THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD

Sometimes, when a book arrives for review and the publicist has done an extra-special job of gussying it up to make it look inviting (in this case, a pretty neat feathery bookmark and some carefully cut out animals hidden between the pages that I’m still pulling out from the back of my couch), it’s a … Continued

SNAPSHOT

In the near-future, technology has evolved that can create artificial constructs of recent days gone by – snapshots of the real world and real moments in time – but a raft of legislative rulings have imposed huge restrictions on how this invasive and potentially morally-dubious technology can actually be used. Ultimately the US government allows … Continued

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: CLASSIC OMNIBUS VOL 2

Star Wars has a lot to answer for. Not only did it lay the ground for the arrival of silver screen Star Trek, it also paved the way for a small screen explosion led by Glen A. Larson’s long-gestating brainchild Battlestar Galactica. Arriving on television in 1978, Galactica hit the four-colour funnies the following year … Continued

THE APE THAT UNDERSTOOD THE UNIVERSE

Steve Stewart-Williams’ book about human evolution in all its various fascinating forms begins with an intriguing premise – that we’re so busy being human we don’t stop to notice what strange creatures we are, so what would happen if we examined ourselves from the perspective of a hyper -intelligent alien species? It’s a novel way … Continued

ART MATTERS

Any type of creative work will create outliers who combine skill, talent and a sense of cool into something unique. Neil Gaiman has, over the years, become a rock star of genre literature. Though not easily pigeon-holed, Gaiman has produced a wide and varied array of iconic and memorable work. Charismatic, creative and clever, he’s … Continued

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – A PICTURE BOOK

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a show that came out over 20 years ago. It’s more than reasonable to assume that the people who loved the show growing up have since gotten older, settled down and decided to pass on their love for the show to their offspring. To every generation a Slayer may be … Continued

BOJACK HORSEMAN: THE ART BEFORE THE HORSE

Bojack Horseman may have initially appeared to be just another Adult Swim-alike parody of a Hollywood sitcom actor in their twilight years, but it a complex agenda that belied this impression, immediately whipsawing us into a crazy existential odyssey. Raphael Bob-Waksburg had delivered a genuine Netflix surprise. One where human and animal co-existed in a … Continued

THE COEN BROTHERS: THIS BOOK REALLY TIES THE FILMS TOGETHER

Since their debut feature Blood Simple rocked the indie film circuit in 1985, Joel and Ethan Coen have been a regular favourite of cinephiles. Their output over the past three decades may seem eclectic, from the cartoonish comedy of Raising Arizona and The Hudsucker Proxy to the grim Western-infused True Grit and No Country For … Continued

THE ANOMALY

Don’t let the “for fans of Dan Brown” sticker on the front of The Anomaly put you off. Michael Rutger’s tense, smartly-written, achingly-exciting page turner might share some basic literary DNA with Brown’s laboured potboilers but, mercifully, it’s in an entirely different league as a modern mass appeal action thriller. However, claustrophobics or those suffering … Continued

THE BEATLES: YELLOW SUBMARINE

Somewhere high above the Atlantic ocean, mid-1964, each of the Fabs were sharing downtime with a group of reporters tasked with following them around to score soundbites for radio stations during a whistle stop tour of America’s east coast. Amongst the usual questions on moptops, girls and general Beatlemania, Paul McCartney drops a nugget that … Continued