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The Silver Tide (Copper Cat/The Copper Promise Trilogy book 3) by Jen Williams (book review).

February 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Silver Tide (Copper Cat/The Copper Promise Trilogy book 3) by Jen Williams (book review).

‘The Silver Tide’ by Jen Williams is the third and final book in the Copper Cat/The Copper Promise Trilogy. This time the Black Feather Three are venturing into the centre Euriale, an island famed for devouring anyone who ventures past the small pirate town of Two Birds. To most people, this is enough to make […]

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The Moonshawl by Storm Constantine (book review).

February 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Moonshawl by Storm Constantine (book review).

When readers take characters or the world they inhabit to their hearts, an author needs to make decisions about the direction to take their work in. Sometimes, as in Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Anita Blake’ series, the characters keep developing and information about the world is added in subsequent novels. The series ends when the author […]

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (book review).

February 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (book review).

‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell is a strange, captivating book. At turns, enthralling and frustrating in equal measure. It is a collection of short stories that share a common thread. Each story contributing to a larger narrative. It’s an unusual structure but one David Mitchell has used to great effect before, most notably in […]

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High-rise: best J.G. Ballard movie ever?

February 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
High-rise: best J.G. Ballard movie ever?

J.G. Ballard is one of those authors whose works inevitably fall into the hard-to-translate from the printed page – given the deep layers of complexity, unease and paranoia that seep through most of his works. But here comes High-Rise, complete with faux-1970s feels, from director Ben Wheatley, with a cast including Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna […]

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

February 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

One thing is for certain: no one can accuse director Burr Steers’s off-kilter version of novelist Jane Austen’s lyrical literary landscape ‘Pride And Prejudice’ as being deemed solely melancholy and manipulative. The challenge of presenting a sophisticated and sudsy exposition while incorporating the ghoulish gimmicky of zombies to elevate the surrealism and cynicism of the British-based costume […]

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Illustrators # 7 (magazine review).

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 7 (magazine review).

Illustrators # 7 is dominated by fantasy art this time and across a wide-spectrum from the serious to the downright funny. As with many of these artists, you might not know their name but you probably come across some of them. Take Alan Lee for instance. He worked with Brian Froud on ‘Gnomes’ and then […]

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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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Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands (Song of Shattered Sands 1) by Bradley Beaulieu (book review).

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands (Song of Shattered Sands 1) by Bradley Beaulieu (book review).

‘Twelve Kings’ is the first in as yet unnumbered series of books but given that there are 12 kings in all and the female protagonist wishes to kill them all I’m guessing there might be 12 books altogether. This book is based in the city of Sharakhai, situated in the middle of a massive desert […]

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The Shifting Price Of Prey: Spellcrackers.com book 4 by Suzanne McLeod (book review).

January 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Shifting Price Of Prey: Spellcrackers.com book 4 by Suzanne McLeod (book review).

Authors these days have a dilemma. With the current financial climate publishers, especially their financial department, are always concerned about sales of books. Any author is in danger of being dropped if their share of the market is not deemed great enough. The problem for the writer of a series of books, whether it is […]

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Rivers Of London – Chapter 5: Designated Driver by writers Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel with art by Lee Sullivan, Louis Gurrero and Janice Chiang (magazine review).

January 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rivers Of London – Chapter 5: Designated Driver by writers Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel with art by Lee Sullivan, Louis Gurrero and Janice Chiang (magazine review).

Curiously this is a review of Chapter 5 of ‘Rivers Of London’ in a continuing story within a series of comics based on a series of novels. You get it there’s a series of a series. Right. Slightly disadvantaged by not having read the previous comics, I have read the novels so I’m offering a […]

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