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After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

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After The Orange: Ruin And Recovery edited by Manny Frishberg (ebook review).

‘After The Orange’ features twenty-four stories by a variety of writers contemplating the future of America and the world after 2032 or further ahead. The basic premise is that the current leader of the free world will make changes that have long-lasting effects. In the foreword, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough quotes an anthropologist discussing places and […]

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Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

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Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett (book review).

When the whole genre of fantasy took off, mostly due the success of Tolkien’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’, we were deluged by trilogies of quest novels set in low tech societies which used some kind of magic. Some were excellent but, as time passed, the originality deteriorated. While this kind of fantasy is still popular […]

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Superman In Myth And Folklore by Daniel Peretti (book review).

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Superman In Myth And Folklore by Daniel Peretti (book review).

As the title of Daniel Peretti’s book, ‘Superman In Myth And Folklore’, shows its more an exploration of how the Man of Steel has become part of modern American folklore than the comicbooks themselves. I have to confess to not being surprised by this. After all, the USA is a mixed immigrant culture which, outside […]

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So Say We All, The Oral History Of Battlestar Galactica by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross (book review).

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So Say We All, The Oral History Of Battlestar Galactica by Mark A. Altman & Edward Gross (book review).

Of all the recent reboots of classic genre television shows, ‘Battlestar: Galactica’ is probably the one that has prompted the most reflection and discussion. What had been essentially a TV-budget ‘Star Wars’ knock-off was turned into a pointed critique of American society post-9/11. But while that’s the commonest comparison drawn between the two shows, the […]

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Fictional Alignment : The Sequel To An Android Awakes by Mike French (book review).

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Fictional Alignment : The Sequel To An Android Awakes by Mike French (book review).

‘Fictional Alignment’ is Mike French’s follow-up to his illustrated novel, ‘An Android Awakes’. Expecting a similar blend of interesting graphics and entertaining storytelling, I picked up ‘Fictional Alignment’ quite eagerly but, unfortunately, found it to be somewhat of a disappointment and actually a real slog to get through. The story follows a human named Saphira, […]

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The World Of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (book review).

August 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
The World Of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (book review).

It’s not uncommon for blogs and podcasts to be turned into books, but such publications aren’t always successful. A case in point is Aaron Mahnke’s ‘The World Of Lore’, a book based upon what is an undeniably successful podcast. Not only has the ‘Lore’ podcast run to over ninety episodes, it has even been adapted […]

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I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai (book review).

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I Want Superpowers by Steven Bereznai (book review).

Caitlin has always wanted to be a super-hero. People who have super-powers go to live with other super-heroes in their own city. It’s the perfect opportunity for Caitlin to escape her troublesome mother and boring life to join them. So she’s hoping to manifest in her final testing, but she doesn’t. Stuck with her ordinary […]

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Vox by Christina Dalcher (book review).

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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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