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Leinster Gardens And Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards (book review).

September 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Leinster Gardens And Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards (book review).

The problem with reading a book of ghost stories is that you are always on the look-out for the ghost. It is harder to surprise the reader but a skilled writer can do it especially if they make use of the full use of range of ghosts that appear in literature. Many Victorian writers liked […]

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King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

‘King Of The Bastards’ falls into the sword & sorcery bracket. The one with big men with big muscles and big swords fighting wizards. It is a bit of an odd book in terms of its construction as before you get to the Prologue there is a ‘What has gone before’ section. This is titled […]

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Shannara Chronicles – new trailer.

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Shannara Chronicles – new trailer.

A new trailer for the coming fantasy TV series based on the Shannara Chronicles. Should keep the fans pleased. It’s interesting how Game of Thrones has left its mark on the development of all future fantasy TV series. You can see the influence around the margins of this one. Will some of that Martin magic […]

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Archmage (Homecoming Book 1) by R.A. Salvatore (book review).

September 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Archmage (Homecoming Book 1) by R.A. Salvatore (book review).

‘Drizzt returns to the Underdark!’ ‘Archmage’ numbers twenty-eighth in ‘The Legend Of Drizzt’. As always, I’ll preface my review with the caveat that you will get more out of these later books if you’ve read those that came before. At this point in the saga, a lot of foreknowledge of the world and the characters […]

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I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (book review).

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (book review).

This is the story of Coriander Hobie, born into a happy childhood in the 1650s in London. Unfortunately, her mother is a maker of herbal remedies and this is frowned upon during this period in time as it coincides with the rise to power of Oliver Cromwell and his puritan ideas. Unluckily for Coriander, her […]

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Mirror Of Dreams by Tim White (book review).

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mirror Of Dreams by Tim White (book review).

Sometimes, I look at my artbook collection and wonder if any SF artist I like has been particularly quiet to see what they are doing now or any books showing their art that I’ve missed. In the case of Tim White, the latter falls into place with this 1994 book, ‘Mirror Of Dreams’. That’s quite […]

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City Under The Sand (The Abyssal Plague Prelude book 3) by Jeff Mariotte (book review).

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
City Under The Sand (The Abyssal Plague Prelude book 3) by Jeff Mariotte (book review).

http://www.Dungeons&Dragons.com‘City Under The Sand’ takes place in the Dark Sun setting, an interesting anomaly among the various ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ worlds. It’s a ‘dying world’ sort of place. Its failing ecology and lack of resources attributed to the use of magic as, in the Dark Sun setting, arcane magic draws its power from defiling the […]

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Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

August 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

This is another collection of Lovecraft homage, a cottage industry in the horror genre. Getting Lovecraftian stories published seems to be relatively easy nowadays, like shooting fish in a barrel. Before getting to the text, I want to mention the fine ink lines on the splendid illustrations by Randy Broecker. They reminded me of the […]

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Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia (book review).

I enjoyed the film ‘John Carter’ a lot, even though the critics didn’t seem to like it. I enjoyed it so much in fact that it prompted me to buy the three-volume omnibus edition of the entire Barsoom series, comprising all 11 books, which I then read over the course of the following year. Towards […]

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Molly Moon And The Incredible Book Of Hypnotism (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

August 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Molly Moon And The Incredible Book Of Hypnotism (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

An orphan whom nobody seems to love reads a rare book on hypnotism and goes through a series of adventures thanks to her new powers. Young teen girls with a taste for fantasy should find themselves enjoying themselves along with Molly. I am not sure that the appeal will stretch beyond that audience for this […]

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