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The Dybbuk (1937) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

December 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Dybbuk (1937) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

Paydirt! ‘The Dybbuk’, a Yiddish film made in Poland in 1938 turns out to be a little-known gem. The film lacks a lot of what we might consider high production values, but besides being an unintentional artifact of the culture of Eastern European Jewry wiped out in the Holocaust, it also turns out to be […]

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Burning Brightly: 50 Years Of Novacon edited by Ian Whates (book review).

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Burning Brightly: 50 Years Of Novacon edited by Ian Whates (book review).

From 1979 onwards, every Novacon SF Convention featured a free special with a short story donated by that year’s guest of honour. This anthology features a selection from those specials. Stephen Baxter’s ‘Chiron’ is set in his ‘Xeelee Sequence’ universe but stands alone just fine. Anna Gage is a top pilot who was lucky enough […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2021, Volume 141 #758 (magazine review).

November 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2021, Volume 141 #758 (magazine review).

One of the things that MF&SF does well is inclusivity. The authors represented in this volume originate from all across the globe. Amongst the places are Australia, Iceland, Russia and Greece. A number of stories are the authors’ first appearances in this magazine although they may have been published elsewhere. At the same time, there […]

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Encanto (a fantasy film review by Mark Kermode).

November 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Encanto (a fantasy film review by Mark Kermode).

The fantasy film Encanto is reviewed by Mark Kermode. Mirabel must come to grips with the fact that she is the only one in her family who lacks magical abilities.

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A Terrible Fall Of Angels (A Zaniel Havelock novel) by Laurel K. Hamilton (book review).

November 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
A Terrible Fall Of Angels (A Zaniel Havelock novel) by Laurel K. Hamilton (book review).

Angels are real. Guardian angels watch our backs and try to guide us to the safer paths. The higher orders sing amid the celestial spheres and sometimes whisper truths to those who can hear them. Those with the gift train at the College of Angels and learn to become Angels Speakers, the mortal channel for […]

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Look Where You Are Going Not Where You Have Been (The Harvester series book 9) by Steven J Dynes (book review).

November 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
Look Where You Are Going Not Where You Have Been (The Harvester series book 9) by Steven J Dynes (book review).

Many writers at the start of their careers are told to write about what they know. Indeed, one agent told their author that she couldn’t possibly have her main point of view character who was a French priest as he was neither French nor a priest. Authors, though will draw on their experiences in their […]

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Sanctuary by V.V. James (book review).

November 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Sanctuary by V.V. James (book review).

‘Sanctuary’ is a standalone urban fantasy novel written by V.V. James. Meggie Knight has an interesting case on her hands. The star quarterback of the local football team has been murdered and it looks more and more likely that the daughter of the local witch is responsible. Now the mother of the quarterback and the […]

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In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (book review).

November 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (book review).

‘The Ravenous Dark’ is a standalone fantasy book by A.M. Strickland. Rovan watched her father die to protect her and her mother from the fate of those with magic when she was a small child. Unfortunately, she exposes her magical ability trying to save her lover meaning her father’s death was for nothing. Rovan now […]

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Monster Blood Tattoo Book Three: Factotum by D.M. Cornish (book review).

November 4, 2021 | By | Reply More
Monster Blood Tattoo Book Three: Factotum by D.M. Cornish (book review).

‘Factotum’ is the third part of the ‘Monster Blood Tattoo’ trilogy which began with ‘Foundling’ and continued with ‘Lamplighter’. I think it would be pointless to read ‘Factotum’ without first perusing the other two but that’s no hardship as they are both fabulous novels. As with a foreign language, the best way is to totally […]

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The Seal Of Karga Kul by Alex Irvine (book review).

October 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Seal Of Karga Kul by Alex Irvine (book review).

Dungeons & Dragons novels are rarely literature, but they should at least exciting romps that are true to the spirit of the role-playing game and that is precisely what ‘The Seal Of Karga Kul’ delivers. From wandering monster encounters through to the coordinated teamwork needed to overcome a lich, there’s a lot here that reads […]

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