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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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21st Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (book review).

August 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
21st Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (book review).

This is a collection of Science Fiction short stories from the 21st century. The brief preface explains that many of the writers were writing and publishing before the millennium but have come to prominence since. The editors have a broad church view of Science Fiction, which lends itself to great variety in the contents but […]

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Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

August 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones (book review).

This is another collection of Lovecraft homage, a cottage industry in the horror genre. Getting Lovecraftian stories published seems to be relatively easy nowadays, like shooting fish in a barrel. Before getting to the text, I want to mention the fine ink lines on the splendid illustrations by Randy Broecker. They reminded me of the […]

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Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil (graphic novel review)

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil  (graphic novel review)

At last, the DC Showcase volumes have reached the point where Batman is getting good. I recently looked up the old Alley Awards on-line and the ‘Batman’ titles twice won the same award: strip most in need of improvement, even in 1962 when regular penciller Carmine Infantino scooped the best artist award. ‘Showcase Batman Volumes […]

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Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (graphic novel review).

June 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (graphic novel review).

Reading ‘Kick-Ass 3’ only took a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve seen the original film and missed the second but this was my first encounter with the comicbook source material. I’m sure it will be a film, too. ‘Kick-Ass’, in case you didn’t know, is Dave Lizewski, a teenage geek who decided […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4 # 99 (magazine review).

May 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 26 no. 4  # 99 (magazine review).

The fiction doesn’t start until page 32 of this issue of ‘On Spec’, when you have ‘My Pink Galoshes’ by Krista D. Ball. (Is that a pseudonym?) Galoshes, I believe, are what we in England call Wellington boots, waterproof footwear named after the Duke of Wellington who whupped Napoleon at Waterloo, albeit with rather more […]

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller (book review).

May 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller (book review).

Following the events of ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth’, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are in a groundcar fleeing enemy forces on the hostile enemy planet Lanteeb which has been taken by Separatist forces. The bad guys are using the mineral damotite, common on Lanteeb, to develop a nasty bioweapon. Our heroes […]

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stealth by Karen Miller (book review).

April 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stealth by Karen Miller (book review).

The Republic may be losing the war. General Grievous is taking his ‘clanky butt’ and his war fleet into the fray and, planet by planet, spreading darkness across the galaxy. Now he has attacked Kothlis, strategically located in the Mid Rim area and with a valuable spynet facility. It must not fall. Fortunately, Obi-Wan, Anakin, […]

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Essential Avengers Volume 3: The Avengers # 47-68 & Annual # 2: by John Buscema and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

April 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Essential Avengers Volume 3: The Avengers # 47-68 & Annual # 2: by John Buscema and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ being the big movie of the moment. I thought I would dive into my extensive ‘Essential’ archives and dig out the source material. This is conveniently located in Essential Avengers Volume 3. I have read the stories oft times before but reviewing them was a pleasure only slightly ruined by the […]

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The Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 1 – Elric Of Melnibone by Michael T Gilbert, Roy Thomas and P Craig Russell (book review).

April 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 1 – Elric Of Melnibone by Michael T Gilbert, Roy Thomas and P Craig Russell (book review).

This compact volume, ‘The Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 1 – Elric Of Melnibone’, reprints the version of ‘Elric Of Melniboné’ that first saw the light of day in Pacific Comics back in the eighties. Six issues are collected here and the story is the original yarn about Elric’s conflict with his evil cousin Yyrkoon, who […]

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Elric Volume 2 – Stormbringer (Michael Moorcock’s Elric) by Robin Recht, Julien Blondel and Didier Poli (graphic novel review).

April 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Elric Volume 2 – Stormbringer (Michael Moorcock’s Elric) by Robin Recht, Julien Blondel and Didier Poli (graphic novel review).

‘Elric Volume 2 – Stormbringer (Michael Moorcock’s Elric), the second volume of the latest incarnation of Elric by Julien Blondel and friends is as accomplished as the first, Elric: Volume 1: The Ruby Throne’, and clearly a labour of love for all concerned. The artistic team has changed slightly as Didier Poli only drew the […]

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