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Altered carbon by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2019/07/15

Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Christopher Geary

Richard Morgan's debut SF novel is a genre-breaking, hardboiled noir murder mystery, with body-swap identity crises and plenty of ingenious gadgetry that's used, and abused, in the service of mass slaughter and cyberpunk adventure.
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Black man by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2016/03/28

Black Man
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Richard Morgan has a reputation for violence. Even the title of Black Man is confrontational, and sufficiently provocative that his American publishers substituted it with Thirteen. This is a valid alternative, as both terms describe Carl Marsalis, a black man who

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Broken angels Review and Opinion

2019/05/28

Broken Angels
Richard Morgan
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Debbie Moon

Takeshi Kovacs, disgraced former Envoy and reluctant mercenary in a dirty war on a backwater planet, is recovering from his wounds when a pilot offers him the opportunity of a lifetime. Many planets are scattered with the remains of 'Martian' civilisation - buildings, carvings

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Richard III Review and Opinion

2018/05/22

Richard III (1996)
Director: Richard Loncraine

review by Tony Lee

An affected but wholly successful revision of Shakespeare's play, this tale of royal intrigue and one man's lust for the power of the British throne (filmed 40 years earlier by Laurence Olivier) is updated from 15th century costume drama to 1930s' political thriller. Ian McKellen (who

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Island by richard laymon Review and Opinion

2018/11/09

Island
Richard Laymon
Leisure paperback $6.99

review by Michael McCarty

Tragically, Richard Laymon passed away on 14th February 2001, just as he was finally getting the success he deserved. For years, Laymon wrote terrific terror tales but had to get them publish aboard, mostly in England, Australia and New Zealand.
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Richard matheson's kolchak scripts Review and Opinion

2018/10/14

Richard Matheson's Kolchak Scripts
editor: Mark Dawidziak
Gauntlet Press hardcover $150

review by Michael McCarty

One might ask if Richard Matheson's three-script collection is worth the hefty cover price, but the answer is yes - absolutely, yes! Mark Dawidziak does the introductions to all three scripts as well as interviews with all the principal

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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God delusion by richard dawkins Review and Opinion

2015/12/21

The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins
Bantam hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

Back in February of 2006, Channel Four broadcast a two-part documentary about the dangers of religion. Presented with admirable candour by Professor Richard Dawkins, the controversial TV show was titled Root Of All Evil?

Like that programme, The God Delusion

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Far west by richard moore Review and Opinion

2016/01/06

Far West
Richard Moore
NBM paperback $13.95

review by Amy Harlib

Talented American comicbook artist Richard Moore, well-known for his beloved and popular Boneyard series, deserves equal acclaim for his other major ongoing opus - Far West, the first four episodes (and a bonus early tale plus a gallery of cover art) now collected in a easily

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Cypher Review and Opinion

2019/04/09

Cypher (2002)
Director: Vincenzo Natali

review by Debbie Moon

Morgan Sullivan is an ordinary guy looking for an ordinary job. Rather to his surprise, he's recruited to a ruthless corporation as an industrial spy, assigned to report on apparently innocuous trade conferences around the country. But, if that's all there is to his new job, why is he being

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Requiem Review and Opinion

2018/05/27

Requiem (2003)
Director: Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby

review by Paul Higson

Your reviewer is put in a slightly awkward but moreover than that bemusing situation with this film, for never have I praised a film so highly yet ultimately had it fail me to the point of my hating it. The technical proficiency of all concerned in Requiem plays a major

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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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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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Court of the midnight king Review and Opinion

2019/04/19

The Court Of The Midnight King
Freda Warrington
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This book retells the story of the Wars of the Roses (the English wars of succession between 1432 and 1485, not the film with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) with a touch of added mysticism, in the style of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists Of Avalon

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Hardyware Review and Opinion

2018/12/06

Hardyware: The Art of David A. Hardy
Chris Morgan
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

This career-spanning retro of British space and SF artist David Hardy's work features an impressive range of material, including two-page colour spreads, explanatory captions and a main text written by Chris Morgan condensed from his interviews with

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To the stars by l ron hubbard Review and Opinion

2015/05/26

To The Stars
L. Ron Hubbard
Galaxy hardcover $24.95

review by Gregory Benford

I read this remarkable novel when I was but a kid, somewhere in the early 1950s. As its last line proclaims, it is a tale of high drama about being "outward bound on a mission to the ageless stars."

