discovers Mark, is a comic-book film that gives us a different sort of
superhero, the Norse god banished from Asgard and exiled to Earth and
struggling to retrieve/earn his hammer of power. If I were to picture
the gods in Asgard, what we see of them in this film is not what they
would look like in my mind. Some veteran actors like Anthony Hopkins
seem overqualified to play opposite Chris Hemsworth in the title role.
has been raised and trained by her father to be a perfect assassin,
preparing for the battle he will have with his former employer, the
CIA. Director Joe Wright takes a somewhat simple story and makes it
complex in the editing and camera work. The action, says Mark, is
strong and well
filmed, but there really is not much in new ideas or ideas at all.
Complex puzzle pieces fit together to make an overly simple and
familiar picture. It only seems complex because Wright does not play
fairly with the viewer.
was directed to look at a website recently that had some digital
mock-ups made of particular space vehicles from various SF TV and films
as tourist attractions. Not real. Well, except maybe the Spindrift from
'Land Of The Giants' which the story of it being taken from the studio
lot prior to it being destroyed has an element of realism about it.
very short story about absolute super-duper-injunctions, although don't
ask how Uncle Geoff got all the people of the world into prison.
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Reviews of fantasy, science fiction and horror books, comics, magazines, DVDs and any other sci-fi genre gear we've laid our grubby hands on this month.
1 DVD: pub: Image Entertainment ID6599WEDVD. 85 minute colour film.
Price: about GBP 5.00 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Robert
Lansing, James Congdon, Lee Meriwether and Robert Strauss
pub: Prometheus Books. 363 page illustrated indexed hardback. Price: $28.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-61614-212-4).
pub: TOR/Forge. 347 page hardback. Price: $25.99 (US), $29.99 (CAN). ISBN: 0-978-7653-2176-3).
Vampire Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King.
pub: Titan/Vertigo. 192 page graphic novel hardback. Price: GBP 18.99
(UK). ISBN: 978-1-85768-031-0).
pub: TOR/Forge. 302 page hardback. Price: $24.99 (US), $28.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2153-4).
The Bullet (a Jaz Parks novel book 3) by Jennifer Rardin. pub: Orbit.
314 page paperback. Price: GBP 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-640-5).
Brightest Day Volume Two by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe
Prado. pub: DC Comics. 240 page graphic novel hardback. Price: $29.99 (US), $34.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-3083-2274-8).
Of Ghosts (The Adventures Of Chess Putnam book 3) by Stacia Kane. pub:
Del Rey/Ballantine Books. 408 page paperback. Price: $ 7.99 (US), $
9.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-345-51559-9).
2: The Official Soundtrack by Borisav Slavov, Tilman Sillescu, Lorne
Balfe and Hans Zimmer. pub: La-La Land Records LLLCD-1171. 2 CDs
(49.04mins and 48.20mins). Price: $15.98 (US))
Deadman: Deadman Walking by Bruce Jones and John
Watkiss. pub: DC Comics. 126 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $ 9.99 (US), $11.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-1236-0).
Big Finish. 2 CDs 120 minute anthology. Price: CD: GBP 12.99 (UK),
Download: GBP 10.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-548-8) cast: William
Russell, David Troughton, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Peter Davison,
Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and India Fisher
pub: TOR. 352 page hardback. Price: $25.99 (US), $29.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2664-5).
pub: Paper Golem. 175 page
enlarged paperback. Price: $14.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-9795349-5-9).
Flashpoint # 1 of 5 mini-series. pub: DC Comics. 34 page editorial content comic. Price: $ 3.99 (US).
Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert.
pub: DC Comics. 192 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US),
$16.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-3086-9).
pub: Macmillan Audio. 7 CDs 9 hours. Price: $39.99 (US). ISBN: 978-1-4272-1008-1) narrator: Holter Graham
(The Hellhole Trilogy book 1) audio book by Brian Herbert & Kevin J
Anderson. pub: Macmillan Audio. 19 hours 15 CDs. Price: $49.99 (US).
To Live Forever And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses Of Science by Alok
Jha. pub: Quercus. 223 page illustrated indexed hardback. Price: GBP
9.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84916-482-5).
Man 2: 2-Disc Special Edition. Region 2 DVD: pub: Paramount/Marvel
PHE1347. 2 DVDs 119 minute film with extras. Price: about GBP 9.00 (UK)
if you know where to look)) stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow,
Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel
Ian Redman, 19 Bedford Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5UG, UK. 52 A5
magazine. ISSN: 1740-2069. Price: GBP 2.75 plus postage (UK). GBP 4.99
PDF GBP 10.00 for 4 issues (requires 1.5mb in mailbox).
audio in instalments also available on subscription from itunes at GBP
1.29 for a 35 minute episode) stars: Julian Wadham, Jenny Agutter,
Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann
pub: House of Murky Depths. 84 page comic size magazine. Price: GBP 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-906584-10-8).
A Well Woman written and performed by Katy Manning. pub: Big Finish. 1
CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: GBP 9.99 (UK), Download: GBP 7.99 (UK).
ISBN: 978-1-84435-552-5) cast: Katy Manning
pub: Hodder & Stoughton. 385 page small hardback. Price: GBP 16.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-340-96307-4).
