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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07th Apr2013

Book Review: ‘Gun Machine’

by Mark Allen

Written by Warren Ellis | Published by Mulholland Books NYPD detective John Tallow doesn’t care about his job all that much. He could be good at it if he wanted to, but he’s more content to sit in the passenger seat and let his partner Jim Rosato be the hero. That is at least until Jim’s head […]

11th Jan2013

Book Review: The Art of Rise of the Guardians

by Phil Wheat

Foreword by Alec Baldwin | Written by Ramin Zahed | Published by Titan Books | Format: HB, 156pp In Rise of the Guardians, North (Alec Baldwin), Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), Tooth (Isla Fisher), and Sandman try to recruit the mysterious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help them stop Pitch (Jude Law) from putting an end to […]

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27th Nov2012

Book Review: Star Wars – The Ultimate Action Figure Collection

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Stephen J. Sansweet | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 352pp Star Wars is known to be one of the most merchandised franchises in the movie world, it was the one that started it all. Starting one of the most lucrative businesses connected to the movie making world it created products not […]

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16th Nov2012

Book Review: The Great Showdowns

by Phil Wheat

Written/drawn by Scott C. | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 144pp “Han vs the green fellow. Chief Brody vs the very large shark. John McClane vs broken glass, and many, many more… Scott Campbell’s acclaimed Great Showdowns series, showing strangely good- natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters, finally gets the book collection […]

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28th Oct2012

Book Review: Silhouettes From Popular Culture

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Olly Moss | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 144pp Art, especially “pop art” is quite subjective at times.  When the popular culture is one that is actually popular to you then it’s bound to catch your interest and even make you an instant fan of the artist.  Silhouettes From Popular Culture by Olly Moss is a […]

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23rd Mar2012

Book Review: Tales from Development Hell

by Paul Metcalf

As film fans we look at the finished result and it’s sad to say that often we see a mess. The big event we were looking forward to just does not meet our expectations and we blame the director or the actors because they did not do a good enough job in our eyes. We […]

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05th Feb2012

Book Review: The Marx Brothers Encyclopedia

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Glenn Mitchell | Published by Titan Books To some movies are very of the “now,” whether it’s the latest summer hit or the latest super hero movie that’s coming out soon, or the latest so-called horror movie that we complain is not bloody enough because it’s had its rating reduced to make more […]

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06th Jan2012

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes on Screen

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Alan Barnes | Published by Titan Books When starting to write this review I thought I’d check something, just who is the most filmed character? And yes, as you are reading a review of a book calledSherlock Homes on Screen it would be in fact this character. All over the world, in TV series, […]

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01st Jan2012

Book Review: Uncharted – The Fourth Labyrinth

by Paul Metcalf

Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth is a new book based on characters from the Uncharted games by Naughty Dog. Having played the games I was immediately familiar with the characters and jumped straight into the action as Drake is pulled into yet another adventure full of adventure and intrigue. When Drake is called by his long-time friend […]

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29th Oct2011

Book Review: ‘Hellbent’ – by Cherie Priest

by Paul Metcalf

When we left Cherie Priest’s Bloodshot there were a few questions to be answered. Of course mentioning them would be potential spoilers but it’s fair to say that I was hopeful that Hellbent the next book in the Raylene Pendle story would answer a few. I’d say it answered at least one but offered even more to what was […]

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