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Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

June 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

‘Jewels In The Dust’ is a collection of short stories by Peter Crowther. Publishers’ lore states that single-author collections are death at the box office so you need a high rating to get one put out. Does Peter Crowther deserve the honour? I’ll pick out a few highlights from the collection to show that he […]

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Frozen 2 (animated fantasy: trailer): but will it leave you feeling cold?

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Frozen 2 (animated fantasy: trailer): but will it leave you feeling cold?

More of the same with very popular animated fantasy flick Frozen 2, when Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven embark on a new journey beyond their home Kingdom of Arendelle to discover the origin of Elsa’s ice-making powers and save their nation.

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Carnival Row (trailer: new Amazon Prime steampunk series).

June 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Carnival Row (trailer: new Amazon Prime steampunk series).

Amazon Prime are bringing us a new series on the 30th August 2019 called Carnival Row, set in a steampunk Victorian London. This one stars actors Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, in a parallel reality where the Victorian world coexists with immigrant creatures of myth. Feared by 19th century humanity, the fantasy creature are repressed […]

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Black Static #29 Jul-Aug 2012 (magazine review).

June 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Black Static #29 Jul-Aug 2012 (magazine review).

There are some who will wonder if there is any point in reviewing a magazine at this distance from the publication date. In the case of some that would be a fair comment as the contents date rapidly but in the case of anything that contains fiction stories can remain current. There are collectors of […]

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Brightburn (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

June 3, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
Brightburn (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

It would have been very interesting sitting inside a Hollywood movie studio board meeting when a pitch was made for a unique kind of horror film with super-hero overtones concerning an iconic Man of Steel as an intended reference:  ‘What if a young Clark Kent/future Superman arrived on Earth and decided to walk on the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

Oddly, the folks at ‘On Spec’ have decided to combine two issues into one, an experiment. Apart from the double length, it’s the usual mix of fantasy and Science Fiction with a few editorials, articles, flash fiction bits and poems thrown in. I’ll pick out my personal favourites. Among the features is an extract from […]

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

May 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

If anything, it’s unusual that it took so long for the Disney Studios to do another Mary Poppins film, especially as P.L. Travers wrote so many books about her most famous character. It also has to be very ambitious as the original 1966 film was perfect in every way. Well, apart from using an American […]

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Aladdin (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

May 30, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aladdin (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

Gather around in unison folks as the continuous chanting of ‘they should have left it well alone’ echoes against the Disney walls. Of course, when the first attempt to strike gold prevails then why not give it a shot the second time around? Unfortunately for the vibrant but lacklustre Guy Ritchie directed/co-written live-action take on […]

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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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Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

May 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

Knowing the best place to start is often a dilemma, whether the work in progress is a story, a novel or, in this case, a series of novels. Many authors will return to favoured characters and write about the events leading up to their first appearance in print. For Lynsay Sands ‘Argeneau Family’ saga, ‘Single […]

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