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Two for the lions Review and Opinion

2018/01/19

Two For The Lions
Lindsey Davis
Warner paperback $6.95
Arrow paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Lindsey Davis, the British writer of an award-winning series of mystery novels set in first-century Rome, produced another winner in her 10th book featuring her protagonist Marcus Didius Falco, for Two For The Lions won the first Ellis Peters

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Uglimen by mark morris Review and Opinion

2018/01/18

The Uglimen
Mark Morris
PS Publishing paperback £8 / $14

review by Patrick Hudson

Rob Loomis is a twenty-something wannabe musician living in London with a girlfriend, a flat and a day job in a bookshop to keep him occupied. When his father commits suicide, he begins getting strange phone calls suggesting that he's going to be next. Soon, he's glimpsing

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Unbreakable Review and Opinion

2018/01/16

Unbreakable (2000)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

review by Ceri Jordan

After the worldwide success of The Sixth Sense, hopes were high for Shyamalan's second feature. Of course, it could never live up to the hype, and perhaps it was designed specifically not to. Unbreakable is one of those ideas that you either accept or you don't, and

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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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Universal soldier Review and Opinion

2018/01/14

Universal Soldier (1992)
Director: Roland Emmerich

review by Rob Marshall

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren both play American GIs killed in Vietnam (one's from Brussels, the other one's Swedish - but you know it makes sense, right?), then bought back to life as zombie super-troopers pumped-up with steroids and reprogrammed from blank-slate deathliness

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Unlucky monkey Review and Opinion

2018/01/13

Unlucky Monkey (1998)
Director: Sabu

review by Richard Bowden

Unlucky Monkey (aka: Anrakk� monk�) was the third film by writer and director Hiroyuki Tanaka (alias: 'Sabu'), who, over seven features, has established himself as one of Japan's leading comedic directors, establishing a growing reputation overseas. Eschewing the over-familiar repetitions

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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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Valentine Review and Opinion

2018/01/11

Valentine (2001)
Director: Jamie Blanks

review by Ellen Cheshire   [SPOILER ALERT!]

Stalk 'n' slash has been a genre staple since its inception in the 1970s. The rules are simple: the killer, usually male, has had a traumatic past experience, which he re-enacts within the narrative. The victims are

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Vampyres Review and Opinion

2018/01/09

Vampyres (1974)
Director: Joseph (alias: José) Larraz

review by Steven Hampton

Horror film fans in the UK should note that this DVD from enterprising Anchor Bay is uncut, and so includes the three minutes of sex and violence cut by British censors - an emasculated release which Spanish director, Larraz, sardonically refers to as the "Vatican version."

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Van helsing Review and Opinion

2018/01/08

Van Helsing (2004)
Director: Stephen Sommers

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!After his success with two Mummy films, blockbuster auteur Stephen Sommers revives three other classic Universal monsters in a single production. It steers

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Vao by geoff ryman Review and Opinion

2018/01/07

VAO
Geoff Ryman
PS Publishing paperback £8

review by Debbie Moon

Victim Activated Ordnance. It's the only way to keep safe. The moment some ruffian sets foot on your nice green lawn or sneaks into your secure car park, it blasts them with microwaves or sound waves, torturing them into submission. And it's their fault for being there...
   Well,

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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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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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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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Wanderers and islanders by steve cockayne Review and Opinion

2017/12/31

Wanderers and Islanders
Steve Cockayne
Orbit paperback £9.99

review by Ceri Jordan

Rusty Brown is an ordinary schoolboy, until the day a gypsy girl tells him one of her people's secrets, and he begins a search for something he can't quite define. Leonardo Pegasus is a successful magician, until the grey-suited forces of progress

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Well of lost plots Review and Opinion

2017/12/30

The Well Of Lost Plots
Jasper Fforde
N.E.L. paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

Jasper Fforde's first two books introduced the novel-hopping detective Thursday Next. In The Eyre Affair, Thursday rescued Jane Eyre from those who had kidnapped her from Charlotte Bronte's novel. In the sequel

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Wendigo Review and Opinion

2017/12/29

Wendigo (2001)
Writer and director: Larry Fessenden

review by Donald Morefield

City dwellers George and Kim take their eight-year-old son Miles (Erik Per Sullivan) into the snow country of upstate New York, for a quiet family weekend away from it all at a friend's empty farmhouse. On the winter evening's drive, their Volvo hits and injures a young stag

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What lies beneath Review and Opinion

2017/12/28

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Director: Robert Zemeckis

review by Christopher Geary

It's not often that you see two big stars like Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford in a relatively low-key Hitchcock style thriller like this. All the more surprising is the fact that this film is a suspenseful murder mystery ghost story directed by one of Hollywood's top

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What planet are you from? Review and Opinion

