the traditional murder-mystery setting from a remote mansion house into a space station, but with a post-apocalyptic twist that helps to raise the stakes sky high. It’s a sequel to Boffard’s 2015 novel ‘Tracer’ and it plays to his proven strengths: believable characters, plenty of action […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

As the dustcover blurb proudly proclaims, Clive Barker was once hailed as the ‘future of horror’ by none other than Stephen King and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the two writers. For example, while both men have had careers defined by their written fiction, both have seen some of their stories turned […]

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Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald   (book review)

Kathryn Kurtz’s ‘Deryni’ series of books passed me by, it has to be admitted, but having come across one or two references to them elsewhere, I had hoped that this reference guide to the series might form a useful introduction. Alas, that was not the case, but that particular failing shouldn’t be seen as a […]

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The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen   (book review)

‘The Science Of Discworld IV’ follows along the tradition established by previous Discworld ‘Science Of…’ books by contrasting our magically-created world, known as Roundworld, with the real world, which is, of course, the Discworld. But it’s also an in-universe piece of fiction, chronicling the debates held by the wizards and scholars of the Discworld at […]

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Black Wings Of Cthulhu 3 edited by S.T. Joshi (book review)

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black Wings Of Cthulhu 3 edited by S.T. Joshi   (book review)

Despite its title, this third volume of short stories from the ‘Black Wings Of Cthulhu’ series has very little to do with the Cthulhu Mythos and is very much more about the literary genre that editor S.T. Joshi refers to as ‘cosmic terror’. In other words, the stories in this collection are more about the […]

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An Apprentice To Elves (Iskryne book 3) by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (book review).

October 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
An Apprentice To Elves (Iskryne book 3) by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (book review).

In all honesty, ‘An Apprentice To Elves’ by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear was a disappointment for me. Without being familiar with the previous two volumes in the ‘Iskryne’ series, all I had to go on was the publisher’s blurb that included ideas about elves and men, as well as the protagonist’s obviously Anglo-Saxon name, […]

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Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box Booklet by Steve Mockus (book and model review)

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box Booklet by Steve Mockus   (book and model review)

The publicity blurb of ‘Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box’ accompanying this figurine and booklet describe Cthulhu as a ‘signature character’ who is as ‘emblematic for Lovecraft fans’ in the same way as ‘Darth Vader is for Star Wars’. But, in all honesty, I think that’s missing the point. Except for a single short story, […]

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