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The Time Traveller’s Almanac edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Time Traveller’s Almanac edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

The husband and wife team of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer are well known for editing interesting anthologies, so when I heard that they had produced an anthology of time travel stories, I was keen to see the result. ‘The Time Traveller’s Almanac’ is a huge book, weighing in at 948 pages in length and containing […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015, Volume 128 # 722 (magazine review).

January 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015, Volume 128 # 722 (magazine review).

The closing issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2015 includes one novella, two novelettes, eight short stories, a poem, several book and film reviews, an index of the magazine’s contents during 2015 and even a competition. Hopefully, that’s enough to keep the readers happy! It also includes a rather fun cover […]

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (book review).

December 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (book review).

‘Warm Bodies’ was Isaac Marion’s debut novel and it seemed to catch the zombie zeitgeist when it came out in 2010, rapidly being turned into a successful Hollywood movie. I reviewed his 2015 prequel novella, ‘The New Hunger’, here last month. How does the original novel compare? The story takes place some years after the […]

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Nekromantik 2 Special Edition (1991) (DVD/Blu-ray film review)

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nekromantik 2 Special Edition (1991)    (DVD/Blu-ray film review)

‘Nekromantik 2’ is the 1991 sequel to Jörg Buttgereit’s cult low budget 1987 horror film ‘Nekromantik’. The original film tells the story of Rob, a necrophiliac who is able to obtain the objects of his desire through his job working for an agency that cleans up the scene after road traffic accidents. With the exception […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2015, Volume 128 # 721 (magazine review)

December 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2015, Volume 128 # 721   (magazine review)

I’m still a bit behind with my reviews of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, so I’ll get straight down to business. This issue contains one novella, four novelettes, five short stories and a poem, along with the usual assortment of non-fiction articles. So, how do they stack up? First, a shout out for […]

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The New Hunger (Warm Bodies) by Isaac Marion (book review).

November 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
The New Hunger (Warm Bodies) by Isaac Marion (book review).

Isaac Marion hit pay dirt in 2010 when his debut novel, ‘Warm Bodies’ was published. His bittersweet retelling of the ‘Romeo And Juliet’ story, transplanted into a post-apocalyptic America filled with zombies, was a huge commercial success and as a result was quickly transformed into a Hollywood movie starring Nicholas Hoult as R, the zombie […]

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9th UK Festival Of Zombie Culture, Phoenix Square, Leicester: Saturday 14 November 2015 by Patrick Mahon (convention review)

November 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
9th UK Festival Of Zombie Culture, Phoenix Square, Leicester: Saturday 14 November 2015 by Patrick Mahon  (convention review)

Every year for the last nine years, a guy called Ed Thurlow with a passion for everything to do with zombies has organised a festival in his home town of Leicester to celebrate the coming apocalypse. On Saturday 14 November, the 2015 festival took place at Phoenix, an independent cinema in the heart of Leicester’s […]

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World Of Fire (A Dev Harmer Mission book 1) by James Lovegrove (book review).

October 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
World Of Fire (A Dev Harmer Mission book 1) by James Lovegrove (book review).

I’ve reviewed all seven volumes in James Lovegrove’s ‘Age of …’ series of military SF novels here over the last few years, most recently ‘Age Of Shiva’ in June, which was flagged up as being the last book in that series. Being a highly productive sort of chap, Lovegrove immediately launched into a new far […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2015, Volume 128 # 720 (magazine review).

October 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2015, Volume 128 # 720 (magazine review).

I’m a bit behind with my reviews of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, as the July/August issue got lost in the aether. The lovely people at F&SF were kind enough to send a replacement copy once I realised what had happened, so I’m now trying to catch up. This issue contains a novella, […]

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Noonshade (Chronicles Of The Raven book 2) by James Barclay (book review)

October 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Noonshade (Chronicles Of The Raven book 2) by James Barclay   (book review)

I reviewed James Barclay’s 1999 debut fantasy novel ‘Dawnthief’ here a couple of months ago. ‘Noonshade’ is the following year’s sequel, taking up the story where the first book left off. Denser, a mage who is one of the legendary group of mercenaries known as ‘The Raven’ has successfully cast Dawnthief, the most powerful spell […]

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