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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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Stranger Of Tempest (Book One of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (fantasy book review).

March 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Stranger Of Tempest (Book One of The God Fragments) by Tom Lloyd (fantasy book review).

Like a super-hero origin movie, the first book in a fantasy trilogy has to do a lot of upfront work to establish its characters, factions, geography and even the specific rules of its reality before it can really get on with things. So, even though ‘Stranger Of Tempest’ starts with a fight, a chase and […]

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Casket Of Souls (The Night Runner series book 3) by Lynn Flewelling (book review).

February 26, 2020 | By | Reply More
Casket Of Souls (The Night Runner series book 3) by Lynn Flewelling (book review).

‘Casket Of Souls’ is book 6 in ‘The Night Runner’ series. I absolutely love this series so prepare for spoilers for the previous books and lots of gushing. You’ve been warned. If you’ve not read the previous books in this series, this plot summary and indeed the whole book will mean very little to you. […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2019, Volume 137 #744 (magazine review).

February 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2019, Volume 137 #744 (magazine review).

The editorial team at ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ are rather good at commissioning interesting cover art. With the July/August 2019 issue, they’ve outdone themselves, at least for a pulp SF fan like me. The picture, ‘Robots Invade!’ was produced on spec by Mondolithic Studios, rather than to illustrate a story already accepted […]

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The Unkindest Tide (An October Daye novel book 13) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

February 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Unkindest Tide (An October Daye novel book 13) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

Selkies are the seal people of Gaelic, Scottish and Scandinavian folklore. While spending most of their time in the sea, they will come onto the land, shed their skins and take human form. The legends say that if a skin is found, the owner can coerce the Selkie into remaining human. Often Selkies are portrayed […]

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The Green Knight (fantasy film: trailer).

February 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Green Knight (fantasy film: trailer).

Here’s an interesting one, The Green Knight, a fantasy movie from director David Lowery which is based on the Arthurian legend, in which Sir Gawain (actor Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, embarks on a quest to confront the Green Knight, a giant green-skinned creature of the fey. This film also stars Joel […]

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The Iron Mask (fantasy movie trailer: added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan).

February 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Iron Mask (fantasy movie trailer: added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan).

Here’s something you don’t see every day, a big budget Chinese-backed fantasy movie (a la The Great Wall), called The Iron Mask, which sprinkles some Western names into the mix … in this case Arnie and Rutger Hauer (his last role?), and Charles Dance. Set in the 18th century, The Iron Mask follows British cartographer […]

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

February 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Letter for the King (epic fantasy series: Netflix trailer).

Netflix is bringing a new epic fantasy TV series to the streams – called The Letter for the King, based on the sixties fantasy novel of the same name by Tonke Dragt … often described as the Dutch JRR Tolkien. Wow, it’s almost as if Netflix are timing this as a LOTR spoiler for rival […]

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Dolittle (fantasy movie review by Mark Kermode).

February 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Dolittle (fantasy movie review by Mark Kermode).

Good old Mark Kermode bends his mind with a review of that bloke from Iron Man who can now talk to Pandas and stuff in the fantasy film, Dolittle. Dr. Dolittle, a physician with the ability to talk to animals, sets out to find a healing tree on a mysterious island – the only hope […]

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