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Crucible # 1 by John Freeman and Smuzz (e-comic).

November 14, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Crucible # 1 by John Freeman and Smuzz (e-comic).

‘Crucible’ a new digital comic from the experienced hands of writer John Freeman (‘Doctor Who Magazine’, ‘Deaths Head’) and artist Smuzz (‘ABC Warriors’) has recently been released for iPad and via Scribd. It’s also being published in ‘STRIP: The Adventure Comics Magazine’. As independent creators work on the best channels to distribute their products, they […]

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Middle-Earth Envisioned: The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings: On Screen, On Stage And Beyond by Paul Simpson and Brian J Robb (book review).

November 1, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Middle-Earth Envisioned: The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings: On Screen, On Stage And Beyond by Paul Simpson and Brian J Robb (book review).

I’m a big fan of Tom Bombadil. No, no, come back, please… I enjoy his encounter with the Hobbits in ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’ and it is curious that the ring holds no power over him. That’s why if I absolutely had to go back and change something about Peter Jackson’s movies as it […]

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The Riddles Of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts (book review).

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Riddles Of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts (book review).

  ‘…Sometimes the beautiful   Peasant’s daughter, an eager-armed,   Proud woman grabs my body,   Rushes my red skin, holds me hard,   Claims my head.’ Steady now! That’s an excerpt from ‘Riddle 23 of ‘The Exeter Book’, a collection of Anglo-Saxon riddles, dating from the tenth century. Its contents argues Dr. Adam Roberts […]

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Fashion Beast by Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston (graphic novel review).

October 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Fashion Beast by Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston (graphic novel review).

There’s every chance, though I haven’t verified it, that the late Malcolm McLaren loved the sample-heavy, scattergun mentality of the band Pop Will Eat Itself. Of all the perceptive things that PWEI said, their statement, ‘Alan Moore knows the score’, is as relevant today as it was when it appeared as a lyric on ‘Can […]

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Wisdom Of The Shire by Noble Smith (book review).

October 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Wisdom Of The Shire by Noble Smith (book review).

Wouldn’t life be better if we could all live in the countryside? If we could all eat homemade food and drink beer every night? How about having the odd adventure? These are the questions Noble Smith wants us to answer in search of a better life in his book, ‘The Wisdom Of The Shire: A […]

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About Time: The Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who: 2005-2006 Series 1 & 2 by Tat Wood (book review).

October 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
About Time: The Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who: 2005-2006 Series 1 & 2 by Tat Wood (book review).

When I first saw the listing for this book crop-up I was delighted. I’d devoured the first six volumes of Tat Wood’s ambitious ‘Unauthorised’ Guide To ‘Doctor Who’. so I was eager to see what would come next. I’m pleased to say that the latest release, ‘About Time’, devoted to the return of the show […]

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British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw (book review).

October 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw (book review).

When I think about horror, I think about Tony Blackburn. No, that’s not fair. When I think about horror films, I think about Tony Blackburn and his attitude to punk. You see Tony loved soul, disco and pop, but he could never get his head around punk. He didn’t understand or rather appreciate that at […]

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