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Land of a thousand balconies Review and Opinion

2019/06/19

Land Of A Thousand Balconies
Jack Stevenson
Critical Vision paperback £14.99 / $19.95

review by Richard Bowden

Featuring "a drag below cinema's otherwise clean and perfect surface," in which "things, inventions, technologies, ideas, obsessions and styles from another time" appear, Stevenson's entertaining book inevitably echoes his own eclectic career

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Land of the dead Review and Opinion

2017/01/19

Land Of The Dead (2005)
Director: George A. Romero

review by Paul Higson

He's back, they're back and I am back. Back in the cinema, with the chomping dead on the screen where they belong, serving the zombie master's allegorical purpose, as they ought to be. Nobody does it better than George A Romero. His Land Of The Dead is not perfect, but whatever

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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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Helix by eric brown Review and Opinion

2015/12/08

Helix
Eric Brown
Solaris paperback £7.99

review by Jim Steel

Eric Brown has been steadily producing science fiction for two decades now, and has quietly built up a considerable body of work. In some ways he could be regarded as the secret weapon of British science fiction. He even suffered

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Land's end, labrador Review and Opinion

2015/10/22

Land's End - Labrador
John Russell Fearn
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box paperback $15.95

review by Andrew Darlington

In 2000 AD, Judge Dredd's Megacity One is linked by tunnel beneath the toxic 'Black Atlantic' to Europe. A decade earlier, Harry Harrison had already engineered his own undersea link between the continents when he wrote A TransAtlantic

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Iron grail by robert holdstock Review and Opinion

2018/11/10

The Iron Grail
Robert Holdstock
Earthlight hardcover £17.99

review by Debbie Moon

A strange collision of destinies is about to occur in future England, on the border separating the ravaged Celtic kingdom of Alba from the Otherworld, land of the dead and the yet to be born. Urtha the king is returning from a costly mission, but in his wake comes his

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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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Onmyoji Review and Opinion

2018/07/19

Onmyoji (2001)
Director: Yojiro Takita

review by Michael Lohr

Onmyoji (aka: Yin Yang Master) is the quintessential Japanese fantasy epic. Tohokushinsha (a subsidiary of Toho, the premier entertainment corporation in Japan) released this campy but wonderful movie to widespread acclaim in Japan in 2001, but the movie received little fanfare elsewhere

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Approaching omega by eric brown Review and Opinion

2016/04/21

Approaching Omega
Eric Brown
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Tom Matic

There's more than a whiff of Alien, Blade Runner and Star Trek's the Borg to this tense slice of SF horror from rising UK star Eric Brown. Put simply, the story revolves around an interplanetary colonising mission that goes horribly wrong. However the expedition

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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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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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Visitants by john kinsella Review and Opinion

2018/01/04

Visitants
John Kinsella
Bloodaxe paperback £7.99

review by Steve Sneyd

Bloodaxe is one of the big three UK mainstream poetry publishers yet here is a collection drawing heavily on science fiction themes, even terminology and sources (although the blurb carefully avoids the SF-word!). Name Australian poet Kinsella uses the possibility, and actuality

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Banner of souls Review and Opinion

2016/04/09

Banner Of Souls
Liz Williams
Tor UK paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Banner Of Souls is a first class piece of world building. It is set within our Solar system at least a thousand years in the future, where catastrophes and advances of every sort have transformed worlds and humanity. Earth has become an ocean world, ruled at a distance

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Shikoku Review and Opinion

2016/09/02

Shikoku (1999)
Director: Shunichi Nagasaki

review by Steve Anderson

You ever wonder about the Japanese? I do. I wonder about them every time I slide one of their movies into my DVD player. They have a real talent for not being average. Their movies waver wildly between the outlandish and the patently dull. They create movies that make more sense played

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Lost skeleton of cadavra Review and Opinion

2018/09/24

The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra (2004)
Writer and director: Larry Blamire

review by Michael McCarty

The 1950-1961 period was the golden era for low-budget grade-Z science fiction movies. With a lot of heart and ambition but not so much talent - young filmmakers would create such B-movie cult classics as Plan Nine From Outer Space, Robot Monster

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Game players of titan Review and Opinion

2015/12/27

The Game Players Of Titan
Philip K. Dick
Voyager Classics paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Synopsis:(from philipkdick.com)
Poor Pete Garden has just lost Berkeley. He's also lost his wife, but he'll get a new one as soon as he rolls a three

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Eye of night Review and Opinion

2016/01/13

The Eye Of Night
Pauline J. Alama
Bantam Spectra paperback $5.95

review by Amy Harlib

Pauline J. Alama, an American writer garnering praise for her genre short stories, offers an excellent debut fantasy novel rich in creatively developed settings, characters, plot and magical elements much of which involves gods and ghostly entities mingling with mortals

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Name of the wind by patrick rothfuss Review and Opinion

