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Kirby: King Of Comics Paperback – Special Edition by Mark Evanier (book review)

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Kirby: King Of Comics Paperback – Special Edition by Mark Evanier   (book review)

Jack Kirby was born in 1917 and grew up in the slums of New York. He was short and had to fight. He was mad for movies and the comicstrips in newspapers and drew all the time. His first proper job was at the Max Fleischer Animation Studios in 1935 and he hated the boring, […]

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Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon (book review)

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon   (book review)

Robert McCammon has been turning out horror-slash-dark fantasy novels since the late 1970s, mostly standalone works but, in recent years, with the accent on the continuing use of certain characters within their own discrete worlds. Such is the case with ‘Freedom Of The Mask’, the sixth book to feature Matthew Corbett, a 17th century sleuth […]

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Without Warning by John Birmingham (book review).

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Without Warning by John Birmingham (book review).

The cover of this book has the author’s name displayed in a large font with a byline of ‘Author of After America’ before the even bigger font for the title ‘Without Warning’. I thought this was a bit odd as ‘After America’ is the sequel to ‘Without Warning’. Perhaps the sequel ‘After America’ was a […]

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Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles book 1) by Kevin Hearne (book review).

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles book 1) by Kevin Hearne (book review).

As we approach the publication date for the final book in the ‘Iron Druid’ series, I thought it was finally time to pick up the first book. ‘Hounded’, and see what all the hype has been about. It’s an urban fantasy series and, as that’s one of my favourite genres, I had high hopes for […]

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The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Doomed City (SF Masterworks) by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (book review).

A large city with farms on at least one of its borders and swamps on another is just about self-sustaining itself. It appears to have existed before populated by people from various nationalities and religions and, from the looks of things, from different time periods. New people, like Selma, suddenly arrive. Elusive Mentors supervise and […]

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Down Among The Sticks And Bones (book 2) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

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Down Among The Sticks And Bones (book 2) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

‘Down Among The Sticks And Bones’ is book two of a series of companion novellas by Seanan McGuire, each of which follows a different character from the first book, ‘Every Heart A Doorway’. This particular book follows Jacqueline and Jillian and their dark, horroresque adventures. Jacqueline and Jillian are the children that their parents always […]

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Time Shifters: Into The Past: (Time Shifters Book 1) by Kate Frost (ebook review).

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Time Shifters: Into The Past: (Time Shifters Book 1) by Kate Frost (ebook review).

The heroine of ‘Time Shifters: Into The Past’ is a girl of twelve named Maisie Brown and the story is told from her point of view. When the action starts, she’s on a school visit to Warwick Castle and the class are dressed in mediaeval-style clothes for that authentic feel. Maisie’s best friend is a […]

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Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Paper Dolls by Ben Morris, Simon Guerrier and Christel Dee (book review).

In many respects, ‘Doctor Who: Paper Dolls’ is trying to hit several targets. With the introduction, Christel Dee suggests using the information from the pictures in this book as guidance in cosplay and how to make charity shops your favourite places to visit to find the kinds of clothes you can modify cheaply. As the […]

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Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

Following the success of the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’ trading cards series in 1993, Topps were looking for another new direction in which to take George Lucas’ franchise. In hindsight, the decision seems obvious given the proliferation of retail widescreen VHS. Topps decided that they were going to take a ‘Panavision look’ at the ‘Star Wars’ […]

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The Gradual by Christopher Priest (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Gradual by Christopher Priest (book review).

Christopher Priest is a very stylish writer. Not only is he able to tell an enthralling story without the verbosity of some modern writers, he fills the prose with subtlety and reaches out to the intellect of the reader. ‘The Gradual’ is a very fine book. Priest first visited the Dream Archipelago in a series […]

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