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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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Dodger’s Guide To London by Terry Pratchett (book review).

September 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dodger’s Guide To London by Terry Pratchett (book review).

By way of an accompaniment to Terry Pratchett’s comic novel ‘Dodger’, this little book, ‘Dodger’s Guide To London’, describes the world of the eponymous guttersnipe from the perspective of those inhabiting the lower echelons of Victorian society. As such, it’s part-history book, part-literary guidebook, Pratchett’s fictional interpretation of nineteenth century London freely mixing actual historical […]

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By Your Command 2: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 2 by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore (book review).

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
By Your Command 2: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 2 by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore (book review).

Where the first volume, ‘By Your Command: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 1’, covered the two original series alongside the general themes and development of the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ universe, this second volume, By Your Command: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 2’ focuses on the very successful reimagining […]

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The Clockwork Sky Volume 2 by Madeleine Rosca (book review).

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Clockwork Sky Volume 2 by Madeleine Rosca (book review).

‘The Clockwork Sky’ has Australian author and artist Madeleine Rosca mixing the traditional Manga conventions with the fundamentals of steampunk style, producing something that’s definitely fun and easy to read. There’s no great depth to what’s here and certainly none of the darkness and edginess that characterises a lot of what comes out of the […]

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God Is Dead Volume One by Jonathan Hickman, Mike Costa and Di Amorim (graphic novel review).

March 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
God Is Dead Volume One by Jonathan Hickman, Mike Costa and Di Amorim (graphic novel review).

Bringing together the first six parts of the ongoing ‘God Is Dead’ series, there’s a lot to encourage this reader to pick up the next collected volume. The premise is an interesting one, a world where the old gods have come back to the Earth in expectation of dominion and sacrifice. The different pantheons divide […]

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