Darker places by richard matheson- book review for zone-sf.com Review and Opinion

2019/04/01

Darker Places
Richard Matheson
Gauntlet hardcover $55

review by Michael McCarty

In the dedication of this short story collection, Richard Matheson writes: "To Barry Hoffman - with many thanks for resuscitating so much of my early work." That statement sums things up dead-on. Hoffman, the publisher and editor of Gauntlet Press has been collecting the

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Pashazade by jon courtenay grimwood Review and Opinion

2018/07/13

Pashazade
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Jon Courtenay Grimwood's ability to sustain a plot has grown in the course of his SF career to the extent that he has now embarked upon a trilogy. Pashazade is also a new beginning in terms of both settings and character, though it is less clear whether this is

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Iron sunrise by charles stross Review and Opinion

2015/11/10

Iron Sunrise
Charles Stross
Orbit hardcover £15.99

review by Tony Lee

This sequel to the author's superb début novel Singularity Sky, finds UN trouble-shooter Rachel Mansour back on Earth, with husband Martin Springfield, but she's still taking names and cracking heads, while coping

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Crescent city rhapsody Review and Opinion

2019/04/14

Crescent City Rhapsody
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Ceri Jordan

It would seem that our American cousins have inherited a good deal of that famed British 'stiff upper lip'. Over here, we're reduced to panic by petrol shortages or even heavy snow. But, faced with a series of electromagnetic pulses originating from outer space

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Beneath the ground Review and Opinion

2019/06/14

Beneath The Ground
edited by Joel Lane
Alchemy paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

Man has always feared the dark places under the earth, in myth, they are the gates to other worlds, worlds of monsters and gods and the dead. In the modern world, they are curiosities, heritage sites, challenges, and the secret places of children or dangerous loners

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Clay girl Review and Opinion

2017/08/07

The Clay Girl (2004)
Writer and director: Marjorie Boyle Crooks

review by Paul Higson

There are problems galore in Marjorie Boyle Crooks' The Clay Girl and viewing the film a second time round improves it not one jot. Now that we are in the digital age there is no excuse for not learning your craft on the cheap but one has to resist the temptation

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Blood feast Review and Opinion

2019/06/07

Blood Feast (1963)
Director: H.G. Lewis

review by Jeff Young

One of the great cult favourites rediscovered by horror fans during the 1980s video boom, this is generally praised (if that's the right word) for being the first proper gore movie, though its transgressions seem mild by today's standards.
   It has a curious plot, that of an exotic caterer

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Hyperion by dan simmons Review and Opinion

2015/11/25

Hyperion
Dan Simmons
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

One of the most revered and complex science fiction novels of the last three decades, Hyperion is, superficially, a frame story. The world of Hyperion, home to bizarre life forms, several failed human colonies

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Brendan connell Review and Opinion

2016/04/05

The Translation Of Father Torturo
Brendan Connell
Prime paperback $17.95

Dr Black And The Guerrillia
Brendan Connell
Grafitisk hardcover $20

reviews by David Hebblethwaite

My first real encounter with Brendan Connell's work was a short story (The Maker Of Fine Instruments) in the Tartarus Press anthology Strange Tales

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Maul by tricia sullivan Review and Opinion

2018/09/02

Maul
Tricia Sullivan
Orbit paperback £10.99

review by Steven Hampton

When teenage Sun Katz joins her best friends - game-playing Suk Hee and trigger-happy Keri - for a shopping spree at the local mall, the three girlz are confronted by wannabe media hawk 10Esha and cool gang-leader KrayZglu's bugaboos, and a gunfight breaks out right there in the cosmetics

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Riverworld Review and Opinion

2018/05/17

Riverworld (2002)
Producers: Janine Dickins, Mary Kahn

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel has set about the task of adapting Philip José Farmer's Hugo Award winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go into movie format and possibly a television series. A daunting task indeed, but after watching the two-hour movie, it is a challenge that

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Stormriders Review and Opinion

2018/03/10

The Stormriders (1998)
Director: Andrew Lau

review by Rob Marshall

With quest fantasy currently very fashionable again, as legions of fans anticipate the new Tolkien movie, this lavish genre production from Hong Kong is worth a look if you really can't wait for the big event. Instead of magic rings, though, this adventure presents swords as the definitive

