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Hashtag: Danger – Volume One: Panic On Dinosaur Mountain by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso (graphic novel review)

November 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Hashtag: Danger – Volume One: Panic On Dinosaur Mountain by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso (graphic novel review)

A piece of advice given to reviewers for this site is to try and select things to review that you have a chance of liking or at least might find interesting. This is because someone who flat-out dislikes a particular genre is going to struggle to deliver a useful critique for potential purchasers of that […]

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Polaris Rising (The Consortium Rebellion Book 1) by Jessie Mihalik (book review).

November 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
Polaris Rising (The Consortium Rebellion Book 1) by Jessie Mihalik (book review).

Blending sexually charged romance with action, space travel, fashion and politics, ‘Polaris Rising’ is focused on the audience at the centre of a very specific Venn-diagram. While one of the interesting things about writing reviews for this site is being exposed to books that I wouldn’t normally read, I’m pretty certain that I’m not the […]

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Upgrade Soul written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels (e-graphic novel review).

October 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Upgrade Soul written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels (e-graphic novel review).

Originally released in 2012, ‘Upgrade Soul’ has a new, digital app with animations and a soundtrack available from the iOS App Store. I’m sure it’s great but I’m reviewing the normal e-book version because I don’t want to listen to music while I read for the same reason I don’t want someone talking while I’m […]

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White Bird written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio (graphic novel review).

October 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
White Bird written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio (graphic novel review).

A graphic novel like ‘White Bird’ presents an interesting review challenge because, while I don’t want to simply list what the book’s about, I also don’t want to turn the review into a political discussion. For many, ‘White Bird’ will be a politically charged book, drawing as it does direct parallels between the murder of […]

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Alien Bones by Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt and Chris Grine (graphic novel review).

October 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alien Bones by Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt and Chris Grine (graphic novel review).

When I was a kid, I read comics like ‘Tintin’, ‘Asterix’ and loads of others whose titles I can’t remember even though their spaceships and alien worlds are still clear in my memories. I loved the exploration, danger, sometimes difficult to understand plots and, most of all, the slightly creepy feeling of isolation those books […]

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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (book review).

September 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (book review).

Some books remind us how small we are or how transient life is and as a result make you want to find someone important to you and give them a hug. ‘Wanderers’ by Chuck Wendig also does this but you’ll make damn sure you wash your hands straight afterwards. Jumping between a large cast of […]

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Once Upon A Parsec: The Book Of Alien Fairy Tales edited by David Gullen (book review).

August 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Once Upon A Parsec: The Book Of Alien Fairy Tales edited by David Gullen (book review).

The pitch for ‘Once Upon A Parsec’ basically tells you everything you need to know about it. It goes: Humans have fairy tales, right? Those tales teach us important moral lessons to warn us about dangers or help us be better people and there are other sentient species out in the universe, right? So, of […]

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Jack Of Shadows by Roger Zelazny (book review).

August 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jack Of Shadows by Roger Zelazny (book review).

Best known for his ‘Amber Chronicles’, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) produced a string of other Science Fiction and crime novels, often dealing with metaphysical or religious themes. I’m a big fan of Zelazny, and while I haven’t read all of his work, ‘Jack Of Shadows’ feels like the ur-Zelazny story. It has a mysterious, powerful but […]

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