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Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases Vol. 2 (graphic novel review).

January 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases Vol. 2 (graphic novel review).

‘Elephantmen’ is a comic series that hadn’t crossed my radar before, which is a real shame if this collection is anything to go by. Although this is the second collection of ‘Elephantmen’ stories, comprising issue numbers 8-15, there’s a brief story-so-far section at the beginning as well as plenty of flashback sequences that make the […]

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Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Good Math by Mark C Chu-Carroll (book review).

The quirky and entertaining aspects of mathematics will be relatively familiar to most SFCrowsnest readers. For example, you would have heard about the way the golden ratio crops up in many aspects of art and architecture or seen prettily coloured diagrams of fractals such as the Mandelbrot set. But the way these topics are handled […]

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Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love by Nicolas De Crécy (graphic novel).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love by Nicolas De Crécy (graphic novel).

Having thoroughly enjoyed Nicolas De Crécy’s earlier graphic novel ‘Glacial Period’, I was glad to get the chance to review ‘Salvatore: Vol. 1: Transports Of Love’. But to be completely honest, after working through the first few pages, I got rather bored by it and it was months before I made a second attempt at […]

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The Country Of The Worm by Gary Myers (book review).

November 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Country Of The Worm by Gary Myers (book review).

‘The Country Of The Worm’, sub-titled ‘Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep’, is collection of Gary Myers’ short stories is nominally set in the Dreamlands of HP Lovecraft. Here and there, Myers name-checks people and places but, in spirit, his writing is much more like that of Lord Dunsany, which is probably no coincidence. Lovecraft […]

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Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s best known stories, featuring many of his most enduring themes, including a decaying New England town, its decadent population and, of course, strange and horrible monsters. Of course, below the surface. the story is even darker than it seems, dealing with themes of genetic purity and […]

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Prince Of Stories: The Many Worlds Of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette (book review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Prince Of Stories: The Many Worlds Of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden and Stephen R. Bissette (book review).

Neil Gaiman is one of the most popular writers of weird fiction today, with a prolific range that includes comics, novels, TV show episodes and even Hollywood movies. He’s one of the few writers who became famous off the back of genre fiction (specifically, the ‘Sandman’ series of comics) but worked his way into the […]

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Sword Of The Gods (The Abyssal Plague novel) by Bruce R. Cordell (book review).

October 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sword Of The Gods (The Abyssal Plague novel) by Bruce R. Cordell (book review).

‘Sword Of The Gods’ opens with a warrior character awakening on a stone slab, seemingly the intended victim but apparently the only survivor of some sort of ghastly cult activity. With no memories of what has happened or who he is, the warrior uses a map taken from one of the corpses scattered about and […]

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By Your Command: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 1 by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore (book review).

August 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
By Your Command: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica Volume 1 by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore (book review).

‘By Your Command’ is an above-average example of an unauthorised guide to a popular series, in much the same way that the original ‘Battlestar Galactica’ itself was an above-average example of Science Fiction TV show. While it has its flaws, certainly, ‘By Your Command’ is thoughtful and deep, offering not just detailed facts about the […]

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Star Wars: The Essential Guide To Warfare by Jason Fry with Paul R. Urquhart (book review).

August 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Essential Guide To Warfare by Jason Fry with Paul R. Urquhart (book review).

In-universe reference books about the ‘Star Wars’ universe have been published on a regular basis for many years, labouring hard to generate a niche in what might seem a thoroughly saturated market. As its name suggests, ‘Star Wars: The Essential Guide To Warfare’ focuses squarely on the whole point of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise: fights […]

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The Shadow Out Of Time by H.P. Lovecraft and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

June 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Shadow Out Of Time by H.P. Lovecraft and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

While HP Lovecraft himself had problems writing ‘The Shadow Out Of Time’ and never considered it entirely satisfactory, subsequent critics have generally regarded it as one of his masterpieces. Part thriller, part monster story, part psychological study and part political manifesto, ‘The Shadow Out Of Time’ is in its entirety a superb piece of Science […]

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