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Waking Hell by Al Robertson

One of the perils of being a book reviewer is accepting an author review copy of a book in a series when the book is not the first in the series. If you have no prior knowledge of the series or author, it’s a bigger gamble than usual. This was ...

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Your Name: I feel like I’ve been in a strange dream

Arriving at last, after months of hype and acclaim from Japan and its screenings at various film festivals, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name has finally reached the UK. This gender swap teenage drama has been universally lauded, with Shinkai being heralded as the new Hayao Miyazaki. The director himself has been ...

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Do andriods dream of Tom Cruise in glitter?

Within three years, Ridley Scott created one of the best science fiction films of all time and one of the worst fantasy films. How did this happen? What was he thinking? And why was Legend (1985) so awful? When the film was first released, the general consensus was that it ...

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Is it possible to find that spark again – that special something that made a series brilliant the first time around? Networks and services like Netflix, Hulu, Dave, Yahoo, etc certainly think so, pouring money into nostalgia projects like Gilmore Girls and Full House, but can these endeavours ever really ...

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Waking Hell by Al Robertson

One of the perils of being a book reviewer is accepting an author review copy of a book in a series when the book is not the first in the series. If you have no prior knowledge of the series or author, it’s a bigger gamble than usual. This was ...

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your-name-mitsuha

Your Name: I feel like I’ve been in a strange dream

Arriving at last, after months of hype and acclaim from Japan and its screenings at various film festivals, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name has finally reached the UK. This gender swap teenage drama has been universally lauded, with Shinkai being heralded as the new Hayao Miyazaki. The director himself has been ...

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Allied: Being good at this kind of work is not very beautiful

It might simply been that I was spoiled by Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but why are there no good period spy dramas anymore? Last year’s wildly overpraised Bridge of Spies saw Spielberg provide an uncharacteristically humdrum affair. I’ll be surprised if anyone remembers that film in a few ...

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Is it possible to find that spark again – that special something that made a series brilliant the first time around? Networks and services like Netflix, Hulu, Dave, Yahoo, etc certainly think so, pouring money into nostalgia projects like Gilmore Girls and Full House, but can these endeavours ever really ...

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Binge Watching: Avatar – The Last Airbender

My exposure to anime has been very limited up to now, something I am trying to correct. Back in high school, I had my first taste for it when my Year 9 teacher showed us Neon Genesis Evangelion. To this day I wonder how she managed to get that one ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: The Man Who Fell to Earth

This hasn’t been a good year for me. Two of my idols have died (Prince and Bowie). If there can be a silver lining to the death of an admired genius, it’s that Bowie’s films are being remastered, The Man Who Fell to Earth among them (and at 4K, no ...

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Barriers to women in SFF publishing: Live at Nine Worlds

It seems fitting that Breaking the Glass Slipper would make its live debut at Nine Worlds Geekfest in London, a convention that prides itself on diversity, panel parity, and accessibility. As such, we were there flying the flag for women in genre fiction, recording our panel on ‘barriers to women ...

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Binge watching: Misfits

There are very few shows I watch on a weekly basis. Other than Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, those that keep me glued to the TV when a show is first released are those that have become ‘events’, like Game of Thrones. I mean, god help anyone who goes ...

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