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Dark Side Of The Mind: Star Wars Psychology edited by Travis Langley (book review).

December 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dark Side Of The Mind: Star Wars Psychology edited by Travis Langley (book review).

‘Dark Side Of The Mind: Star Wars Psychology’ is a collection of short essays that provide points-of-view on various aspects of the ‘Star Wars’ saga and how they relate to how we mentally live our lives. The collection of pieces is edited by Travis Langley, Professor of Psychology at Henderson State University. Langley has made […]

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The Story Of Kullervo by JRR Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger (book review).

September 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Story Of Kullervo by JRR Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger (book review).

This year’s addition to the ever-growing list of JRR Tolkien’s list of posthumously published books is ‘The Story Of Kullervo’, an early attempt by a young Tolkien to adapt a Finnish folk tale. Written between 1912 and 1914, when the student Tolkien was studying at Oxford, it shows a fascination with ‘The Kalevala’, a set […]

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Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (book review).

September 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (book review).

It might have taken thirty-two years but, with the publication of Chuck Wendig’s novel ‘Star Wars: Aftermath’, we now have the definitive story of what happened to the Rebellion after the Death Star II was destroyed in ‘Return Of The Jedi’. As the whole world counts down to December and the release of ‘The Force […]

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Companion Piece: Women Celebrate The Humans, Aliens And Tin Dogs Of Doctor Who edited by L.M. Myles and Liz Barr (book review).

August 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate The Humans, Aliens And Tin Dogs Of Doctor Who edited by L.M. Myles and Liz Barr (book review).

‘Fear makes companions of all of us’ is one of the many really good lines in season 1 of ‘Doctor Who’ and undoubtedly one of the most telling. After being kidnapped/accidentally thrown back to the year 100,000BC, only to then end up on Skaro, Ian and Barbara learn the hard way about what life is […]

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The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove (book review)

July 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove    (book review)

Time agent Otto Behr may have found the love of his life but, when a thirteenth century mission to Moscow goes badly wrong, the whole nature of the time war begins to unravel…or does it actually get knottier? Such is time-twisting nature of ‘The Ocean Of Time’ the second part of David Wingrove’s excellent series, […]

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The Whispering Swarm (The Sanctuary Of The White Friars book 1) by Michael Moorcock (book review).

July 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Whispering Swarm (The Sanctuary Of The White Friars book 1) by Michael Moorcock (book review).

‘The Whispering Swarm’ is Michael Moorcock’s latest fantasy novel and is somewhat unusual in that it also serves as a fictitious biography for the author. The result is a skilfully woven if lengthy tale that frustrates and delights in equal measure. Moorcock writes as himself growing-up in London during the forties and fifties before settling […]

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Armada by Ernest Cline (book review).

July 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Armada by Ernest Cline (book review).

‘Armada’ is the latest novel from author Ernest Cline, writer of the phenomenally popular ‘Ready Player One’, a book that Steven Spielberg will be directing as a film. If that isn’t impressive enough Ernest Cline is also Jive Bunny Just let that image settle in your head before progressing, if you don’t know who they […]

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Space Helmet For A Cow: The Mad, True Story Of Doctor Who Volume 1 (1963-1989) by Paul Kirkley (book review).

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Space Helmet For A Cow: The Mad, True Story Of Doctor Who Volume 1 (1963-1989) by Paul Kirkley (book review).

I almost didn’t make it through the whole of ‘Space Helmet For A Cow’. Paul Kirkley’s writing style in the first chapter was at best consistent and at worst highly irritating. However, I am glad that I persevered as the book is actually an entertaining and informative history of ‘classic’ ‘Doctor Who’ production with a […]

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Star Wars: Lords Of The Sith by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

June 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Lords Of The Sith by Paul S. Kemp (book review).

Having reviewed ‘Star Wars’ books for a little while now, I’ve noticed that the books about ‘evil’ characters tend to fall into two distinct camps. Those books that explore the origins of some of the characters through political or murderous ends such as ‘Darth Plagueis’ or ‘Tarkin’ and those that feature the Sith being cornered […]

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Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi by Kevin Hearne (book review).

June 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi by Kevin Hearne (book review).

As 2015 lumbers on with all the speed and grace of an AT-AT on Dagobah, Del Rey books (Century reprints in the UK) continue to publish some ‘Star Wars’ novels that had been slated for release prior to the great continuity severance of 2014. ‘Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne is one […]

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