Scifi books reviews

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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Ghosts of mars Review and Opinion

2018/12/16

Ghosts Of Mars (2001)
Director: John Carpenter

review by Trent Walters

They warned you not to go. They pulled their hair and screamed you'd regret it if you went through with it. But you didn't listen... to the critics of Ghosts Of Mars.
   The idea is actually interesting but almost as thin as the plot. Scientists open an ancient tomb that

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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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Rose red Review and Opinion

2016/09/26

Rose Red (2001)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by Christopher Geary

Failing to be as entertaining as the critically hammered remake of The Haunting, and not even as 'scary' as the cinematic Scooby-Doo movies, this four-hour TV show

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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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Eye infinity Review and Opinion

2017/05/13

The Eye Infinity (2005)
Directors: Danny and Oxide Pang

review by Tom Johnstone

In the latest sequel to their acclaimed The Eye, the Pang brothers seem unsure whether or not to play it for laughs. The opening sequence shows a group of monks chanting around a woman,

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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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House of wax Review and Opinion

2017/03/09

House Of Wax (2005)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

review by Paul Higson

Ah, so this is what they mean by a re-imagining! But a re-imagining of what... a re-imagining of a remake? - because Michael Curtiz's 1932 The Mystery Of The Wax Museum was the forerunner and Andre de Toth's The House Of Wax the original retelling (sic!). What you couldn

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Eye 2 Review and Opinion

2017/05/14

The Eye 2 (2004)
Directors: Pang brothers

review by Christopher Geary

Struggling to emerge intact from a broken relationship with a married man, the beautiful Joey (Taiwanese starlet Shu Qi, from action movies The Transporter, Corey Yuen's enjoyable-tosh So

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Strange itineraries by tim powers Review and Opinion

2015/06/15

Strange Itineraries
Tim Powers
Tachyon paperback $15.95

review by Duncan Lawie

Strange Itineraries is a fabulous book, a book of fables. Each story contains a whole world, sometimes wrapped in itself and swallowing its own tail, sometimes unfolding and expanding to infiltrate our universe and infect our thought patterns.

The first story

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Doctor who: ghost ship Review and Opinion

2019/02/23

Doctor Who: Ghost Ship
Keith Topping
Telos hardcover £25

review by Duncan Lawie

The deluxe edition of this novella is a beautifully presented small hardcover with a shiny grey and silver cover impressed with a skull motif. It also has a full colour, glossy frontispiece by Dariusz Jasiczak. The standard

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Turn of the screw Review and Opinion

2016/06/24

The Turn Of The Screw (1999)
Director: Ben Bolt

review by Paul Higson

Christmas 1989, the Independent Television Network screened Herbert Wise's The Woman In Black. Those who caught it entered the 1990s with that ghost story haunting them, others to catch it on its one-off video release through Futuristic a year later, word of mouth building upon

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Seven stars by kim newman Review and Opinion

2016/05/03

Seven Stars
Kim Newman
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

Think of all those investigators of the weird - John Steed and Emma Peel, Jason King and Department S, Sapphire and Steel, Doctor Who and (insert the name of your favourite assistant), Mulder and Scully. Inspired by such debunkers

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Coalescent Review and Opinion

2019/04/28

Coalescent: Destiny's Children - Book 1
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Coalescent shows signs of a new departure for Stephen Baxter, integrating the present day with his grasp of long time scales. It combines George Poole's contemporary investigation of a family mystery with a story that begins 1600 years ago

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Ghostwatch Review and Opinion

2018/12/15

Ghostwatch (1992)
Director: Lesley Manning

review by Paul Higson

"Over the centuries there have been countless reports of ghosts and ghouls but the line between fact and fiction has always been unclear. Using the modern idiom of the outside broadcast, Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith and Craig Charles star in Ghostwatch." So put the

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Saragossa manuscript Review and Opinion

2018/05/07

The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
Director: Wojciech J. Has

review by Gary Couzens

In war-torn Saragossa, two soldiers find a manuscript, which tells of the adventures of Alphonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski) as he crosses Spain on his way to Madrid, in the late 18th century. On the way, the people he meets tell him stories, and sometimes the characters

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Below Review and Opinion

2017/09/29

Below (2002)
Director: David Twohy

review by Steve Anderson

They called it the 'greatest generation'. The motley collection of men from all branches of society - farm boys from Dubuque mingling in with street kids and petty criminals from the five boroughs - that brought liberty to a world on the brink of tyranny. Agree or disagree with the war itself

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Fantasy art masters Review and Opinion

2019/01/24

Fantasy Art Masters:
The Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Artists Show How They Work
Dick Jude
Watson-Guptill paperback $24.95

review by Amy Harlib

Originally published in the UK, and fortunately still easily available in the USA, this large-format trade paperback provides ample space on its pages to showcase 10 leading exponents of the truly

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It lives again by axelle carolyn Review and Opinion

2015/11/09

It Lives Again! - Horror Movies In The New Millennium
Axelle Carolyn
Telos hardcover £16.99 / $29.95

review by Christopher Geary

Profusely, but not lavishly, illustrated - with poster artwork, publicity stills, and DVD box covers - and quite reasonably priced, too, this overview of the current

