Scifi books reviews

Saucer by stephen coonts Review and Opinion

2018/05/05

Saucer
Stephen Coonts
St Martin's paperback $7.99

review by Michael Lohr

Let me just start this review by saying that Saucer is not a Jake Grafton novel. Standing along with the likes of Clive Cussler, Dale Brown and Michael Crichton, Stephen Coonts is one of the best adventure/thriller writers out there today. Saucer is a deviation from

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Butterfly effect Review and Opinion

2017/09/25

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

review by Alasdair Stuart

One of the bleakest genre offerings in years, this is a highly original take on the traditional time travel story, with a good dose of suburban horror thrown in for good measure.

Ashton Kutcher delivers an utterly uncharacteristic, restrained performance

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Edgewise by graham masterton Review and Opinion

2016/01/29

Edgewise
Graham Masterton
Severn House paperback £9.99

review by Ian R. Faulkner

Graham Masterton began his writing career way back in 1975 with The Manitou, a chilling tale of a Native American medicine man reborn in the present day to exact his revenge on the white man, which became

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Forge of mars by bruce balfour Review and Opinion

2019/01/06

The Forge Of Mars
Bruce Balfour
Ace paperback $6.99

review by Michael Lohr

Science fiction novelist Bruce Balfour (The Dagger Of Amon Ra, Outpost) has oddly enough found himself standing along side the likes of Clive Cussler, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton with this novel. Yes, its science fiction, and yes the story is set mainly

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Psycho diver, soul siren Review and Opinion

2016/10/21

Psycho Diver - Soul Siren (1997)
Director: Mamoru Kambe

review by Tom Matic

This supernatural technothriller tells of a psychic investigator with a difference: he can telepathically dive into people's subconscious minds with the aid of an electronic device. He uses this ability to assist Yuki, a glamorous pop star, in her attempts to exorcise her inner

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Ravenheart Review and Opinion

2018/06/09

Ravenheart
David Gemmell
Corgi paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

This is the third book in the now famous fantasy series which tracks the bloody but heroic history of the Rigante, a highland clan struggling against tyranny for its survival and honour. Ravenheart is set in a time when the clan has become little more than a subject people

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Mortuary Review and Opinion

2016/12/05

Mortuary (2005)
Director: Tobe Hooper

review by Tom Johnstone

As the godfather of the stalk 'n' slash subgenre, with a masterpiece like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre under his belt, Tope Hooper has a lot to live up to - or live down, depending on your point of view. I watched this more recent offering, and then TCM happened to be on Film4

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Star trek: nemesis Review and Opinion

2018/03/12

Star Trek: Nemesis (2003)
Director: Stuart Baird

review by Robin Landry

There comes a time when all good things must come to and end, and I'm sad to say, Star Trek is at the end of its illustrious run. The series started in 1966 and at the time was so cutting edge that it almost didn't get made. Now, 37 years later, the movie going public has

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J.s.a. mixed signals Review and Opinion

2015/11/04

JSA: Mixed Signals
Geoff Johns, and others
DC Comics / Titan paperback £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The Justice Society of America was formed in 1940 to lick Hitler. They were created by writer Gardner Fox who, with Bill Finger, was responsible for everything about Batman that Bob Kane took the credit for, along with DC editor Sheldon Mayer.

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Cabin fever Review and Opinion

2019/05/18

Cabin Fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth

review by Eric Turowski

I was very excited to see this film, as the hype promised a gore-filled return to horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, a la George Romero, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, et al. Five college students venture into a secluded woodland cabin to party. Sounds familiar, already, right?
   Bert (James

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Challenge, 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/08/13

The Challenge (2005)
Writer and director: Johannes Jaeger

review by Christopher Geary

Apparently derived from a short film, Kampfansage 2 (2002), The Challenge (aka: Kampfansage - Der letzte Schüler), translating as 'Challenge: The Last Apprentice' is reportedly

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Madness of angels by kate griffin Review and Opinion

2015/10/04

A Madness Of Angels
Kate Griffin
Orbit paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

A Madness Of Angels is Kate Griffin's first novel. But it's also Catherine Webb's eighth: having made a name for herself as a writer of young-adult fiction, she has now turned her hand to writing fantasy for adults, under the Griffin pseudonym.

On to

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Core Review and Opinion

2019/04/23

The Core (2003)
Director: Jim Amiel

review by Debbie Moon

On an ordinary day in an ordinary American city, dozens of people suddenly drop dead. Pigeons in Trafalgar Square start re-enacting Hitchcock. Crack NASA pilot Beck Childs finds herself landing the space shuttle hundreds of miles off course after the instrumentation fails.
   Madcap geophysicist

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Saturn by ben bova Review and Opinion

2018/05/06

Saturn
Ben Bova
NEL paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Saturn continues Ben Bova's 'grand tour of the Solar system' but this episode is rather a letdown. The story begins as a crew is assembled for the longest journey yet to be undertaken by mankind, a mission to Saturn, and 10,000 people join Goddard - a good old fashioned centrifugally

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Learning the world Review and Opinion

2015/10/06

Learning The World: A Novel Of First Contact
Ken MacLeod
Orbit hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh is credited as the first novel to embrace the telephone. Perhaps Learning The World earns a similar mark with regard to blogging. The book title is also

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Evolution by stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2019/02/01

Evolution
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Evolution begins with an ancient, scurrying primate progenitor at the time of the dinosaurs' demise and works its way through humanity's family tree. The afterword, 762 pages later, reminds the reader that this is a novel - but it is closer to a fable, a myth cycle, a scientifically

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Halloween resurrection Review and Opinion

2017/04/04

Halloween Resurrection (2002)
Director: Rick Rosenthal

review by Steve Anderson

It's all crapped out to this, folks. Michael Myers as reality-TV show complication. But before we can get to the chopping and the slicing and the bad acting, we've got to sit through five billion previews of coming attractions on the DVD release. Everything from Scream

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Space merchants Review and Opinion

2018/03/30

The Space Merchants
Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Mitch Courtenay is a star-class copysmith for Fowler Schocken Associates, one of the two advertising agencies vying for control of the upcoming colonisation of Venus. When he's put in charge of the Venus account, he is kidnapped and reduced to the

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The isle Review and Opinion

2017/02/14

The Isle (2000)
Director: Kim Ki-Duk

review by Paul Higson

"Give me a pack of four-inch love-tailed worms."