It was very popular. "Remarkably ruthless" The Encyclopedia Of

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Brass man by neal asher Review and Opinion

2016/03/20

Brass Man
Neal Asher
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

When a prototype robot with a hidden flaw is stolen by separatist rebels, no one expects it to fall into the hands of Skellor, a would-be dictator contaminated by the nanotechnology of a dead race that gives him almost unlimited powers. The robot becomes brass killing-machine Mr Crane,

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Supernatural tales 11 Review and Opinion

2015/06/06

Supernatural Tales #11
editor: David Longhorn
291 Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NN
£7.50 / $15

review by Mario Guslandi

Turned into an annual anthology for the last two years, Supernatural Tales reverts back to its original fortmat, that of a magazine featuring both fiction and non-fiction dealing with the horrific and the supernatural

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The ring Review and Opinion

2018/05/19

The Ring (2003)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Steven Hampton

Ehren Kruger's screenplay for this American remake of Japan's cult Ringu, returns to the source material of Kôji Suzuki's novel, but relocates the action to Seattle. Gore Verbinski, maker of

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To wake the dead Review and Opinion

2018/01/02

To Wake The Dead
Richard Laymon
Leisure hardcover $24.00

review by Michael McCarty

This first edition hardcover horror novel is about a 4,000-year-old mummy wandering around modern-day California.
   Yes, you read it correctly - Mummy. There haven't been that many Mummy tales to hit the book shelves lately - mostly the silver screen with the Universal

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Mothman prophecies Review and Opinion

2018/08/11

The Mothman Prophecies (2001)
Director: Mark Pellington

review by Michael Lohr

Raised in the mid-Ohio Valley (I was born in West Virginia and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, my grandmother was born and raised in Point Pleasant, where all the sightings first occurred), I was always familiar with the legend of the 'mothman' and all the strange UFO

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Asimov's science fiction 372 Review and Opinion

2016/04/16

Asimov's Science Fiction #372 (January 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

Wow - 30 years already. How did that happen? Since the start of the 1980s, Asimov's SF magazine has been widely acknowledged as one of the heavyweights, and for much of that

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Rosa and the veil of gold by kim wilkins Review and Opinion

2015/07/25

Rosa And The Veil Of Gold
Kim Wilkins
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

review by Gary Couzens

English-born Australian writer Kim Wilkins first came to many people's attention with her fourth adult novel Angel Of Ruin (re-titled Fallen Angel in the UK). That was a dark fantasy mostly set in the 17th century featuring John Milton and his three

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Book programme: dennis wheatley Review and Opinion

2017/05/29

The Book Programme: Dennis Wheatley
- A Letter To Posterity (2005)

review by Andrew Darlington

As a human being, Dennis Wheatley was a fake. A fluent chancer, a self-promoting story spinner in slicked-back hair and a foppishly camp, velvet bow tie... and also an advocate of a hideous and repellent elitism. Although now neglected and seldom read

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Godsend Review and Opinion

2017/04/14

Godsend (2004)
Director: Nick Hamm

review by Alasdair Stuart

After their son Adam is killed in a tragic accident, Paul and Jessie Duncan are distraught, until Richard Wells, an award-winning doctor, approaches them with a proposition, he can clone Adam and give them their son back. The price they have to pay however is to relocate to an isolated town

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Angel stations by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/23

Angel Stations
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £10.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Long ago a vanished species left relics of its civilisation strewn across the galaxy. Dubbed 'Angels' by humanity, this species possessed an almost god-like technology, including time and space distorting machines, miraculous bio-ware and nanotech, and immense teleportation hubs

