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The Joker: A Serious Study Of The Crown Prince Of Crime edited by Robert Moses Pleaslee and Robert G. Weiner (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
The Joker: A Serious Study Of The Crown Prince Of Crime edited by Robert Moses Pleaslee and Robert G. Weiner  (book review)

Editors Robert Moses Pleaslee and Robert G. Weiner assert in the introduction that of all the comicbook villains, the Joker stands head and shoulders as the most memorable. I imagine he has a laugh about that, too. The runner-up is Marvel’s Magneto, so it would be interesting to see a serious book on the magnetic […]

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Doctor Who: Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker  (book review)

One of three new novels for the new ‘Doctor Who’ companion ‘Diamond Dogs’ tips a curtsey nod to the late great David Bowie with its title. An off-planet adventure for Bill and the Doctor sees her introduction to his interesting moral code as they land inside one of the biggest diamond vaults anywhere so he […]

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The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells (book review)

June 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture by Paul Wells  (book review)

For those who are looking at the title, ‘The Animated Bestiary: Animals, Cartoons And Culture’ and wondering what ‘bestiary’ means, it’s the examination of animals. In this case, animated animals and, especially in its origins in the early cartoons and why they were favoured instead of humans was it being easier to animate. For those […]

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Wolf At The Door by Theresa Derwin (book review)

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Wolf At The Door by Theresa Derwin  (book review)

Modern writers of horror have a difficult problem. Gone are the days of sitting around a real fire in a room lit by candlelight, with the wind howling outside and rats scratching in the walls. It is made harder by the authors who have taken the tradition scary monster such as the werewolf and vampire […]

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Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review)

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward   (book review)

I was rather amused by the introduction saying there wasn’t many books out there about comicbook characters being adapted into movies when I have two more in my current pile on the subject from the same publisher. The title, ‘Superheroes On World Screens’ is a bit of a misnomer because what this book is mostly […]

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Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek (book review)

June 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Alien Plots by Inez van der Spek  (book review)

Now here’s an odd or unusual book depending on your perspective. Inez van der Spek’s book ‘Alien Plots’ makes better but not total sense from its sub-title ‘Female Subjectivity And The Divine In The Light Of James Tiptree’s A Momentary Taste Of Being’. On first seeing the title when I was selecting books from the […]

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Magic For Nothing (InCrypid book 6) by Seanan McGuire (book review)

June 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Magic For Nothing (InCrypid book 6) by Seanan McGuire  (book review)

There are two ways of tackling a series of books involving the same group of characters. One method is to stick with one or two individuals and weave every story around them, following them as their lives are changed by events. This is the approach taken by Charlaine Harris in the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ books and […]

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Veteran (book 1) by Gavin G. Smith (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Veteran (book 1) by Gavin G. Smith  (book review)

‘Veteran’ tells the story of Sergeant Jakob Douglas, an ex-special forces veteran who has been discharged from the forces. There’s a British interest here as he’s ex-SAS and the opening chapters take place in Dundee. However, the future has not been kind to Dundee or other areas of Britain. It seems there was a Final […]

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Transformation (book 3) by James Gunn (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Transformation (book 3) by James Gunn  (book review)

‘Transformation’ is the final book in James Gunn’s trilogy and Asha and her companions are exploring the Transcendental Machine and transversing the galaxy with the little problem of threat at the back of their minds that when they finally get home, the Federation is likely to have them killed. The last spaceship who volunteered and […]

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Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West (book review)

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seeing What Others Cannot See by Thomas G. West  (book review)

It’s odd that I haven’t come across any of the other books by Thomas G. West because he specialises in the genius mind. With ‘Seeing What Others Cannot See’, the sub-title, ‘The Hidden Advantages Of Visual Thinkers And Differently Wired Brains’ gives what this book is all about. Namely, key scientists have a stronger sense […]

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