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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes too. See https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01GEVVV5Q

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3 # 98 (magazine review).

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 3  # 98 (magazine review).

After the contents page and the subscription information, On Spec # 98 opens with an editorial: ‘The Future Of On Spec And The Challenges We Face’ by Diane L. Walton, Managing Editor. Small arts magazines cannot get by on the revenues from advertisers and subscribers alone but need extra funding. Their government grant has been […]

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Essential Daredevil Volume 6 by Marv Wolfman and Bill Mantlo (graphic novel review).

March 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Essential Daredevil Volume 6 by Marv Wolfman and Bill Mantlo (graphic novel review).

As Daredevil is soon to make an appearance on those new fangled television things, this might be a good time to read the ancient texts. ‘Essential Daredevil Vol. 6’ includes Daredevil # 126-146 and Daredevil Annual # 4 along with Iron Man # 88-89 and Ghost Rider # 20. With nearly 500 pages, it’s a […]

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Mage-Guard Of Hamor (The Recluce Saga book 15) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

February 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mage-Guard Of Hamor (The Recluce Saga book 15) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Mage-Guard Of Hamor’ is the fifteenth novel in ‘The Recluce Saga’ and a follow up to ‘Natural Ordermage’ which was the fourteenth. Although the saga is multi-volume, many of them can be read independently or in pairs, like these two, as they feature different time periods in the history of this fantasy world. It would […]

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Brass Sun Graphic Novel by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Brass Sun Graphic Novel  by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

‘The Brass Sun’ graphic novel collects several issues of the on-going series into a hardback format with good paper and high quality printing. I have reviewed the first few issues previously and don’t want to give away the plot of the later issues so this is an easy one. The setting is certainly original. The […]

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The Book Of Silverberg edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer (book review).

January 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Book Of Silverberg edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer (book review).

‘The Book Of Silverberg’ opens with ‘A Tribute’ by Greg Bear and ‘An Appreciation’ by Barry Malzberg to the man honoured by this collection, Robert Silverberg. In the stories that follow, individual writers have generally chosen one particular Silverberg setting or story and done a tale of their own in a similar mode. The results […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2 # 97 (magazine review).

December 28, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 2  # 97 (magazine review).

On Spec # 97 gets the fiction started with ‘Bugzapper’ by Mikey Hamm, this issue’s author interviewee. It’s a dense story about Josh, a teenage genius who is planning a date with a princess from another dimension in a park infested with dangerous insects. Josh accidentally caused the insect problem when trying to deal with […]

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The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (book review).

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (book review).

Firstly, I should mention that my copy of this book, ‘The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio’ by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is a pdf file sent by the publisher, which is great and I’m grateful but I suspect the whole darn thing will look even better as the real big […]

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Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards and Dan McDaid (graphic novel review).

December 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards and Dan McDaid (graphic novel review).

Since comicbooks became respectable, more or less, there are many films based on that medium in our modern era: ‘From Hell’, ‘V For Vendetta’ and all the super-hero stuff that’s taken over the cinema. ‘Vandroid’ is something different, a comic based on a film that was never made. A studio fire and other disasters kept […]

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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Volume 2: 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better by William H. Patterson, Jr (book review)

November 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Volume 2: 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better by William H. Patterson, Jr   (book review)

Here, at last, is the long awaited second volume of the authorised biography of Robert A. Heinlein. ‘Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve’ told the story of his boyhood, his time in the navy and the beginnings of his writing career. ‘Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His […]

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The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft and I.N.J. Culbard (book review).

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft and I.N.J. Culbard (book review).

Artist I.N.J. Culbard has adapted another H.P. Lovecraft story after winning an award for ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’. ‘The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath’, a quirky work even by Lovecraft’s standards, was not published in his lifetime. Posthumously, of course, every word he ever penned in now available in one form or another. This story […]

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