Justice by Alex Ross and Chip Kidd. pub: Titan Books. 256 page
hardback. Price: about GBP 11.00 (UK) if you know where to look. ISBN:
1 DVD: Shout Factory SF 11978. 2 DVDs 3 black and white films with
extras. Price: about GBP 12.00 (UK) if you know where to look.
Six: The Reptile Brain by Gail Simone, Paul Cornell, J. Calafiore and
Pete Woods. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price:
$14.99 (US), $16.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-3166-8).
pub: Quercus Publishing Plc. 397 page small enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84916-324-8).
Marvel Studios. 226 page squarish hardback in box cover. Price: varies,
I pulled my copy last year and got it reasonably cheap. Normal price:
$49.99 (US). I pulled my copy last year for under GBP 26 (UK). It is
still possible so look around. ISBN: 978-0-7851-4320-8).
Bitter Seed Of Magic: Spellcrackers.com book 3 by Suzanne McLeod. pub:
Gollancz. 403 page small enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 12.99 (UK).
pub: Bloomsbury. 271 page enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 12.99. ISBN: 978-1-4088-0234-2).
pub: Prometheus Books. 262 page hardback. Price: $25.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-61614-235-3).
Merchant Princes 1: The Family Trade by Charles Stross. pub: TOR. 320
pages paperback. Price: GBP 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-033045-193-2).
pub: Orb/TOR/Forge. 256 page small enlarged paperback. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2432-0).
Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who Continuity Volume Two
by Jon Preddle. pub: Telos. 701 page enlarged paperback. Price: GBP
15.99 (UK), $29.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-84583-005-2).
Basic Books/Perseus Books Group. 222 page indexed small hardback.
Price: $26.99 (US), $31.50 (CAN), GBP 18.99 (UK). ISBN:
pub: Gollancz. 336 page enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-575-09508-3).
Want a different version of a book we've reviewed? Here's a couple of them.
2 DVD: pub: 20th Century Fox 3860211000. 1 DVD 102 minute film with
extras. Price: about GBP 4.00 (UK) if you know where to look) stars:
Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston and Taylor Kitsch
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Splott's the big idea? Welsh superheroes reveal all at London Comic Con.
Renovation - Masquerade hosts and judges announced.
Quitely does it… More comics talent signs up for London Comic Con.
Finalists for the 2011 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards.
Eco Comics plants an environmentally-friendly comic book evolution.
Jeff Smith is 2011 Cornerstone Award Winner.
The David Gemmell Fantasy Awards 2011.
Iain M Banks, Leicester, Friday 3rd June.
ChiZine Authors and Staff Nominated for Several 2011 Aurora Awards.
Neuromancer movie announced.
2011 Mythopoeic Award Finalists.
Brandon Sanderson signing at Forbidden Planet, London Saturday 4th June 1-2pm.
FantasyCon 2011 announces Joe Abercrombie as Guest of Honour.
Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates.
Grant Morrison at forbidden planet, London Wednesday 6th July 6-7pm.
Orbit Acquires author Trudi Canavan's new trilogy.
Pax Britannia: Anno Frankenstein.
Judge Dredd to Lay Down Law at MCM Expo.
The 2010 British Science Fiction Awards.
Move over, Conan - Sláine's coming to the US.
Renovation Announces 2011 Hugo Award Nominees.
Renovation welcomes the Klingon Language Institute.
Apex Magazine #24.
2000 AD and Free Comic Book Day.
Stratthaus at Ueberreuter has acquired German rights in ANGELGLASS by
David Barnett from Barbara Schrettle of Thomas Schlueck GmbH,
representing the John Jarrold Literary agency.
Another trailer for the new X-Men: First Class flick - this time, the CIA get a demonstration of the mutant's power.
first trailer for that new scifi movie with Hugh Jackman is out - and
it looks like a cross between Rocky and A.I with a few visuals thrown
in from 2000AD's ABC Warriors for good measure.
By Cromm's furry underpants, is that the new Conan trailer we spy? I believe it is.
The latest trailer for the new Green Lantern film sheds some light on the various walk-on characters we have come to know and love from the comic books series.
Now that the Shat-man is all over certain US TV series, that is to
say, still acting, I know you have all been worrying about the fate of
actor Leonard Nimoy, aka Mister Spock from the classic Trek.
Primeval is heading back to the TV screens for its 5th season. Who
would have thought it? I predict lots of running around and a savage
dinosaur attack on a submarine.
There's a new USA-ified series of Torchwood coming out soon, and here's the big new trailer.
The City of Heroes game is now giving you the options to play in a
19th century steampunk setting. Ah, the old steam-powered jetpack ploy.
How to win a girl when you're a mutant? Be super smart. Work for the
CIA. Show off. Easy. Now, if only I was a mutant. Yes, it's a new clip
for the X-men First Class movie.
Didn't you always know that IT girls were vampires? Well, here comes the movie to prove it.
What do you get when Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson get together
to work on a major comic-book property like Herge's Tintin? Well,
here's the first tickler trailer for the boy with the quiff that just
won't be put down.
There's a new trailer for the science fiction film Iron Sky, and the
Nazis who fled to the dark side of the moon are coming back to Earth
for peace… a little piece of Poland, a little piece of America
(apologies to Mel Brooks).
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