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Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook (book review)

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press edited by Chris Beckett, Justina Robson and Andrew Hook   (book review)

‘Elasticity: The Best Of Elastic Press’ is a selection of stories from the various anthologies put out by Elastic Press in its short but interesting life. In his introduction, editor Andrew Hook, who ran the Press, defines the genre category as ‘slipstream’. That basically means anything goes. Listed below are some that went well for […]

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Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder (book review)

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Go Forth And Multiply: Twelve Tales Of Repopulation edited by Gordon Van Gelder  (book review)

I’ve often found when reading Science Fiction from the 50s and 60s that what dates it more than the technology is the social attitudes. It was a much more sexist world in those days and the fiction reflects that: the astronauts and scientists are almost always male and any female characters are always secretaries, stewardesses […]

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The Comic Book Film Adaptation by Liam Burke (book review)

September 18, 2017 | By | 6 Replies More
The Comic Book Film Adaptation by Liam Burke  (book review)

Liam Burke’s book, ‘The Comic Book Film Adaptation’, is different to others on the subject I’ve read in recent months as he has been able to interview, albeit briefly, and quote from various sources. I think the prize one in the introduction is from Paul Levitz who explains the problem of which version of Batman, […]

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Chronicle Books Star Wars model in a box selection. (book/model review)

September 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Chronicle Books Star Wars model in a box selection.   (book/model review)

Yoda, Bring You Wisdom I Will (pub: Chronicle Books. 48 page paperback with figurine 48 page paperback, figurine and stickers. Price: £10.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-81187-470-0) Darth Vader, Together We Will Rule The Galaxy (pub: Chronicle Books. 48 page paperback with figurine. Price: £12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-45210-850-6) check out website: www.chroniclebooks.com Fingers crossed my editor won’t […]

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Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beren And Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee (book review).

Like many other genre fans, I first read Tolkien as a teen-ager. Although I loved ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, when I tried to read ‘The Silmarillion’, I found its dry style of reportage too dull for my teen-age tastes and moved on to other authors. Years later, Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations […]

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Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection Of Time Lord Verse by James Goss and illustrated by Russell T Davies (book review).

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection Of Time Lord Verse by James Goss and illustrated by Russell T Davies (book review).

‘Now We Are Six Hundred’ is a book of poetry by James Goss (Big Finish, the universe) and illustrated by the hitherto unknown as an artist Russell T. Davies (BBC, Channel 4, the universe also) is a thing to be welcomed. I’m pretty sure there has never been a poetry book although I’m sure someone […]

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Drawing From Your Imagination by Ron Tiner (book review).

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drawing From Your Imagination by Ron Tiner (book review).

I picked up Ron Tiner’s book, ‘Drawing From Your Imagination’, some time ago and only got around to reading it now. His key emphasis is on drawing from life as much as possible and practice every day which is sound advice. Sometimes, it’s only a matter of flash drawing, the artist equivalent of a flash […]

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The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne Of Glass novellas by Sarah J Maas (book review).

September 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne Of Glass novellas by Sarah J Maas (book review).

This is a bind-up of five novellas which technically take place prior to the first book in the ‘Throne Of Glass’ series. I chose to read this book between reading ‘Heir Of Fire’ and ‘Queen Of Shadows’ as this was the suggested reading order. During these five novellas, we get to see how the young […]

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The Great Bazaar And Other Stories by Peter V. Brett (book review).

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Great Bazaar And Other Stories by Peter V. Brett (book review).

‘The Great Bazaar And Other Stories’ is a pocket-sized addition to Peter V. Brett’s ‘Demon Cycle’ series of books. Fitting in between books 1 and 2, we’re presented with a few extra stories and further details to fill in a few gaps that have occurred along the way. The titular novella, which occupies a little […]

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War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
War In Heaven by Gavin G. Smith (book review).

‘War In Heaven’ is the sequel to ‘Veteran’ by Gavin Smith or is it Gavin G. Smith? Both books list the author as Gavin Smith on the cover and Gavin G. Smith on the title page. Anyway, our unlikely hero, Sergeant Jakob Douglas, an ex-special forces veteran who has been discharged from the forces makes […]

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