28th Apr2015

‘Ghosts of War’ Review (Titan Books)

by Phil Wheat

Written by George Mann | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 352pp George Mann’s pulp thriller does a lot to recapture the thrill of the early days of the genre. But in the Age of the Superhero, is that enough? We live in the Age of the Superhero in media. That’s beyond doubt – […]

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16th Apr2015

Book Review: ‘The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful’

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Sharon Gosling | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 176pp When a show like Penny Dreadful merges a historical setting with a fantastical dark world where anything is possible – to make this believable, but still add the level of the surreal that is required, there has to be a set vision and […]

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20th Mar2015

‘Arrow: Heroes and Villains’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Nick Aires | Published by Titan Books | Format: Paperback, 176pp If there is one thing I know about Arrow, it is that I need to catch up with it – I’m way behind. One thing I did to get my interest in taking up this catch up was to look at Arrow: […]

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09th Mar2015

Book Review: ‘The Avengers Vault’

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Peter A. David | Published by Aurum Press | Format: Hardback, 176pp It’s hard not to notice that a new Avengers film is on its way.  Avengers: Age of Ultron brings in more characters from the Marvel Universe, but if you’ve not read the comics you may find yourself wondering just where these […]

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23rd Dec2014

Book Review: ‘NOS4R2′

by Chris Cummings

Written by Joe Hill | Published by Gollancz | Format: Paperback, 704pp I am a fan of Joe Hill. His novels, Horns and Heart Shaped Box, are two books I have read a number of times and always enjoy. His collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, is a great mixture of tales, and his […]

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09th Dec2014

Book Review: ‘Prince Lestat’

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Anne Rice | Published by Chatto & Windus | Format: Hardcover, 480pp As with most people my first introduction to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles was with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire. Once the film had finished though I did what needed to be done, and that was buy […]

25th Nov2014

‘Battlestar Galactica Vault’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Paul Ruditis | Published by Aurum Press | Format: Hardback, 176pp For over thirty years, science-fiction fans have been enthralled by Battlestar Galactica and the captivating saga of humanity’s war with the chilling Cylons. From its innovative special effects to its controversial storylines, the franchise has fascinated generations of viewers. Now, drawing on […]

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22nd Nov2014

‘The Breaking Bad Cookbook’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Written by Chris Mitchell | Published by John Blake Publishing | Format: Hardback, 208pp For five seasons, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were undisputedly the greatest cooks in North America. From their humble origins as part-timers in a cramped (and decidedly unreliable) RV to the halcyon days in a state-of-the-art ‘kitchen’, the duo prospered, with competitors falling […]

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06th Nov2014

‘Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Chris McDonnell | Published by Titan Books | Format: Hardback, 336pp When you watch Adventure Time the world of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog seems to be crazy and out of control, anything goes and it’s all about having fun.  The truth is though the show created by Pendleton Ward has rules, […]

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17th Oct2014

‘Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Written by Guy Haley | Published by Aurum Press Ltd | Format: Hardback, 576pp Science Fiction has a huge history and is very diverse.  From Frankenstein to the Xenomorph, Body Snatchers to the Sand Worms of Dune the only thing that restricts it is imagination.  With a history so packed with sub genres, characters and […]

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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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