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The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (book review).

April 8, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (book review).

There are three types of ‘human’: Solitaires, Traders, and Sylvestri. The same but different. Sylvestri are not quite elves. They have a connection to the natural world, the patience of the old forest and disdain for other humans. Traders, well, trade and not just money, though they do do that and extremely well. Traders can […]

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The Bastard Legion: book one by Gavin Smith (book review).

April 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Bastard Legion: book one by Gavin Smith (book review).

‘The Bastard Legion’ by Gavin Smith is the first novel in the ‘The Bastard Legion trilogy. Miska Corbin, ex-United States Marine Corps Special Operations Raider Regiment and ex-CIA is on a personal mission to find out who killed her Dad, Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Corbin, USMC retired. It was a very professional hit. Her CIA handler […]

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By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar (book review).

April 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar (book review).

In recent years there were a couple of films that purported to tell the more historically accurate stories behind such legendary figures as King Arthur and Robin Hood. For those who like a Robin Hood or King Arthur story, they were a bit of a disappointment. In ‘By Force Alone’, Lavie Tidhar retells the legend […]

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The Sisters Grimm: A Novel by Menna van Praag (book review).

March 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Sisters Grimm: A Novel by Menna van Praag (book review).

If the Moon is in its first quarter and the time is precisely 3:33am and you happen to push on the right sort of gate you might make it into Everwhere. A land of pale colours and eternally drifting leaves, it is a place of dreams and magic. Goldie, Scarlet, Bea and Liyana have vague […]

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William Gibson audio interview: how to create the future (interviews).

March 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
William Gibson audio interview: how to create the future (interviews).

The cyberdaddy of cyberspace, science fiction author William Gibson, sits down with us for a 30 minute-long audio-cast with his thoughts on everything from current politics, pandemics, and the big one  … the future evolution of humanity as the tech wave accelerates. This interview is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed yet.

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Marked by S. Andrew Swann (book review).

March 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Marked by S. Andrew Swann (book review).

The idea of alternative histories and parallel worlds are tropes that have been common in SF and fantasy literature for a long time. The thing that has changed over the centuries is the way the protagonists reach the alternative world. Initially, it would have been through dreams or magic. Now, more elaborate and often pseudoscientific […]

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Sword Of Fire, a novel of Deverry: The Justice War book 1 by Katharine Kerr (book review).

March 29, 2020 | By | Reply More
Sword Of Fire, a novel of Deverry: The Justice War book 1 by Katharine Kerr (book review).

Welcome to the land of Deverry, accounts of which were first published in 1986. Fifteen books and nearly 35 years later the world is expanded again with ‘Sword Of Fire’. Deverry is one of those series’ that I’ve seen about the place and always meant to get around to reading but never quite got there. […]

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The Art Of Walter Simonson (graphic novel book review).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Walter Simonson (graphic novel book review).

Oddly, the reason for my buying a copy of ‘The Art Of Walter Simonson’ was primarily to see the original pin-up he drew of the Metal Men. I had a copy of it in ‘The Amazing World Of DC Comics’ but seeing the picture with its original colouring via google felt like I needed a […]

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Spyda’s Anatomy Workshop by Jason Spyda Adams (book review).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Spyda’s Anatomy Workshop by Jason Spyda Adams (book review).

As I was buying a large bundle off of Neal Adams’ website last November and e-talking with Jason Adams, I thought the least I can do is have a look at his own book, ‘Spyda’s Anatomy Workshop’, knowing he does sculpture. I think I should have pulled his first book, ‘A Study Of Sculptural Method’ […]

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The Superhero Symbol edited by Liam Burke, Ian Gordon & Angela Ndalianis (book review).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Superhero Symbol edited by Liam Burke, Ian Gordon & Angela Ndalianis (book review).

I did wonder which or what ‘The Superhero Symbol’ actually was going to be covered. From the comicbook reader point of view, it’s the label on their chests to identify who they are or the kind of power they are. Nope! This is all about what the super-heroes represent to people at large. More symbolism […]

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