Scifi

Strange Music (A Pip And Flinx Adventure – book 15) by Alan Dean Foster  (book review)

Strange Music (A Pip And Flinx Adventure – book 15) by Alan Dean Foster (book review)

A few years back I read the last three books in Alan Dean Foster’s long-running ‘Pip And Flinx’ series, a light-hearted, adventurous series about the empathic Flinx and his pet mini-dragon, Pip. The air of tediousness that enveloped me as I read through them returned to mind when I received this new book which brings […]

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Thing (1982)  (Blu-ray film review)

The Thing (1982) (Blu-ray film review)

Of the films from 1982, John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ is up there for one of the scariest films to watch on a cold winter night even if its original release was in the middle of the summer amid a lot of now other famous films that year, including ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘E.T.’. Being released amongst […]

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More

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 […]

October 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
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 […]

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More

TV

Exclusive trailer: Crisis On Earth X

Exclusive trailer: Crisis On Earth X

The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will join forces in a crossover event called “Crisis on Earth X.” The four-way crossover will air across two nights Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 28 on The CW. For this crossover event, Arrow will air on a special night Monday at 9 p.m. PT/ET following Supergirl, while the other DC shows will […]

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5th season (trailer).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5th season (trailer).

Coulson and the gang find themselves stranded in deep space with new chums and new threats a-plenty. The two-hour premiere will hit the TV on Friday, December 1st 2017 at 8 pm ET on ABC in the USA. UK TV will start showing this season January 2018 on its regular home on E4.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

Guy P. Harrison’s book, ‘Think Before You Like’, makes more sense from the very long sub-title, ‘Social Media’s Effect On The Brain And The Tools You Need To Navigate Your Newsfeed’. In other words, he’s investigating social media and as someone who doesn’t really use it, it’ll be interesting to see if he can convince […]

November 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a writer and director almost unknown in the United States, is superb at creating an atmosphere of dread and suspense as he did with ‘Pulse’. This film is a cut below that film. A famous fashion photographer takes daguerreotype pictures of his daughter in memory of his dead wife. His new photographic assistant […]

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Science

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

Want a nice cheery book for this time of year? I doubt if the thrill-seekers or even the unfortunate who contemplate taking their own lives will find this book of use. Many of the situations are a tad extreme to get into and might actually put them off. What Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty’s book […]

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

There is one major observation you get when you look at the pictures in Nirmala Nataraj’s book ‘The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA’, you are looking at alien worlds and they belong to our Solar System. So close and photographs are the only way to really see them. If that alone doesn’t convince […]

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Books

Wake Of Vultures: The Shadow book 1 by Lila Bowen   (book review)

Wake Of Vultures: The Shadow book 1 by Lila Bowen (book review)

‘Wake Of Vultures’ is the first novel in ‘The Shadow’ series by Lila Bowen. It is a fantasy western set in 1800s Texas. The novel follows Nettie Lonesome, a mixed race black/Native American orphan. Nettie lives on a failing farm with Pap and Mam, her adoptive parents who use her as a slave without calling […]

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Strange Music (A Pip And Flinx Adventure – book 15) by Alan Dean Foster  (book review)

Strange Music (A Pip And Flinx Adventure – book 15) by Alan Dean Foster (book review)

A few years back I read the last three books in Alan Dean Foster’s long-running ‘Pip And Flinx’ series, a light-hearted, adventurous series about the empathic Flinx and his pet mini-dragon, Pip. The air of tediousness that enveloped me as I read through them returned to mind when I received this new book which brings […]

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny  (book review)

Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny (book review)

‘Unlearning To Draw’ is probably the most advanced of these ‘Learning To See’ books but does have a fatal flaw for people like me. Peter Jenny thinks everyone has family photo albums that you can draw (sic) upon to use as your models. If you haven’t, can I suggest an alternative and you start collecting […]

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail  (book review)

About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail (book review)

The only downside to Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail’s guides to ‘Doctor Who’, along with authors from previous volumes by Lawrence Miles and Lars Pearson, is the time it takes for each volume to arrive. It was a great delight to discover that ‘About Time 8’ was going to be published this year. As with […]

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