BOOK REVIEW: Action Comics – 80 Years of Superman (Deluxe Edition)

BOOK REVIEW: Action Comics – 80 Years of Superman (Deluxe Edition)

20 May, 2018

It’s been 80 years since that iconic image of the man in the red cape lifting a car graced the cover of Action Comics and changed the nature of superheroes in mainstream pop culture. This tome covers the Man of Steel’s creation, with many classic stories including memorable first appearances by key characters.

BOOK REVIEW: One of us will be dead by morning

BOOK REVIEW: One of us will be dead by morning

16 May, 2018

Title: One of us will be dead by morning  Author: David Moody Publisher:  St Martin’s Press, Published: Out now   The horror of the corporate away day is cranked up to 11 in David Moody’s latest novel One of us will be dead by morning. I’ve experienced these team bonding exercises and believe me, they aren’t fun. Which is a tad ironic as reading this instalment in Moody’s Hater series is indeed a lot of fun. The fewer left alive, the higher the stakes. Kill the others, before one of them kills you. Fourteen people are trapped on Skek, a barren island in the middle of the North Sea somewhere between the coasts of the UK and Denmark. Over the years this place has served many purposes—a fishing settlement, a military outpost, a scientific base—but one by one its inhabitants have abandoned its inhospitable shores. Today it’s home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences, an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team building events. Someone thought it would be a good idea to have a team building event on a remote island. Bad enough. Shame, then, that the week away for the book’s protagonists comes to an end a little too late to avoid the world going to hell in a handbasket. It begins fairly familiarly. The small team of business-types are coming to the end of their collective tethers. Rivalries are bubbling up and personalities clash like the waves crashing on the remote cliffs. Everyone wants to go home back to their loved ones (family members, business meetings). A tragedy strikes that flairs tensions and elicits blame. When the ride home is late, everything starts to fall apart. The islands inhabitants, the adventure team, show levels of professionalism but the strain is beginning to show. When the boat that was meant to collect them is found, wrecked – the next lot of adventurers (schoolchildren, mostly) are discovered to have been brutally slaughtered, those left on the island must start to accept that they must start thinking about survival. What Moody’s novel does particularly well is the balance between the personal, relatable details of the story’s protagonists, and the horror inflicted by the Haters. There is no...

BOOK REVIEW: Before Mars by Emma Newman

BOOK REVIEW: Before Mars by Emma Newman

12 May, 2018

After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist in residence, but in her new room at the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can’t remember writing.

BOOK REVIEW: Green Lantern – Earth One, Vol 1

BOOK REVIEW: Green Lantern – Earth One, Vol 1

13 Apr, 2018

The DC Earth One series brings us a new imagining / origin story of Hal Jordan is an intersellar mining engineer in the not too distant future who discovers the power of the Green Lantern ring!

BOOK REVIEW: Fictional Alignment

BOOK REVIEW: Fictional Alignment

27 Mar, 2018

Previously, in Mike French’s universe: Android Writer PD121928 keeps having his fiction rejected. It drives him to suicide, but his final attempt is successful. It is claimed by PD121929. This was in the hybrid graphic novel An Android Awakes. Now, in Fictional Alignment, we learn that novel was less than successful.

BOOK REVIEW: The Night Lies Bleeding by M.D. Lachlan

BOOK REVIEW: The Night Lies Bleeding by M.D. Lachlan

22 Feb, 2018

The world is at war again. London is suffering from the German Blitz. For one immortal werewolf, the war means little. He knows he will soon have to give up his identity once more, begin a new life. Before the wolf emerges.

BOOK REVIEW: Spare and Found Parts

BOOK REVIEW: Spare and Found Parts

13 Feb, 2018

Frankenstein (1818). Pinocchio (1883). Super-Toys Last All Summer Long (1969). Spare and Found Parts (2018). It seems fitting that Sarah Maria Griffin should be adding to the collection of created life stories in this year above all others. Questions of what does life mean, what is it like to the outsider, and what is a monster are all present and correct in Griffin’s literary debut.

BOOK REVIEW: The Belles

BOOK REVIEW: The Belles

12 Feb, 2018

Beauty. It is what this book is about and what this book is. The Belles has perfect, clever writing, with so much meaning behind it.

BOOK REVIEW: Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

BOOK REVIEW: Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

9 Feb, 2018

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus- one of Alastair Reynolds most popular characters- this is fast paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.

BOOK REVIEW: Whispers of Flame

BOOK REVIEW: Whispers of Flame

22 Dec, 2017

We enter a new fantasy world in the young adult novel Whispers of Flame.