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Disciple/Merge by Walter Mosley (book review)

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Disciple/Merge by Walter Mosley (book review)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. Part of Walter Mosley’s ‘Crosstown To Oblivion’ series, these two short stories deal with the end of the world but not in the traditional sense. Both stories’ codas are a change of the status quo in a way that the human […]

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Transformers: Exodus – The Official History Of The War For Cybertron by Alex Irvine (book review)

December 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Transformers: Exodus – The Official History Of The War For Cybertron by Alex Irvine (book review)

War, huh? What is it good for? Setting up a billion-dollar movie franchise apparently. ‘Transformers: Exodus’ sets the soon-to-be Optimus Prime and Megatron on a collision course for the leadership of Cyberton, creating a parallel between the civil rights movement, placing the former in the role of Martin Luther King and the latter as Malcolm […]

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Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir by Paul Meehan (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir by Paul Meehan (book review).

Paul Meehan’s book title ‘Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir’ should give away what this book is about. The merger of two genres: Film Noir and Science Fiction and that it started much earlier with the likes of ‘Metropolis’ (1927) rather than ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) and Meehan points out many film examples […]

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Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection by Don Roff and illustrated by Chris Lane (book review))

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Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection by Don Roff and illustrated by Chris Lane (book review))

If you were faced with almost certain death, would you make the time to record it and leave it for future generations to learn from? I probably wouldn’t, I’d be too busy running away, screaming like a little girl and looking for somewhere to hole up while the Calvary comes. Part-diary, part-Blair Witch Project, ‘Zombies’ […]

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Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier (book review)

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Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier (book review)

If you like zombies and pick-your-own-adventures, keep on the following page. If you don’t, go back to the home page. It’s been about 20 years since I read a pick-your-own-adventure book. I remember as a young man, hiding under the covers with a torch, reading an ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure and being constantly devastated when I […]

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Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

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Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

‘Rimward’ is a setting book for Eclipse Phase, the futuristic role-playing game (RPG) of transhuman conspiracy and horror, detailing the settlements and societies of the outer Solar System. The setting of ‘Eclipse Phase’ is an alien and yet scrupulously plausible one, occurring at some vaguely defined time probably 100-150 years away. Ten years in the […]

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

One thing I’m not particularly good at is complex puzzles. That doesn’t mean that I can’t do standard crosswords, although I stop at the point where I don’t know the answers than look them up, or even Sudoku, although I won’t do massive erasures and start again if I get lost. I calculated the odds […]

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Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

This collection of essays by ST Joshi is essential reading for anyone interested in HP Lovecraft or indeed weird fiction generally. Few critics have written as extensively on Lovecraft as Joshi and this collection reflects that range, jumping widely from topic to topic, though the essays themselves are arranged into three broadly thematic chapters: ‘Lovecraft […]

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

The ‘Wonderful Life With The Elements’ is a clever book with a sophisticated premise. Each of the 103 elements described is characterised as a cartoon person with features such as hair styles and clothing used to denote physical and chemical properties. Supplemental cartoons illustrate other aspects of the element’s nature such as its usefulness to […]

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A History: The Unauthorised History of The Doctor Who Universe (third edition) by Lance Parkin & Lars Pearson (book review)

December 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
A History: The Unauthorised History of The Doctor Who Universe (third edition) by Lance Parkin & Lars Pearson (book review)

An unbelievably informative book with almost 800 pages and 600,000 words all about ‘Doctor Who’! This is everything you wanted to know about all the incarnations of the time traveller not only in the TV series but the books as well. An astounding amount of information is available, useful as a reference source and for […]

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