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The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

May 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a largely fictionalised and very glitzy account of the life of Phineas T. Barnum who went from suffering severe poverty to being one of the richest men in the world as the inventor of a new art form, the American circus. It dramatises several of the more familiar incidents of his […]

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Robin Hood (2018) (trailer for the upcoming Taron Egerton version).

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Robin Hood (2018) (trailer for the upcoming Taron Egerton version).

The Kingsman hero, aka actor Taron Egerton, is back in a new Robin Hood film – this time with a Zorro-like twist of secret identities and some kick-ass action with lots of dives, flinging more arrows than Hawkeye. Here’s that official blurb: Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

On Spec # 107 contains seven short stories, a poetic tribute to Ursula Le Guin, another poem, two interviews, an editorial and a report on Can-Con 2017. As usual, I’ll focus on the fiction. Parson has an odd power in ‘When Winter Comes’ by Hayden Trenholm. People want to please him. Ever since he was […]

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The Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (book review).

April 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (book review).

‘The Mabinogion’ is the cornerstone of Welsh myth comprising of a collection of tales that fuse folklore, culture and Arthurian romance. They are hugely valuable in our understanding of the myth of Arthur as the stories have been dated to before the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth, where our analysis of the legends of Arthur […]

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The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones Of Shannara (book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones Of Shannara (book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

There can’t be many fantasy novels with the MTV logo on it, but here I am looking at the 2015 re-release of ‘The Elfstones Of Shannara’ by Terry Brooks, complete with a headline telling me that it’s ‘NOW AN EPIC TV SERIES ON MTV’. Spoiler alert: it was cancelled after two seasons. ‘The Elfstones of […]

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The Annotated Sword Of Shannara (Shannara book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

April 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Annotated Sword Of Shannara (Shannara book 1) by Terry Brooks (book review).

It was with a great deal of trepidation that I approached Terry Brooks’ ‘The Sword Of Shannara’. It was once described by the critic David Pringle as the novel that showed that ‘fantasy really did have the potential to become a mass market genre’. Published in 1977, ‘The Sword Of Shannara’ appeared alongside other fantasy […]

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The Mongrel Mage (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Mongrel Mage (The Recluse Saga book 19) by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (book review).

‘The Mongrel Mage’ is the 19th novel in the on-going ‘The Recluse Saga’ but you don’t have to read the other eighteen to follow it. Even so, I imagine that most people who buy this book will have some of the others and at least understand Modesitt’s magical system of order and chaos. Essentially, order […]

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Spellbound (Spellwright Trilogy book 2) by Blake Charlton (book review).

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Spellbound (Spellwright Trilogy book 2) by Blake Charlton (book review).

‘Spellbound’ is the second novel in ‘Spellwright Trilogy’. The story starts ten years after the end of the first book, ‘Spellwright’. Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley with a few kobold warriors and Magister Shannon, to wage war on the demon Typhon. Nicodemus has been trying to retrieve the Emerald of Aarahest, the jewel […]

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (film trailer).

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (film trailer).

Terry Gilliam looks like he’s back on form with his long-delayed new fantasy movie, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The film is about a crazy old coot (actor Jonathan Pryce) who is sure he’s Don Quixote, one who mistakes marketing manager Toby (Star War’s Adam Driver) for his loyal squire, Sancho Panza. The two […]

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The Fall of Gondolin: milking the Tolkien cow.

April 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Fall of Gondolin: milking the Tolkien cow.

HarperCollins is to publish J.R.R Tolkien’s semi-abandoned work ‘The Fall of Gondolin‘ along with the liberally beautiful artwork of Alan Lee (and edited as always by the son of the great man, Christopher Tolkien). This looks like more milking of the cow, along the lines of Beren and Lúthien, but if it brings us extra original […]

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