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Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

Like many other genre fans, I first read Tolkien as a teen-ager. Although I loved ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, when I tried to read ‘The Silmarillion’, I found its dry style of reportage too dull for my teen-age tastes and moved on to other authors. Years later, Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017, Volume 132 #732 (magazine review).

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017, Volume 132 #732 (magazine review).

There are nine pieces of prose fiction in this issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’: one novella, four novelettes and four short stories. Most are fantasy stories and several of them are from authors new to the magazine. For once, I’m going to go through them in the order they appear, rather […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2017, Volume 132 # 731 (magazine review)

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2017, Volume 132 # 731  (magazine review)

This third issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2017 lacks any novellas but makes up for their absence with four novelettes, seven short stories, a poem and all the usual non-fiction. I’ll start with the novelettes. ‘Witch’s Hour’ is Shannon Connor Winward’s fiction debut in ‘MoF&SF’ and tells the tale of […]

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It Comes At Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Brian McOmber (music review)

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
It Comes At Night: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Brian McOmber   (music review)

‘It Comes At Night’ is a low budget US horror film which was given a limited run in American cinemas in June 2017. It is the second feature film to come from writer/director Trey Edward Shults, following a well-received 2015 debut, ‘Krisha’. The new film is set in a post-apocalyptic near-future in which a contagious […]

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Lost Girl by Adam Nevill (book review).

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lost Girl by Adam Nevill (book review).

Adam Nevill is a British writer of supernatural horror who has so far published eight novels and a collection of short stories. Given that most of his work falls into the horror genre, ‘Lost Girl’ (2015) is a bit of a departure as it’s a near future dystopian thriller. The story is set in the […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2017, Volume 132 #730 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2017, Volume 132 #730 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ includes one long novella, three novelettes and four short stories, along with a poem and the usual mix of reviews and other articles. The lead story, which takes up over one-third of the magazine’s length and is also the subject of Bryn Barnard’s fun […]

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Age Of Heroes by James Lovegrove (book review)

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Age Of Heroes by James Lovegrove  (book review)

James Lovegrove created the ‘godpunk’ sub-genre of military SF back in 2009 with ‘The Age Of Ra’. Since then the ‘Age of…’ series has grown to a total of six novels and three novellas, each focused on one particular pantheon, including the Norse, Aztec and ancient Greek gods amongst others. With ‘Age Of Heroes’, Lovegrove […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017, Volume 132 # 729 (mag review)

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2017, Volume 132 # 729  (mag review)

The first issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, for 2017 contains a wide range of stories, including a novella, four novelettes and five short stories, as well as a poem and all the usual non-fiction pieces. Instead of reviewing the stories from longest to shortest, this time I’ll cover them in the […]

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli Dual Format Limited Edition Boxset (film review).

February 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli Dual Format Limited Edition Boxset (film review).

‘Death Walks Twice’ is a remastered special edition from Arrow Films that collects together a matched pair of classic giallo films, ‘Death Walks On High Heels’ (1971) and ‘Death Walks At Midnight’ (1972). For those who don’t know, the ‘giallo’ is a particular sub-genre of European film. The Italian word simply means ‘thriller’ but when […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2016, Volume 131 # 728 (magazine review)

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2016, Volume 131 # 728  (magazine review)

The last issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2016 contains four novellas, no novelettes and seven short stories, as well as the usual non-fiction articles. It also contains a handy index of everything published over the year. The magazine opens with Esther M. Friesner’s fantasy novella, ‘The Cat Bell’. This is […]

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