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For All Mankind [The Criterion Collection] (Blu-ray documentary review)

June 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
For All Mankind [The Criterion Collection] (Blu-ray documentary review)

The contents of this Blu-ray disc were originally published in 1989, presumably on video (NTSC/VHS), since even DVDs did not come on to the market until 1997. So although this is ‘digitally re-mastered’, etc supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinart, the quality of the pictures is still limited by the fact that it originally […]

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Tall, Dark And Hungry (Argeneau Family book 4) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

June 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Tall, Dark And Hungry (Argeneau Family book 4) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

It is widely accepted that there is a section of readers who, having found a genre they like, demand more of the same. It is part of reason why Mills & Boon has been and still is such a success. Not all their novels have coy, virginal and idealistic heroines as the books have been […]

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Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

June 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Jewels In The Dust by Peter Crowther (book review).

‘Jewels In The Dust’ is a collection of short stories by Peter Crowther. Publishers’ lore states that single-author collections are death at the box office so you need a high rating to get one put out. Does Peter Crowther deserve the honour? I’ll pick out a few highlights from the collection to show that he […]

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NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

June 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

When I read Haynes’ Apollo 11 and 13 books earlier in the year, I did wonder why the other Apollo Moon flights hadn’t been covered. The arrival of David Baker’s book, ‘NASA Moon Missions: 1969-1972 (Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 And 17) Operations Manual’ is the remedy to that problem. Of course, it’s going to […]

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Alliance Rising (Alliance-Union Universe) by C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (book review).

June 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alliance Rising (Alliance-Union Universe) by C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (book review).

I‘ve read all of C.J.Cherryh ‘s ‘Alliance-Union’ books in recent years, including the ones that were only vaguely related in that they were also somewhere in space but bore no relation whatsoever to the main sequence of books. ‘Alliance Rising’ takes place in the main setting, a string of space stations spaced several light years […]

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The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family by Robert Schroëder (book review).

June 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family by Robert Schroëder (book review).

If you thought cults were a new trend, you will be surprised by this book, ‘The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family’ by Robert Schroëder. The sub-title is a bit of a misnomer as it extends up to this century. It seems mankind has always been persuaded by things they think […]

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Kingdom Come by Elliott S. Maggin (book review).

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Kingdom Come by Elliott S. Maggin (book review).

I bought the novelisation ‘Kingdom Come’ by Elliott S. Maggin based on the graphic novel by writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross’ back in 2004 and its been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. Reviewing books does that and I’m slowly working through my own backlog bought books from time to time. I read […]

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Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

June 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Suppose We (The Flying Crooked series book 1) by Geoff Nelder (ebook review).

Robert Silverberg said that the novella is the ideal form for a Science Fiction story because it gives a writer enough room to fill in the background. He also said that a Science Fiction writer should have ‘some vestige of some knowledge of some science’. ‘Suppose We ‘is a Science Fiction novella from Geoff Nelder, […]

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Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience In A Broken System Of Emergency Psychiatry by Lynn Nanos (book review).

June 6, 2019 | By | 3 Replies More
Breakdown: A Clinician’s Experience In A Broken System Of Emergency Psychiatry by Lynn Nanos (book review).

When I was first asked to review this book, I got the impression that it would be full of interviews with mental health patients on how they were treated in the USA. Actually, it isn’t, mostly because most don’t even believe they are ill, although their mental conditions are serious and how they are treated […]

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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

June 5, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson (book review).

For anyone who doesn’t already know his work, Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-respected living authors of hard Science Fiction in the world, perhaps most famous for his detailed depiction of the process of colonising another planet in his award-winning ‘Mars’ trilogy (1992-1996). ‘Aurora’ comes from the same vein of realistic space […]

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