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Doctor Who And The Zarbi by Bill Strutton (book review).

March 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Doctor Who And The Zarbi by Bill Strutton (book review).

‘Doctor Who And The Zarbi’ is not a story I am familiar with and I feel sure if I’d seen this as a child it would have haunted me forever. The Doctor and his companions, Ian, Barbara and Vicki, are trapped when the TARDIS is compelled to land on a planet by a mysterious noise […]

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True Genius: The Life And Work Of Richard Garwin by Joel N. Shurkin (book review)

March 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
True Genius: The Life And Work Of Richard Garwin by Joel N. Shurkin  (book review)

The sub-title of Joel N. Shurkin’s book, ‘True Genius: The Life And Work Of Richard Garwin’ is ‘The Most Influential Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of’. You might not have heard of Richard Garwin but you’ve certainly seen his work. Where the Manhattan Project was concerned, we all know the names of many of the theoretical […]

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Doctor Who And The Daleks by David Whitaker (book review)

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Doctor Who And The Daleks by David Whitaker   (book review)

When the Doctor meets Ian and Barbara for this first time, he decides the sensible thing to do is take them with him to avoid his secret being found out. The fact that he could have deposited them outside the police box and disappeared with his granddaughter Susan never to return is best brushed over […]

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Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Limit: Part 1 by Frank Schätzing (book review).

Originally published in German, ‘Limit’ is Frank Schätzing’s mammoth near-future thriller, translated into English in an equally unwieldy massive volume and then, thankfully, published by Jo Fletcher Books in a 2 volume edition. Even so, part 1 is 705 pages long which, I don’t know about you, but I find to be uncomfortably large to […]

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The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker (book review).

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The End Of The World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker (book review).

‘When the world is running down, make the best of what’s still around’ could be the mantra for the man, in this novel, ‘The End Of The World Running Club’ by Adrian J. Walker. When several asteroids strike the Earth, it’s the end of the world as we know it and Edgar, who has a […]

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Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

Like all ‘Marvel Essential’ and ‘DC Showcase’ volumes this is in black and white on cheap paper. Marvel has discontinued the ‘Essential’ line, sadly, but I think DC are still doing ‘Showcase’. The first issue of ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ was dated May 1963 with story by Stan Lee and art by Jack […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

As the dustcover blurb proudly proclaims, Clive Barker was once hailed as the ‘future of horror’ by none other than Stephen King and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the two writers. For example, while both men have had careers defined by their written fiction, both have seen some of their stories turned […]

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The Immortals Of Science Fiction by David Wingrove (book review).

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Immortals Of Science Fiction by David Wingrove (book review).

You might be forgiven for thinking that David Wingrove’s 1980 book, ‘The Immortals Of Science Fiction’ was about authors than their creations. To tell the truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect neither as I was investigating the art which has the vague ‘Young Artists’ to signify who they are that airbrushed the mostly double-page […]

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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes by Mark Thomas McGee and R.J. Robertson (book review).

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
You Won’t Believe Your Eyes by Mark Thomas McGee and R.J. Robertson (book review).

Mark Thomas McGee and R.J. Robertson’s book ‘You Won’t Believe Your Eyes’ is a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the SF/horror movies from the 1950s. Considering how many of them had B-level budgets, that should hardly be surprising because it was usually the effects and script that felt the most cuts. Imagine what would happen if […]

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Recluce Tales (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Recluce Tales (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr (book review).

‘Recluce Tales’ is a book of twenty short stories and one essay set in the world of Modesitt’s best-selling ‘Recluce Saga. The essay and three of the stories, ‘Sisters Of Sarronyn, Sisters Of Westwind’, ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Black Ordermage’ have appeared before. There are seventeen new ones here. Some of the stories seem to have […]

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