Monthly Archives: January 2023

Clark Ashton Smith – The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies (Review)

8/10 Clark Ashton Smith was once one of the Big Three authors of fantasy and horror fiction at the Weird Tales magazine, alongside H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. And while Lovecraft and Howard and their works are still remembered … Continue reading

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Steve Brusatte – The Rise and Reign of the Mammals (2022) Review

As a kind of sequel to his previous book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018), popular science writer Steve Brusatte now looks at the evolutionary history of the mammals. The previous book even ended with a cliffhanger: a … Continue reading

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M. John Harrison – The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (2020) Review

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again. What image does that title generate? Something about the past, something that lay hidden, that you thought was gone perhaps, but is coming back. This does not only refer to the land, to … Continue reading

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Series Review: Blacksad, by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guardino

A review of: Blacksad is a series of noir hardboiled detective stories, very much in the style of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett, and stars a cynical private investigator named John Blacksad. The comic drawings dive with relish into all … Continue reading

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Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair (1988) Review

Series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, book 1. 7.5/10 The Dragonbone Chair is the kind of epic fantasy that is perfect for losing yourself in a fantasy world; for burrowing into the world-building and wrapping the familiar fantasy tropes around you … Continue reading

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Review: Little Bird (2019) by Darcy van Poelgeest & Ian Bertram

Little Bird is a beautifully drawn limited comic series set in a dystopian future of the North American continent, and has a rather standard rebels versus evil empire storyline, complete with young saviour figures that makes the story very reminiscent … Continue reading

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Jim Woodring – One Beautiful Spring Day (2022) Review

Comprising:  A few weeks ago I reviewed the first set of Jim Woodring’s disturbing Frank comics: The Frank Book (2003). While the stories in that collection were unique and the story of the author himself even more interesting, I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Top 10 Films of 2022

Welcome to that time of the year to feel guilty! Guilty? Why yes, because I have not seen nearly enough of those artsy fartsy arthouse films that are supposed to be good, and not nearly enough of those subtle sensitive … Continue reading

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Marlon James – Moon Witch, Spider King (2022) Review

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019) offered an eclectic mix of high epic fantasy, African mythology, oral storytelling styles, non-chronological and unreliable games of narration, the violence and eroticism of James’s earlier Jamaica-focused work and above all a very confronting, visceral … Continue reading

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