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Far west by richard moore Review and Opinion

2016/01/06

Far West
Richard Moore
NBM paperback $13.95

review by Amy Harlib

Talented American comicbook artist Richard Moore, well-known for his beloved and popular Boneyard series, deserves equal acclaim for his other major ongoing opus - Far West, the first four episodes (and a bonus early tale plus a gallery of cover art) now collected in a easily

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Vao by geoff ryman Review and Opinion

2018/01/07

VAO
Geoff Ryman
PS Publishing paperback £8

review by Debbie Moon

Victim Activated Ordnance. It's the only way to keep safe. The moment some ruffian sets foot on your nice green lawn or sneaks into your secure car park, it blasts them with microwaves or sound waves, torturing them into submission. And it's their fault for being there...
   Well,

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Land of a thousand balconies Review and Opinion

2019/06/19

Land Of A Thousand Balconies
Jack Stevenson
Critical Vision paperback £14.99 / $19.95

review by Richard Bowden

Featuring "a drag below cinema's otherwise clean and perfect surface," in which "things, inventions, technologies, ideas, obsessions and styles from another time" appear, Stevenson's entertaining book inevitably echoes his own eclectic career

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Chronicles of riddick Review and Opinion

2019/05/03

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
Writer and director: David Twohy

review by Amy Harlib

When emerging genre director/scripter David Twohy, maker of The Arrival (1996) and Below (2001), unleashed his SF-horror film Pitch Black, the modestly-budgeted, taut, science fiction tale

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Midnight street 6 Review and Opinion

2015/09/24

Midnight Street #6
edited by Trevor Denyer
Immediate Direction £3.50

review by David Hebblethwaite

The strap-line of Midnight Street magazine is 'Journeys into Darkness', and the stories Trevor Denyer has assembled in this issue each live up to that description, but each in satisfyingly different ways. Perhaps the most (apparently) traditional

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Atlantis Review and Opinion

2019/06/28

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

review by Michael Lohr

Although this movie was utterly pounded by Shrek at the box office, it is still a wonderfully entertaining movie that both children and adults will enjoy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses mainly traditional animation in its production, but does

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Kid eternity Review and Opinion

2015/10/28

Kid Eternity
Grant Morrison and Duncan Fregredo
Vertigo / Titan graphic novel £9.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The late 1980s was a boom time for 'edgy' revisions of crusty, campy old characters. By the end of the decade DC must have been scraping the barrel-bottom of their back catalogue for obscure properties with oddball backgrounds to give up to

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Da vinci code Review and Opinion

2017/07/07

The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Director: Ron Howard

review by Debbie Moon

American professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks, The Terminal) is lecturing in Paris when the police ask him to advise on the case of a curator found dead in The Louvre. The dead man has left mysterious

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Another war by simon morden Review and Opinion

2016/04/22

Another War
Simon Morden
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Martin Drury

Rumours whisper of strange goings-on. Local gossip tells of a machine that can transport people through time and through dimensions. Two men who disappeared over 100 years ago have been found safe and well in the spot where they were last seen. They haven't aged. The machine has

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Pleasantville Review and Opinion

2018/06/21

Pleasantville (1998)
Writer and director: Gary Ross

review by Debbie Moon

Teenager David is obsessed with a 1950s' TV show, 'Pleasantville', featuring a happy family living in an idyllic community. Given his erratic home life, his desire to escape to a world of fantasy is understandable. However, when he and his worldly sister are sucked into the show

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Time out of joint by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/02/11

Time Out Of Joint
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

Time Out Of Joint comes from that golden era of Dick output that contained such 'classics' as Eye In The Sky, The Man Who Japed and, (my favourite) Solar Lottery. These early works, stripped

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Hidden empire by kevin j. anderson Review and Opinion

2018/11/27

Hidden Empire: The Saga Of Seven Suns (Book 1)
Kevin J. Anderson
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Simeon Shoul

In the year 2427 AD, humanity is doing rather well. More or less politically unified by the Terran Hanseatic League under Great King Frederic, religiously at peace thanks to the vague platitudes of the Unison Church, prot�g�s of the

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Dressing a galaxy: the costumes of star wars Review and Opinion

