Scifi books reviews

Angel: the casefiles volume 1 Review and Opinion

2019/07/09

Angel: The Casefiles volume one
Nancy Holder, Jeff Marionette and Maryelizabeth Hart
Pocket paperback £12.99

review by Donald Morefield

It's not often that a spinoff TV show grows to become just as successful as the original series but, with Angel, creators Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt prove that not only does lightning strike twice, it's

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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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Angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/07/11

Angel Season One (1999)
Created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt

review by Christopher Geary

This is the first spin-off series from Whedon's astonishingly successful TV show, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. It stars David Boreanaz as the titular hero, a vampire cursed with a soul - the result of

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Dark angel season two Review and Opinion

2019/04/04

Dark Angel: Season Two (2001-03)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Steven Hampton

This SF TV show is about mutants. Not the (supra)naturally occurring next step in human evolution as mutants are depicted in movies like X-Men and its sequel

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Dark angel season one Review and Opinion

2019/04/05

Dark Angel (2000-1)
Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee

review by Debbie Moon

The near future: a secret military base is at full alert, as maverick officer Lydecker attempts to prevent the escape of his latest genetic experiments. Enhanced humans called X5s, both bred and trained to be the ultimate soldier. And they're all tiny children.

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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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Damned anthology of the lost Review and Opinion

2016/02/23

Damned: An Anthology Of The Lost
edited by David G. Barnett
Necro hardcover $50

review by Mario Guslandi

It took ten years for Necro's David Barnett to decide to assemble a horror anthology and here's the product of his effort: Damned, a volume featuring all stories of hell and damnation.

The book includes contributions both by big names

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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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Murder mysteries by neil gaiman Review and Opinion

2015/09/11

Murder Mysteries
Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Dark Horse hardcover $13.95
Titan hardcover £10.99

review by Amy Harlib

Two of the brightest luminaries in their creative fields - Neil Gaiman (award-winning writer of numerous works of fantastic fiction) and P. Craig Russell (artist extraordinaire renowned for his sequential narrative style and

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Losers: ante up, double down Review and Opinion

2015/10/10

The Losers volume one: Ante Up
Andy Diggle, and Jock
Vertigo / DC graphic novel $9.95

The Losers volume two: Double Down
Andy Diggle, Jock, and Shawn Martinbrough
Vertigo / DC graphic novel $9.95

reviews by J.C. Hartley

Way back in the 1960s, the original of The Losers was a DC comic featuring a team involved in some of the

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Weirdmonger by df lewis Review and Opinion

2015/05/09

Weirdmonger
D.F. Lewis
Prime paperback $19.95

review by Gary Couzens

Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader tells a story of the time when made a promo video for Bob Dylan. Schrader spoke to Dylan about their different writing approaches. Schrader was a linear thinker, he said (his thought processes went 1, 2, 3, 4, a, b, c, d) while Dylan's mind

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Year's best fantasy and horror 18 Review and Opinion

2015/04/27

The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror 18th Annual Collection
editors: Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J Grant
St Martin's Griffin paperback $19.95

review by Mario Guslandi

Here it comes the 18th annual anthology by Datlow and friends, collecting what is supposedly the best horror and fantasy fiction appeared in 2004. As usual, it is a hefty volume

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Mahabharat Review and Opinion

2018/09/14

The Mahabharat (1988-90)
Directors: B.R. Chopra, Ravi Chopra

review by Gary CouzensSpoiler alert!The Mahabharata was begun around 400 BC and, with additions and revisions, was completed around AD 400. It's one of the oldest poems in existence and at some 100,000 two-line Sanskrit verses, one

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In the ruins by kate elliott Review and Opinion

2015/11/15

In The Ruins
Kate Elliott
Orbit paperback £12.99

review by Simeon Shoul

The Crown Of Stars is a vivid epic of love, war, magic and conspiracy set in a beautifully rendered 10th century pseudo-Europe. At the end of the previous volume, The Gathering Storm, an appalling cataclysm swept

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Special unit 2 Review and Opinion

2018/03/27

Special Unit 2 (2000)
Created and produced by Evan Katz

review by Daniel G. Jennings

This show works because it doesn't try to take itself too seriously. It tries to entertain and amuse us and succeeds admirably. The plot is simple - in an alternate reality a wide variety of mythical monsters such as trolls, gnomes, dragons, gargoyles, gremlins, etc.

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Collected stories by peter carey Review and Opinion

2019/04/26

Collected Stories
Peter Carey
Faber & Faber paperback £8.99

review by Debbie Moon

Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is not a name immediately associated with genre writing. But, judging from this collection, he's actually one of the finest genre writers at work today.
   The 27 stories in this volume cover a wide range of styles and settings, from

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System of the world by neal stephenson Review and Opinion

2015/06/04

The System Of The World
Neal Stephenson
William Heinemann hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

So, here it is, the final volume of Neal Stephenson's immense Baroque Cycle, which has consumed 3,000 pages, spans a period of 60 years, a cast of thousands, and nearly a year of my life. It's been a long trip and I can't help feeling that my critical

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Writing science fiction and fantasy television Review and Opinion

2017/12/18

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy Television
Joe Nazzaro
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Christopher Geary

Like many professions, writing scripts for TV series has its own peculiar jargon that you need to be aware of - before you can talk to industry insiders about their work. Journalist Joe Nazzaro talks the talk and, helpfully, kicks off this

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Mistress of the pearl Review and Opinion

2018/08/20

Mistress Of The Pearl
Eric Van Lustbader
Tor hardcover £13.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

Eric Van Lustbader continues his Pearl fantasy series with this latest instalment, the third book thus far in a series that seems to be able to go on into at least a fourth volume.

