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Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction and fantasy writer and reviewer who lives in the south west of England. If you want to know more visit his website: https://eamonnmurphyblog.com/

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The Mongrel Mage (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Mongrel Mage (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

‘The Mongrel Mage’ is the 19th novel in the on-going ‘The Recluse Saga’ but you don’t have to read the other eighteen to follow it. Even so, I imagine that most people who buy this book will have some of the others and at least understand Modesitt’s magical system of order and chaos. Essentially, order […]

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2000AD Prog 2076 (e-mag review).

April 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog 2076 (e-mag review).

The latest weekly instalment of Thrill Power is out now in 2000AD Prog 2076. ‘Judge Dredd: Flaws’ (Part One) opens the issue. Higson Plaza is a divided community with one block supporting law enforcement and the other block bitterly resenting them. Sometimes, they fight. Reporter Mo Malik is more interested in a good story than […]

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Welcome To Dystopia: 45 Visions Of What Lies Ahead edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Welcome To Dystopia: 45 Visions Of What Lies Ahead edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review).

Gordon Van Gelder says in his preface to ‘Welcome To Dystopia’ that he wanted lots of short stories for this anthology rather than just a few long ones. He succeeded. There are forty-five tales packed in here and even the most meticulous reviewer isn’t going to cover all of them, though I have read them […]

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2000AD Prog 2075 (e-mag review).

April 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog 2075 (e-mag review).

It’s not easy reviewing a weekly comic! The next one arrives before you draw breath from the last one and you have to go again. Here’s a quick update on the stories in this issue. Some are on-going and a couple are one-shots. ‘Judge Dredd: The Death Watch’ is a one shot. The Chronos 5000, […]

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Outposts Of Beyond April 2018 (ebook review).

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Outposts Of Beyond April 2018 (ebook review).

I bought this issue because it contains a story by Mike Morgan and an interview with him. I’ve enjoyed a few of his yarns in the past. Happily, there is some other good stuff, too. ‘A Prophecy And The People’ by Beth Powers is a fantasy that plays with the usual tropes. The Bard is […]

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2000AD Prog 2074 (e-mag review).

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog 2074 (e-mag review).

All new stories started in the last extra large issue of ‘2000AD’ and they continue in this one, though it’s back to the standard 32 pages. It’s hard to cope with more Thrill-Power than that every week anyway, so no complaints. It’s worth scanning the background summaries on page 2 of the magazine to get […]

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2000AD Prog 2073 (e-mag review).

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog 2073 (e-mag review).

Here’s a special extra large edition of ‘’2000AD’ that costs an extra pound. But it’s worth it and with all new stories starting up, albeit with old characters, this would be a good time to ‘jump onboard the galaxy’s greatest comic, Earthlets’ as the cover blurb rightly states. First up is Judge Dredd with a […]

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Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology by Ellen Datlow (book review).

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology by Ellen Datlow (book review).

After an introduction by renowned editor Ellen Datlow and a poem ‘O Terrible Bird’ by Sandra Kasturi, we get down to the meat of the book: the stories. ‘The Obscure Bird’ by Nicholas Royle is about a man who starts turning nocturnal. His wife becomes worried. Then he ends up more owlish than Billy Bunter […]

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2000AD Prog 2072 (emag review).

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
2000AD Prog 2072 (emag review).

In this issue‘2000AD’, most of the continuing stories reach a conclusion, albeit with the main characters left alive for the next yarn. Judge Lola is possessed by an alien spirit that intends to let its companions take over other bodies and only Judge Dredd and Judge Lamia can stop it. This is the conclusion and […]

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Judge Dredd Megazine #393 (magazine review).

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd Megazine #393 (magazine review).

Here’s the latest ‘Judge Dredd Megazine’ featuring several episodes of on-going stories. Whereas ‘2000AD’ tends to give you five or six-page episodes, the bigger Meg has space for ten or twelve thrill-powered pages at a time as well as some text articles. One advantage of the anthology system of serials in British comics is that […]

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