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Atom by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/06/27

Atom
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Rob Marshall

Beerlight is a strange town. You won't find it on any known map. What's more, unlike many of today's fantasy authors, its creator has admirably resisted the temptation to supply you with one. However, the directions for getting there

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Steve aylett's atom Review and Opinion

2019/06/26

Atom
Steve Aylett
Four Walls Eight Windows hardcover $14.95

review by Amy Harlib

British author of 'slipstream', avant-garde SF, Steve Aylett, with many previous books under his belt and whose reputation for outrageousness precedes him, does it again! Atom, a recent novel (in print and readily

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Shamanspace by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2018/04/22

Shamanspace
Steve Aylett
Codex paperback £6.99 / $12.95

review by Amy Harlib

Steve Aylett, a leading light of the British avant-garde speculative fiction scene, known for his novels and story collections set in highly satirical future milieus, takes a slightly different turn in his recent book

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Toxicology by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2018/01/30

Toxicology
Steve Aylett
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This is a short book of short-short stories, 26 of them in its 131 pages, the longest being nine pages, the shortest just a single page. This brevity matches Steve Aylett's style exactly: dense prose packed tight with puns

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Fain the sorcerer by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2016/01/09

Fain The Sorcerer
Steve Aylett
PS Publishing paperback £10 / $18

review by Steven Hampton

Modern fantasy tends to occupy charming or sinister little realms of pointless illusion and petty strife. Generally, fantasy has become a shrunken moral territory governed by yardstick plots and questing

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Crime studio by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/04/13

The Crime Studio
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Trent Walters

Looking for a good mystery? Keep looking - unless you consider a police chief, who consumes the donut evidence that had nothing to do with the crime, a mystery (Donut Theory). Looking for a space lark as good as

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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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Things unborn- book review for zone-sf.com Review and Opinion

2018/02/14

Things Unborn
Eugene Byrne
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Eugene Byrne is perhaps best known for his alternative histories (often written with Kim Newman). Strictly speaking, this is another: the USA and the USSR fought an Atom War in 1962, destroying much of the Northern Hemisphere in the process. The time of the story, however,

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Originals by dave gibbons Review and Opinion

2015/08/27

The Originals
Dave Gibbons
Vertigo / Titan graphic novel £17.99

review by Steve Aylett

For some reason I expected this to be a sort of Invisibles take-off, but in fact it's an alternative-universe Mod story in which the 'Originals' gang of the title ride around on hover-bikes instead of Vespas. There are no surprises in the story itself, a coming

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Millennium movies by kim newman Review and Opinion

2015/09/22

Millennium Movies
Kim Newman
Titan paperback £12.99

review by Tony Lee

Alien invaders, comet impacts, giant reptiles/ animal revolts, killer plants, monstrous insects, hideous mutants, incurable plagues, totalitarian genocide, natural disasters, poisoned air, nuclear war - nightmare visions all! And

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Who needs cleopatra? Review and Opinion

2015/05/01

Who Needs Cleopatra?
Steve Redwood
Reverb paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

In the not-too-distant future, the inventor of time travel (known only as 'N') is visited by three beautiful, but dangerous-looking, women from the Time Police. They claim to be historians, wishing to record for posterity the story of N's journeys through time with

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Ghost ship Review and Opinion

2018/12/17

Ghost Ship (2002)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Gary Couzens

In the early 1960s, the passengers on board the glamorous cruise liner Antonio Graza die a gruesome death by means of a steel cable. In the present day, a salvage crew led by Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and owner/crewmember Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a young man

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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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Houdini's last illusion Review and Opinion

2015/11/30

Houdini's Last Illusion
Steve Savile
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Mario Guslandi

In Detroit, year 1926, the famous magician Harry Houdini is at the peak of his success. Known all over the world, he provides people with what they desire most, a bit of magic in their dull life. Houdini is able to perform extraordinary deeds such as to dive in the

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El topo Review and Opinion

2017/05/23

El Topo (1970)
Writer and director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

review by Steve Aylett

Feeling like a spaghetti western crossed with Peter Brook's Meetings With Remarkable Men, El Topo comes with a lot of mythical baggage, both within the film and around its release history. The story goes that John Lennon saved the movie from obscurity by raving

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Sir henry at rawlinson end Review and Opinion

2016/08/28

Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1980)
Director: Steve Roberts

review by J.C. Hartley

This is an extraordinary British oddity based upon musician, writer and raconteur Viv Stanshall's anarchic creation. In its first DVD incarnation, in sepia tinged black and white and with monaural sound, this film comes across as a frenzied home movie, Futtocks End

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Hundred-towered city by garry kilworth Review and Opinion

2016/05/08

The Hundred-Towered City
Garry Kilworth
Atom paperback £6.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

One day, Jack, Annie and Davey Kettle return home to find a note from their parents that reads: "Making a quick trip to 1903 Prague. Be back in a few minutes. If we're not in when you get home, help yourself to supper." You see, their father, Roger, has invented

