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The Sisters Grimm: A Novel by Menna van Praag (book review).

March 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Sisters Grimm: A Novel by Menna van Praag (book review).

If the Moon is in its first quarter and the time is precisely 3:33am and you happen to push on the right sort of gate you might make it into Everwhere. A land of pale colours and eternally drifting leaves, it is a place of dreams and magic. Goldie, Scarlet, Bea and Liyana have vague […]

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Marked by S. Andrew Swann (book review).

March 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Marked by S. Andrew Swann (book review).

The idea of alternative histories and parallel worlds are tropes that have been common in SF and fantasy literature for a long time. The thing that has changed over the centuries is the way the protagonists reach the alternative world. Initially, it would have been through dreams or magic. Now, more elaborate and often pseudoscientific […]

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Sword Of Fire, a novel of Deverry: The Justice War book 1 by Katharine Kerr (book review).

March 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Sword Of Fire, a novel of Deverry: The Justice War book 1 by Katharine Kerr (book review).

Welcome to the land of Deverry, accounts of which were first published in 1986. Fifteen books and nearly 35 years later the world is expanded again with ‘Sword Of Fire’. Deverry is one of those series’ that I’ve seen about the place and always meant to get around to reading but never quite got there. […]

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Dragon’s Lair movie from Netflix: Ryan Reynolds hired (news).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Dragon’s Lair movie from Netflix: Ryan Reynolds hired (news).

The ancient Disney-like animated arcade game, Dragon’s Lair, is being made into a film by Netflix and they have hired Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds for the role of knight Sir Dirk the Daring. I mainly remember this game for having (a) ground-breaking Disney-like animations when everything else was pitched as broken pixels, a la Space […]

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Vlad the Impaler (fantasy movie: trailer).

March 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Vlad the Impaler (fantasy movie: trailer).

Here’s the trailer for fantasy film Vlad the Impaler – think Game of Thrones meets Vikings – with a Dracula origin story. On DVD & streaming today, 23rd March 2020, via 4Digital Media. It’s a tale of seven warriors in 15th Century Turkey, tasked with hunting down the warlord Vlad the Impaler, to put an […]

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George R.R. Martin: holed-up and hale (author news).

March 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
George R.R. Martin: holed-up and hale (author news).

George R.R. Martin has announced that he’s currently self-isolating, holed-up and hale in the USA … which is good, because in both terms of medical problems and age, he’s sadly a walking target for cornovirus. He’s also retreating into Westeros and work by way of comfort. The rest of us might just join him in […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2019, Volume 137 #745 (magazine review).

March 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sep/Oct 2019, Volume 137 #745 (magazine review).

It’s hard to believe that ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ has been in existence for over seven decades and yet the September/October 2019 issue marked the 70th anniversary of its first publication. To celebrate this impressive achievement, editor Charlie Finlay filled the magazine with some seriously heavyweight content, including Michael Moorcock’s debut piece […]

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Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Mick McMahan and Clint Langley (graphic novel review).

March 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Mick McMahan and Clint Langley (graphic novel review).

For UK fans of a certain, um, ‘vintage’, ‘Slaine’, alongside ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Rogue Trooper’ and the ‘ABC Warriors’ is one of the classic ‘2000AD’ characters. Bringing axes, monsters and muscles to the comic’s usual SF/post-apocalyptic stories, ‘Slaine’ also referenced Celtic legends, giving a mythological feel to all the bloodshed. Even for the eternally teen-age ‘2000AD’, […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 30 no. 2 #112 (magazine review).

March 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 30 no. 2  #112 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ is a small-size magazine out of Alberta, Canada produced by volunteers on a tiny budget that consistently punches well above its weight. It’s mostly short fiction. In ‘Mindwig’ by Al Onia, James is a teacher at a liberal college surrounded by Christian fundamentalist institutions and he’s pondering the existence of extra-terrestrials. This might […]

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The Letter for the King (Netflix epic fantasy series: trailer).

March 3, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Letter for the King (Netflix epic fantasy series: trailer).

In this new Netflix fantasy series, The Letter for the King, based on Dutch writer Tonke Dragt’s 1962 novel, a teenage knight-in-training (Amir Wilson) receives a secret letter on which the fate of the kingdom depends. He embarks on an epic quest to deliver it to the king and stop the world from being plunged […]

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