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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit too. See humblesmallpresswriter165004122.wordpress.com

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Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!: 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History by Pat Mills (book review).

April 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!: 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History by Pat Mills (book review).

‘Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!’ was the catchphrase of the villain Torquemada in ‘Nemesis The Warlock’, a Pat Mills series and is also the title for this history of the creation of ‘2000AD’, a British comic of some renown. Mills admits from the start that this is his truth, a popular conception today and that […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 10 (magazine review).

March 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 10 (magazine review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is a magazine focusing on international Science Fiction. This issue features stories from Mexico, China, Croatia and the United States. ‘The Second Celeste’ by Alberto Chimal of Mexico, translated by Patrick Weill, is about Celeste, a lady dying of cancer who joins an experimental project that can upload her memories and […]

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Absinthe & Arsenic by Raven Dane (book review).

March 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Absinthe & Arsenic by Raven Dane (book review).

‘Absinthe & Arsenic’ is a collection of sixteen tales by Raven Dane, a mixture of Victorian weird fiction and steampunk. In the introduction, she confesses to being a lifelong fan of M.R. James and Wilkie Collins. Most of the pieces were written especially for this book and have not appeared elsewhere. One exception is an […]

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Fairhaven Rising (Saga Of Recluce book 22) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review)

March 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
Fairhaven Rising (Saga Of Recluce book 22) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.  (book review)

‘Fairhaven Rising is the 22nd book in the ‘Saga Of Recluce’, set in a fantasy world where magic is a matter of controlling order and chaos. White mages control chaos, which is basically energy, useful for war as they can fire blasts of power at opposing troops. Black mages control order and can form invisible […]

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The Simon And Kirby Library: Crime by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

March 18, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Simon And Kirby Library: Crime by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (graphic novel review).

‘The Simon And Kirby Library: Crime’ is another fine volume in the Titan books series collecting old works by these stars of Golden Age comics. Most readers will be more familiar with Kirby’s super-hero stuff, but super-heroes were not as popular in the era after World War II and creators turned to other genres. As […]

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Fighting American: The Ties That Bind by Gordon Rennie and Andie Tong (graphic novel review).

March 18, 2021 | By | Reply More
Fighting American: The Ties That Bind by Gordon Rennie and Andie Tong (graphic novel review).

The story of Simon and Kirby’s Fighting American and Speedboy in the 21st century continues in this second volume, ‘Fighting American: The Ties That Bind’. At the end of the last book, Chaos Boy revealed that he had sent an assortment of Professor Dyle Twister’s deadly weapons to every nutcase and whack-job he could find […]

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Nocterra #1 Collector’s Edition by Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey (digital comicbook review).

March 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Nocterra #1 Collector’s Edition by Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey (digital comicbook review).

‘Nocterra’ is a new Science Fiction comic book series from Image Comics, which brought you ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Spawn’ and ‘Kick-Ass’. At Image, the creators own the rights to their work and it’s now the third biggest comic book company in America. The SF background to ‘Nocterra’ is the Big PM effect which happened about […]

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The Summer Palace (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 3) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

March 2, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Summer Palace (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 3) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

‘The Summer Palace’ is the third volume in ‘The Annals Of The Chosen’, which began with ‘The Wizard Lord’ and continued in ‘The Ninth Talisman’. In fact, ‘The Summer Palace’ is the second half of the story told in ‘The Ninth Talisman’, which ended on a cliff-hanger. The cliffs in question are the eastern cliffs […]

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The Ninth Talisman (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 2) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

February 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Ninth Talisman (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 2) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

‘The Ninth Talisman’ is the second volume in ‘The Annals Of The Chosen’ series, following ‘The Wizard Lord’. In that book, ordinary village bloke Breaker became The Swordsman, one of the Chosen who act as a check on the Wizard Lord who rules the land of Barokan and have the duty to either remove him […]

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Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy).

February 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy).

This anthology ‘Robots & Artificial Intelligence’ from Flame Tree Publishing has the exciting notion of mixing classic tales on the theme with new ones by modern writers. The stories and extracts come at you in alphabetical order by author, beginning with Frank L. Baum and ending with Eleanor R Wood. Although I enjoyed the mix, […]

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