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Enchanted world: the art of anne sudworth Review and Opinion

2019/06/29

Enchanted World: The Art Of Anne Sudworth
text by John Grant
Paper Tiger hardcover £14.99 / $21.95

review by Steve Sneyd

I had just heard an item on the morning news about transferring the gene of a luminous jellyfish into plants to cause them to glow in the dark, when this book arrived in the mail. I opened it at random, and was immediately struck

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Invisible ring by anne bishop Review and Opinion

2018/11/12

The Invisible Ring
Anne Bishop
ROC / Penguin paperback $6.95

review by Amy Harlib

Anne Bishop, author of the award-winning Black Jewels trilogy (reprinted in an omnibus trade paperback edition, December 2003), returns to the Realms for this standalone prequel, the setting being a pre-industrial world where magic equals power and social status

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Tatja grimm's world Review and Opinion

2015/06/03

Tatja Grimm's World
Vernor Vinge
Tor paperback $14.94

review by Duncan lawie

The key to Tatja Grimm's World, as an object, is on the copyright page. It is a classic science fiction fix-up, with the central section first published in 1968 and the third - and largest - part joined to it for a 1969 book publication. The first section, originally

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Whole wide world Review and Opinion

2017/12/25

Whole Wide World
Paul McAuley
Voyager hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This one reads like an attempt by worthy British SF author, McAuley, to break into both the detective novel and spy thriller stakes, using a triple whammy of cyberpunk motifs, grisly murder details, and conspiracy theory chills. And yet, offbeat futuristic underworld

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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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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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Lost world Review and Opinion

2018/09/22

The Lost World (2001)
Director: Stuart Orme

review by Donald Morefield

Written by Tony Mulholland and Adrian Hodges, from the 1912 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World was broadcast by BBC1 in two 75-minute parts, as the focus of family viewing for Christmas 2001. It starred Bob Hoskins as intrepid voyager Professor Challenger, on the trail

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Day the world ended Review and Opinion

2019/03/25

The Day The World Ended (2001)
Director: Terence Gross

review by Christopher Geary

One of a batch of recent made-for-TV creature features inspired by cult 1950s' horrors, The Day The World Ended (aka: Tod aus dem All) is joined by other 'remake' films: Earth Vs The Spider, She-Creature, How To Make A Monster, and

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Team america: world police Review and Opinion

2016/07/15

Team America: World Police (2004)
Director: Trey Parker

review by Shiraz Rahim

With the American presidential elections in the near future, Team America: World Police has been steadily gaining momentum as a film of conservative propaganda aimed as a response to the popular, liberal works of Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11 being the most

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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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Mary and the giant by philip k dick Review and Opinion

2015/10/01

Mary And The Giant
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Mary Ann Reynolds is just emerging from her chrysalis of childhood to face the reality of 1950s' California. Her home is Pacific Park, a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Her new acquaintances, Joseph Schilling who owns the new record store, Paul Nitz who plays piano

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Time of the wolf Review and Opinion

2018/02/08

Time Of The Wolf (2002)
Writer and director: Michael Haneke

review by Peter Schilling

An unspecified but obviously widespread disaster reduces mainland Europe to a land of nervous refugees and nomadic survivors. Newly widowed Anne (Isabelle Huppert) leads her children, teenage Eva (Ana�s Demoustier) and impressionable young Ben (Lucas Biscombe), through

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Gathering storm by kate elliott Review and Opinion

2018/12/19

The Gathering Storm (Crown Of Stars vol.5)
Kate Elliott
Orbit paperback £12.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Kate Elliott's Crown Of Stars series has been enthralling reading since page one of volume one. A meticulously crafted epic of love, loss, war and magic, set in a brilliantly detailed 10th century pseudo-Europe, it tracks a dozen protagonists

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Others Review and Opinion

2018/07/16

The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar

review by Patrick Hudson

I wonder which came first: the classic ghost story or Freudian psychoanalysis? Almost every ghost story I've ever read or seen depends on denial, an inability of the dead to accept their fate, which almost always erupts into violence. Although our bodies may fall and decay, our spirits

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Underworld Review and Opinion

2018/01/15

Underworld (2003)
Director: Len Wiseman

review by Michael Lohr

Vampires and werewolves are sworn enemies and a war has been raging for centuries. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the last of the Lycan. Things change. Selene, who's famous for her unyielding strength, relentless drive and werewolf-hunting

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On by adam roberts Review and Opinion

2018/07/22

On
Adam Roberts
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

On takes a simple idea and builds it into a richly detailed setting: the world is a wall, with ledges on which life maintains a precarious grip, always close to the edge and a fall that almost inevitably leads to death. The protagonist, Tighe, is fascinated by this obvious fact

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Going postal by terry pratchett Review and Opinion

2015/12/18

Going Postal
Terry Pratchett
Doubleday hardcover £17.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

There was a point, somewhere back in the mists of time, when 'Discworld' was seen as a satirical remedy to those pretentious, bloated, world-building books with maps on the first page and lists of stupidly named characters who converse with each other in ridiculous

