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Author Archive: AndyWhitaker

I live in deepest darkest Essex where I enjoy photography, real ales, walking my dog, cooking and a really good book. I own an e-book reader which goes with me everywhere but still enjoy the traditional paper based varieties.

My oriental studies have earned me a black belt in Suduko and I'm considered a master in deadly Bonsai (there are very few survivors).

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Throne Of The Bastards by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury (book review).

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Throne Of The Bastards by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury (book review).

‘Throne Of The Bastards’ follows on from ‘King Of The Bastards’ with no break in Rogan’s trail of mayhem. If you didn’t read ‘King Of The Bastards,’ then I should mention that this is a sword and sorcery tale by Brian Keene and Stephen L. Shrewsbury with the emphasis on the sword bit as its […]

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War World by Rod C. Spence (book review).

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
War World by Rod C. Spence (book review).

Rod C. Spence is an Emmy-nominated television and film editor, producer, screenwriter and director who has decided to branch out as an author. War Worlds is his debut novel in what looks to be a trilogy. Its aimed at the young adult market and based on this first book could be described as a SciFi, […]

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Justice League: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Danny Elfman (soundtrack review)

November 23, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Justice League: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Danny Elfman  (soundtrack review)

This is the ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ for the ‘Justice League’ film. The majority of the tracks are composed and performed by Danny Elfman. After doing a bit of research, I noted that Mr. Elfman has quite a few soundtrack credits to his name. I stopped counting after 20 but it’s fair to say he […]

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Neverwhere: The Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell (book review)

November 21, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Neverwhere: The Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell   (book review)

This edition of ‘Neverwhere’ is a republishing of Gaiman’s 2015 ‘Neverwhere Authors Prefered Text’ edition with a minor difference. All right, it’s a huge difference. This one has been illustrated by UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, but the text remains the same as the 2015 published edition. Before discussing the illustrations, let’s consider ‘Neverwhere’. The […]

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Justice League (2017) (film review by Andy Whitaker).

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Justice League (2017) (film review by Andy Whitaker).

This is an odd review for me as I have actually just parted with some of my hard-earned money to see ‘Justice League’ at the local cinema. Normally, I’m asked to review pre-release material, so I have the advantage of watching it several times and its available to rewind if I want to check a […]

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Communication Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Communication Failure by Joe Zieja (book review).

‘Communication Failure’ by Joe Zieja is the sequel to ‘Mechanical Failure’. This book has a similar cover to the first in that there’s a rather large spaceship but its surrounded by smaller craft and they are all firing weapons at it. ‘Mechanical Failure’ had a large red warning triangle with the text ‘Mechanical Failure.’ superimposed […]

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Revolt (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Bear McCreary.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Revolt (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Bear McCreary.

‘Revolt (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’ by none other than Bear McCreary. This is the chap who impressed me with his work for the ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ soundtrack and the rather darker ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ soundtrack. For ‘Revolt’, we have 14 tracks providing 52 minutes of musical entertainment and only on download. Track 1 is […]

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Final Recall (2017) (film review)

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Final Recall (2017)     (film review)

It might be called ‘Final Recall’ but don’t assume it has anything to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 movie ‘Total Recall’ or even the 2012 remake. That would be a mistake as it is a completely different story. It might be why the film is also known as ‘The Recall’ to avoid any confusion with […]

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War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

‘War In Heaven’ is the sequel to ‘Veteran’ by Gavin Smith or is it Gavin G. Smith? Both books list the author as Gavin Smith on the cover and Gavin G. Smith on the title page. Anyway, our unlikely hero, Sergeant Jakob Douglas, an ex-special forces veteran who has been discharged from the forces makes […]

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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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