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Author Archive: EamonnMurphy

Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who writes a bit. See https://eamonnmurphybooks.wordpress.com
His latest book 'Federation and Empire' is out now - links here
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller (book review).

June 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller (book review).

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space’ by Karen Miller follows on from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ by Karen Traviss. You don’t have to be called Karen to write ‘Star Wars’ books but, clearly, it helps. It is set at the time of the Clone Wars, when the Republic is fighting for survival against […]

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

June 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss (book review).

The Clone Wars are an integral part of the ‘Star Wars’ saga as shown in the films. The cast of characters in this book are largely known to us already: Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Chancellor Palpatine, Count Dooku, Jabba the Hutt and so forth. We know how it all turns out for them. […]

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Conan The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard (book review).

June 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Conan The Barbarian by Robert E. Howard (book review).

‘The stories that inspired the movie’ says the strapline atop the front cover on this book. Don’t be put off by that. Although the ‘Conan’ movies are uniformly awful, sometimes in an entertaining way, the original stories are excellent pulp fiction. Along with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard is the most […]

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Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Volume 1 by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani (graphic novel review).

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Volume 1 by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani (graphic novel review).

Rita Farr is a beautiful actress. When filming in Africa, she goes over a waterfall and is exposed to underground chemical vapours which give her the power to shrink and enlarge herself. Larry Trainor is a jet pilot who is exposed to ‘unknown wave belts’ when he skims space in an experimental rocket plane. After […]

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Star Wars: Riptide by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Riptide by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

‘Star Wars: Riptide’ by Paul S. Kemp is a follow up to ‘Star Wars: Crosscurrent’ and features many of the same characters. To avoid plot spoilers it is best not to read this review if you haven’t read ‘Crosscurrent’ yet, which you should do. It’s quite good. Following the events in ‘Star Wars: Crosscurrent’, the […]

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Star Wars: Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

May 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

I quite like ‘Star Wars’ but have only a nodding acquaintance with the films and am not a ‘Warsie’, if there is such a being. I mention this in order to elicit forgiveness in advance for any errors I make from those hardcore fans who know Han Solo’s shoe size and Darth Vader’s favourite colour. […]

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Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

May 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard (graphic novel review).

‘Celeste’ is a graphic novel by I.N.J. Culbard whose graphics I have enjoyed on the ‘Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds’ mini-series. His art is equally good on ‘Celeste’ and he has more space here to indulge in slow-paced storytelling which he does to good effect. There’s a very cinematic opening few pages in which […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 4 # 95 (magazine review).

This issue of ‘On Spec’ features two post-apocalypse stories, two sad stories and a pair of lightly amusing fantasy tales. First up is ‘When Soft Voices Die’ by Harding Young. In a city full of people sick and dying of a new influenza bug, Perry finds two pretty girls with a nice apartment and food. […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 25 no. 3 # 94 (magazine review).

Here be stories. ‘Last Stand At Catesby’s Books’ starts with a chap with a rifle squatting by a pile of books, waiting to shoot. Dallas 1963? No, Catesby’s Books, an independent store in the middle of a city. Modernisers want to close it, use e-readers and save trees. The staff are prepared to defend paper […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/Jun 2014 Volume 126 # 713 (magazine review).

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction May/Jun 2014 Volume 126 # 713 (magazine review).

This month’s lead novella is ‘Bartleby The Scavenger’ by Katie Boyer. As ‘Bartleby The Scrivener’ by Herman Melville is one of my favourite classic stories, I was intrigued by the title. This is set in the USA after a disaster of some sort. Bombs were dropped and the small town of Brook has withdrawn into […]

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