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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes for the small press. He saves his old short stories and gives them away in free collections. See https://eamonnmurphyblog.wordpress.com/

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A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

August 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
A Fantasy Medley 3 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

‘A Fantasy Medley 3’ contains four short stories by four authors, three of them as a lead-in, preview or reader magnet into novel series featuring the same characters. Each can be read as standalone so unfamiliarity with the background is not an issue. First up is ‘Goddess At The Crossroads’ by Kevin Hearne, which features […]

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Dark Currents edited by Ian Whates (anthology book review).

August 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dark Currents edited by Ian Whates (anthology book review).

‘Dark Currents’ is an anthology of short stories from interesting little publisher NewCon Press for which the authors were given one simple prompt: Dark currents/dark tides. They could make of that what they would and author brains being each unique, they delivered sixteen different stories and one poem. I read the hardcover version but it’s […]

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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

July 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (book review).

‘Salvation Day’ is an SF adventure/horror story set hundreds of years in the future. The complex background is revealed in skilful exposition in the first two chapters, even as the story gets started, no mean feat. In truth, the early part is borderline info dump but get past that, it’s not long and you are […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

June 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is still going (hooray!) and the third issue is out now. The non-fiction feature is an interesting interview with Dorothy Fontana of ‘Star Trek’ fame but I’ll focus on the fiction. There are two themes herein: the Moon and AI. There are also dogs. The Moon, AI and dog themes are […]

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Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

June 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

‘Jewels In The Dust’ is a collection of short stories by Peter Crowther. Publishers’ lore states that single-author collections are death at the box office so you need a high rating to get one put out. Does Peter Crowther deserve the honour? I’ll pick out a few highlights from the collection to show that he […]

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Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

Robert Silverberg said that the novella is the ideal form for a Science Fiction story because it gives a writer enough room to fill in the background. He also said that a Science Fiction writer should have ‘some vestige of some knowledge of some science’. ‘Suppose We ‘is a Science Fiction novella from Geoff Nelder, […]

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Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Six (magazine review).

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collector Seventy-Six (magazine review).

The 76th issue of the ‘Jack Kirby Collector’ opens with editor John Morrow correcting wrong impressions some have gleaned from the 75th issue, ‘Stuf’ Said’ in which he chronicled the creation of Marvel Comics. The Internet is now awash with anti-Stan Lee comments based on his work. Morrow is not anti-Lee just pro-Kirby. It’s a […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

Oddly, the folks at ‘On Spec’ have decided to combine two issues into one, an experiment. Apart from the double length, it’s the usual mix of fantasy and Science Fiction with a few editorials, articles, flash fiction bits and poems thrown in. I’ll pick out my personal favourites. Among the features is an extract from […]

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The Silent Invasion: The Great Fear vol. 2 by Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas (graphic novel review).

May 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Silent Invasion: The Great Fear vol. 2 by Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas (graphic novel review).

‘The Silent Invasion: The Great Fear’ is the follow-up volume to ‘The Silent Invasion: Red Shadows’ and continues the adventures of Matt Sinkage, ace reporter. If you want to read ‘Red Shadows’ then stop here because spoilers are inevitable. In that book, Matt Sinkage investigated UFOs but was blocked in his efforts by a secret […]

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A Fantasy Medley 2 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

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A Fantasy Medley 2 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

‘A Fantasy Medley 2’ is one of those ‘taster’ anthologies that feature stories from on-going series. The publisher’s cunning plan is to get you hooked on a set of characters and a fantasy setting so you buy all the books. If the tasters are good enough, it works. So do these four tales cut the […]

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