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Hawkmoon: The Sword Of Dawn by Michael Moorcock (book review).

November 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Hawkmoon: The Sword Of Dawn by Michael Moorcock (book review).

Michael Moorcock is widely regarded as one of the key figures in the history of British Science Fiction and fantasy, but this reviewer at least came to him relatively recently and the reissuing of this 1968 novel, ‘Hawkmoon: The Sword Of Dawn’, provided the opportunity to decide if Moorcock’s older works are still worth reading. […]

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Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (book review).

October 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (book review).

In short, ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’ pretty much sums up both the themes of the book and its style. On the one hand, many young adult readers will take the book at face value, a coming-of-age story involving a lonely teenager who doesn’t accept the official story about the death of his mother. […]

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The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo (book review).

September 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Luis Royo (book review).

George RR Martin is of course best known for his series of fantasy novels widely known as the ‘Game Of Thrones’ universe thanks to the popular television show of that name. But before he’d written even the first of these novels, he’d written a number of other books including a children’s story called ‘The Ice […]

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Noche Roja by Simon Oliver and Jason Latour (graphic novel review).

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Noche Roja by Simon Oliver and Jason Latour (graphic novel review).

‘Noche Roja’ (English translation: ‘Red Night’) is a graphic novel take on the classic hard-boiled, film noir detective genre, but this time set on the Mexican-American border at some vaguely unspecified 1970s/1980s point in time. A number of young Mexican women have been found dead and horribly mutilated, but local law enforcement seems to have […]

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Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon (book review)

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Freedom Of The Mask by Robert McCammon   (book review)

Robert McCammon has been turning out horror-slash-dark fantasy novels since the late 1970s, mostly standalone works but, in recent years, with the accent on the continuing use of certain characters within their own discrete worlds. Such is the case with ‘Freedom Of The Mask’, the sixth book to feature Matthew Corbett, a 17th century sleuth […]

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Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zero-G by Rob Boffard (book review).

‘Zero-G’ is a brisk SF thriller that essentially transfers the traditional murder-mystery setting from a remote mansion house into a space station, but with a post-apocalyptic twist that helps to raise the stakes sky high. It’s a sequel to Boffard’s 2015 novel ‘Tracer’ and it plays to his proven strengths: believable characters, plenty of action […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

As the dustcover blurb proudly proclaims, Clive Barker was once hailed as the ‘future of horror’ by none other than Stephen King and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the two writers. For example, while both men have had careers defined by their written fiction, both have seen some of their stories turned […]

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Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald   (book review)

Kathryn Kurtz’s ‘Deryni’ series of books passed me by, it has to be admitted, but having come across one or two references to them elsewhere, I had hoped that this reference guide to the series might form a useful introduction. Alas, that was not the case, but that particular failing shouldn’t be seen as a […]

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The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen (book review)

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen   (book review)

‘The Science Of Discworld IV’ follows along the tradition established by previous Discworld ‘Science Of…’ books by contrasting our magically-created world, known as Roundworld, with the real world, which is, of course, the Discworld. But it’s also an in-universe piece of fiction, chronicling the debates held by the wizards and scholars of the Discworld at […]

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Black Wings Of Cthulhu 3 edited by S.T. Joshi (book review)

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black Wings Of Cthulhu 3 edited by S.T. Joshi   (book review)

Despite its title, this third volume of short stories from the ‘Black Wings Of Cthulhu’ series has very little to do with the Cthulhu Mythos and is very much more about the literary genre that editor S.T. Joshi refers to as ‘cosmic terror’. In other words, the stories in this collection are more about the […]

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