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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 657 Review and Opinion

2015/12/30

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 657 (January 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

Always a fine magazine, Fantasy & SF is probably the best genre fiction magazine around today. It's certainly the most consistent in terms of quality. This issue's lead story is a didactic novella by Bruce Sterling entitled Kiosk

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Seven Review and Opinion

2018/04/27

Seven (1997)
Director: David Fincher

review by Peter Schilling

Simply the ultimate serial killer drama, David Fincher's Seven (or 'Se7en' as the publicity wags have it), stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, as now-traditional mismatched homicide detectives on the trail of a disturbingly cruel murderer (an outstanding portrayal by Kevin Spacey)

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Last horror movie Review and Opinion

2018/10/09

The Last Horror Movie (2003)
Director: Julian Richards

review by Paul Higson

At the 2003 Festival of Fantastic Films four new British feature films were previewed, Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby's Requiem, Tony Luke's Dominator (which picked up best animated feature film), Julian Richards' The Last Horror Movie and Hadi Hajaig's

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Signs Review and Opinion

2018/04/18

Signs (2002)
Writer and director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Michael Lohr

If you are going to this movie to see another mindless alien invasion flick with silly jokes and lots of needless explosions then stay home! In Signs M. Night Shyamalan follows up his previous genre-bending modern classics The Sixth Sense and

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Peculia Review and Opinion

2015/08/22

Peculia
Richard Sala
Fantagraphic paperback $12.95

review by Amy Harlib

A highly successful American illustrator and comicbook artist with a long track record in numerous publications, Richard Sala finally gets some of his best shorter work in his preferred métier, graphic storytelling, collected into a high quality, large trade paperback.

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Heavy metal Review and Opinion

2018/12/01

Heavy Metal (1981)
Director: Gerald Potterton

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Produced by Ivan Reitman (Stripes, Ghostbusters), Heavy Metal is not so much about the music genre (even though the soundtrack features metal bands) as it is about the magazine (inspired by the French publication Metal Hurlant), which during the 1970s

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Donnie darko Review and Opinion

2019/03/09

Donnie Darko (2001)
Director: Richard Kelley

review by Trent Walters

Juggling either illusion-reality or time-paradoxes by themselves can get tricky. Most works concern themselves with one or the other. Donnie Darko attempts to master both, and in the attempt becomes one of the most magnificent and moving failures among the lesser pictures that

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Vellum by hal duncan Review and Opinion

2015/05/17

Vellum: The Book Of All Hours
Hal Duncan
Pan paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

"A burning map. Every epic... should start with a burning map," says a character at the start of Hal Duncan's Vellum. Perhaps I'm reading too much into that comment, but it's tempting to see it as a call for the destruction of that most familiar epic-fantasy

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Mission to mars Review and Opinion

2018/08/21

Mission To Mars (2000)
Director: Brian De Palma

review by Peter Schilling

We used to be happy enough to watch people courageously venturing out into the universe but, now, audiences aren't satisfied unless these heroic astronauts die in marvellously contrived technological accidents. And, as with close generic rival, Red Planet, this Hollywood

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Dreamcatcher Review and Opinion

2019/03/01

Dreamcatcher (2003)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan

review by Tony Lee

After rescuing a retarded boy from bullies, four young friends are duly rewarded with the blessing and curse of telepathic rapport and psychic powers. Years later, the four men (Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damien Lewis, and Timothy Olyphant) gather at a hunting cabin in the woodlands of Maine

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Gandahar Review and Opinion

2017/04/20

Gandahar (1988)
Writer and director: René Laloux

review by Paul Higson

One Sunday in the 1970s, my family followed up a Sunday morning picking blackberries with cinema visit. I and my sister quite young, so we were looking for a family film. The only double-bill on offer at the Studio 1-4 bore the promising titles of Crystal Voyager and Fantastic

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