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The Affair Of The Chalk Cliffs (A Langdon St. Ives Adventure) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Affair Of The Chalk Cliffs (A Langdon St. Ives Adventure) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

James P. Blaylock is widely credited with being one of the progenitors of modern literary steampunk. As a sub-genre of Science Fiction, steampunk has deeper roots than Blaylock’s writing taking, as it does, cues from Victorian era writers such as Verne and Wells. However, they are different. The proto-Science Fiction of Verne and Wells was, […]

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Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti (book review).

December 22, 2012 | By | Reply More
Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti (book review).

‘Noctuary’, the third volume of Thomas Ligotti’s short fiction, revised and published by Subterranean Press. Preceded by the excellent ‘Songs Of A Dead Dreamer’ and ‘Grimscribe’, this particular collection feels a little weaker in comparison. This isn’t to say it isn’t worth reading. Though I am starting to think the idea of the weird and […]

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The Hidden World (A Princess Of Roumanis book 4) by Paul Park (book review).

September 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Hidden World (A Princess Of Roumanis book 4) by Paul Park (book review).

‘The Hidden World’ completes Paul Park’s inventive and, at times, frustrating series of novels centred on Miranda Popescu. At the opening of the series, she believes she is a young girl living in the present day USA, living what we would regard as a normal life with her friends, Andromeda and Peter. Miranda discovers our […]

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The White Tyger (A Princess Of Roumanis book 3) by Paul Park (book review).

September 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The White Tyger (A Princess Of Roumanis book 3) by Paul Park (book review).

Paul Park’s ‘The White Tyger’ is the third in his quartet which began with ‘A Princess Of Roumana’ and continued with ‘The Tourmaline’. This does mean any reader who has not read the first two parts will be lost as Park works a number of threads from these novels in preparation for the conclusion. The […]

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Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman (non-fiction review).

September 28, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Nightmare Movies by Kim Newman (non-fiction review).

Kim Newman’s ‘Nightmare Movies’ is a greatly expanded update of a book previously published in the 1980s. In his introduction, he notes his influences and how this book was a reaction to the work of critics such as William K. Everson. He still recommends their work, but notes that too many of their generation hold […]

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