06th Aug2014

‘Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Amy Pascale | Published by Aurum Press Ltd | Format: Hardcover, 448pp There are certain people who are happy to take the mantle “King of the Geeks” and I normally cringe that the very thought of them accepting it, but for me there is one man who would.  Joss Whedon is arguably one of the […]

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04th Aug2014

Book Review: ‘The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni’

by Jack Kirby

Edited by Jeremy Frommer and Rick Schwartz | Introduction by Ben Bova | Published by powerHouse Books | Format: Hardcover, 224pp Omni was a magazine published from the late-seventies to the mid-nineties mostly covering science and science fiction. I was a bit young to have been a reader of it, but having researched the magazine […]

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01st Aug2014

Book Review: ‘The Art of Neil Gaiman’

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Hayley Campbell | Published by Ilex | Format: Hardcover, 320pp Neil Gaiman is an author I’ve always respected and he is obviously a fan favourite, my problem is I’ve never really found the time to read much of his stuff.  His influence on Doctor Who and on Coraline, a movie I love has always […]

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10th Jul2014

‘Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters’ Book Review

by Mondo Squallido

Going back a few years, I was looking through my local Waterstones. I was having a browse in the Film and Television section. To my dismay all I could find were those uninspired “100 Films You Need To See Before You Die” books that seem to cover the same 100 (mainly dull) films over and […]

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09th Jul2014

‘Half a King’ Book Review

by Richard Axtell

Written by Joe Abercrombie | Published by Harper Collins | Format: Hardcover, 384pp Prince Yarvi is a boy with a crippled hand. He has dreams of becoming a minister, to be called ‘Brother Yarvi’ and to heal, give advice, to speak truth and know the secret ways. These dreams, however, are shattered when his father and brother […]

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05th Jul2014

‘The Splintered Gods’ Book Review

by Richard Axtell

Written by Stephen Deas | Published by Orion Books | Format: Paperback, 544pp The Dragon Queen Zafir had been captured by an unknown enemy and is forced to wage a war for them on the back of her Dragon, bringing death and fire to their enemies. Meanwhile, lost in a body that isn’t his own and […]

26th Jun2014

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Greg Keyes | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 320pp Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a movie that for some there was no need.  Remakes and re-imaginings are often hated from the moment they are announced and with the fact Planet of the Apes had already been re-worked into […]

24th May2014

‘Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelisation’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Greg Cox | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 320pp It’s fair to say that Godzilla has been a success on the big screen, especially based on the fact it already has two sequels confirmed.  It’s all about the spectacle of seeing the huge monster do battle, to hear his roar as he announces […]

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13th May2014

Book Review: Tithe of the Saviours

by Richard Axtell

Written by A. J. Dalton | Published by Orion Books | Format: Paperback/eBook, RRP £14.99/£7.99 respectively Jillan, his beloved Hella and their friends have finally found Haven, a place of peace and never ending growth. Their battles are over and they can finally live their lives together. Or can they? In Tithe of the Saviours, Jillan […]

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01st Apr2014

Book Review: Suncaller – by B. John Shaw Liddle

by Richard Axtell

Written by B. John Shaw Liddle | Published by Deadstar Publishing | Format: Paperback, 224pp Suncaller is the début novel of B. John Shaw Liddle and is definitely a strong start for the author. The story follows Mortimer Hope, a sixteen year old who has earned the nickname ‘Hopeless’ by his friends and enemies…. in […]

26th Mar2014

‘LEGO Space: Building the Future’ Book Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard | Published by No Starch Press | Format: Hardback, 216 pp Independent publisher No Starch Press have been carving out a niche for themselves as one of the premier publishers of books on computer security, programming, open source, science, and in this particular case LEGO… LEGO Space: Building the Future, as the […]

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27th Feb2014

‘Grimm: Below the Surface’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

Books that look behind the scenes of television shows can differ in how much depth they go into.  In the superficial sense some can just give a description of the characters, give episode synopsis and choose a few episodes to look at.  Grimm: Below the Surface is a surprisingly in-depth look at the show that […]

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21st Feb2014

Book Review: ‘Grimm – The Chopping Block’

by Paul Metcalf

Written by John Passarella | Published by Titan Books | Paperback, 336pp | RRP £7.99 With fiction based on television series like Grimm it’s interesting that these stories can be placed between episodes, and in ways we never know these investigations even took place and what effects they had upon the characters.  Grimm: The Chopping […]

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26th Nov2013

‘Crazy4Cult: Cult Movie Art 2′ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

There is no getting away from the fact that “geeks” love art, whether it’s the TV obsessed people who post gif files on Tumblr from their favourite shows or movie fans who find movie based art from around the internet and post it on social media, art infiltrates the social side of entertainment and infests […]

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22nd Nov2013

‘The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Or to give the book it’s FULL title: The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia, Compiled by His Lowness, Hunson Abadeer, Lord of Evil (Translated from the Scrolls of OOO by Martin Olson)… If you don’t like Adventure Time, I’d say the chances are you haven’t watched it. I’m right, aren’t I? Do yourself a favour and go watch […]

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03rd Nov2013

Book Review: ‘Once Upon a Time – Behind the Magic’

by Phil Wheat

Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 176pp | RRP £14.99 Before the proliferation of the internet, and more importantly before I ever had access to my own PC, companion books to TV shows were my bread-and-butter. I had loads (mainly bought through the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club – what ever happened to them?): […]

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02nd Nov2013

Book Review: Star Trek Federation – The First 150 Years

by Phil Wheat

The Star Trek universe is in flux right now. On the one hand we have the classic series, the movies that followed, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine et al. On the other we have J.J. Abrams new take on the Trek mythos with the big screen Star Trek and its recent follow-up Star Trek Into […]

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19th Oct2013

Book Review: ‘The Golden/Silver Age of DC Comics’ (Taschen)

by Phil Wheat

As a graphic designer I’ve always been a fan of the art book publisher TASCHEN. Founded in 1980 the company has, in it’s 20-odd year lifespan, built a reputation for publishing the widest variety of books, on an incredibly varied amount of subjects. In fact one of my all-time favourites art books, American Ads of […]

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10th Oct2013

Book Review: ‘Horns’ – by Joe Hill

by Chris Cummings

I am, unequivocally, a fan of Joe Hill as a writer. I first discovered him when I found a copy of his novel, Heart Shaped Box, on clearance in a little book shop and proceeded to read it in a couple of days without any urge to put it down. From there I went on […]

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09th Sep2013

Book Review: Bedlam Stories

by Phil Wheat

Written by Christine Converse | Based on a story by Pearry Teo Bedlam Stories is an intriguing concept. The oft-told tales of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz filtered through the twisted vision of film maker Pearry Teo whose work has always been marked by a dark, sinister edge. Here Teo teams with […]

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20th Jul2013

‘Flash Gordon: The Complete Library Vol.1&2′ Book Review

by Phil Wheat

Writer: Don Moore | Artist: Alex Raymond | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 208pp Everyone knows Flash Gordon–the most iconic science fiction swashbuckler ever to burst forth from the newspaper pages. His adventures wielded so much energy that they inspired everyone who followed, no matter what the medium. Filmmaker George Lucas famously revealed, […]

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27th Jun2013

‘Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS’ Book Review

by Phil Wheat

From author Jacques Boyreau comes Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box. Released by Fantagraphics Books, the tome is a trip through the good ol’ days of VHS, looking back at what is very quickly looking like a lost art. Back in the 80s I used to spend hours perusing the shelves of my […]

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