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Film review: Scanners (Blu ray)

3424 Review by David Paul Hellings. @HellingsOnFilm “Drifter Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack – “Dead Ringers”) is plagued by incessant voices in his head, unaware that he is a “Scanner” – a person with extraordinary powers who can not only read minds but literally tear them apart....
   

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Three-Body-Problem-by-Cixin-Liu-616x975 It’s taken a little bit longer (about six months) to arrive here in the UK than with my colleagues in the USA, but I’m pleased to finally get to read The Three-Body Problem (3BP). From the publisher: “With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy...

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

Art work by Jerome Podwil 1966 Ace Books edition; art by Jerome Podwil Ace Books first published Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany in the United States in 1966, when the writer was 24 years old. By my count he had already published six previous novels. (Dare I bore readers of this review with the obvious declaration that is standard...
   

THE PRICE OF VALOR (Book 3 of The Shadow Campaigns) by Django Wexler

th_b_wexler_priceofvalor Flintlock fantasy is an exploding subgenre of fantasy, thanks in part to Django Wexler’s Shadow Campaign saga, as well as Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage Trilogy and Stina Leicht’s just released Cold Iron. The Price of Valor, the subject of this review, is Wexler’s third installment of his saga...

Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald

Luna UK cover   The arrival of a new book by Ian McDonald is nearly always an event, and with good reason. In recent years his previous books written for adults have been rewarded with a string of awards and nominations, from River of Gods (2004) winning a BSFA Award and a Clarke nomination in 2005 to Brasyl...
   

The Human Division by John Scalzi

the-human-division Originally digitally released as serial fiction, The Human Division is the next instalment in my re-read of John Scalzi’s hugely popular Old Man’s War setting, and tackles the events following the end of The Last Colony/Zoe’s Tale. While previous novels have focused on the Perry family,...

Film review: The Hourglass Sanatorium

5491 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Synopsis: “Set in the pre-World War II era, a young man named Józef (Jan Nowicki – “Tulips, Spirala”) visits a strange, dilapidated sanatorium to see his dying father Jakob (Tadeusz Konrat –“Adventure in Marienstadt”, “Zawilosci Uczuc”)....
   

ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig

th_b_wendig_zer0es Chuck Wendig needs little introduction, he’s an admitted pen-monkey and lives and breathes story and the written word. In Zer0es, Chuck takes a look at a world Twenty Minutes into the Future and a group of hackers who are corralled by NSA Agent Hollis Cooper to do the NSA’s dirty work. They are Chance...

Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

Twelve-Kings_Final-sm2 Twelve Kings (aka Twelve Kings in Sharakhai in the US) is not Bradley’s debut novel, though it is the first major release here in the UK. US readers may recognise Bradley’s name from his Lays of Anuskaya series, beginning with The Winds of Khalakovo.  He has also been a Gemmell Award shortlist nominee...
   

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

zoes-tale Zoe’s Tale is the fourth novel from John Scalzi set in his Old Man’s War universe, following on from Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony. Previously we’ve followed either John Perry or his wife, Jane Sagan, but in Zoe’s Tale we get what the title makes obvious...

“Videodrome” 4-disc Blu ray

VIDEODROME_SLIPCASE_2D_V1 Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of David Cronenberg’s visually audacious and stunningly disorienting Videodrome, which sees the director exploring dangerous sexuality and technological obsessions. The 1983 cult classic,...
   

FOOL’S QUEST by Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2)

Cover Art by Alejandro Colucci Fool’s Quest is the second installment of The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, which itself is the most recent in a long line of stories set in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings (three trilogies, a quartet, and now this in-progress trilogy for a total of 15 books up to now). To say Fool’s Quest might...

“Marketa Lazarova” – A Film by Frantisek Vlácil

Marketa Lazarova By David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “Voted the best Czech film ever made, “Marketa Lazarová” is a powerful and passionate medieval epic set in the mid-13th Century. Based on avant-garde writer Vladislav Vancura’s novel, it follows the rivalry between two warring clans, the Kozlíks...
   

SFFWorld Reread: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Dune Messiah small ” A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” Princess Irulan, the first line of Dune. Part 1: Why this review came about. The story of Dune is perhaps one of the best known in science fiction these days. Personally I have read and reread it many...

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

the-last-colony The Last Colony by John Scalzi is the third novel in his Old Man’s War universe, and, at the time of publication, the last planned one in that setting. While the first novel, Old Man’s War, and the second, The Ghost Brigades, each stood on their own, The Last Colony also follows that trend to an...
   

Infidel by Kameron Hurley (Bel Dame Apocrypha #2)

INFIDEL_v5_31 Infidel by Kameron Hurley is the second book in her Bel Dame Apocrypha, following on from God’s War (see Rob Bedford’s review for SFFWorld here). This book was first published in the United States by Nightshade Books in 2011. However, the trilogy has taken some time to find its way to the United...

Film review – William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge

chaos image Review by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Written, Directed and Narrated by the man himself, “William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge” is an illuminating examination of the problems and power struggles behind seasons one to three of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. With new interviews...
   

THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (Broken Earth #1)

th_b_jemisin_fifth N.K. Jemisin has published a trilogy and a duology, five novels, each challenging preconceived notions of what fantasy is, the characters who populate fantasy novels, and the storytelling notions of Fantasy. The Fifth Season is her sixth novel, the first of a new series entitled The Broken Earth and...

Film review: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (40th Anniversary)

TTCM image 40th Anniversary (2014) Blu ray review By David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” not only changed the face of horror in 1974, but remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made. Widely banned on its release, its notoriety has not diminished and...
   

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

three-moments-of-an-explosion-by-china-mieville   There’s potentially a lot to like about this book – 28 ‘stories’, relatively unconnected and many of which have never appeared outside this collection. Some of the stories here are little more than a page, whilst others are about twenty pages or so. What I can say is that Three...
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