You will cringe. You will squirm. Romance isn't dead, it's just deadly. The Isle took its time coming to DVD and it does not arrive intact, as removed are some unnecessary moments

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Lord of snow and shadows by sarah ash Review and Opinion

2018/09/25

Lord Of Snow And Shadows: Book One of The Tears Of Artamon
Sarah Ash
Bantam paperback £10.99

review by Simeon Shoul

At the southern tip of the continent of Rossiya, in the tiny, warm, sheltered republic of Smarna a young painter, Gavril Andar, is busy at his chosen work, painting the portrait of a spoiled young aristocrat, never suspecting that his

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Hulk Review and Opinion

2018/11/20

Hulk (2003)
Director: Ang Lee

review by Patrick Hudson

For those of us who spent the 1970s cringing through dire TV shows and rotten, cheaply produced movies starring portly guys in Lycra, the current crop of superhero movies is like all of our childhood dreams come true. It's seems incredible to think of a time when comics were better than the movies

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Antibody Review and Opinion

2017/10/19

Antibody (2002)
Director: Christian McIntire

review by Steve Anderson

Now here's a story that's going to make you cringe, deep down inside. Dej Productions, a direct-to-video outlet that's steadily growing in prolificacy, brings you a story about a man and his bomb. I've seen maybe two from these guys in the last week. On the topic of things that are

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Awful dr orlof Review and Opinion

2019/06/23

The Awful Dr Orlof (1962)
Director: Jess Franco

review by James Starkey

This rather amusing melodrama was fairly typical of the early-1960s' European crime/thriller genre that rose up and disappeared almost overnight. Influenced by the work of Ed Wood in the US and the British Hammer studios, Jess Franco went about producing his own little slice of terror

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Dead witch walking by kim harrison Review and Opinion

2016/02/01

Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison
Harper Voyager paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Rachel Morgan has a problem, in fact, she has a whole clutch of problems. As an Inderland Security runner, she's spent the last few months getting the worst jobs going and somehow, never quite bringing them in properly. Rachel's good at her job but her bad luck

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Devices and desires Review and Opinion

2015/10/27

Devices And Desires
K.J. Parker
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Devices And Desires is brought to us by the pseudonymous writer of the Scavenger and Fencer trilogies and marks the beginning of the Engineer trilogy (or Devices And Desires series as it's referred to by Amazon US). While at first

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Darkness falls Review and Opinion

2019/04/03

Darkness Falls (2003)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Darkness Falls begins as an interesting combination of atmospheric horror and phobia-driven terror, but the film quickly succumbs to the more mainstream elements of an action thriller. The story's setup is intriguing and filled with possibilities: In the town of Darkness

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Necropolis by xina marie uhl Review and Opinion

2018/07/31

Necropolis
Xina Marie Uhl
Publish America paperback $21.95

review by Amy Harlib

Necropolis, a first novel and a delightfully different fantasy adventure set in an invented world, reflects the author's scholarly interest in ancient history. Uhl's imaginary city-state of Eretria and its environs, analogous to Mesopotamia, Syria and Greece at the

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Kill bill vol 2 Review and Opinion

2018/10/16

Kill Bill Volume Two (2004)
Writer and director: Quentin Tarantino

review by Ian ShutterSpoiler alert!The second part of Tarantino's fourth movie has more leisurely-paced dialogues, greater character development and plot intrigues, and rather less insanely sadistic mayhem than its action-packed predecessor

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Escaflowne Review and Opinion

2017/05/18

Escaflowne (2002)
Director: Kauki Akare

review by Amy Harlib

Escaflowne (aka: Escaflowne: A Girl From Gaea), a Japanese anime featurebased on a hugely popular TV series, has found limited distribution here in the USA and can readily be found on video/DVD. The up and coming director and creators, with considerable experience already, working

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Power girl Review and Opinion

2015/08/13

Power Girl
Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, and others
Titan graphic novel £7.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The blurb on the back of this book asks, "Who is Power Girl? ... Superman's cousin? ... Granddaughter of an ancient Atlantean sorcerer? ... Pawn in a game of cosmic chess?" My wife suggested there was another question that might be posed about the super

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Punktown by jeffrey thomas Review and Opinion

2015/08/07

Punktown
Jeffrey Thomas
Ministry Of Whimsy paperback $11.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jeffrey Thomas, an American writer of numerous dark fantasy and horror short stories, takes a new approach in this recently published collection of nine interrelated tales of 'slipstream' SF, seven of which have

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Science fiction hall of fame volume 1 Review and Opinion

2015/07/13

The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame: volume one, 1929 - 1964
edited by Robert Silverberg
Orb paperback $17.95

review by Andrew Darlington

Weekend TV does all those cheap top 50s strung together around talking heads and clips from old pop shows, soaps, sitcoms and movies. And you can endlessly debate their 'Now That's What I Call...' definition of great

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Iron council Review and Opinion

2015/11/11

Iron Council
China Miéville
Macmillan hardcover £17.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Since the publication of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville has enjoyed a status afforded few genre authors. His books are published through a mainstream publishing company (despite Macmillan having a

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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