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Reign of Iron (The Iron Age Trilogy book 3) by Angus Watson (book review).

May 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Reign of Iron (The Iron Age Trilogy book 3) by Angus Watson (book review).

‘Reign Of Iron’ is the third and final part of Angus Watson’s ‘Age Of Iron trilogy’, a blood and guts soaked fantasy series set some 45 years before the son of a carpenter decided making cupboards wasn’t for him and decided to be the Son of God instead. This is a crucial point in British […]

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Clash Of Iron (The Iron Age Trilogy book 2) by Angus Watson (book review).

May 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Clash Of Iron (The Iron Age Trilogy book 2) by Angus Watson (book review).

It’s a weird thing seeing something you wrote quoted in the blurb for a book, even if not attributed to me and just ‘SFCrowsnest’ it’s still gives one a tiny thrill. The book in question is ‘Clash Of Iron’ the second in the ‘Age Of Iron trilogy’ by Angus Watson. The quote came from my […]

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Space Helmet For A Cow – The Mad, True Story Of Doctor Who – Volume 2: 1990-2013 by Paul Kirkley (book review).

May 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Space Helmet For A Cow – The Mad, True Story Of Doctor Who – Volume 2: 1990-2013 by Paul Kirkley (book review).

The return of ‘Doctor Who’ is in many ways a remarkable thing. Today, it’s tempting to forget just how unlikely the show’s comeback once was, given the false-start with Paul McGann and the 1996 TV movie. The wilderness years, followed by the magnificent re-launch in 2005 is the subject of Paul Kirkley’s excellent ‘Space Helmet […]

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Running Through Corridors – Volume 1: The 60s by Robert Shearman and Toby Hadoke (book review).

May 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Running Through Corridors – Volume 1: The 60s by Robert Shearman and Toby Hadoke (book review).

‘Running Through Corridors: Volume 1: The 60s’ is the first volume of Rob Shearman and Toby Hadoke’s correspondence as they attempt to watch and listen to all of ‘Doctor Who’ from start to finish. As expected, this book covers both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton’s stories as the series emerges in late 1963 with ‘An […]

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The Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (book review).

April 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (book review).

‘The Mabinogion’ is the cornerstone of Welsh myth comprising of a collection of tales that fuse folklore, culture and Arthurian romance. They are hugely valuable in our understanding of the myth of Arthur as the stories have been dated to before the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth, where our analysis of the legends of Arthur […]

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The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones Of Shannara (book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones Of Shannara (book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

There can’t be many fantasy novels with the MTV logo on it, but here I am looking at the 2015 re-release of ‘The Elfstones Of Shannara’ by Terry Brooks, complete with a headline telling me that it’s ‘NOW AN EPIC TV SERIES ON MTV’. Spoiler alert: it was cancelled after two seasons. ‘The Elfstones of […]

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The Annotated Sword Of Shannara (Shannara book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

April 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Annotated Sword Of Shannara (Shannara book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

It was with a great deal of trepidation that I approached Terry Brooks’ ‘The Sword Of Shannara’. It was once described by the critic David Pringle as the novel that showed that ‘fantasy really did have the potential to become a mass market genre’. Published in 1977, ‘The Sword Of Shannara’ appeared alongside other fantasy […]

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Stranger Of Tempest (Book 1 of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (book review).

March 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Stranger Of Tempest (Book 1 of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (book review).

Lynx is a warrior abandoned by his own nation and picked up by a band of mercenaries who have been sent on an unlikely rescue mission. So begins ‘Stranger Of Tempest’ by Tom Lloyd, an action-packed fantasy adventure very much in the same vein of Joe Abercrombie. As the story unfolds, we learn more about […]

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Attack On Titan – Season 2 (2018) (Blu-ray anime series review).

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Attack On Titan – Season 2 (2018) (Blu-ray anime series review).

‘Attack On Titan’ is the anime based series on the phenomenally successful debut manga by artist Hajime Isayama, has now had its second season arrive on Blu-ray. While season one was a sprawling twenty-six episodes, the second season gives the series a little more focus with only eleven episodes. For the uninitiated, ‘Attack On Titan’ […]

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Age Of Myth (book one of The Legends Of the First Empire) by Michael J. Sullivan (book review).

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Age Of Myth (book one of The Legends Of the First Empire) by Michael J. Sullivan (book review).

The author Michael J Sullivan has built a successful career out of the ‘Riyaria’ fantasy series of books, nine books in total, but with the opening part of his latest trilogy, ‘Age Of Myth’, Sullivan has elected to travel three thousand years back into the past. It’s a delightful and balanced story of what happens […]

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