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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes for the small press. He saves his old short stories and gives them away in free collections. See https://eamonnmurphyblog.wordpress.com/

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Essential Fantastic Four Volume 8 by John Buscema, Rich Buckler, George Perez, Ron Wilson, Sal Buscema, Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo, Gerry Conway, Len Wein and Jim Shooter (graphic novel review).

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Essential Fantastic Four Volume 8 by John Buscema, Rich Buckler, George Perez, Ron Wilson, Sal Buscema, Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo, Gerry Conway, Len Wein and Jim Shooter (graphic novel review).

Roy Thomas is great. He slid into Marvel Comics in the mid-sixties and after an interesting stint on ‘The Uncanny X-Men’ brought new vitality to ‘The Mighty Avengers’, aided mightily by the gorgeous art of John Buscema. He was well read in pulp fiction, literary fiction and, most importantly, comics. Finally, in the mid-seventies, he […]

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Heart And Soul (Magical British Empire book 3) by Sarah A. Hoyt (book review).

July 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Heart And Soul (Magical British Empire book 3) by Sarah A. Hoyt	(book review).

‘Heart And Soul’ concludes the epic story which began in ‘Heart Of Light’ and continued in ‘Soul Of Fire’. As I read these some time ago and have read a lot of other stuff in between, it was confusing at first but this is often the way with trilogies. Really the best thing is to […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 91 (magazine review).

July 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 91	(magazine review).

This is a particularly good issue of ‘On-Spec’, the Canadian magazine of the fantastic. The non-fiction is interesting but, as ever, it’s the fiction that makes it. ‘10 Thing I Know About Jesus’ by Stephen Popkes is narrated by a young lad who has been adopted by the eponymous hero of the tale. That Jesus […]

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Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7 by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Rich Buckler, Ross Andru, Bob Brown, Dick Ayers, Joe Staton, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont and Steve Englehart (graphic novel review).

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Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7 by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Rich Buckler, Ross Andru, Bob Brown, Dick Ayers, Joe Staton, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont and Steve Englehart (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7’ features stories from Fantastic Four # 138 through to Fantastic Four # 159 with a couple of ‘Giant-Size’ issues thrown in for good measure. Over 500 pages, as usual with ‘Essentials’, so good value at least so far as pages per pound/dollar/euro pint of yak milk or whatever currency you […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/Aug 2013 Volume 124 # 707 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/Aug 2013 Volume 124 # 707 (magazine review).

‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science-Fiction’ explores the opposite extremes of the fantasy genre in this issue with a nice mix of Science Fiction and fairy tales. Most of the stories fall into one category or the other, so we’ll start with the fantasy. ‘Heartsmith’s Daughters’ by Harry R. Campion is a fairy tale about […]

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The Simon and Kirby Library – Science Fiction by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and Dave Gibbons (graphic novel review),

June 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Simon and Kirby Library – Science Fiction by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby and Dave Gibbons (graphic novel review),

‘The Simon and Kirby Library – Science Fiction’ another fine big themed collection of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby from Titan Books, printed on high quality paper and lovingly restored. This one focuses on their Science Fiction work. The book is divided into decades and we are provided with stories, all very short, from the […]

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Antiagon Fire (The Imager Portfolio book seven) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

June 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Antiagon Fire (The Imager Portfolio book seven) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Antiagon Fire’ is the seventh book in ‘The Imager Portfolio. The first three books were about the rise to power of an imager named Rhennthyl. The fourth book and those following are a prequel which tell the story of Quaeryt and his rise from being a scholar and secret imager to commander of mighty conquering […]

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The Best of Robert Silverberg: Stories Of Six Decades (book review).

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The Best of Robert Silverberg: Stories Of Six Decades (book review).

The title says it all. This hefty volume collects stories from Robert Silverberg’s six decades in the business, having some from each ten year span. So without further ado… The 1950s segment kicks off with ‘Road To Nightfall’. There has been war for two decades and things are getting grim in New York. Katterson was […]

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Essential Thor Vol. 6 by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

May 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Vol. 6 by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Thor Vol. 6’ starts off with ‘Hercules Enraged’ from The Mighty Thor # 221 and ends with ‘The Flame And The Hammer’ from The Mighty Thor # 247. In between, there are plenty of pages of Marvel black and white action for a relatively small fee. ‘Hercules Enraged’ indulges in that slightly silly Marvel […]

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Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6 by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

May 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6 by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

‘From beyond the stars shall come the Overmind and he shall crush the universe.’ So goes an ancient prophecy steeped in Stan Lee hyperbole. Super-heroes used to save America, then the world and later the galaxy from some terrible menace. Now it’s the universe. This shows that Stan didn’t know how big the universe is. […]

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