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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who has written a few short stories too.

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Frostfire Worlds edited by Tyree Campbell (book review)

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Frostfire Worlds edited by Tyree Campbell   (book review)

I’m late with this review of ‘Frostfire World’s as the May 2017 issue is already out but never mind. The magazine is aimed at readers aged 8-17 which is quite a variation. Some of the stories are fairly adult and some are obviously for younger kids. There’s poetry, too, but I’ll focus on the fiction. […]

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Shadows & Tall Trees 7 by Alison Moore and Brian Evenson (book review)

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shadows & Tall Trees 7 by Alison Moore and Brian Evenson    (book review)

This is a volume of modern weird stories, the kind that aspire to fine writing and a certain atmosphere of dread rather than hero overcoming a succession of crises to win out in the last act plot shenanigans. Heroes overcoming a succession of crises to win out in the last act plots are good for […]

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Jack Kirby Collection SeventyOne (magazine review)

July 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jack Kirby Collection SeventyOne  (magazine review)

The theme of this issue og the ‘Jack Kirby Collection’ is Omega, following on from last issue’s Alpha. Omega is about endings or death but, by stretching a point, you can say that anti-life is about death, too, and squeeze in Darkseid and Apokalypse, which is really about endings and so is Ragnarok. To celebrate […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Vol. # 2 (graphic novel review)

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Vol. # 2   (graphic novel review)

Lady Justice is a vengeful spirit who lends her powers to downtrodden women. When they don the white blindfold they become her avatars and have kickass powers. This is the second volume of ‘Lady Justice’ stories and it starts anew with number one. The first run was cancelled but they had another stab at it. […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Vol. # 1 (graphic novel review)

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Vol. # 1  (graphic novel review)

Initially, I thought ‘Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice’ fit in with the ‘Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage’ and ‘Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero’ saga and it does but there’s no evidence of that in this volume. However, I snuck a peek at Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Vol. # 2 and Mister Henry Phage puts in an appearance there so […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero Complete Comics Vol. 1 (graphic novel review)

June 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero Complete Comics Vol. 1  (graphic novel review)

Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero is a character in the Teknophage epic which was dreamed up by Neil Gaiman in the early 1990s but folded in a comicbook bust the like of which happens every ten years or so. It’s fair to point out that this volume can be read as a standalone but does tie […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 2 (graphic novel review)

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 2   (graphic novel review)

Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 2 is the follow up to ‘Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 1 which is part of a series of comics with one epic story. This volume starts with a revolt against Henry Phage, powerful and crafty reptilian ruler of Kalighoul for several million years. Kalighoul is a parallel Earth and […]

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Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 1 (graphic novel review)

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 1   (graphic novel review)

Big picture first. ‘Teknophage’ is one of several comics published back in the early 1990s by Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, who created the Sci-Fi Channel. Comics were booming and they thought the time was ripe for it. Neil Gaiman, a rising star then, a superstar now, was invited to come up with concepts to […]

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You Will Grow into Them by Malcolm Devlin (book review)

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
You Will Grow into Them by Malcolm Devlin   (book review)

‘You Will Grow Into Them’ is an anthology of short stories from the pen, computer, word processor or whatever of Malcolm Devlin. Some of them have been previously published in ‘Interzone’, ‘Black Static and ‘Aickman’s Heirs’, which I presume is an anthology. Others have not, so far as one can tell, been published elsewhere. I […]

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View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) – 2nd edition edited by Franz Rottensteiner (book review)

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) – 2nd edition edited by Franz Rottensteiner   (book review)

Anthologies of foreign Science Fiction are intrinsically interesting, I think because the writers come from a different culture than your own. Not all that different if they’re French or German but quite a bit if they were in the Eastern bloc under communism. All the stories in this book date from before 1973 when it […]

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