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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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Necroscope: The Möbius Murders by Brian Lumley (book review).

February 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Necroscope: The Möbius Murders by Brian Lumley (book review).

‘The Möbius Murders’ is the eighteenth book in the ‘Necroscope’ series featuring Harry Keogh and, as usual, pits the protagonist against a threat that traditional law enforcement can’t handle. But not through lack of effort, though, and one of the interesting things about the ‘Necroscope’ milieu is the interaction between gifted individuals like Harry, the […]

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Tales Of The Primal Land by Brian Lumley (book review).

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tales Of The Primal Land by Brian Lumley (book review).

The three short story collections that make up this volume have all been published before at various times: ‘House Of Cthulhu’, ‘Tarra Khash: Hrossak!’ and ‘Sorcery In Shad’ and the present reviewer has in fact reviewed two of those collections for this very website. As such, it might be expected that this compendium of all […]

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Acolytes Of Cthulhu: Short Stories Inspired By H.P. Lovecraft edited by Robert M. Price (book review).

October 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Acolytes Of Cthulhu: Short Stories Inspired By H.P. Lovecraft edited by Robert M. Price (book review).

Robert M. Price edited the ‘Crypt Of Cthulhu’ magazine for its entire twenty year run and largely off the back of that has become one of the best-loved members of the Lovecraftian fan community. Rigorous and scholarly he may be but he lacks the academic prickliness of some of those active in the field, happily […]

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Star Wars Legends: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller (book review).

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Legends: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller (book review).

‘Star Wars Legends: Kenobi’ is, of course, a book about that crazy old hermit that young Luke Skywalker learns is living out in the Dune Sea somewhere. Or, alternatively, it’s about an idealistic young Jedi fleeing from the destruction of his order by the Emperor and his army. No, it’s a book about both these […]

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City Under The Sand (The Abyssal Plague Prelude book 3) by Jeff Mariotte (book review).

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
City Under The Sand (The Abyssal Plague Prelude book 3) by Jeff Mariotte (book review).

http://www.Dungeons&Dragons.com‘City Under The Sand’ takes place in the Dark Sun setting, an interesting anomaly among the various ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ worlds. It’s a ‘dying world’ sort of place. Its failing ecology and lack of resources attributed to the use of magic as, in the Dark Sun setting, arcane magic draws its power from defiling the […]

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The Frood: The Authorised And Very Official History Of Douglas Adams & The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Jem Roberts (book review).

January 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Frood: The Authorised And Very Official History Of Douglas Adams & The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Jem Roberts (book review).

Fans of Douglas Adams have been relatively well served with books of biography and literary criticism, some adulatory and others notably less so. While the present book, ‘The Frood: The Authorised And Very Official History Of Douglas Adams & The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’, is unlikely to be the final word, it is […]

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