DOCTOR WHO: COMBAT MAGICKS

Of the three BBC books released to mark the on-screen arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor, the longest and most complex is Steve Cole’s Combat Magicks. Notional a historical set in 451 AD Gaul, with Attila the Hun fighting the remnants of the Roman Empire, within pages it becomes apparent that sorcery is afoot, and being … Continued

STAR TREK PROMETHEUS – IN THE HEART OF CHAOS

Before box sets and on-demand TV, tie-in novels filled a void when our favourite series weren’t being shown. Admittedly, quality often varied, but they gave fans a regular fix of their favourite shows and, in some cases, the popularity of the written universe allowed the TV series to make a comeback, bigger and bolder than … Continued

DIE HARD: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY

Ever since Die Hard exploded in 1988 it’s been lauded as both the greatest action movie and the greatest Christmas movie ever made. While there’s a strong argument to be made either way, it’s also possibly the greatest example of the law of diminishing returns ever made, with a pair of decent sequels leading to … Continued

WALT DISNEY’S DISNEYLAND

21st Century Disney is a massive, monolithic multimedia entertainment operation that, at times, seems to be intent on steamrollering its way across the world swallowing up everything its path in its quest to create a real life Disneyworld where everything we watch in the multiplex and on TV is stamped with the House of Mouse … Continued

FEARLESS AND FANTASTIC! FEMALE SUPER HEROES SAVE THE WORLD

You have 24 hours to save the world, so who do you call? No, not Ghostbusters – that decision would haunt you forever – and not ‘girl power’ which fizzled out at the turn of the century. What you want, what you really, really want (curse them there Spice Girls), is the new breed of … Continued

DREDD: FINAL JUDGEMENT

There are two stories in this volume based on the Dredd movie universe. Furies follows the fate of Ma-Ma’s Techie, and The Dead World follows the final act of movieverse Dredd and the introduction of the Dark Judges. Furies follows Huxley as he tries to find a “normal” life after Ma-Ma and the Peach Trees … Continued

LIES SLEEPING

If you are into both detective fiction and supernatural adventure stories, then we’d be surprised if you haven’t at least heard of the Peter Grant novels. The long-running series has recently spawned its own comic book spin-offs and novellas, and a TV show is currently in development. Lies Sleeping is the seventh novel is the series … Continued

DEATH OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) was the first sequel in the original Planet Of The Apes franchise, following the disappearance of Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) who is tracked down by fellow astronaut Brent (played by James Franciscus) in a destroyed future version of New York City, which is controlled by telepathic mutants … Continued

HALCYON

A series of terrorist outrages shakes the US, leaving damaged and grieving families trying to make sense of unbearable personal loss. One such family has already been dealing with the challenge of a daughter afflicted by disturbing and vivid premonitions of the bomb blasts and shootings threatening the stability of American society. When the next … Continued

THE BLUE SALT ROAD

It’s safe to say that Joanne M. Harris is one of the modern masters of fantasy writing. With a list of past works as diverse as The Gospel of Loki and Chocolat, she defies easy definition and never fails to deliver a cracking read. Her latest novella, The Blue Salt Road, is one of those … Continued