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Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

March 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

I pulled a copy of ‘Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching’ by Patrick Parrinder, not realising it was part of Methuen’s ‘New Accents’ collection back in 1980. Looking on the back cover, its amongst a selection of cultural academic subjects. Parrinder is principally going over the history of Science Fiction but not in great detail. […]

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Loved (House Of Night Otherworld trilogy book 1 of 3) by P.C. & Kristin Cast (book review).

March 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Loved (House Of Night Otherworld trilogy book 1 of 3) by P.C. & Kristin Cast (book review).

With series of books, particularly urban fantasy, being longer than the traditional three-book set, it is possible to wonder whether the authors conceived the story arc that many of them have or if it grew out of the initial work. Finding that the characters have much more to do to resolve their particular set of […]

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Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

March 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

When I was looking up the bibliography from Gary Westfahl’s book, ‘The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction’, I found several that I hadn’t read. ‘Science Fiction: What It’s All About’ by Sam J. Lundwall is one of them and dspite coming from 1971 is still out there. In his […]

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Doctor Who – The TV Movie by Gary Russell (book review).

March 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who – The TV Movie by Gary Russell (book review).

How thrilling that ‘Doctor Who’ gets a TV movie. The excitement this generated in 1996 when we didn’t have Twitter to moan/speculate on it was incredible. This was the big chance to bring the Doctor back from his long holiday and then there was that wig. It would have its own Twitter account these days. […]

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Lovecraft Annual #14 (2020) edited by S.T. Joshi (book review).

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Lovecraft Annual #14 (2020) edited by S.T. Joshi (book review).

Each year, the ‘Lovecraft Annual’ collects various essays, reviews and articles by or about H.P. Lovecraft. As such, it’s a heterogenous mix and, while not every piece included will appeal to everybody, there’s bound to be a few pieces that justify the modest price of admission. Certainly, this year’s collection is as varied as ever, […]

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Angelus: The Books Of Raziel book 3 by Sabrina Benulis (book review).

March 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
Angelus: The Books Of Raziel book 3 by Sabrina Benulis (book review).

There is a war going on between three powerful angel siblings, Raziel, Lucifel and Israfel. This has divided the kingdoms of Heaven and Hell and their war is spilling over into the world of the humans on Earth. Only the Archon can stop this war from destroying everything. The Archon is in the human form […]

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What Abigail Did That Summer (A Rivers Of London novella) by Ben Aaronovitch (book review).

March 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
What Abigail Did That Summer (A Rivers Of London novella) by Ben Aaronovitch (book review).

‘What Abigail Did That Summer is set’ in 2013.The Sorcerer’s potential apprentice has been left in the city whilst Peter Grant is off in the countryside somewhere or away with the fairies as we used to say (see ‘Foxglove Summer’ for that full story). Abigail is an intelligent girl and she’s not going to sit […]

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Doctor Who The Crimson Horror by Mark Gattis (book review).

March 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who The Crimson Horror by Mark Gattis (book review).

‘The Crimson Horror’ by Mark Gatiss sees the Eleventh Doctor in a gloriously gothic horror story. The Paternoster Gang of three are instrumental here and the Doctor is absent a lot of the time. In fact it seems he manages to foolishly almost get himself and companion Clara killed, nothing new there then. The Paternoster […]

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Hieronymus Bosch: Masterpieces Of Art by Rosalind Ormiston (book review).

March 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Hieronymus Bosch: Masterpieces Of Art by Rosalind Ormiston (book review).

When I started reading ‘Hieronymus Bosch: Masterpieces Of Art’ by Rosalind Ormiston, I had to have a bit of think where I first saw his art and with ‘The Temptation Of Saint Anthony’, it dawned on me it was in the first and only volume I bought of the original issue edition of ‘Man, Myth […]

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Absinthe & Arsenic by Raven Dane (book review).

March 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Absinthe & Arsenic by Raven Dane (book review).

‘Absinthe & Arsenic’ is a collection of sixteen tales by Raven Dane, a mixture of Victorian weird fiction and steampunk. In the introduction, she confesses to being a lifelong fan of M.R. James and Wilkie Collins. Most of the pieces were written especially for this book and have not appeared elsewhere. One exception is an […]

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