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Archive for December, 2015

Death Rays And The Popular Media, 1876-1939 by William J. Fanning, Jr. (book review).

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Death Rays And The Popular Media, 1876-1939 by William J. Fanning, Jr. (book review).

The kind of happy subject you want this time of year is ‘Death Rays And The Popular Media’. Specifically from their source between ‘1879-1939’ and as the sub-title goes, ‘A Study Of Directed Energy Weapons In Fact, Fiction And Film’. We are talking ray guns here, folks, and if you thought this was a modern […]

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The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

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The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (book review).

The thing about ‘The Thing Itself’ is that it’s difficult to say what the Thing is, which is actually the whole point of the thing itself. It can’t be described or even comprehended, due to the way our minds work. I’m afraid that sentence won’t make much sense unless you’ve read the book. I have […]

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Sky Pirates (The Chronicles Of Light And Shadow book three) by Liesel Schwarz (book review).

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Sky Pirates (The Chronicles Of Light And Shadow book three) by Liesel Schwarz (book review).

‘Sky Pirates’, the third book of ‘The Chronicles Of Light And Shadow’, chronicles the further adventures of Elle Chance. She lives in a world in which, centuries ago, the spheres of Light and Shadow were one and the creatures from both sides, Nightwalkers, faeries and humans lived in harmony but the Romans chose science and […]

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Ancient BC-dated mobile phone discovered. Aliens, Atlanteans or time travellers?

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Ancient BC-dated mobile phone discovered. Aliens, Atlanteans or time travellers?

An 800-year old clay model of a mobile phone-style communicator or tricorder has been discovered in Germany – and while the clay model is itself 800 years old, the writing on the device’s keys is cuneiform dating from around 2500BC. The clay tablet came from a 13th century archaeological dig site in Austria. So far […]

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Raising Caine (Caine Riordan book 3) by Charles E. Gannon (book review)

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Raising Caine (Caine Riordan book 3) by Charles E. Gannon (book review)

Caine Riordan has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In ‘Fire With Fire’, he stumbled into an intergalactic conspiracy. As a result, he lost thirteen years of his life and suffered a change in profession from writer to soldier, spy and sometime diplomat. In ‘Trial By Fire’, he is […]

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (book review).

December 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (book review).

‘Warm Bodies’ was Isaac Marion’s debut novel and it seemed to catch the zombie zeitgeist when it came out in 2010, rapidly being turned into a successful Hollywood movie. I reviewed his 2015 prequel novella, ‘The New Hunger’, here last month. How does the original novel compare? The story takes place some years after the […]

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A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe (book review).

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A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe (book review).

There is much debate amongst the reading public as to the future of the book and libraries. For the older generation, brought up to appreciate printed matter, there is not much doubt as to what should happen. Certainly, electronic books have their uses. University students don’t have to cart around huge tomes, kindles fit into […]

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Ant-Man (2015) (Blu-ray film review).

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Ant-Man (2015) (Blu-ray film review).

I did wonder why they started with a second-generation Ant-Man rather than see his creator, Henry Pym, have his career. With a guest appearance of the Falcon and their new headquarters, it would have meant that the original Ant-Man was appearing before even the likes of Iron Man came into being. When you consider that […]

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Nekromantik 2 Special Edition (1991) (DVD/Blu-ray film review)

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Nekromantik 2 Special Edition (1991)    (DVD/Blu-ray film review)

‘Nekromantik 2’ is the 1991 sequel to Jörg Buttgereit’s cult low budget 1987 horror film ‘Nekromantik’. The original film tells the story of Rob, a necrophiliac who is able to obtain the objects of his desire through his job working for an agency that cleans up the scene after road traffic accidents. With the exception […]

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Illustrators # 9 (magazine review)

December 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 9    (magazine review)

As soon as I saw the cover of Illustrators # 9, I recognised the work of Bruce Pennington because it’s the cover of ‘Time, Space And Nathaniel’ by Brian Aldiss. It’s also one of the few times where I bought the book for the cover art but didn’t care for the stories (four of them) […]

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