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Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (book review)

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois   (book review)

This bumper collection has the theme of dangerous women but is not genre specific so there are all sorts of stories from westerns to fantasies. Most of them are long, thirty to forty pages so would be classed as novelettes or novellas depending on your taste. Most of them are by productive if not famous […]

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The Sixth Watch (Volume Six of The Night Watch Series) by Sergei Lukyanenko (book review)

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Sixth Watch (Volume Six of The Night Watch Series) by Sergei Lukyanenko  (book review)

Higher Light Magician Anton is on the case again. He is under attack from an unknown enemy and, after six books of this, he’s probably had enough. As a higher magician, Anton is sworn to protect humans. He represents the ‘good’ Others, the Night Watch who police the Dark Others who form the Day Watch. […]

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After The Crown (The Indranan War book 2) by K.B Wagers (book review)

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
After The Crown (The Indranan War book 2) by K.B Wagers  (book review)

Some of my criticism from K.B. Wagers first book, ‘Behind The Throne’ (The Indranan War book 1), still exists in the sequel, ‘After The Crown’. The only difference now is I can note when the realisation when it will dawn on you that she is writing first person slightly past tense. None of this is […]

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A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder (book review).

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder (book review).

Mark Hodder’s ‘A Red Sun Also Rises’ pays homage to the planetary romances which were quite popular a while ago. It is presented as the journal of one Reverend Aiden Fleischer, found by a diving expedition and given to the author who removed most of the boring bits like descriptions of the fauna and flora […]

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The Legion: Foundations by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Chris Batista (graphic novel review).

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Legion: Foundations by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Chris Batista (graphic novel review).

If you used the opening three pages of ‘The Legion: Foundations’ as the means to gauge the artistic merits of this graphic novel compiled from The Legion # 25-30 and The Legion Secret Files 3030’ from 2003-2004, you would probably put it back on the shelf. According to the back cover and opening credits, apart […]

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Making It Big In Shorts by Kim Adelman (book review).

December 21, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Making It Big In Shorts by Kim Adelman (book review).

I should point out from the start that Kim Adelman’s book, ‘Making It Big In Shorts’, has nothing to do with school children. We are talking short films. These are 40 minutes or less, the latter being the operative word and you shouldn’t really think beyond 10-15 minutes worth without risking boring the audience and […]

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The Art Of Drawing Dragons by Michael Dobrzychi (book review).

December 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
The Art Of Drawing Dragons by Michael Dobrzychi (book review).

I should point out that only about half of the book, ‘The Art Of Drawing Dragons’ by Michael Dobrzychi, is devoted to an assortment of dragons, the rest is to assorted fantasy creatures as mentioned in the small print sub-title on the cover. Like all the Walter Foster imprint books, you get a detailing of […]

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Legion: Secret Origin by Paul Levitz, Chris Batista and Marc Deering (graphic novel review).a

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Legion: Secret Origin by Paul Levitz, Chris Batista and Marc Deering (graphic novel review).a

I picked up this copy of ‘Legion: Secret Origin’ to confirm some research for any article on the Legion Of Super-Heroes that will go on-line end of the month. The material from this graphic novel was taken from Legion: Secret Origin # 1-6 in 2011-12. Unlike the other origins from the other 30th centuries, this […]

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Fantastique: Interviews With Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers Volume 1 edited by Tony Earshaw (book review).

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fantastique: Interviews With Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers Volume 1 edited by Tony Earshaw (book review).

Saying journalist Tony Earshaw edited ‘Fantastique: Interviews With Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers Volume 1’ is a bit of a misnomer as he actually interviewed the 30 directors in this book. Rather than look at all their careers, he discusses specific films that they are famous for. Most are A-listers and I suspect you would […]

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Character Actors In Horror And Science Fiction Films: 1930-1960 by Laurence Raw (book review).

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Character Actors In Horror And Science Fiction Films: 1930-1960 by Laurence Raw (book review).

The book title ‘Character Actors In Horror And Science Fiction Films: 1930-1960’ by Laurence Raw holds no secrets. Alas, there is no contents pages to show which actors he’s highlighting, unless you want to rely on the index or anyone’s name in capitals in the text of other people’s entries. This is a weird omission […]

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