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Is Birmingham really the Shire, Master Frodo? Free Middle-earth Weekend is a-coming!

May 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Is Birmingham really the Shire, Master Frodo? Free Middle-earth Weekend is a-coming!

Good news for Brits, and Brummie Brits in particular, the Middle-earth Weekend is coming you way, due to be held at Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground, Cole Bank Rd, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28-0BD on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th May 2013. Visitors to this family festival can expect free entertainments, activities, craft demonstrations, as well […]

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (book review).

April 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (book review).

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, who are acquired (stolen?) as children and subject to a form of mutation. They are fed toxins and undergo rituals. The survivors develop immunity to the toxins and gain certain abilities as a result. They are designed for a single purpose — the hunt and slaughter of monsters, magical […]

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Rebel Angels (Lady Lazarus book 3) by Michele Lang (book review).

April 22, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Rebel Angels (Lady Lazarus book 3) by Michele Lang (book review).

‘Rebel Angels’ brings to a close the ‘Lady Lazarus trilogy’ by Michele Lang. Set in an alternate universe, Lang has recast Hitler’s movement across Europe in the guise of machinations between Heaven and Earth. The demon, Asmodel, inhabits Hitler and only Jewish witch Magda Lazurus has the power to stop him. As always, however, power […]

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Black Sails… yo ho ho.

April 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
Black Sails… yo ho ho.

John Silver and Captain Flint join forces in a new pirate-based TV series from Michael Bay, Black Sails, shot as a Treasure Island prequel. The ever-reliable Toby Stephens plays the skipper (with Luke Arnold filling in as Long John Silver), but I rather suspect that Robert Louis Stevenson would be a little shocked by all […]

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300: Rise of an Empire… first pics.

April 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
300: Rise of an Empire… first pics.

Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the same visual style of the movie “300,” this new chapter of the saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: […]

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Winter’s Dreams by Glen Cook (book review)

April 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Winter’s Dreams by Glen Cook (book review)

For anyone who has ever had tapas, they’ll know that while tastes delicious, there are times it can be a little unsatisfying. There’s not enough of each dish for you to feel full but you’re left with some tantalising flavours that you want more of. ‘Winter’s Dreams’ certainly qualifies as a selection of small yet […]

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Dream Castles (The Early Jack Vance Volume 2) by Jack Vance (book review)

April 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dream Castles (The Early Jack Vance Volume 2) by Jack Vance (book review)

Right, I’ll hold my hands up and admit it. I’ve never read Jack Vance before this collection. If that admission hasn’t made you turn off your computer or mobile device in disgusted fury, please bear with me as I’m a convert. In ‘Dream Castles’. this second volume of works originally published between 1947 and 1968, […]

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The Brass Teapot film review (Frank’s Take).

April 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Brass Teapot film review (Frank’s Take).

If one buys into director Ramaa Mosley’s dark and off-kilter lightweight comedy ‘The Brass Teapot’ then you are under the belief system that wacky mysticism, monetary struggles and underlying marital disillusionment are an ideal recipe for a flighty fable about how a magical teapot can manufacture dollar-making dreams in a recession-induced world. Well, the premise […]

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Imager’s Battalion (The Image Portfolio book six) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

March 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Imager’s Battalion (The Image Portfolio book six) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review).

This is the sixth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ so beware spoilers for previous episodes. The first three books are set in a different time with a different hero. The latter three, including this one, are set in an previous era and our hero is Quaeryt, a scholar and imager in the service of Bhayar, […]

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Rage of Thrones… get a &*^%^* library card.

March 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rage of Thrones… get a &*^%^* library card.

Read the Game of Thrones books first? Then Australian rockers The Axis of Awesome not only feel your pain, they can sing about all those annoying TV-watching mundanes jumping on the bandwagon 16 years late. Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

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