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The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: The Nearly Definite Edition by Douglas Adams (book review).

January 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: The Nearly Definite Edition by Douglas Adams (book review).

Summarising the quintet of comic novels that make up this collection of ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: The Nearly Definitive Edition’ is difficult and probably redundant anyway. Most Science Fiction fans will have read at least the first book or two and to say they’re funny (in a very English way) is an […]

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Battlestar: Galactica Vault: The Complete History Of The Series, 1978-2012 by Paul Ruditis (book review).

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Battlestar: Galactica Vault: The Complete History Of The Series, 1978-2012 by Paul Ruditis (book review).

In its time, the original ‘Battlestar: Galactica’ was one of the more popular and successful TV Science Fiction shows, earning its place in the hearts of the youngsters who watched it. Some thirty years later, the show was reinvented, firstly as a mini-series and then into a four-season series that finally showed the full story […]

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Orcs War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (book review).

November 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Orcs War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (book review).

Alongside his books on Dwarves and Elves, this ‘Orcs War Fighting Manual’, taken from the perspective of the Orcs gives an insight into the methods and motivations of this classic warrior race. More than the simple cannon-fodder they once were, thanks to the ‘Warhammer’ gaming system and Stan Nicholls’ novels in particular, author Den Patrick […]

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Elves War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (book review).

November 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Elves War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (book review).

Den Patrick’s trio of ‘War Fighting Manual’ books are portrayed as in-universe studies of a real where Elves, Dwarves and Orcs live alongside each other as well as human beings. This is, of course, the central conceit of numerous fantasy novels and role-playing games, and Patrick manages to find the common ground between them all, […]

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Dwarves War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick (book review).

November 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dwarves War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick  (book review).

Passing this book, ‘Dwarves War Fighting Manual’, around among my more geeky friends, the usual response was something along the lines of ‘However did this get published?’ This isn’t to say this book is bad. Far from it in fact. It’s really very entertaining but it’s an in-universe guidebook to a universe that doesn’t exist. […]

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The Revenge Of The Dwarves (The Dwarves book 3) by Markus Heitz (book review).

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Revenge Of The Dwarves (The Dwarves book 3) by Markus Heitz (book review).

With this book, ‘The Revenge Of The Dwarves’, the third part of ‘The Dwarves’ series of books, Markus Heitz’s lumbering epic works its way towards some sort of conclusion. A somewhat unconventional enemy army for a fantasy setting, one that’s formed of hybrids half-orc and half-elf, roams about the world, dishing out the usual destruction […]

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No Sharks In The Med And Other Stories by Brian Lumley (book review).

August 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
No Sharks In The Med And Other Stories by Brian Lumley (book review).

According to Brian Lumley’s introduction, ‘No Sharks In The Med’ is the third in a trio of Subterranean Press collections of his work, the previous volumes being ‘Haggopian And Other Stories’ and ‘The Taint And Other Novellas’. Those two collections were made up primarily of Lumley’s more Lovecraft-influenced tales. Indeed, some of them were straightforward […]

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Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (book review).

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (book review).

Comic novels that re-tell history from alternative points of view can be a lot of fun if done well, perhaps most notably is the case of the ‘Flashman’ novels by George MacDonald Fraser. In recent years, biblical narratives have provided useful material for several authors; ‘Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff’ by Christopher Moore is […]

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Elephantmen Vol. 3: Dangerous Liaisons by Richard Starkings and Monitat (graphic novel review).

May 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Elephantmen Vol. 3: Dangerous Liaisons by Richard Starkings and Monitat (graphic novel review).

The ‘Elephantmen’ series of comics is set about 250 years in the future, where genetically engineered human-animal hybrids, the ‘elephantmen’ of the title, live among ordinary humans. This collection of Elephantmen issues # 16-23 makes a lot more of the elephantmen origins clearer now, in its grim detail. They were genetically implanted in abducted women, […]

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Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

‘A Burning House’ sets out to tell a ‘Star Trek’ universe story from the perspective of one of its most iconic alien races, the Klingons. Author Keith DeCandido attempts to do this by breaking up the crew of a Klingon starship and sending them to different places on the Klingon homeworld. Each has something different […]

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