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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

26842622 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a mystery thriller about teenage girls, reminiscent of works by Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott. The latest novel from this British author follows her critically acclaimed novel of last year, The Death House (review), which sported impressive blurbs from the likes of...
   

The X-Files (S10E04) “Home Again”

THE X-FILES:   L-R:  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the "Home Again" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX THE X-FILES: L-R: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the “Home Again” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm   “If you don’t see a problem, there’s...

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

all the birds   Life is often hard and yet sometimes good things prevail. Charlie Jane Anders, editor-in-chief of io9.com, tells all in this story of love, disaster, and outsiders in her debut novel. This is a tale of geeky outsiders Laurence (never ‘Larry’) Armstead and Patricia Delfine. Patricia is a witch...
   

Sundiver by David Brin

sundiver Sundiver is the first novel in David Brin’s well-regarded Uplift Saga, though not in itself considered the strongest in this series. I picked this book up some years ago after hearing many good things about the Uplift books and, being the way I am, I wanted to start at the beginning rather than jump...

“The X-Files” (S10E03) “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”

xfiless10e03 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm   “Mulder, the internet is not good for you” – Scully   A series of murders finds Mulder initially sceptical and questioning his work, then struggling with a questionable camera app as he and Scully investigate the killings, possibly the...
   

Film review: Five Dolls For An August Moon

FIVE_DOLLS_2D_BD1 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm   “Arrow Video is delighted to announce the release of their latest giallo, Five Dolls for an August Moon, directed by the master of the macabre, Mario Bava. Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from 1st February 2016, this dual-format release joins a...

Film review: The House On Pine Street

hops2 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm   Synopsis: “Aaron and Austin Keeling’s tauntingly sinister new feature The House On Pine Street wreaks havoc on an expectant young couple as they move into an eerily ominous house. This highly acclaimed psychological thriller comes to DVD and digital...
   

The X-Files (S10E02) “Founder’s Mutation”

THE X-FILES:  L-R:  Mitch Pileggi, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the "Founder's Mutation season premiere, part two, episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Written and directed by X-favourite James Wong, episode two of this six episode mini-series sees us move back into classic territory with a sense of the continuing conspiracy regarding genetic experimentation by shadowy people, now implicating also the Department...

Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley

18300350 Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley is my first foray into this author’s body of work, but I understand it is set in the same universe as his Humanity’s Fire trilogy. I got the sense that there are references and linkages to this earlier work in Ancestral Machines. However, this space opera, set...
   

The X-Files (S10E01) “My Struggle”

x-files2016 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm And so it begins again. Mulder and Scully’s personal relationship ended due to his depression, a conclusion that saw Fox decamp back into the world of the recluse and Dana into the life of a surgeon’s assistant treating children without ears. Now, over...

CITY OF BLADES (Divine Cities #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Cover art by Sam Weber Robert Jackson Bennett brings readers back to The Continent, the primary setting of his Divine Cities sequence here in the second novel, City of Blades. The Continent has still not quite recovered from the loss of its divinities and it is still reacting to the events of City of Stairs, which occurred...
   

Film review: Deep Red

image009b Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Synopsis: “When was the last time you were really scared?  From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Arrow Video is thrilled to announce...

Down Station by Simon Morden

Down Station   I think that the simplest thing to say about Down Station is that although the description of its plot may sound like you’ve read this before, one thing that Down Station is not is ‘expected’. “A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They...
   

Dark Matters by Michael Dow

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00042] Dark Matters (Dark Matters #1) is the debut novel by Michael Dow. Funded through Kick Starter and subsequently self-published, this is a novel that has an interesting premise and is not your typical action orientated sci-fi adventure, instead looking at events from a more corporate and scientific point...

Film review: The Jacques Rivette Collection

jrc Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Synopsis The Jacques Rivette Collection brings together some of the director’s hardest to see works, each restored, newly translated and debuting on home video for the first time in UK. Out 1 is one of the crowning achievements of Rivette’s remarkable...
   

SFFWorld Archive: The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles Finney

The UK edition (2016) With the re-release of this novel in the UK (at long last!) as part of the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series, we thought that it was worth resurrecting our review from June 2011. (The review was originally for the edition published by Bison Books / University of Nebraska Press. It has been slightly...

City of Blades: The Divine Cities Book Two by Robert Jackson Bennett

28436115 City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett is the follow up to the World Fantasy Award nominated City of Stairs and second book in his The Divine Cities trilogy. At first, I wasn’t confident that City of Blades was going to live up to the superior standard set by the first book in the trilogy. This...
   

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch-UK-cover small   “In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture...

STEAL THE SKY by Megan E. O’Keefe (Scorched Continent #1)

th_b_Okeefe_StealTheSky Steampunk and magic on the raw, dusty frontier provide the backdrop for Megan E. O’Keefe’s debut novel, Steal the Sky. Our protagonist, Detan Honding, is stuck in a backwater mining town with his sidekick Tibs. Their airship is in a state of disrepair, but he’s given an opportunity to steal a ship...
   

The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner

The-Promise-of-the-Child-by-Tom-Toner small   So what is The Promise of the Child about? It’s certainly created a buzz, with lots of rumblings above the usual created by the publicity machine that this is the debut of something and someone extraordinary. Well, it’s a Space Opera. Nothing particularly new there, you might think. Peter...
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