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John Buscema Sketchbook by J. David Spurlock and John Buscema (book review)

April 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
John Buscema Sketchbook by J. David Spurlock and John Buscema  (book review)

I pulled the ‘John Buscema Sketchbook’ mostly because I was curious to see his pencil work and, literally, what he sketched and came up with some surprises as little was shown of his more, shall we say, recognised work. The Steranko introduction gives Buscema’s history going from comicbook art to commercial illustration when comicbooks dropped […]

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Lightstrike by John Zeleznik (art-book review).

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Lightstrike by John Zeleznik (art-book review).

I came across the art of John Zeleznik purely by chance and left a copy of his first book, ‘Lightstrike’, in my shopping bag for a while until quite recently. At the start of his career, Zeleznik was mostly involved in doing cover work for role-playing games, conceding to the demands of his publishers as […]

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2018 Hugo Awards shortlist arrives.

March 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
2018 Hugo Awards shortlist arrives.

The 2018 Hugo Awards finalist shortlist for best novel has arrived. Here’s the candidates. Ann Leckie’s ‘Provenance’ (Orbit). John Scalzi’s ‘The Collapsing Empire’ (Tor). Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 (Orbit). Mur Lafferty’s ‘Six Wakes’ (Orbit). N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (Orbit). Yoon Ha Lee’s ‘Raven Stratagem’ (Solaris). Much like The Highlander, there can be […]

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BSFA Award 2018 winners from the British Science Fiction Association.

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BSFA Award 2018 winners from the British Science Fiction Association.

The British Science Fiction Association dropped the Nest a line today to tell us the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2017. Best Novel: Nina Allan – The Rift (Titan Books). Best Shorter Fiction: Anne Charnock – The Enclave (NewCon Press). Best Non-Fiction: Paul Kincaid – Iain M. Banks (University of Illinois […]

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Creepy Presents Richard Corben (book review).

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Creepy Presents Richard Corben (book review).

Dark Horse have been reprinting Warren Publication magazines in hardback for some time. They must have been conscious of the fact that not everyone could afford them all, so did individual volumes of Bernie Wrighton, Alex Toth and Richard Corben. The latter I have in my hands now. Here we have 35 stories, 3 of […]

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Spellwright (book 1) by Blake Charlton (book review).

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Spellwright (book 1) by Blake Charlton (book review).

‘Spellwright’ is the first book in a fantasy trilogy by Blake Charlton. It is set in a world where humankind and their gods fled the land they had originated from to protect themselves from demons. They had sailed to a new land and killed the Cthonic people, who resided there. Among humans there are those […]

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It Crept From The Tomb edited by Peter Normanton (book review).

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
It Crept From The Tomb edited by Peter Normanton (book review).

I wasn’t quite what to make of Peter Normanton’s book, ‘It Crept From The Tomb’. I mean, the cover shows an alien with phallic eyeballs attempting to strangle a woman, who has a small knife preparing to strike back. Horror Science Fiction as befitting anything from EC Comics and Warren Publications. The introduction that the […]

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The Mission (A New Earth Novella) by MJ McGriff (book review).

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Mission (A New Earth Novella) by MJ McGriff (book review).

From what I have been able to glean, ‘The Mission’ is a prequel to the two ‘New Earth’ novels, ‘The Fall’ and ‘The Takeover’, that have already been published which I have yet to read. The events in ‘The Mission’ would appear to occur much earlier to the events of the first book in the […]

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Wicked (The Wicked Years book 1) by Gregory Maguire (book review).

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wicked (The Wicked Years book 1) by Gregory Maguire (book review).

‘Wicked’ is book one in ‘The Wicked Years’ series which currently stands at four books. This is followed by ‘Son Of A Witch’, ‘A Lion Among Men’, and ‘Out Of Oz’. Incidentally, there is also a musical of this book which, as far as I can gather, is very different to the book with regards […]

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Wild Cards VI: Ace In The Hole edited by George RR Martin (book review).

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Wild Cards VI: Ace In The Hole edited by George RR Martin (book review).

This volume of ‘Wild Cards’, ‘Ace In The Hole’, dispenses with section titles and the work of five authors is now interspersed into the chapters with George RR Martin co-edited with Melinda Snodgrass to ensure everything was ran smoothly. Structurally, you see the time-line and slot in events accordingly. When you realise that back in […]

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