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Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Leckie_AncillarySword_TP You might have heard of this book called Ancillary Justice (see Rob Bedford’s review for SFFWorld here). It was written by Ann Leckie. People liked it. It received the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Clarke Award, amongst others. I liked it a lot too, but maybe not as much as others, judging...
   

Possession – a film by Andrzej Żuławski

possession Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Synopsis via Second Sight: “A horror film like no other, “Possession” is an intense, shocking experience that was banned in the UK as a ‘video nasty’. With its dark subject matter and high gore quotient, it’s not for the faint hearted. With their...

MISERERE: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock (Audio read by Eileen Stevens)

Cover art by Michael C. Hayes Miserere: An Autumn Tale is Teresa Frohock’s debut novel, published in 2012 amidst a swarm of impressive debuts from Night Shade Books, and a book that has been on my radar since then. I’ve had a copy and it slowly edged its way up Mount Toberead (© Fred Kiesche) but having recently joining audible.com,...
   

Film review: The Sleeping Room

the sleeping room Synopsis via Second Sight: “Orphaned 19 year old Brighton call girl Blue (Leila Mimmack – “Becoming Human”, “Silent Witness”) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (David Sibley – “Broadchurch”, “Downton Abbey”) and his blowsy partner Cynthia (Julie Graham – “Tower Block”, “New...

Revisited: City by Clifford Simak

City Simak   Clifford/Cliff Simak is an author I first came to when I was a teenager in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. At first I wasn’t sure about it – it wasn’t spaceships and action, but instead a much more subtle and gentle SF. (Mark Charan Newton has since referred to it as ‘rural SF’,...
   

Film review: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

image009 “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension Review of Blu ray by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Synopsis via Arrow Video: “From the writer of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Big Trouble in Little China comes a pop-sci-fi adventure that defies convention and went on...

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

old-mans-war With the imminent release of John Scalzi’s The End Of All Things, the latest book in his Old Man’s War series, and the upcoming UK rerelease of the previous Old Man’s War novels, I decided to go back to the beginning and make my way through each novel. I’ve read them all in the past,...
   

THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage Trilogy #3)

th_b_McClellan_Autumn The final book in a trilogy or series, as I’ve remarked in previous reviews, can make or break the series itself. If a series is on the cusp of greatness, then that final book can elevate the series or it can bring the whole thing a tumbling down. The final book should also work well enough to tell...

The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol)

the cremator By David Paul Hellings. @HellingsOnFilm “Juraj Herz’s film The Cremator has been described in many ways – as surrealist-inspired horror, as expressionist fantasy, as a dark and disturbing tale of terror. This brilliantly chilling film, a mix of Dr. Strangelove and Repulsion, is set in Prague...
   

The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross

Rhesus Chart This is one of those “I wasn’t going to read….” reviews. Because I wasn’t. I wasn’t even going to review the book. Not because I didn’t like it – far from it, I think that Charlie’s Laundry Files series is one of the best ‘out there’ – but because after I reviewed The Fuller Memorandum...

Armada by Ernest Cline

armada Armada is Ernest Cline’s new – and if I may say so, very highly anticipated – novel. His previous novel, Ready Player One, hit the shelves and racked up acclaim like it was going out of fashion. I remember reading it after its release in 2011 and falling in love with the characters, story, setting,...
   

LAST FIRST SNOW by Max Gladstone (Craft Sequence #4)

th_b_gladstone_lastfirstsnow Last First Snow is the fourth published book in Max Gladstone’s fantastic Craft Sequence, but it is the first chronologically. It features characters from the first published novel in the series, Three Parts Dead and events that inform the plot of the Two Serpents Rise (second published and second...

Review of the Riftworld Chronicles

riftworld Webseries review by David Paul Hellings. @HellingsOnFilm A wizard finds himself in modern day Toronto, having clearly arrived in the wrong place and time. Aided only by a struggling journalist, the now powerless wizard and his disbelieving new partner must figure out why he is here, how their destinies...
   

Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear

dinosaur summer1   As Summer approaches Hobbit Towers and I look forward to some *serious* reading time, I also become nostalgic for certain books. To me Ray Bradbury captures the essence of a long summer stretching out in front of you (Dandelion Wine), and Stephen King always makes me an ideal beach-type read. This...

Story of My Death – A Film by Albert Serra

death Film synopsis: “Casanova meets a new servant who will witness his last moments in life. From a Swiss castle with its gallant and libertine Eighteenth Century atmosphere, to his final days spent in poor and shadowy Northern lands. There, his rationalist way of thinking and frivolous and mundane world...
   

DERYNI RISING by Katherine Kurtz (Audio Read by Jeff Woodman)

Cover art by Matt Stawicki When Kathrine Kurtz’s Deryni Rising first published in 1970, fantasy as a genre and marketing category was in its infancy, or rather pre-infancy. The book was launched in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series and is one of the only original novels in that line as most to all of the books were reprints...

The Fold by Peter Clines

The Fold - jacket image Before I get to my review, I’m going to start by politely suggesting that if you haven’t already read the author’s article about the key elements of this novel HERE, please do so. I’ll wait. The reason for me pointing this article out is that the author actually mentions a couple of points that...
   

“Four Flies on Grey Velvet” Looking back at Dario Argento’s ‘Lost Film’

fourflies By David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm For decades, the only place most film fans could find a copy of “Four Flies on Grey Velvet” was at film fairs in the shape of a barely watchable bootleg VHS copy. It simply wasn’t worth it, instead there was a feeling that is was better to wait until a decent...

The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long Mars   “2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished...
   

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

Robinson_Auroroa_HC Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, is his version of the generation ship science fiction novel. The book, in some ways, can also be seen as a companion piece to his Nebula Award winning 2312. That novel postulated a possible future three hundred years from now, when humanity has spread...
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