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Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier (book review)

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier (book review)

If you like zombies and pick-your-own-adventures, keep on the following page. If you don’t, go back to the home page. It’s been about 20 years since I read a pick-your-own-adventure book. I remember as a young man, hiding under the covers with a torch, reading an ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure and being constantly devastated when I […]

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Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

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Eclipse Phase: Rimward: The Outer System (RPG review).

‘Rimward’ is a setting book for Eclipse Phase, the futuristic role-playing game (RPG) of transhuman conspiracy and horror, detailing the settlements and societies of the outer Solar System. The setting of ‘Eclipse Phase’ is an alien and yet scrupulously plausible one, occurring at some vaguely defined time probably 100-150 years away. Ten years in the […]

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

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The Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman (book review).

One thing I’m not particularly good at is complex puzzles. That doesn’t mean that I can’t do standard crosswords, although I stop at the point where I don’t know the answers than look them up, or even Sudoku, although I won’t do massive erasures and start again if I get lost. I calculated the odds […]

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Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

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Primal Sources: Essays On H.P. Lovecraft by ST Joshi (book review).

This collection of essays by ST Joshi is essential reading for anyone interested in HP Lovecraft or indeed weird fiction generally. Few critics have written as extensively on Lovecraft as Joshi and this collection reflects that range, jumping widely from topic to topic, though the essays themselves are arranged into three broadly thematic chapters: ‘Lovecraft […]

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

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Wonderful Life With The Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Bunpei Yorifuji (book review).

The ‘Wonderful Life With The Elements’ is a clever book with a sophisticated premise. Each of the 103 elements described is characterised as a cartoon person with features such as hair styles and clothing used to denote physical and chemical properties. Supplemental cartoons illustrate other aspects of the element’s nature such as its usefulness to […]

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A History: The Unauthorised History of The Doctor Who Universe (third edition) by Lance Parkin & Lars Pearson (book review)

December 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
A History: The Unauthorised History of The Doctor Who Universe (third edition) by Lance Parkin & Lars Pearson (book review)

An unbelievably informative book with almost 800 pages and 600,000 words all about ‘Doctor Who’! This is everything you wanted to know about all the incarnations of the time traveller not only in the TV series but the books as well. An astounding amount of information is available, useful as a reference source and for […]

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London Falling by Paul Cornell (book review).

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London Falling by Paul Cornell (book review).

‘London Falling’ is like a cross between ‘The Bill’ and ‘Torchwood’ where God and the Devil are almost literally fighting for London and its denizens’ immortal souls. There is also football. It’s both a police procedural is the style of popular TV shows like ‘The Bill’ and a horror story that is reminiscent of classic, […]

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Strange Science: Theory And Practice by Andy Hibbert (book review).

December 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Strange Science: Theory And Practice by Andy Hibbert	 (book review).

‘Strange Science’ by Andy Hibbert begins with a surreal encounter between a character named Arden and a fat man. Next we are introduced to DS Travis of the Thames Valley CID who is involved in a high profile murder investigation which seems to develop into a string of grisly serial killings. He is called to […]

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Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation by Loren Collins (book review).

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Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation by Loren Collins (book review).

Author Loren Collins hails from Atlanta, Georgia and as he admits in the introduction to this book, ‘Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation’, he was living under a delusion as to the reasons for the American Civil War until he did his own investigations and found it was all to do with stopping […]

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The Immortality Engine (A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation book 3) by George Mann (book review).

December 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Immortality Engine (A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation book 3) by George Mann (book review).

If you hunger for more stories about the indomitable Sherlock Holmes but can’t get a regular fix, you might want try another dynamic duo. Yes, detectives ‘a deux’ will always be compared to the great Holmes and Watson but despite some obvious similarities, the pairing of Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes offers a slightly […]

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