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Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions by Kenneth Robeson (book review)

July 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions by Kenneth Robeson   (book review)

Many years ago, when I read Philip Jóse Farmer’s 1973 book ‘Doc Savage: His Apocalyptical Life’ about the Man Of Bronze, I read about his cousin, Patricia. On a whim, a couple weeks back, I scanned Google seeing if anyone had ever done any illustrations of her which led to discovering that there was a […]

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Frostfire Worlds edited by Tyree Campbell (book review)

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Frostfire Worlds edited by Tyree Campbell   (book review)

I’m late with this review of ‘Frostfire World’s as the May 2017 issue is already out but never mind. The magazine is aimed at readers aged 8-17 which is quite a variation. Some of the stories are fairly adult and some are obviously for younger kids. There’s poetry, too, but I’ll focus on the fiction. […]

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Shadows & Tall Trees 7 by Alison Moore and Brian Evenson (book review)

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shadows & Tall Trees 7 by Alison Moore and Brian Evenson    (book review)

This is a volume of modern weird stories, the kind that aspire to fine writing and a certain atmosphere of dread rather than hero overcoming a succession of crises to win out in the last act plot shenanigans. Heroes overcoming a succession of crises to win out in the last act plots are good for […]

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The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate (book review).

I’ve known of Vincent Di Fate ever since I got the huge book of his, ‘Infinite Worlds: Fantastic Visions Of Science Fiction Art’, giving the history of SF art that I really ought to find time to review here. As Di Fate’s art is mostly on the other side of the pond, I hadn’t really […]

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Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

‘Zero-G’ is a brisk SF thriller that essentially transfers the traditional murder-mystery setting from a remote mansion house into a space station, but with a post-apocalyptic twist that helps to raise the stakes sky high. It’s a sequel to Boffard’s 2015 novel ‘Tracer’ and it plays to his proven strengths: believable characters, plenty of action […]

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Panel To The Screen by Drew Morton (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Panel To The Screen by Drew Morton (book review).

It’s rather weird how in chapter 2 of the book, ‘Panel To The Screen’, author Drew Morton says he wants to make the book accessible to all and promptly swallows a dictionary for his phraseology. Nothing wrong with that in itself, the use of words depends on what you would normally use although it might […]

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Blackbird: The Untouchable Spy Plane by James Hamilton-Paterson (book review)

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Blackbird: The Untouchable Spy Plane by James Hamilton-Paterson  (book review)

Author James Hamilton-Paterson makes it clear from the start that his book, ‘Blackbird: The Untouchable Spy Plane’ isn’t about the technical specs of the SR-71. Oddly he mentions the Haynes book but it doesn’t come up in his bibliography at the back of the book. Instead, there is more of a focus on the world […]

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The Delirium Brief (a Laundry Files novel book 8) by Charles Stross (book review)

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Delirium Brief (a Laundry Files novel book 8) by Charles Stross   (book review)

It doesn’t seem that long ago since ‘The Nightmare Stacks’ was released but the ‘Laundry Files’ novels just keep appearing as if by magic and ‘The Delirium Brief’ is the latest to pop into existence. This is the eighth book in what is now a well-established series. The Laundry Files tells the story of the […]

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On The Origin Of Superheroes by Chris Gavaler (book review)

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
On The Origin Of Superheroes by Chris Gavaler  (book review)

Chris Gavaler says in his introduction to his book, ‘On The Origin Of Superheroes’, that the term ‘superman’ started long before 1938 and the Man Of Steel. I agree with him that it can be difficult to where do you define what a superman actually is or when it started being defined as such in […]

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin (A Court Of Thorns And Roses book 3) by Sarah J Maas (book review)

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Court Of Wings And Ruin (A Court Of Thorns And Roses book 3) by Sarah J Maas  (book review)

‘A Court Of Wings And Ruin’ is the third and final book in the ‘A Court Of Thorns And Roses’ trilogy. This means that this review will contain spoilers for the previous two books in the series. This book starts right at the end of book two, ‘A Court Of Mist And Fury’, so Feyre […]

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