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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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Princeps (The Image Portfolio book five) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Princeps (The Image Portfolio book five) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

The first thing to say about ’Princeps’ is that L.E. Modesitt makes no concessions to new readers in this sequel and if you haven’t read ‘Scholar’, book four in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, it’s not worth getting this one. On the other hand, if you haven’t read books one to three in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, it […]

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Shakara: The Destroyer by Robbie Morrison and Robbie Flint (graphic novel review).

November 28, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Shakara: The Destroyer by Robbie Morrison and Robbie Flint (graphic novel review).

Cosmic, man! But confusing, too, for the uninitiated so it’s worth going over the back story, which is revealed half-way through the first yarn here, ‘The Destroyer’. That makes this a bit of a spoiler. Sorry. The Shakara, a spindly looking bunch of aliens, were a very warlike race, always killing each other. Then there […]

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We Are For The Dark: 1987-90: Volume Seven by Robert Silverberg (book review).

November 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
We Are For The Dark: 1987-90: Volume Seven by Robert Silverberg (book review).

The collecting of the stories of Robert Silverberg continues with this latest volume, ‘We Are For The Dark’. It’s a mixed bag of short stories and novellas with the latter providing the best bits. Silverberg has often said that the novelette or novella is the ideal vehicle for a Science Fiction idea and he has […]

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Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hand of Fire – The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield (book review).

One is always wary when the academics get their hands on popular culture. I was recently re-reading Kingsley Amis on the subject in his introduction to the anthology ‘The Golden Age Of Science Fiction’. Academic himself, Amis nonetheless thought that the Science Fiction field became too self-conscious and was irreversibly changed when literary types stopped […]

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Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

November 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Scholar (The Imager Portfolio book 4) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

‘Scholar’, the fourth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’, opens with the furniture of fantasy: a cast list and a map. The other genre that needs this at times is the historical novel, with which indeed Modesitt’s work has much in common. The best historical novels, for my money, deal with the doings of leaders and […]

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Showcase Presents: The Spectre (Vol. 1) by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey (comic-book review).

October 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (Vol. 1) by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey (comic-book review).

The Spectre was originally a Golden Age super-hero, created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. First appearing in More Fun Comics # 51 (Jan 1940) he soon became a member of the Justice Society of America. It was an unusual origin story. Police officer Jim Corrigan was murdered but an entity called ‘The Voice’ refused […]

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The Elysium Commission by L.E. Modesitt Jr (book review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Elysium Commission by L.E. Modesitt Jr  (book review).

L.E. Modesitt, Jr is perhaps better known for his many fantasy novels, ‘The Saga Of Recluce’ above all, but he turns out a fair bit of Science Fiction, too. ‘The Elysium Commission’ falls into this category and is also a detective novel. Science Fiction detective novels are a venerable category going back to Isaac Asimov’s […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2012 Volume 122 # 704 (magazine review).

October 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Nov/Dec 2012 Volume 122 # 704 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ has the usual mix of ‘Departments’ and fiction. The former are interesting but this review will focus on the fiction in reverse order of length. The short stories first. I haven’t read Alan Dean Foster in a long time. A while back, in the […]

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Imager’s Intrigue (Imager Portfolio book 3) by L.E.Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Imager’s Intrigue (Imager Portfolio book 3) by L.E.Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

In the third volume in the ‘Imager Portfolio’, our hero, Rhennthyl, is involved in everything from street level drug crime to international warfare. In the slums of L’Excelsis, Rhenn’s home city, there is a new form of elveweed hitting the streets, so strong it kills the user. As a captain in the Civic Patrol, he […]

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Savage 2: The Gov’nor by Pat Mills and Patrick Goodard (graphic novel review).

September 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Savage 2: The Gov’nor by Pat Mills and Patrick Goodard (graphic novel review).

A graphic novel collection set in ‘another Britain’, neat shorthand for an alternative historical milieu, ‘Savage’ is the story of Bill Savage. He was a lorry driver, until his family was killed when the Volgans invaded Britain in 1999. Now he is a leader in the Resistance and has a cover identity as Bill Carter, […]

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