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Zombillenium Volume 4: Royal Witchcraft by Arthur de Pins (graphic novel review).

January 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Zombillenium Volume 4: Royal Witchcraft by Arthur de Pins (graphic novel review).

I’ve read quite a few graphic novels featuring zombies over recent years, so my question for any new one is always going to be what’s fresh or different about it. Thankfully, in the case of the latest volume in Arthur de Pins’ ‘Zombillenium’ series, the answer’s clear. It’s set in and around a theme park […]

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Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London by Kate Hodges, Tree Carr and Brian Rau (mapbook review)

December 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London by Kate Hodges, Tree Carr and Brian Rau  (mapbook review)

Herb Lester Associates are not a traditional book publisher. They mostly produce artistically designed short travel guides and associated materials for those going on city breaks. ‘Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London’ is a case in point. It comes in a rather attractive slimline printed card envelope, inside of which there are two items. […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

November 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

The May/June 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ contains a novella, three novelettes, six short stories, two poems and seven non-fiction articles. I’ll focus here on my highlights, starting with the excellent cover image. It was painted by Cory and Catska Ench and accompanies Lavie Tidhar’s SF novella, ‘New Atlantis’, and […]

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Elevation by Stephen King (book review).

September 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Elevation by Stephen King (book review).

To the general public, Stephen King is a writer of horror novels like ‘Carrie’, ‘The Shining’ and ‘It’, each of which has subsequently reached a much larger audience via film and television. Readers of SFCrowsnest will, I trust, be much more aware of the huge volume and variety of King’s work, which ranges well beyond […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2019, Volume 136 #742 (magazine review).

September 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2019, Volume 136 #742 (magazine review).

The March/April 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ contains a bumper crop of pieces, including a novella, three novelettes, eight short stories, two poems and six articles. I’ll highlight a selection of my favourites. The longest item here is R.S. Benedict’s fantasy novella ‘All Of Me’, which follows the complicated fortunes […]

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Parasites: The Kon-Tiki Quartet: Part Two by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

August 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Parasites: The Kon-Tiki Quartet: Part Two by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

Back in February, I reviewed ‘Dislocations’, the first volume in a quartet of novellas jointly written by British SF authors Eric Brown and Keith Brooke. I’ve now caught up with the second volume, ‘Parasites’. The story is set one hundred years later on as the Kon-Tiki spacecraft which was launched at the end of ‘Dislocations’ […]

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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

June 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

For anyone who doesn’t already know his work, Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-respected living authors of hard Science Fiction in the world, perhaps most famous for his detailed depiction of the process of colonising another planet in his award-winning ‘Mars’ trilogy (1992-1996). ‘Aurora’ comes from the same vein of realistic space […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

May 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

The January/February 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ includes a novella, two novelettes and eight short stories, as well as the usual mix of non-fiction. I’ll review a selection of the pieces, starting with the longest item, the fantasy novella ‘The City Of Lost Desire’. This is Phyllis Eisenstein’s latest outing […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018, Volume 135 #739 (magazine review).

April 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018, Volume 135 #739 (magazine review).

I’ve been reading my copies of ‘The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ out of order recently, so this review of the September/October 2018 issue comes out some weeks behind my review of the November/December one. Normal service will be resumed shortly, I promise. There are 3 novelettes, 8 short stories, a poem and 6 […]

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Dislocations (The Kon-Tiki Quartet #1) by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

February 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dislocations (The Kon-Tiki Quartet #1) by Eric Brown and Keith Brooke (book review).

Eric Brown has a history of writing tetralogies of linked Science Fiction novellas for PS Publishing with recent examples including the ‘Starship Seasons’ quartet (2007-2012) and the ‘Telemass Quartet’ (2014-2017). ‘Dislocations’ is the first volume in another such series, he Kon-Tiki Quartet’, first published in April 2018. This time, though, Brown has written it in […]

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