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Eamonn Murphy is a science fiction, fantasy, horror and graphic novel reviewer who has written a few short stories too.

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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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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of The Fantastic: vol 24 – #89 (magazine review).

September 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of The Fantastic: vol 24 – #89 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ sometimes has good non-fiction. This issue features an interesting article on Steampunk entitled ‘Through a Glass, Brightly; The Goggled Gaze Of Steampunk’ by Mike Perschon who is doing a thesis on the subject. Defining a genre is tricky, especially a fantasy genre, but Mike says that we should not say an item is […]

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Imager’s Challenge (The Imager Portfolio book 2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

September 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Imager’s Challenge (The Imager Portfolio book 2) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

This is the second book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ series. Like the first, it is set in the city of L’Execlsis in the country of Solidar. The technology is at about the level of Victorian England, the main methods of transport being horse-drawn cabs and railways. The latter are mostly used for freight. Society is […]

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Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by John Watkiss.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by John Watkiss.

This Del Rey trade paperback original collection, ‘Sword Woman And Other Historical Adventures’, consists of number of stories and a few poems and fragments along with interesting essays on where the works first appeared and who influenced Robert E. Howard’s historical tales. The stories are a stylish precursor to the sword and sorcery stories, Conan […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept/Oct 2012 Volume 123 # 703

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept/Oct 2012 Volume 123 # 703

There’s a bit of a southern feel to this issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’, southern USA, that is. This is evident in ‘Close Encounters’ by Andy Duncan which seems to be set in 1977 but harks back to an earlier era. Back in the 1950s, there were many UFO sightings in […]

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