2016/02/03

Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars
Trisha Biggar
InsightEditions / Harry N. Abrams hardcover $50

review by Amy Harlib

Born in Scotland with training and experience gained in the UK, costume designer Trisha Biggar, with a preface by George Lucas and a foreword by Rick McCallum, pens the text for Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars

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Bold as love by gwyneth jones Review and Opinion

2019/06/04

Bold As Love
Gwyneth Jones
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Bold As Love begins a trilogy and revolves around a central triangle - perhaps a love triangle - and eventually a triumvirate. Power, politics and music form a further, thematic triangle of the book. The central trio comprises Ax, a respected but not commercially successful

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Weirdmonger by df lewis Review and Opinion

2015/05/09

Weirdmonger
D.F. Lewis
Prime paperback $19.95

review by Gary Couzens

Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader tells a story of the time when made a promo video for Bob Dylan. Schrader spoke to Dylan about their different writing approaches. Schrader was a linear thinker, he said (his thought processes went 1, 2, 3, 4, a, b, c, d) while Dylan's mind

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Perfect creature Review and Opinion

2016/11/08

Perfect Creature (2006)
Director: Glenn Standring

review by Alasdair Stuart

It's difficult to find anything new under the Sun and even harder when it's under the Moon. Modern vampire fiction is arguably the ultimate fictional dead horse, with the last ten years seeing endless variations on the theme, many of them involving spandex, long coats and industrial

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Asimov's science fiction 373 Review and Opinion

2016/04/15

Asimov's Science Fiction #373 (February 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

This is a very mixed issue. The first story we come to is Alex Wilson's novelette, Outgoing. This is his first sale, so it seems a bit harsh to be having a go at it. However

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Wonderful days Review and Opinion

2016/05/21

Wonderful Days (2003)
Director: Kim Moon-saeng

review by Amy Harlib

The New York Korean Film Festival 2004, screened a welcome treat for anime fans: the feature Wonderful Days (aka: Sky Blue), part of the exciting fluorescence of this animated art recently emerging from the southern portion of this Asian peninsula. A remarkable first directorial

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Bubba ho-tep Review and Opinion

2019/05/21

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Director: Don Coscarelli

review by Eric Turowski

Elvis meets the mummy? How did I never hear of this film? Bruce Campbell stars as Elvis Presley, who had long ago traded places with an Elvis impersonator (who subsequently died), Sebastian Haff. Now, due to a tragic barbeque accident and an ironic pelvis fracture infection that sent

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Time out film guide Review and Opinion

2018/02/06

Time Out Film Guide
editor: John Pym
Penguin paperback £19.99 / $24.95

review by Christopher Geary

The 2004 edition is a weighty beast of a reference book, sharing many key contributors with the BFI's magazine Sight & Sound, yet having a rather brighter and less conservative and even more international outlook than you might expect from a book

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Cube, hypercube Review and Opinion

2018/11/18

Cube (1998)
Director: Vincenzo Natali

review by Steven Hampton

The Hellraiser movies feature a puzzle box that opened a door to hell. This superb low-budget Canadian SF mystery thriller puts a mixed group of six protagonists inside a huge maze of interlinked yet mobile rooms, some of which have lethal traps.
   Who are these people? Why are

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Supernatural tales 11 Review and Opinion

2015/06/06

Supernatural Tales #11
editor: David Longhorn
291 Eastbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NN
£7.50 / $15

review by Mario Guslandi

Turned into an annual anthology for the last two years, Supernatural Tales reverts back to its original fortmat, that of a magazine featuring both fiction and non-fiction dealing with the horrific and the supernatural

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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The dish Review and Opinion

2019/03/15

The Dish (2000)
Director: Rob Sitch

review by Steven Hampton

This retells the story of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 Moon landing, of July 1969, as seen through the eyes of civilians in the Australian community of Parkes, where a large radio telescope was a vital part of NASA's plan to make their space mission the first global television event...

