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Plastic by Christopher Fowler (book review)

April 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Plastic by Christopher Fowler (book review)

Genre mainstay Christopher Fowler channels JG Ballard in ‘Plastic’, a suburban fantasy gone wrong. June Cryer is a shopaholic housewife whose world crumbles when her husband has an affair with their neighbour and decides to sell their home. Forced to pay the credit card bill and facing life on the streets, June offers to house-sit […]

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Tales From The Cult Film Trenches by Louis Paul (book review).

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Tales From The Cult Film Trenches by Louis Paul (book review).

Tom Weaver in the introduction points out that his interviews only cover the actors and production people from the 1930s-1950s and sees Louis Paul’s interviews from the 1960s onwards as dealing with more up-to-date people. At the back of the book is a list of sources that printed the original interviews which will presumably longer […]

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Putting Philosophy To Work by Susan Haack (book review).

April 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Putting Philosophy To Work by Susan Haack (book review).

I wasn’t sure what to make of Susan Haack’s book, ‘Putting Philosophy To Work’, mostly because I suspect that I thought it was applying philosophy to something than discussing the practices of other people. Throughout the chapters, Haack is an advocate of honesty in everything, citing science as an example. I’m not wholly sure on […]

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Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

April 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

Whenever I use character dialogue in foreign languages, the first thing I look for are the swear words. Mostly because I’m going to put most of the characters in a stressful situation and so are likely to swear or at least something you wouldn’t see in most tourist translation books. Those of you who read […]

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The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

April 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

If you’ve ever walked down a dark street and felt intimidated or had your property stolen, you’ll know the frustration and impotence that those situations create. If you’re lucky, your world and this will only cross over once or twice but imagine it being your daily life. This is what Harlan Ellison highlights in this […]

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The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

I’ve reviewed philosopher Mark D. White’s other edited books looking at philosophy with other comicbook characters but with this one, ‘The Virtues Of Captain America’, he writes solo. I should point out that his focus is on Steve Rogers in the comicbooks, not the TV or film versions or anyone else who has worn the […]

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The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

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The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

Howard Suber teaches film courses at UCLA and his students have often asked him to get his course notes released as book. Finally, ‘The Power Of Film’ is the result divided into 259 alphabetical sections. Even Suber says this book is better to browse than read through. However, as this is a review and everything […]

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Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

March 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

For the uninformed, humans have to told there are other humans out there.  Hello everyone Don’t you find it odd that the media goes out of its way to describe people as being ‘human’ as if ‘humans’ were a different species ? Although I doubt they’ve ever heard how I describe myself with multiple labels, […]

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Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

March 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

Pamela Jaye Smith’s book ‘Inner Drives’ is all about the motivations that drive characters to do what they do. She brings it down to eight basic ones but shows that people can change between them. For those of you who write, having an understanding of the growth and change in a character over the course […]

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Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

March 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

Geoff’s monthly offering. This is what Sophie Essex, The Editor, gives us for an editorial: ‘And you.   You glowing, glowing with psychoanalytical embers;   burning with Dalinian giraffes,   Organs clogged with sunburnt grass.’ Stand aside, Uncle Geoff, you have been superseded. You can’t beat that for an editorial! I’m not completely sure about […]

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