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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan- Feb Volume 126 # 711 (magazine review).

December 29, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan- Feb Volume 126 # 711 (magazine review).

A new year and a new issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ with which to celebrate it. Hurrah! The first thing I scanned was ‘The Via Panisperna Boys In “Operation Harmony”’, co-authored by Claudio Chillemi and Paul Di Filippo, two fellows clearly not frightened by quotation marks. Unless Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in […]

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47 Ronin (film review by Frank Ochieng).

December 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
47 Ronin (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Okay folks…here is the riddle of the moment: what do you get when an expressionless Keanu Reeves moping around in a tedious and stiff-minded Hollywood-made Japanese actioner period piece featuring avenging samurai warriors out for retaliatory blood? The answer: nothing much. Sure, the riddle may not be as clever or intriguing as expected but it […]

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Mirror Kingdoms: The Best Of Peter S. Beagle (book review).

December 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Mirror Kingdoms: The Best Of Peter S. Beagle (book review).

I requested this book because I’ve come across the stories of Peter S. Beagle now and again in my magazine and anthology reviews and always liked them. A bit of research reveals that he is much lauded and awarded in the genre and rightly so, but I didn’t know that. Pleasing to find your own […]

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Allegiance (A River Of Souls Novel book 3) by Beth Bernobich (book review).

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Allegiance (A River Of Souls Novel book 3) by Beth Bernobich (book review).

As this is the final volume in the ‘River Of Souls’ trilogy, spoilers for the first two books are unavoidable. With that warning: King Leos is dead (permanently, one hopes) and the jewels have been reunited. Valara Baussay is bound for Morennioù, Raul Kosenmark is off to serve the king and Ilse Zhalina is caught […]

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Baldur’s Gate 2 – Enhanced Edition (computer game review).

December 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Baldur’s Gate 2 – Enhanced Edition (computer game review).

‘Baldur’s Gate’ and ‘Baldur’s Gate 2’ are huge and hugely influential games, pulling off the rare trick of also being very good to play. It’s complicated origins in the world of ‘Dungeons And Dragons’ have spawned imitators and nurtured the growth of mighty descendants. This enhanced edition of ‘Baldur’s Gate 2’ includes extra characters, improved […]

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Malice (The Faithful And The Fallen book 1) by John Gwynne (book review).

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
Malice (The Faithful And The Fallen book 1) by John Gwynne (book review).

I’m a sucker for the chosen one/coming of age type story, particularly in a fantasy setting. I’ve read two dozen or more, probably many more, but am always on the lookout for a new hero to faithfully follow. ‘Malice’ by John Gwynne, introduces several possibilities. The obvious candidate is the young boy, Corban. The son […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (film review by Frank Ochieng).

December 16, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Avid moviegoers are once again reacquainted with the imaginative scope of J.R.R. Tolkien’s festive wonderworld in writer-director Peter Jackson’s frenetic follow-up to ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. In ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’, Jackson revisits his style of elaborate escapist cinema, the visual vitality and expansive storytelling methods to convey Tolkien’s visionary landscape of […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2 # 93 (magazine review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 2  # 93 (magazine review).

On Spec # 93 has an interview with ‘the most decorated writer in the Science Fiction and fantasy genre’. She has won eleven Hugo awards, Seven Nebula awards, four Locus awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial award. Her name is Connie Willis and I’ve never heard of her before! It’s a big field now. […]

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The Towers Of Midnight (The Wheel Of Time book 13) by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson (book review).

December 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Towers Of Midnight (The Wheel Of Time book 13) by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson (book review).

What more is there to say about ‘The Wheel Of Time’? What purpose in reviewing ‘Towers Of Midnight, the thirteenth in the series, a book almost as thick as it is wide? Surely anyone who’s got this far knows exactly what they’re getting and anyone reading this review is either an incurable fan of the […]

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Every Inch A King by Harry Turtledove (book review).

December 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Every Inch A King by Harry Turtledove (book review).

Otto of Schlepsig is a humble acrobat in the even more humble Dooger and Clark’s Travelling Emporium of Wonders. The only piece of luck to come Otto’s way is a chance resemblance to a minor royal prince, Halim Eddin of the Hassockian Empire, who has invited to be the King in the neighbouring country of […]

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