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Gospel according to philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/12/11

The Gospel According To Philip K. Dick (2002)
Director: Mark Steensland

review by Patrick Hudson

A documentary on PKD is a great idea - he's an important but overlooked writer, with a biography full of eccentricity and incident and plenty of interesting friends still alive to talk about him. Unfortunately, this cheaply produced movie will provide little

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Looking for jake and other stories Review and Opinion

2015/10/11

Looking For Jake And Other Stories
China Miéville
Pan paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

China Miéville's first short story collection showcases not only his most interesting short work but also everything that makes him work as an author. Fiercely inventive and quintessentially English, Miéville is following in the footsteps of the likes of

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Futures: 50 years in space Review and Opinion

2015/12/28

Futures: 50 Years In Space
David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £17.99

review by Tony Lee

The Challenge Of The Stars was originally planned 1954, yet its publication was delayed until 1972, with a second edition in 1978. This magnificent

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Scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed Review and Opinion

2016/09/16

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Director: Raja Gosnell

review by Eric Turowski

I'm a fan, and I still do the 'Doo' when I see a rerun of the old cartoon (the original, mind you, "Scooby Doo, where are you!?" not the ones with the horrendous Scrappy, the new ones with real monsters, or even the 'movies' with special guest stars like Phyllis Diller

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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2018/11/26

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
Director: Alan J.W. Bell

review by Steven Hampton

Despite his lowly socio-economic status, sourpuss demeanour, and complete lack of sartorial refinement, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) is very much the everyman cousin of sci-fi heroes Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Like Flash Gordon before him, Arthur

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Ardly effect by mitis green Review and Opinion

2016/04/20

The Ardly Effect
Mitis Green
Brambling paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

The Ardly Effect is the first book from author Mitis Green and publisher Brambling Books, and is billed as 'Book One of the Two Moons Trilogy'. The two moons in question are Edenia and Horridoa, each occupied by the original inhabitants of the other (the more

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Dragonfly Review and Opinion

2019/03/02

Dragonfly (2001)
Director: Tom Shadyac

review by Stuart Law

Director Tom Shadyac, better known for Jim Carrey comedies Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994) and Liar, Liar (1997), and the first Nutty Professor (1996) with Eddie Murphy, has this time gone for a supernatural chiller, and on his own admission, has made a disappointing

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Scary godmother: wild about harry Review and Opinion

2015/07/18

Scary Godmother: Wild About Harry
Jill Thompson
Sirius paperback $9.95

review by Amy Harlib

Jill Thompson, renowned illustrator whose artistry graced memorable issues of Wonder Woman, The Sandman and The Invisibles comicbooks, garners most of her well-deserved popularity and recognition from her solo creation: the family-friendly

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Die another day Review and Opinion

2019/03/18

Die Another Day (2002)
Director: Lee Tamahori

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!Die Another Day opens with a rather disappointing surfing sequence and proceeds to a hovercraft chase, after briskly introducing the criminally old-fashioned backstory of a military power struggle, as a kindly

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Time traveller's wife Review and Opinion

2015/05/28

The Time Traveller's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
Vintage paperback £6.99

review by Steve Sneyd

This book has had little attention in the science fiction community, but become a bestseller outside it - intriguing evidence, one of a number of instances in recent years - of the market that exists for 'science fiction for people who don't read science fiction

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My bloody valentine 3d Review and Opinion

2016/12/20

My Bloody Valentine (2008)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Paul Higson

Entering the cinema on this occasion was something of a compulsion. Let's face it, another remake of another average slasher film from the turn of the 1980s is hardly a reason to venture out and exchange money on a seat. But I and My Bloody Valentine have history, having

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Paradox by john meaney Review and Opinion

2015/08/24

Paradox
John Meaney
Bantam paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

Paradox is the second science fiction novel by UK writer John Meaney whose first book, To Hold Infinity (1998), garnered much praise and was nominated for a British SF Association award. Paradox, just recently published in the USA in hardcover by Pyr/Prometheus ($25

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Lotr: the two towers Review and Opinion

2018/09/18

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Director: Peter Jackson

review by Debbie Moon

The Fellowship is broken, Frodo and Sam continue alone towards Mordor, while Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas begin their pursuit of the Uruk-hai who carried off Merry and Pippin. This takes them into the territory

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House of 1000 corpses Review and Opinion

2018/11/23

House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Director: Rob Zombie

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

With modern filmmaking less about entertainment and more about mass appeal, product placement, and political correctness disguised as carefully structured 'rebellion', no other genre has suffered more than horror. For example, look back to 1972, when Wes Craven unleashed

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