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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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Ditko’s Shorts edited by Craig Yoe and Fester Faceplant (graphic novel review).

April 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ditko’s Shorts edited by Craig Yoe and Fester Faceplant (graphic novel review).

It is not generally known that famous comic book artist Steve Ditko has a fine pair of legs and likes to show them off by eschewing long trousers in favour of a variety of shorts. It is not generally known because it isn’t true. ‘Ditko’s Shorts’ is not a fashion book with one model showing […]

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Madness In Solidar (The Image Portfolio book nine) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Madness In Solidar (The Image Portfolio book nine) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

This adventure, ‘Madness In Solidar’, takes place four centuries after Rex Regis, the last volume in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ wherein the mighty Quaeryt, hero of five books, managed to establish a Collegium of Imagers. These are people who can ’image’ things into existence in a limited way, depending on their individual strength. They can also […]

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Lovecraft’s Monsters edited by Ellen Datlow (book review).

March 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lovecraft’s Monsters edited by Ellen Datlow (book review).

‘Lovecraft‘s Monsters’ is a big anthology and this much gloom is probably best taken in small doses, unless you‘re from Innsmouth. The very famous Neil Gaiman opens the billing but I’m heading up the review with ‘Remnants’, a short story by Fred Chappell. Fred Chappell! I mean no disrespect to the other great talents on […]

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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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