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Black Static # 18 – August-September 2010 (mag review).

March 1, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Black Static # 18 – August-September 2010 	(mag review).

Very often a reviewer will talk about and disparage a formula. While this might be a true reason for attack when the subject is a novel, a film or a short story, it is quite the opposite in the case of a magazine. The reader who picks up and subsequently buys the item needs to […]

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The Whole Story Of Climate by E. Kirseten Peters (book review).

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The Whole Story Of Climate by E. Kirseten Peters (book review).

When I started E. Kirseten Peters’ book, ‘The Whole Story Of Climate’, I was expecting, based off the cover, something more akin to our current change climate change. Actually, this book goes back to the origins of geology and how what we know about the planet. This is important because if you’re going to understand […]

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Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss (book review).

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss (book review).

Taken from the cover: ‘The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting’s stopped, the war is far from over: it’s just gone underground. The UNSC’s feared and secretive Office of […]

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Helix Wars (book 2) by Eric Brown (book review).

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Helix Wars (book 2) by Eric Brown	(book review).

‘Helix Wars’ is the sequel to British SF author Eric Brown’s most popular novel ‘Helix’, published in 2007. Does it live up to its predecessor? It is now two hundred years since the events recounted in ‘Helix’, when a colony ship brought four thousand humans five hundred light years across the galaxy from a dying […]

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Homunculus (A Tale of Langdon St. Ives) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

February 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Homunculus (A Tale of Langdon St. Ives) by James P. Blaylock (book review).

A mighty airship has been sighted over London, descending towards Earth after fifteen years in the air. On the ground, shady dealings and nefarious plots intertwine as Langdon St. Ives and his associates try to piece together strange happenings. The dead are walking, rumours of a homunculus are spreading and everyone from the mad preacher […]

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The Sea Watch (Shadows Of The Apt book six) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

February 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Sea Watch (Shadows Of The Apt book six) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Stenwold Maker guided Collegium through the first war with the Wasp Empire, forming alliances with unlikely people and winning an uneasy truce. Now his diplomatic and political skills are tested to new extremes as he encounters an entirely unknown group of kinden, who reside beneath the sea. With few friends around him, Stenwold must survive […]

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The Creativity Of Ditko by Craig Yoe (book review).

February 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Creativity Of Ditko by Craig Yoe (book review).

This large book is a celebration of ‘The Creativity Of Steve Ditko’, the famous comicbook artist who co-created Spider-Man and created Doctor Strange, when he was at Marvel Comics in the early 1960s. That material is not featured in this book, except for a page or two of the webbed one. Most of the work […]

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The Art Of Thor The Movie by Matthew K. Manning (book review).

February 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Thor The Movie by Matthew K. Manning (book review).

I did actually get this book last year but fitting it into my review schedule was more problematic than I thought it would be. It goes without saying that ‘The Art Of Thor The Movie’ is both a history of the Marvel Comics character and that of the film. The emphasis here has been more […]

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The Joy Of X: A Guided Tour Of Mathematics by Steven Strogatz (book review).

February 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Joy Of X: A Guided Tour Of Mathematics by Steven Strogatz	 (book review).

If it wasn’t for the sub-title, ‘A Guided Tour Of Mathematics: From One To Infinity’, ‘The Joy Of X’ could easily be considered as a book easily put on the wrong shelf in a bookshop. Instead, it illustrates that writer Steven Strogatz has a sense of humour as he explains arithmetic and then mathematics. Even […]

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Greyglass by Tanith Lee (book review).

February 26, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Greyglass by Tanith Lee	(book review).

There are some novels where the human characters seem less important than the place in which the story is set. This can be a landscape, a planet or a house. In Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ it is very much the planet that is the hero. Without the broad sweep of desert and the creatures that live […]

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