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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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Penda’s Fen (1974) (blu-ray film review).

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Penda’s Fen (1974) (blu-ray film review).

‘Penda’s Fen’ directed by Alan Clarke and written by David Rudkin was originally shown on BBC1 way back in 1974 as part of ‘Play For Today’. I missed it at that time as I was otherwise engaged with my birthday celebrations. For some reason, the BBC only repeated the broadcast once in 1990 and I […]

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The Communication Room by Adam Aresty (e-book review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Communication Room by Adam Aresty (e-book review).

‘The Communication Room’ is certainly Science Fiction but it’s also a thriller and a creepy one at that. You can tell it’s going to be an odd story as it starts with a section titled ‘About The Communication Room’. I could be lazy and just cut and paste this section into this review as it […]

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Apex Magazine #84, May 2016 (emag review).

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Apex Magazine #84, May 2016 (emag review).

It’s Apex # 84 under scrutiny in this review and there’s no better place to start than the intriguing cover art by Robert Carter. A man’s head is apparently being unwound (literally) and seems to be filled with nothing but fresh air. While the illustration does not relate to any specific story there is a […]

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless by Keith R. A. DeCandido

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless by Keith R. A. DeCandido

‘The Deathless’ is an original novel based on the ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ TV series or, to put it another way, it is not a novelisation of one of the episodes. But it very well could be as it has all the right ingredients with various plot twists and a satisfying ending just in time […]

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Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

I am not sure why we got ‘Lux The Poet’ to review as it is neither Science Fiction nor fantasy. The back of the book says it is fiction and so it is. The central character is Lux who thinks he is the world greatest living poet. As well as being a thief and a […]

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Shackleton’s Folly (The Lost Wonders book 1) by Todd Yunker.

April 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shackleton’s Folly (The Lost Wonders book 1) by Todd Yunker.

The implication is that the hero of this story, Alec Shackleton, is a descendant of the famous explorer Sir Earnest Shackleton in a future where the Earth has been destroyed. He’s certainly an explorer who is not averse to a bit of hardship to get to his goal, so he does share some of the […]

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10 Cloverfield Lane (Original Soundtrack Album).

April 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
10 Cloverfield Lane (Original Soundtrack Album).

After reviewing the ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’ soundtrack composed by Bear McCreary, I jumped at the chance to review the soundtrack from the film ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ as its also composed by McCreary. This guy has serious talent and it shows through again. If you don’t know anything about the film you can read a […]

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Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit (book review).

April 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Earthshatter by Albert Nothlit (book review).

In a distant future on an earth-like planet that may or may not be the Earth, a city called Haven VII is suddenly over-run with rather large, ferocious, poisonous centipedes. They defeat the local militia and the combat robots of the local benevolent AI called Kyrios before killing every inhabitant, except for eight individuals who […]

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Covenant’s End: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell.

March 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Covenant’s End: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell.

Well, it’s taken three books to get here but the fourth book, ‘Covenant’s End’, could well be the final book for Widdershins as we know her. It’s a fitting, epic final but I’m sure there going to be a lot of fans who are going to hate Ari Marmell for it. For those who are […]

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The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

March 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Bearer Of Grievances by Joseph McKinley (book review).

This is a collection of eight short stories by Joseph McKinley paints a rather bleak picture of our future. The book, ‘The Bearer Of Grievances’, gets its title from the first story which is very good. Imagine a technology that can remove a segment of your memory. Not only remove it but preserve it, so it’s […]

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