2017/12/27

What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Director: Mike Nichols

review by Trent Walters

What Planet Are You From? is less of a science fiction than a clever comedy of generic male and female relations. Bear in mind the segregation of genders is analogous to the segregation between species.
   Aliens, whose genitals have shrivelled now want to conquer

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Wheelers Review and Opinion

2017/12/26

Wheelers
Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
Earthlight paperback £10

review by Ceri Jordan

Ex-archeologist Prudence Odingo, robbed of the credit for an extraordinary discovery, takes to space exploration and returns with something even more fantastic: alien artifacts from the surface of Callisto. The ensuing trial by media seems certain to destroy her once

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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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Wicker man Review and Opinion

2017/12/24

The Wicker Man (1973)
Director: Robin Hardy

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

I first saw The Wicker Man when I was in college. At the time, the film seemed a boring affair, given that it boasted Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt yet neither of them seemed scary or even particularly menacing. The ending was cool, and there were several scenes that showcased

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Witchblade Review and Opinion

2017/12/23

Witchblade (2000)

review by Michael Lohr

Not since the first seasons of Hercules and Xena or the Highlander television series has a mythic-oriented action/adventure series caught my attention with this much intensity and bravado.
   Witchblade has all the panache of the above shows but without any of the campy fare that (with

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Witches of chiswick Review and Opinion

2017/12/22

The Witches Of Chiswick
Robert Rankin
Gollancz hardcover £9.99

review by Tony Lee

From a crime-free, 23rd century police state to a hi-tech industrial Victorian London of the steampunk variety, time-travelling adventurer Will Starling quits his job at the Tate gallery - after saving Richard Dadd

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Wolves in the walls Review and Opinion

2017/12/21

The Wolves In The Walls
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
HarperCollins hardcover $16.99

review by Michael McCarty

Fantasist extraordinaire and bestselling writer Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean have been collaborating on a series of superb books for younger readers. It began with the witty picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad For 2 Goldfish,

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Wooden sea Review and Opinion

2017/12/20

The Wooden Sea
Jonathan Carroll
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

Small town Chief of Police Frannie McCabe has seen a few things in his time. Done a few things he shouldn't, back in his wild youth, too. But suddenly that wild youth is standing right in front of him, in the form of his 17-year-old self - and telling him that the destiny

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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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Wrong turn Review and Opinion

2017/12/17

Wrong Turn (2003)
Director: Rob Schmidt

review by Paul Higson

First the British showed Hollywood how to do it and now the Canadians are cocking a snoop at Los Angeles horror. Did I see a few bad reviews for this earlier today? Instead I went by the simple recommendation of an American friend and hey, if it isn't a proper horror movie.
   The principal

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Xchange Review and Opinion

2017/12/16

Xchange (2000)
Director: Allan Moyle

review by Tony Lee

From the director of Empire Records, this SF thriller suggests a cyber-future of executive travel by means of exchanging bodies with a suitably psych-screened individual already in the place you want to go - and be there in such a hurry that supersonic flight is a needless delay. The basic

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X-men Review and Opinion

2017/12/15

X-Men (2000)
Director: Bryan Singer

review by Tony Lee

In Washington, a wily US senator demands the public exposure and registration of naturally occurring human mutants, as the first step in his political war against the new evolutionary offshoot of mankind, a race of homo superior that, he fears, will supplant sapiens as the dominant species.
   

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X2 Review and Opinion

2017/12/14

X2 (2003)
Director: Bryan Singer

review by Debbie Moon

The Mutant Registration Act has been defeated, the militant Magneto is safely in jail, but humanity's hatred and fear of those born different is still growing. When an assassin with extraordinary powers attacks the President, Colonel Stryker is given free rein to deal with the 'mutant problem'. His

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X the unknown Review and Opinion

2017/12/13

X The Unknown (1956)
Director: Leslie Norman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

One of Hammer's successful forays into science fiction laced with dark fantasy (much like the Quatermass series), X The Unknown attempts to create not so much horror (a guttural response to something frightening) but rather terror (a paralysing response to the unknown

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Xxx Review and Opinion

2017/12/12

XXX (2002)
Director: Rob Cohen

review by Debbie Moon

Xander Cage is an extreme sports star that specialises in headline grabbing - and extremely illegal - stunts, broadcast over the Internet to an adoring audience. When the CIA catch up with him, however, they realise he's just the man to infiltrate a gang of East European anarchists hatching a dastardly

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Yesterday's dreams Review and Opinion

2017/12/11

Yesterday's Dreams
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Vivisphere paperback £16

review by Duncan Lawie

Yesterday's Dreams is a modern Celtic fairy tale set in New York. Such a summary offers every possibility of total disaster, but the author is better than that. The protagonist is Kara, a native New Yorker and an only child of an Irish father. As the book

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