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King kong 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/01/26

King Kong (2005)
Director: Peter Jackson

review by Hugh Slesinger

Some of us who are old enough to recall watching the original King Kong before there was a sequel, remember seeing it for the first time on the Sunday afternoon movie on television back when the breadth of the entire film world

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Red planet Review and Opinion

2018/06/04

Red Planet (2000)
Director: Antony Hoffman

review by Tony Lee

Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss are the human stars of this moderately successful, if fairly predictable science fiction drama, set fifty years from now. They're part of an international team on a mission to land the first people on Mars. Their team includes Tom Sizemore and veteran Terence

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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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Breed Review and Opinion

2019/06/01

The Breed (2001)
Director: Michael Oblowitz

review by Tony Lee

This is a sci-fi variation on the theme of vampires, filmed on location in Budapest by the director of This World, Then The Fireworks (1997). The Breed is set in the near future, where European government leaders plan to integrate vampires into human society. It stars Adrian

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Harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban Review and Opinion

2017/03/28

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
Director: Alfonso Cuaron

review by Amy Harlib

The first two film versions of J.K. Rowling's phenomenally popular fantasy novels concerning the education of a young British wizard were also deservedly huge successes. The third cinematic outing in this series, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

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Matrix reloaded Review and Opinion

2018/09/04

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Directors: Andy and Larry Wachowski

review by Christopher Geary

Lacking the Philip K. Dick styled revelatory intrigues of the original (where the modern world is a virtual construct concealing human slavery to machine intelligence, and the computer hacker hero is invited to take a pill to discover the true nature of reality

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Forgotten Review and Opinion

2017/04/26

The Forgotten (2004)
Director: Joseph Rubin

review by Tony Lee

Telly Paretta (a great performance from Julianne Moore) has lost her young son, Sam (Christopher Kovaleski), in a still-unsolved air crash. Consumed by the frustrations of grief, and trapped in a psychological prison of her own memories, she gets comfort and support but precious little understanding

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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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Cambridge companion to science fiction Review and Opinion

2016/03/16

The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction
editors: Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
Cambridge University Press paperback £16.99

review by Tony Lee

Like Brian Aldiss' magnificent Trillion Year Spree, this book explores the view that SF is as much a literary mode as it is a genre, but it offers more than just a succinct history of its subject

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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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Eragon Review and Opinion

2017/05/19

Eragon (2006)
Director: Stefen Fangmeier

review by Steven Hampton

A shallow, creatively barren, and cynically derivative fantasy adventure embarks on a potential blockbuster franchise quest, uniting Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings (as never before!) in a monstrously unoriginal and shameless

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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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Returner Review and Opinion

2018/05/25

Returner (2002)
Director: Takashi Yamazaki

review by Amy Harlib

A new Japanese science fiction action film with limited distribution (it's in Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles) though heavily derivative of Hollywood genre pictures, still deserves to be seen and enjoyed by aficionados. Director Takashi Yamazaki's second feature (after the similarly

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30 days of night Review and Opinion

2017/11/04

30 Days Of Night (2007)
Director: David Slade

review by Paul Higson

It was 1982 and we were satisfied with the incremental pace of horror films. Monsters occasionally whipped a tentacle at us and might bound suddenly around a corner the once. Human and supernatural threats alike took their time and rushed us only in key moments. Now it's 2007 and the

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Matrix revolutions Review and Opinion

2018/09/05

Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Directors: Wachowski brothers

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler alert!With Neo (Keanu Reeves) in a coma, a fearsome swarm of octapod Sentinel machines closing in on the unplugged-people's underground sanctuary of Zion, and broad hints that the 'virus' of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving

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Flesh and blood Review and Opinion

2019/01/08

Flesh & Blood
Nick Gifford
Puffin paperback £4.99

review by Gary Couzens

In his nightmares, Matt Guilder wakes up on a beach where there has been a massacre. Bits of bodies are everywhere and the sea is the colour of blood. After his grandfather's funeral, Matt and his mother (but not his father) spend the summer near the sea, close to Matt's grandfather

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Alien worlds Review and Opinion

2017/10/22

Alien Worlds (2005)

review by Alasdair Stuart

With the astonishing success of the Walking With... franchise still continuing, Channel Four take the concept in a new direction - into space. A group of ten scientists combined established scientific fact with CGI fiction to imagine what life could look like on other worlds.

What could so easily

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Roma eterna Review and Opinion

2018/05/10

Roma Eterna
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Robert Silverberg has been writing stories within the alternate history of 'Roma Eterna' since the late 1980s. This book is a collection of these short stories. It is not a fix-up novel in the classic sense, as the works show no sign of having been retouched to fit together

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Code 46 Review and Opinion

2017/08/04

Code 46 (2004)
Director: Michael Winterbottom

review by Debbie Moon

In a future where the insurance risk you present controls your destiny, and those who present the worst risks are banished to Third World hinterlands, papers that prove you're covered are the most valuable thing on Earth. William (Tim Robbins) is a semi-psychic investigator sent to investigate

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