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Kat On A Hot Tin Airship by Sam Stone (book review).

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kat On A Hot Tin Airship by Sam Stone (book review).

‘Kat On A Hot Tin Airship’ is the second of Sam Stone’s steampunk pastiche adventures featuring demon hunter Kat Lightfoot. While the first title in the series, ‘Zombies At Tiffany’s’ saw Kat fighting the undead in New York, Stone moves her to a post-Civil War Deep South where a plantation family hides a dark, demonic […]

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The Legend Of Sigurd And Gudrún by JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien) (book review).

February 24, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
The Legend Of Sigurd And Gudrún by JRR Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien) (book review).

The classical myths of southern Europe have dominated our culture for so long it’s difficult to imagine that other mythologies are equally as powerful. Now, on my morning commute, I spy a poster for Joanne M Harris’ ‘The Gospel Of Loki’. Thanks to Joss Whedon, Stan Lee and friends, the trickster god is firmly implanted […]

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The Television Companion: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who Volume 2 by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker (book review).

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Television Companion: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who Volume 2 by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker (book review).

There’s a fun game to participate in if you read ‘The Television Companion: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who Volume 2’ by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker. You have to be a seasoned ‘Who’ fan and the rules run like this: Can you spot which stories the authors will pick fan […]

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Doctor Who: A History Of The Universe In 100 Objects by James Goss and Steve Tribe (book review).

January 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: A History Of The Universe In 100 Objects by James Goss and Steve Tribe (book review).

‘Doctor Who: A History Of The Universe In 100 Objects’ is a curious book that tells the history of the ‘Doctor Who’ universe, a little different to our own, via a selection of items as obvious and esoteric as you might expect. The result is an often enjoyable read that contains much irreverent information. It’s […]

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The Doctor: His Lives And Times by James Goss and Steve Tribe (book review).

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Doctor: His Lives And Times by James Goss and Steve Tribe (book review).

If I was nine years old and I received ‘The Doctor: His Lives And Times’ by James Goss and Steve Tribe for Christmas, I would have been overjoyed. Here’s a book that is not only full of memories about the show, but also has great fun in relating the Doctor’s adventures to us via a […]

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Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories Of Doctor Who edited by Steve Berry (book review).

January 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories Of Doctor Who edited by Steve Berry (book review).

‘A man is the sum of his memories. A Time Lord even more so.’ *WINCE, CLUTCH HAND TO CHEST* Some actual stage directions from ‘The Five Doctors’ there…OK, maybe not. The quote however is relevant when it comes to the collection: ‘Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories Of Doctor Who’, a good little book, doing a […]

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Sacrifice by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose (graphic novel review).

December 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sacrifice by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose (graphic novel review).

There’s a moment in Sam Humphries’ graphic novel ‘Sacrifice’ where you see Ian Curtis’ ankles. It’s a startling connection with reality, showing a one frame image of the lead singer of Joy Division’s suicide, but reflects the overwhelming feeling of doom in this book well. Don’t be put off by its teenage gothic trappings though, […]

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Robert Holmes: A Life In Words by Richard Molesworth (book review).

November 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Robert Holmes: A Life In Words by Richard Molesworth (book review).

Is Robert Holmes your favourite ‘Doctor Who’ writer? For me he’s definitely up there on the High Council, alongside Castellan Davies, Cardinals Baker and Martin, Chancellor Whitaker and Keeper of the Matrix Dicks. Would he be President? Probably, because, rather delightfully, ‘Doctor Who’ was Robert Holmes’s favourite show. Not only to work on, but maybe […]

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The Television Companion: Volume One (The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who) by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker (book review).

November 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Television Companion: Volume One (The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who) by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker (book review).

Don’t know what to get the ‘Doctor Who’ fan in your life for Christmas? Replica scarf, as modelled by Ingrid Oliver in ‘The Day Of The Doctor’? Official John Hurt War Doctor bandolier (may not exist)? David Bradley anniversary Hartnell whiskey glass? Or perhaps they need a good grounding in the original series, in which […]

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Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry and Simon Bisley (graphic novel review).

November 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry and Simon Bisley (graphic novel review).

‘Slaine: The Book Of Scars’ is a beautiful book. Not only is it packed with some of the most gorgeously bloody fantasy artwork ever to grace the pages of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic (‘2000AD’ in case you’ve been living in the Underworld for the last 35 years), but it’s also packed with trivia, observations and […]

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