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Makey the makies.

August 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Makey the makies.

Here’s a novel concept, and one that is trail-blazing the way for a slew of such future offerings – a new toy called Makies. Now, if you’re over 30 and in the family way, you no doubt have already been subjected to the pester power of such brands as Build-a-Bear, where you customize a cuddly […]

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The most successful film you’ve never heard of.

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The most successful film you’ve never heard of.

If we asked you what’s the most successful movie of all time and you said Star Wars, Avatar or Titanic, then you’re obviously not Chinese. For in China, that kudos goes to a fantasy film called Painted Skin, and it’s more recent follow-up sequel called Painted Skin: The Resurrection. It’s kind of a romance thing […]

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Black Widow pulp style.

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Black Widow pulp style.

Maybe, like us, you were wondering what Marvel Comic’s Black Widow would look like if she had been sourced from a series of 1950 pulp dime novels? Bother your head no more, Black Widow fans, and gaze instead upon the glory that is Calamity Jon Morris‘s Natasha Romanova thriller novels!

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The Watch (Frank’s take).

August 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Watch (Frank’s take).

Suburbia, Neanderthal-oriented male bonding and space aliens make for an uneven mix of naughty gags and tired lunacy in the clumsy comedy The Watch. Whether this is an unfair comparison or not The Watch feels like a weak-need knockoff to the classic high-spirited goofiness of Ghostbusters. In assembling some of Hollywood’s high-profile hucksters and saddling […]

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Killer Joe (Frank’s take).

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Killer Joe (Frank’s take).

The exploration of twisted family dysfunction in the movies has always been a reliable staple of instant tension, insanity, perversion and caustic psychological scope. In the sensationalized and sleazy-minded Killer Joe, we are introduced to a different kind of Mama’s boy that would make Psycho’s Norman Bates look like a choir boy in comparison. Wildly […]

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The Mandel Files A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton.

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The Mandel Files A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton.

Del Rey have done all Peter F. Hamilton fans, particularly in the US and Canada, a big favour by collecting his first two published novels, ‘Mindstar Rising’ and ‘A Quantum Murder’, into this large format paperback nearly twenty years after they were originally published. Both stories follow the fortunes of ex-military telepath Greg Mandel, hence […]

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Telos Movie Classics: Hulk by Tony Lee.

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Telos Movie Classics: Hulk by Tony Lee.

In many respects when I took this book, ‘Telos Movie Classics: Hulk’ by Tony Lee, out of its envelope, my first reaction was the resemblance to the BFI film books in not only size but page count. The only major difference is the lack of photographs but that’s also in line with Telos’ unofficial and […]

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Weirdspace: The Devil’s Nebula by Eric Brown.

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Weirdspace: The Devil’s Nebula by Eric Brown.

I have reviewed several of Eric Brown’s recent Science Fiction novels for SFCrowsnest over the last two years. All of them were published by Solaris and I enjoyed each one. ‘The Devil’s Nebula’ is his first for Solaris’ sister imprint Abaddon Books and starts a new shared universe series set in ‘Weird Space’. Can this […]

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Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual by Derek Smith and Graham Bleathman.

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Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual by Derek Smith and Graham Bleathman.

Contrary to the credits of writer Derek Smith and illustrator, Graham Bleathman, the ‘Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual’ actually went through Wallace’s Edit-O-Matic or should that be EDIT-O-MATIC and had a total revision before publication. Quite where at Haynes did the cover get damaged, inkmarks and tea-stains from, I don’t know. Considering how great […]

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Rush Limbaugh loves Dungeons and Dragons?

August 3, 2012 | By | Reply More
Rush Limbaugh loves Dungeons and Dragons?

US politico Rush Limbaugh obviously was a 12th Level Mage in his youth, as his latest attack newsletter (left) shows an image from the D&D Monster Manual II (right). If only there was a Finance Spell (Advanced) that could sort out the world economy, eh. Vapourise Investment Bankers Fireball, perhaps? Source: Robot Viking.

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