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Eden lake Review and Opinion

2017/05/25

Eden Lake (2008)
Writer and director: James Watkins

review by Jonathan McCalmont

In the 2009 edition of the Time Out Film Guide, noted film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum argues that going to the cinema is no longer an adult activity, the large screens are dominated by costumed vigilantes, the smaller screens by CGIed animals, and the entire comedy

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Moonchild Review and Opinion

2018/08/14

Moonchild (1989)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Michael J Murphy is one of the unsung heroes of British independent cinema, a man committed to the making of feature-length films on his own terms. The storylines may be predominantly conventional, though that is hard to profess because no film watcher has seen more than a fraction of

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Skreemer Review and Opinion

2018/04/13

Skreemer
Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Skreemer is the story of the fight to retain dignity and compassion in a grim near-future world struggling to rebuild after being decimated by plague. Brutal gangs control the supply of life-saving serums and three kids from the wrong side of

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Ancient track Review and Opinion

2019/07/13

The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works Of H.P. Lovecraft
editor: S.T. Joshi
Night Shade paperback $20

review by Steve Sneyd

Today, the 'cosmic horror' writer H.P. Lovecraft is the ultimate cult figure, acclaimed as the most read American writer of the first half of the 20th century, his Cthulhu Mythos of humanity as hapless prey to incomprehensible

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Taken Review and Opinion

2018/02/21

Taken (2002)
Directors: Steven Spielberg with Leslie Bohem and Steve Beers

review by Michael Lohr

For 10 consecutive weeknights, and 20 hours total, I watched this US television ratings juggernaut. I am not sure that my time was well spent. It was kind of like a really thick, somewhat interesting novel. You're halfway complete, wishing you were at the

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S1mone Review and Opinion

2018/05/09

S1mØne (2002)
Director: Andrew Niccol

review by Rob Marshall

When Eddie Murphy co-starred with Robert De Niro in Showtime, everyone was asking 'can De Niro do comedy?' On the evidence of this tragic farce (but with a happy ending), Al Pacino - the only comparable

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Harry potter Review and Opinion

2018/12/05

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001)
(aka: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone)
Director: Chris Columbus

review by Gary Couzens

After many millions of books sold worldwide, making J.K. Rowling the richest woman in Britain (even more than Her Majesty), her creations now appear on the big screen. There will be seven novels, of which four

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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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Pioneers of wonder Review and Opinion

2018/06/26

Pioneers Of Wonder - Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction
Eric Leif Davin
Prometheus hardcover £27

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a book that definitely 'does what it says on the tin', and for anyone with even a passing interest in the extraordinary growth of the genre in 1930s

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La story Review and Opinion

2018/10/08

L.A. Story (1991)
Director: Mick Jackson

review by Peter Schilling

One of Steve Martin's best films, this daffy romantic comedy delivers a constant and endlessly amusing series of sketches on richly absurd themes inspired by Los Angeles lifestyles. This is a decadent city of magic where the crazy locals rate their movies and earthquakes on similarly

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Spider: king of crooks Review and Opinion

2015/06/22

The Spider: King Of Crooks
Jerry Siegel, Ted Cowan, and Reg Bunn
Titan hardcover £14.99 / $19.95

review by Andrew Darlington

For this 'Spider', there are no Peter Parker alter ego complications. No existential angst, no motivational crisis-moments of indecision. No other identity, no other life - in fact, there's never a time when he's not in costume

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Aliens: why they are here Review and Opinion

2016/04/26

Aliens: Why They Are Here
Bryan Appleyard
Scribner hardcover £15.99

review by Tony Lee

Unlike the vast majority of UFOlogy books, Bryan Appleyard's polemical text Aliens is more concerned with examining the psychosocial underpinnings of the 'flying saucer' phenomenon than simply collating UFO sightings or documenting reported abductions. Although

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Albion Review and Opinion

2016/04/29

Albion
Alan Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Shane Oakley and George Freeman
Titan graphic novel £9.99

review by J.C. Hartley

Originally printed as a mini-series by Wildstorm for DC Comics, the impetus for Albion came from artist Shane Oakley with the involvement of Alan Moore. As Moore was winding up his comicbook commitments at the time, his

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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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Atlantis, 1990 Review and Opinion

2017/10/13

Atlantis (1990)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Heck and a half! The Italians provided Michael J. Murphy with the example that convincing costumes, sets and effects weren't essential to a film sale. So busy had Murphy been in the 1980s that, come the end of the decade, perhaps

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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Ultimate avengers the movie Review and Opinion

2016/06/23

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie (2006)
Directors: Curt Geda and Steven E. Gordon

review by Ian R. Faulkner

The plot of Ultimate Avengers: The Movie concerns the coming together of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Giant Man and the Wasp, and tells of how they, with a little help from the Hulk, save the world from an invasion of evil aliens

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