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Vox by Christina Dalcher (book review).

August 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Vox by Christina Dalcher (book review).

‘Vox’ is a debut stand alone novel by Christine Dalcher. Imagine if every female in the USA could suddenly only speak 100 words per day. They can’t communicate using sign language or the written word to get around this limit. If they go over this limit, they get a small electric shock from a band […]

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Wally Wood Sketchbook compiled by J. David Spurlock & Bill Pearson (book review).

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wally Wood Sketchbook compiled by J. David Spurlock & Bill Pearson (book review).

Having reviewed Vanguard’s ‘Sketchbooks’ for Neal Adams and John Buscema in recent years, the chance to get the ‘Wally Wood Sketchbook’, released in 2000 at a lot price was too much of a temptation to resist. Seeing Wallace ‘Woody’ Wood artwork in his raw form is an opportunity should not to be missed. Although there […]

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One Way by S.J. Morden (book review).

August 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
One Way by S.J. Morden (book review).

I guess comparisons with Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ are inevitable for S.J. Morden’s near-future Mars thriller, ‘One Way’. I can’t really make those comparisons directly though as I’ve only seen the film and not read the book of ‘The Martian’. Mars has almost its own personality: ancient, dusty, red and forbidding. It has featured in […]

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The Red Book Of Luck by Amy Treadwell (book review).

August 22, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
The Red Book Of Luck by Amy Treadwell (book review).

With a title like Amy Treadwell’s book, ‘The Red Book Of Luck’, you have to ask yourself do you feel lucky? I tend to believe a lot of the time you either make your own luck or random chance or serendipity helps things along. As a writer, I have to be interested in what other […]

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Comic Book Implosion by Keith Dallas and John Wells (book review).

August 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Implosion by Keith Dallas and John Wells (book review).

As Keith Dallas and John Wells explain in their introduction to their book, ‘Comic Book Implosion’, there hasn’t been a book documenting the events in 1978 when DC Comics’ comicbook explosion imploded instead. There’s also been a lot of speculation but no one has really put together all the facts as they draw together interviews […]

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The Woman Fantastic In Contemporary American Media Culture edited by Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Grey and Michael R. Howard II (book review).

August 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Woman Fantastic In Contemporary American Media Culture edited by Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Grey and Michael R. Howard II (book review).

‘The Woman Fantastic In Contemporary American Media Culture’ is an examination of the portrayal of female protagonists in mostly comicbooks by various writers. Although I agree with them that Sheena The Jungle Queen and Wonder Woman are two of the earliest with their own titles, there seems to be a big gap missing before they […]

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Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Another of renowned Chinese author Cixin Liu’s novels has been translated for our enjoyment by Joel Martinsen in the form of ‘Ball Lightning’, a hard-SF, physics-based tale of obsession, complicated mathematics and the force of nature. As soon as I started reading, I recalled the curiously formal tone of Cixin Liu’s work, which initially may […]

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The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

‘The Robot In The Next Cubicle’ by Larry Boyer will make you think of the automated voices that ring you up offering…well, whatever they try before you hang-up. The sub-title, ‘What You Need To Know To Adapt And Succeed In The Automation Age’ is a bit more revealing. In his brief history of the technology […]

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Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children book 3) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

August 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children book 3) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

‘Beneath The Sugar Sky’ is book three in the ‘Wayward Children’ series by Seanan McGuire. Please don’t read this review without having read the first books in the series, ‘Every Heart A Doorway’ and ‘Down Among The Sticks And Bones’, as it may contain spoilers. We begin with Cora, a new girl to Eleanor West’s […]

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The Military Science Of Star Wars by George Beahm (book review).

August 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Military Science Of Star Wars by George Beahm (book review).

When I first saw the title of this book, I did a double-take: ‘The Military Science Of Star Wars’ by George Beahm. The what now? ‘Star Wars’ is a fantasy, it doesn’t even stretch to becoming Science Fiction often, a Campbell and Tolkien rip-off that tapped into a cultural need when the world needed it […]

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