2015/09/08

The Name Of The Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
Gollancz paperback £14.99

review by Simeon Shoul

To the Waystone Inn in the small town of Newarre comes Devan Lochees, better known as Chronicler, a man with a mission. Chronicler is on the track of a story, the story of Kvothe (pronounced almost like Quothe), the infamous wizard, regicide, minstrel, trafficker

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Zardoz Review and Opinion

2017/12/08

Zardoz (1974)
Director: John Boorman

review by Gary Couzens

It's the year 2293. Zed (Sean Connery) is an exterminator, whose role it is to cull the population of brutals, primitive humans. He and the other exterminators receive orders from their god, Zardoz. This is a flying stone head, which makes pronouncements like "The gun is good, the penis is evil

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Singularity sky by charles stross Review and Opinion

2015/06/30

Singularity Sky
Charles Stross
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Sometime in the mid 21st century humanity gave rise to the Eschaton. Just exactly what the Eschaton is, is not quite clear, the Internet gone sentient and developing delusions of godhood seems the safest bet. Regardless of its nature it promptly begins messing with humanity

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Enemy mine Review and Opinion

2019/02/11

Enemy Mine (1985)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen

review by James Starkey

Wolfgang Petersen's emotive sci-fi movie Enemy Mine is a relative jack-in-the-box of surprises. Given the quality of many other efforts from this period, I was expecting a dull and routine demonstration in B-movie production. Fortunately, I was shaken from my cynical malaise

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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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Time machine Review and Opinion

2018/02/09

The Time Machine (2002)
Directors: Simon Wells (and Gore Verbinski)

review by Gary Couzens

First published in 1895, H.G. Wells' novella is one of the founding texts of modern science fiction. A film version was inevitable once special effects were up to the task - indeed, those in George Pal's 1960 version won an Oscar. That 1960 version became a favourite

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Science fiction art of vincent di fate Review and Opinion

2018/01/05

The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Christopher Geary

A genre illustrator for more than 30 years, Vincent Di Fate worked for legendary SF magazine editor John W. Campbell, and is the author of Infinite Worlds (1997), an invaluable study of art in science fiction. This book, as you would expect from a gifted

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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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Return of the king Review and Opinion

2018/09/17

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson

review by Hugh Slesinger

In Peter Jackson's final installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy Lord Of The Rings, we are privy to a captivating and engaging film classic, complete with cliffhanger climaxes such as the battle for Minus Tirith, and the amazing spectacle of Mount

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Heavenly creatures Review and Opinion

2018/12/02

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Director: Peter Jackson

review by Trent Walters

What makes this the greatest movie of all time? No, it's not because it's based on a true story. It's because it's a love more complex and more powerful than the love-at-first-look of Romeo And Juliet - not only does

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Love hurts by barry hoffman Review and Opinion

2015/10/07

Love Hurts
Barry Hoffman
Edge / Gauntlet paperback $9.95

review by Mario Guslandi

A successful novelist, especially known for his 'Eyes' series, Barry Hoffman admits that, to him, writing short stories is a kind of secondary activity to which he devotes himself to fill the gap between a novel and the next one. We must be grateful that, instead of going

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Colour out of time Review and Opinion

2016/03/07

The Colour Out Of Time
Michael Shea
out of print [July 2005]

review by Patrick Hudson

Michael Shea is one of those writers that you encounter when digging through libraries or secondhand bookshops looking for that elusive 'book a little bit like X'. Shea appears to specialise in being a little bit like X. Shea's pastiche is always at

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Against gravity by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/30

Against Gravity
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Against Gravity is a technothriller set in 2096. Kendrick Gallmon is a former journalist who has survived a period as a political prisoner and experimental subject in a US nanotech lab hidden away in South America. As the book opens, he is leading a semi-normal life alongside

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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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Day the earth stood still, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/05/31

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Director: Scott Derrickson

review by Mike Philbin

Based on the classic 1951 film about mysterious humanoid alien Klaatu who comes to visit earth to deliver some very bad news, his enormous robot buddy Gort by his side...

It's probably easy to say this remake is as worthy as the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Brasyl by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2016/03/19

Brasyl
Ian McDonald
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

There is a scene in Alastair Reynolds' debut novel Revelation Space (2000), where a character has to pay a visit to some aliens in order to have his mind reconfigured to work like an alien's. In return for this piece

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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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Remnant population by elizabeth moon Review and Opinion

2018/05/30

Remnant Population
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population recounts an apparently familiar SF tale from an unusual angle. An unscrupulous corporation orders the abandonment of an unprofitable colony on a far-flung planet. One stubborn colonist, however, manages to hide and avoids the enforced

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Ultimate avengers 2: rise of the panther Review and Opinion

2016/06/22

Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther (2006)
Directors: Will Meugniot and Richard Sebast

review by Ian R. Faulkner

Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise Of The Panther introduces us to a new character, the Black Panther (voiced by Jeffrey D. Sams), who is not only a superhero but also the crown prince of an unknown and isolated land hidden deep with Africa

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