Scifi

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (book review).

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (book review).

I hardly know where to begin in describing Christopher Priest’s ‘The Adjacent’. It’s a multi-stranded novel that alternates the tale of Tibor Tarent, a free-lance photographer in near-future Britain, with a selection of tales from earlier time periods and other places that feel like they are almost related somehow, without making the connection obvious. The […]

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Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

Mentats Of Dune (Dune Schools Of Dune Trilogy 2) by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert (book review).

‘Dune’ was a great Science Fiction novel by Frank Herbert that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. It was followed by some interesting sequels also written by Frank and then by some longer and less interesting ones. A vast interstellar empire with assorted groups competing for power offers plenty of scope for stories so […]

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Anime & Manga

Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

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Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

‘Monster Hunt’ is a Chinese comedy film that is part-live action and part-animation. Telling the story of a human man who gives birth to the new monster king, it is a light-hearted martial arts romp with an endearing fantasy slant to it. Having been successful in its native China, it has now been released on […]

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TV

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks by David Whitaker (DVD TV series review).

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks by David Whitaker (DVD TV series review).

I guess if you never saw the first ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘The Power Of The Daleks’ starring Patrick Troughton, seeing the animated version is probably going to be the only way. Unlike the odd animated episode inclusion in other stories where episodes are missing, this runs for the entire 6 episodes and they can’t just […]

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The Music Of ITC (CD review).

The Music Of ITC (CD review).

‘The Music Of ITC’ has original recordings of the music from 16 ITC TV series from the 1960s-1970s. 18 actually if you recognise there was a different theme music for the hour long ‘Danger Man’ and the colour version of ‘The Saint’ series. Some of them, like ‘The Champions’ already reviewed his month, have their […]

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Culture

Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories From Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie (book review).

Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories From Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie (book review).

As the sub-title of this book, ‘Old Demons, New Deities’ tells you, this is a collection of short stories with links to Tibet, either because they’re set there, the author originates from Tibet or the story features Tibetans in other settings around the world. If you’re looking for an insight into a culture that is […]

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The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs (book review).

The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs (book review).

While contemporary geek culture often sees itself as progressive and liberal, the reality is that it’s still one where women can struggle to feel completely accepted and at home. That’s a crying shame because, fundamentally, geek culture should be a celebration of precisely the sorts of idealism and diversity that characterise pretty much all modern […]

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Science

Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon  (book review)

Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review)

The story of Michael Faraday is really a literal rags to riches story as he worked his way into the scientific community by endearing himself to Humphrey Davy with his meticulous handwriting and noting experiments at the latter’s public displays. Faraday was also a keen experimenter himself although not originally on such a vast scale […]

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Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker  (book review)

Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review)

Being in my early teens in 1970 and the school swot on the space program, I was aware of the problems with the Apollo 13 expedition to the Moon and the problems they had. Hence when a film drama was made on the subject in 1995, I paid less attention other than a few clips […]

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Books

Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

When I can fit them in, I try to fit in some art technique books. As I’m focusing on improving how I draw clothes, it’s inevitable I will look at artbooks that focus on fashion and picked this one up in the summer, flicked the pages and was immensely impressed with Anna Kiper’s art technique […]

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Mississippi Roll (A Wild Cards Novel book 24) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

Mississippi Roll (A Wild Cards Novel book 24) edited by George RR Martin (book review).

As the title ‘Mississipi Roll’ of the latest ‘Wild Cards’ book should point out, this mosaic blend of six stories has gone down to the deep south. Actually, it’s on the Mississippi steamboat Natchez as its crew discover that its management now want to dock it and just use it as a casino so they […]

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Recent Articles

2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

I picked up 2000AD Prog # 2059 on a whim along with Judge Dredd Megazine # 390, curious to see how they’re shaping up nowadays. These two are virtually the only serious British comics left standing, which is potty when you think how much American product is out there. Anyway, here’s my report. The cover […]

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Judge Dredd Megazine #390 (comicbook review).

Judge Dredd Megazine #390 (comicbook review).

I passed a W.H. Smith’s the other day and picked up Judge Dredd Megazine # 390 and 2000AD # 2059, partly to see what they’re like now and partly to strike a blow against American cultural imperialism by purchasing home-grown British comics. The first thing I learned is that they are quite expensive: £5.99 for […]

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