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Hellboy animated: sword of storms Review and Opinion

2017/03/23

Hellboy Animated: Sword Of Storms (2006)
Directors: Phil Weinstein and Tad Stones

review by Ian R. Faulkner

I am a self-professed comic book geek and eagerly await and actively seek out the vast majority of comic book adaptations. I remember being like a kid on Christmas morning when it was announced Guillermo del Toro would be directing a live action

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Brink Review and Opinion

2017/09/13

The Brink (2006)
Director: Benjamin Cooper

review by Alasdair Stuart

The odder elements of scientific history have always provided fertile ground for horror and science fiction and few areas have been more fruitful than 'electronic voice phenomenon' or EVP. Initially discovered by two Catholic monks, EVP involves leaving a recording device running in

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Amityville horror 2005 remake Review and Opinion

2017/10/20

The Amityville Horror (2005)
Director: Andrew Douglas

review by Jonathan McCalmont

That's right kids! It's time for another American remake of a classic horror movie! What's more it's one that steals and borrows from other great horror movies so shamelessly it's the cinematic equivalent of having Graham Norton tell you to stop being puerile and talentless

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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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Wraeththu Review and Opinion

2015/04/29

Wraeththu: The Picture Book
Marja Kettner and Zuaberfeder Verlag
Braunschweig / Zauberfeder Verlag softcover �19.90 / $32

review by Amy Harlib

When British speculative fiction writer Storm Constantines Wraeththu trilogy was published in the late 1980s and early 1990s - The Enchantments Of Flesh and Spirit, The Bewitchments Of Love

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Thunder cops Review and Opinion

2018/02/13

Thunder Cops (1987)
Director: Lui Chan Wai

review by Richard Bowden

Thunder Cops (aka: Meng Gui da Sha, Operation Pink Squad Part 2) is a frenetic horror farce, on the edge of genre expectations for western audiences. It's a film characteristic of cut-rate Hong Kong exploitation cinema, where wacky comedy and slapstick farce frequently

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Punktown by jeffrey thomas Review and Opinion

2015/08/07

Punktown
Jeffrey Thomas
Ministry Of Whimsy paperback $11.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jeffrey Thomas, an American writer of numerous dark fantasy and horror short stories, takes a new approach in this recently published collection of nine interrelated tales of 'slipstream' SF, seven of which have

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Doom Review and Opinion

2017/06/11

Doom (2005)
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

review by Christopher Geary

From its opening credits, when the familiar Universal logo overlays planet Mars, not Earth, Doom strives for a high-impact visual style, as if hoping plentiful eye-candy will enliven the hackneyed shoot 'em up scenario. As it's based on a computer game, perhaps we should not

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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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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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Ghost in the shell 2: innocence Review and Opinion

2017/04/15

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Wrieter and director: Mamoru Oshii

review by Amy Harlib

When Japanese director Mamoru Oshii's SF anime feature Ghost In The Shell (1995) debuted in the USA, it became a hit, an instant classic building on the success of an earlier, equally classic stateside SF anime release, Katsuhiro Otomo's

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Requiem Review and Opinion

2018/05/27

Requiem (2003)
Director: Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby

review by Paul Higson

Your reviewer is put in a slightly awkward but moreover than that bemusing situation with this film, for never have I praised a film so highly yet ultimately had it fail me to the point of my hating it. The technical proficiency of all concerned in Requiem plays a major

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Exte: hair entensions Review and Opinion

2017/05/15

Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
Director: Sion Sono

review by Paul Higson

"My nose hair is out of control lately," is the first line in Sion Sono's Exte: Hair Extensions (original title: Ekusute), the new Japanese comedy-horror film. The opening scene continues with the dock supervisor proceeding to investigate a reeking container, one of

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Earth, air, fire and custard Review and Opinion

2016/01/31

Earth, Air, Fire And Custard
Tom Holt
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Reading a Tom Holt novel is a unique experience, some authors transport you to far off places or make you consider who you are and what it is you really believe, Tom Holt throws you in the boot of his car and drives round the country forcing you to identify where

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Exultant, stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2016/01/14

Exultant: Destiny's Children 2
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £12.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Stephen Baxter is seen as one of the leading lights of 'hard SF' and is now one of the great luminaries of British science fiction. He was also my point of entry for serious sci-fi and his speculations on physics and the nature of the universe motivated

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Selling out by justina robson Review and Opinion

2015/07/17

Selling Out
Justina Robson
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Steve Sneyd

If there are guilty pleasure records - ones you feel you shouldn't enjoy, but find yourself helpless not to, instances of 'the potent power of cheap music' - there also are guilty pleasure books. And Selling Out, to me, is a classic example.

All the way through

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Embodiment of evil Review and Opinion

2017/05/21

Embodiment Of Evil (2008)
Director: José Mojica Marins

review by Paul Higson

Issue three of Tim Paxton's Monster International published an enthusiastic letter from reader Lux Interior. Oh, to have known what Mr Interior's opinion on the then-current issue might have been, as I was never to see another issue, particularly what he thought about

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