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Elastic book of numbers Review and Opinion

2016/01/26

The Elastic Book Of Numbers
edited by Allen Ashley
Elastic paperback £6

review by Debbie Moon

As anyone who's tried to use a credit card recently knows, numbers are increasingly dominating our lives. This collection of 21 stories takes this idea to its logical (and illogical) conclusions, with tales of ordinary people who find their lives unravelling

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Fragile things by neil gaiman Review and Opinion

2015/12/31

Fragile Things
Neil Gaiman
Headline paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Neil Gaiman is a writer deeply engaged with the world. His stories are richly referential, bouncing from Sherlock Holmes in A Study In Emerald to Scheherazade in Inventing Aladdin and, when he isn't name-checking, Gaiman is using our cultural heritage in more subtle

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Kid eternity Review and Opinion

2015/10/28

Kid Eternity
Grant Morrison and Duncan Fregredo
Vertigo / Titan graphic novel £9.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The late 1980s was a boom time for 'edgy' revisions of crusty, campy old characters. By the end of the decade DC must have been scraping the barrel-bottom of their back catalogue for obscure properties with oddball backgrounds to give up to

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Urban ghost story Review and Opinion

2018/01/12

Urban Ghost Story (1998)
Director: Genevieve Jolliffe

review by Gary Couzens

Glasgow. A car accident, and 12-year-old Lizzie's (Heather Ann Foster) best friend is dead. As Lizzie lies on the tarmac, for three minutes she 'dies' and is taken into the light... only to be revived by paramedics. Months later, Heather is living with her mother Kate (Stephanie

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At dawn they sleep Review and Opinion

2017/10/14

At Dawn They Sleep (2000)
Writer and director: Brian Paulin

review by Tony Lee

Homicidal drug dealers Stephen and Ian endure the miseries of their unhealthy morning after a weird night of sex with two women of the 'angel' persuasion. Shaking off their perplexing illness, the lads confront a ruthless skinhead and some vengeful gangland rivals, and a shootout

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First meetings in the enderverse Review and Opinion

2019/02/13

First Meetings In The Enderverse
Orson Scott Card
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

This volume collects four stories related to Card's most celebrated creation: the original, novella length, version of Ender's Game, two prequels, and a sequel.
   The first story, The Polish Boy, deals with Ender's father, John Paul, a barely

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Transmetropolitan Review and Opinion

2018/01/27

Transmetropolitan: Spider's Thrash
Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos
Titan paperback £10.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Spider Jerusalem is a gonzo-journalist living a surreal near future city, with a take-no-prisoners dedication to truth, justice and what used to be called the American way. Rather than the bank robbers and communist spies

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Confusion by neal stephenson Review and Opinion

2016/03/04

The Confusion
Neal Stephenson
William Heinemann hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Confusion is the second part of Neal Stephenson's Baroque cycle, which began with Quicksilver earlier in the year and will conclude with The System Of The World to be published

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Hp lovecraft encyclopedia Review and Opinion

2018/11/22

An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia
S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
Greenwood hardcover £58.95

review by Patrick Hudson

The literary reputation of H.P. Lovecraft has grown enormously over the past three decades. He has gone from being an obscure writer in a spurned genre to take a place beside the Gothic masters who inspired him - Poe, Blackwood, Machen

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Little endless storybook Review and Opinion

2016/01/21

The Little Endless Storybook
Jill Thompson
Vertigo / DC hardcover $9.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jill Thompson, acclaimed illustrator and creator of the beloved Scary Godmother series of books and comics, also contributed her artistic talents, along with the best in the business, to the seminal and classic Sandman comics series conceived

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Frank book by jim woodring Review and Opinion

2019/01/03

The Frank Book
Jim Woodring
Fantagraphic hardcover $39.95

review by Amy Harlib

I am very excited to share information about and my opinions of The Frank Book a showcase for the astonishing work of Jim Woodring, an award-winning American cartoonist (with animation experience). Here he gets all the adventures of one of his well-known and most

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Halliwell's film & video guide 2003 Review and Opinion

2018/12/07

Halliwell's Film & Video Guide 2003
edited by John Walker
HarperCollins Entertainment paperback £20

review by Christopher Geary

This is the 18th Halliwell's, a fully revised and updated edition, and now in its 25th year of publication. It remains by far the most successful and useful of all general movie guides on the market. Despite its broadly

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Extinction journals by Review and Opinion

2016/01/16

Extinction Journals
Jeremy Robert Johnson
Swallowdown paperback $9.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

Dean is either the luckiest man alive, or the unluckiest man left alive. He's survived World War III, and now finds himself alone in a nuked Washington, DC, standing over the fallen corpse of the President. The President survived too, but whereas he chose

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