Scifi books reviews

Big fish Review and Opinion

2019/06/11

Big Fish (2004)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Debbie Moon

Edward Bloom is a big fish in a small pond. All his life, he's entertained his family with tales of his fantastical past: how he began his career in the circus, rescued a giant, battled for the woman of his dreams, and almost found paradise in a small Alabama town. Now he's dying, and his estranged

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Shark tale Review and Opinion

2016/09/07

Shark Tale (2004)
Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, and Rob Letterman

review by Amy Harlib

The folks at DreamWorks Animation Studios who brought us the successful features Shrek and its sequel have recently made a splash with their most recent CGI picture Shark Tale - an undersea comedy populated by anthropomorphic creatures that

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Residue by andrew hook Review and Opinion

2015/07/31

Residue
Andrew Hook
Halfcut paperback £7

review by Sean Parker

Andrew Hook is the author of two previous collections (The Virtual Menagerie and Beyond Each Blue Horizon) as well as the novel Moon Beaver. Often associated with 'slipstream' fiction (if the label has

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Zachariah Review and Opinion

2017/12/09

Zachariah (1971)
Director: George Englund

review by Rob Marshall

"Close your eyes, boy," says the old timer to the young cowboy. "Now open 'em... See the difference?" This is either a major cult film, or a trial, depending on your view of what used to be called progressive rock, and personal tolerance for weird western movies.
   Part musical fantasy

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Slugs Review and Opinion

2018/04/09

Slugs (1987)
Director: J.P. Simon

review by Ian Shutter

They are slow moving and comparatively small, but also black and slimy, and very ugly - and they breed in the sewers. "I know it sounds crazy," says the hero...
   Slugs: The Movie is based on a novel by the maestro of Brit schlock horror, Shaun Hutson, and it's every bit as ludicrous

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Hellboy Review and Opinion

2018/11/30

Hellboy (2004)
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

review by Eric Turowski

Hellboy, a film from the director of the illustrious Blade II, stars Ron Perlman's (the Beast, from TV's Beauty And The Beast) Neanderthal-shaped head, a psychic fish-man named Abe voiced by David Hyde-Pierce (of

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Deep blue sea Review and Opinion

2019/03/21

Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Director: Renny Harlin

review by Steven Hampton

Saffron Burrows plays an ambitious scientist using shark brains to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Samuel L. Jackson is the wealthy but demanding investor, curious enough about this line of medical research to visit Aquatica, Burrows' oceanic lab with many tons of hi-tech equipment. The

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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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Ravenous Review and Opinion

2018/06/08

Ravenous (1998)
Director: Antonia Bird

review by Tony Lee

This curious vampire and cannibalism drama has an offbeat historical setting, in 1847 during the Mexican US war. It flirts with the Canadian Indian myth of the wendigo, a remnant of Algonquin folklore concerning an animal spirit that feeds upon human flesh, but doesn't exactly leap into bed with

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Around the world in 80 days Review and Opinion

2017/10/08

Around The World In 80 Days (2004)
Director: Frank Coraci

review by Alasdair Stuart

This update of Verne's classic tale is in many ways more an update of the 1956 film version of the same. It has the same comedic feel, the same cast laden down with cameo appearances and the same breezy, cheerily anarchic approach to history. Faithful it most certainly

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Daredevil Review and Opinion

2019/04/06

Daredevil (2003)
Writer and director: Mark Steven Johnson

review by Debbie Moon

Growing up in Hell's Kitchen, New York, with his washed-up boxer Dad, Matt Murdoch has it tough. Things get even tougher when he's blinded in a toxic waste accident. But, as we all know, radioactive waste has a tendency to give you superpowers - and Matt's remaining senses

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Brother bear Review and Opinion

2017/09/09

Brother Bear (2003)
Directors: Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker

review by Amy Harlib

Two experienced animation supervisors, Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, team up to make their co-directorial debut for the Disney Studios' latest animated feature and they go for bear (pun intended) in a charmer that proves that there's still life left in the Mouse House

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Beyond re-animator Review and Opinion

2019/06/12

Beyond Re-Animator (2002)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Tom Matic

