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Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (book review).

June 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (book review).

What happens when some smugglers, swindlers, gamblers and the odd Rebel team-up to conduct a heist on high-ranking figure from one of the galaxy’s most notorious crime syndicates? This is the question posed by Timothy Zahn’s novel ‘Star Wars: Scoundrels’, a book that throws Han Solo and Lando Calrissian firmly into the world of ‘Ocean’s […]

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Black Angel (1980) (film review).

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Black Angel (1980) (film review).

Prior to the 1980 release of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, George Lucas wanted an accompanying short film that would be suitable to be viewed alongside his new film, after the short film partnered with ‘Star Wars’ had turned out to be less than inspiring. Lucas turned to his set decorator from ‘Star Wars’ and the […]

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The Eidolon by Libby McGugan (book review).

May 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Eidolon by Libby McGugan (book review).

There are two distinct themes at work in Libby McGugan’s philosophical science thriller ‘The Eidolon’. One is the very interesting relationship between our lives, physics, reality and our spiritual well-being. The other is the influence, whether intentional or not, of seventies SF TV shows. It makes for a thought-provoking and entertaining novel. Robert Strong is […]

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Talus And The Frozen King by Graham Edwards (book review).

May 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Talus And The Frozen King by Graham Edwards (book review).

When the King of Creyak, a remote island in ‘the North’ is found dead, the villagers are thrown into confusion. Regicide is something unthinkable. Could it be the work of the bard Talus and his friend Bran who have recently arrived? This is the mystery presented to the reader at the opening of ‘Talus And […]

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Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (book review).

May 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (book review).

‘Star Wars: Honour Among Thieves’ and includes the short story ‘Silver and Scarlet’, all by James SA Corey now occupies a unique place in ‘Star Wars’ history. It is the last novel to be published by Del Rey within the continuity of the ‘Expanded Universe’. Last month, Lucasfilm announced that the books, outside of the […]

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The Lascar’s Dagger (The Forsaken Lands book 1) by Glenda Larke (book review).

May 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Lascar’s Dagger (The Forsaken Lands book 1) by Glenda Larke (book review).

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the post-war UK experienced a paper shortage in the early 1950s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ was broken up into three books. The unusual move created a viable business model for serialisation in publishing, especially in SF and fantasy, that hadn’t been seen since the end of the 19th […]

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The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (book review).

April 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (book review).

The profile of Loki, the Trickster God, agent of Chaos has never been higher. Thanks to the ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers’ movies from Disney/Marvel and a wickedly enjoyable performance by Tom Hiddleston in those films, we have more awareness of Loki than ever before. It is therefore the perfect time for Gollancz to release what is […]

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The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

April 21, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

There has been much talk lately of the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movies, with Disney wanting to pursue a similar approach to their work with Marvel in using the ‘Star Wars’ movies as the central point around which they can break-out characters into stories. Debates within ‘Star Wars’ fandom have raged about which characters should deserve […]

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Song Of The Vikings And The Making Of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown (book review).

April 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Song Of The Vikings And The Making Of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown (book review).

Snorri Sturluson was a poet, politician and scholar. He lived from 1179 to 1241 and is one of the reasons that contribute to Stan Lee and Disney making so much money from super-heroes. He is responsible for writing the ‘Prose Edda’, a poetic tract that explains the origins of the Norse Gods and the Norse […]

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Duncton Wood (The Duncton Chronicles) by William Horwood (book review).

March 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Duncton Wood (The Duncton Chronicles) by William Horwood (book review).

‘Duncton Wood’, William Horwood’s first novel, falls into that niche brand of fantasy that is often referred to as ‘animal’. There’s no other way to describe it really, fantasy set in ‘the real world’ but relating stories through the eyes of fauna. There are levels of anthropomorphism, of course, ‘Wind In The Willows’ sets the […]

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