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Editorial – May 2014: Token resistance.

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Editorial – May 2014: Token resistance.

Token resistance.  Hello everyone I’m going to talk about tolkienism this month. No, that’s not quite right. Nothing to do with Hobbits, although that might come up later. No, I mean tokenism. It’s spelt differently. No ‘L’! Wrong season of the year anyway if you’re understanding the phonetic joke and that doesn’t mean by using […]

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The A-Z Of Big Finish by Sue Davies (article).

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The A-Z Of Big Finish by Sue Davies (article).

If you haven’t heard of Big Finish then you must have your head in a bucket and speaking of buckets, I’m sure they can be used in many creative ways to make sound effects. A is for …Adric yes he’s coming back to ‘Doctor Who’ very soon. Actor Matthew Waterhouse was last heard in an […]

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The Story Solution by Eric Edson (book review).

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The Story Solution by Eric Edson (book review).

The contention of author Eric Edson from the start is that the difference between success and failure in films is in adhering to certain similarities between plot details. Throughout this book, ‘The Story Solution’, he compares examples of some films showing these various points. You don’t have to have seen them all because he gives […]

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Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann (book review).

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Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann (book review).

‘Further Encounters Of Sherlock Holmes’ edited by George Mann is a mark of our on-going appetite for the gentleman investigator that still infiltrates literature and television. There are twelve stories by different writers showing an aspect of the sleuth we surely will enjoy. Seen from the perspective of the 21st century, the writers can play […]

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Plastic by Christopher Fowler (book review)

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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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