The Re-Animator sequence appears to be following the pattern of the Hammer Frankenstein films, with the coldly amoral antihero (Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West and Peter Cushing's Frankenstein) recruiting a naïve new acolyte

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Queen of the damned Review and Opinion

2018/06/12

Queen Of The Damned (2002)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Jen Johnston

Vampire movies in general scare me to death. I tend to avoid them like the plague as my personal idea of a good time at the movies does not involve total cardiac arrest. There are times when I'll make exceptions. I went to see Shadow Of A Vampire because John Malkovich is

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Mind's eye by paul mcauley Review and Opinion

2015/09/21

Mind's Eye
Paul McAuley
Simon and Schuster hardcover £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Paul J. McAuley was an Interzone discovery of the 1980s who moved on to novels at Gollancz, the first two books being published in the iconic yellow jacket. Those books were typical 1980s' downbeat British SF, but he was also part of the radical hard SF movement

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Mercury by ben bova Review and Opinion

2015/09/26

Mercury
Ben Bova
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Ben Bova's long and successful SF career has seen him win loads of awards and publish over 100 pieces of science fact and fiction. Mercury sees him return to his grand tour of the Solar system and the universe he's described in books such as Moonrise, Mars and

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Science of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2015/07/04

The Science Of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Michael Hanlon
Macmillan paperback £8.99 / $14.95

review by Christopher Geary

Among the ever-growing variety of genre-related non-fiction titles strewn across the shelves of favourite bookshop chains, nowadays, we find an increasing number of 'science' texts, boasting explanations - of serious

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Sound of thunder Review and Opinion

2017/10/16

A Sound Of Thunder (2005)
Director: Peter Hyams

review by Christopher Geary

2055 AD. Time-travel back 65 million years for the ultimate safari. Rules: stay on the path, never bring anything home, don't mess with evolution's timeline.

Making a short story into a feature film is not easy. Ray Bradbury's classic SF tale, A Sound Of Thunder (

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Ferryman Review and Opinion

2017/05/05

The Ferryman (2007)
Director: Chris Graham

review by Paul Higson

Chris Graham's The Ferryman is another bastard of a British horror film, that is to say it's actually a New Zealand and UK co-production with trite evidence of the involvement of our regal isles in the finished film (which was shot around Waiheke Island and at the Kelly Park Studios

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Art of rowena Review and Opinion

2019/07/03

The Art Of Rowena
Rowena Morrill
Paper Tiger softcover £14.99 / $21.95

review by Paul Higson

Rowena Morrill has been producing fantasy art since accidentally stumbling upon her gift in the mid-1970s. Necessity meant that much of the portfolio is commissioned work for novel covers, calendars, games, cards and portraiture, often with the directions written

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Red dwarf Review and Opinion

2018/06/06

Red Dwarf (1988-99)
Created by Grant Naylor

review by Mike McCarty and Mark McLaughlin

For those of you who haven't seen Red Dwarf, this sci-fi comedy concerns the adventures of Lister, the last Earthman alive, and his pals - the hologram Rimmer, a humanoid feline simply called Cat, and Lister's ex-girlfriend Kochanski. Their home is the space

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Faq: frequently asked questions Review and Opinion

2017/05/06

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)
Writer and director: Carlos Atanes

review by Paul Higson

Before Star Wars, before the space opera overcame, there was an exciting and obscure strand of science fiction. Much of it rose out of Europe, particularly France, and stayed there, largely overlooked, surreal, pretentious or intelligent but distant

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Toybox Review and Opinion

2016/06/29

The Toybox (2005)
Director: Paolo Sedazzari

review by Paul Higson

If the only true crime a film can commit is to be boring then surely the solution is to keep it busy. This appears to be commonly understood. Therein lies the answer to a Brit horror aficionado's problems, the reason we are no longer receiving horrors in the classic mode of old, films

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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne Review and Opinion

2015/11/02

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Jules Verne
Penguin paperback

review by Andrew Darlington

Did Jules Verne invent science fiction? Perhaps, but there are other contenders, as far back as Mary Shelley... What Verne did do was seize upon the era's taste for mechanical miracles, social progress and limitless optimism, opening up the world, and the places

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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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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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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