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  • DVD Review - District 13
    on Sep 26, 2009 in DVD
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that the plot of District 13 (original French title Banlieue 13) is a little more interesting than the average martial arts action flick. Not that its Seven Samurai or anything of that calibre, but nevertheless ther...
  • DVD Review - Animalympics
    on Sep 23, 2009 in Animalympics DVD
    Like most people who at all rate this film, I've loved Animalympics since my childhood. It has become something of a mythical film for me because I've never found it on DVD. At least, until 2007: that year it was released in Germany (where it is call...
  • Book Review - The Saga of the Renunciates
    on May 5, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    A number of Marion Zimmer Bradley's books have been bound up into omnibus editions, one of which has been entitled The Saga of the Renunciates, consisting of three books written from 1976 up until 1984. It builds upon the rather more snappily named S...
  • Book Review - The Left Hand of Darkness
    on Apr 21, 2009 in Ursula Le Guin Book
    I picked up this book while looking through the university library a few years ago for some Fritz Leiber, and it proved well worth the read. The story is atmospheric and magnificently written, providing a discussion of sexuality and gender along with...
  • Book Review - Shapechangers
    on Apr 10, 2009 in Jennifer Roberson Book
    Roberson’s style is rather hackneyed, with the grammatical torture that can occur in fantasy when an author is trying too hard to make her characters sound authentic. The dialogue is therefore awkward in parts, and the attempts at developing an arc...
  • Book Review - Heirs of Hammerfell
    on Mar 25, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    This volume has the slightly predictable premise of noble twins separated shortly after birth, who then rediscover each other years later and find themselves vying for the same inheritance. The lack of remorse for the dead is also unconvincing at tim...
  • Book Review - Two to Conquer
    on Mar 15, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    This book makes for uncomfortable reading at first, because the main character is an unrepentant rapist. Worse still, he has the ability to force women to yield their bodies to him while mentally aware of the act, leading to extremely unpleasant desc...
  • Book Review - Hawkmistress
    on Mar 5, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    My mother has owned Marion Zimmer Bradley books for decades, and I previously read The Mists of Avalon during my English Lit undergraduate course in Arthurian Lit (I was thrilled to see a fantasy novel on the reading list!), but only got round to fin...
  • Book Review - Stormqueen!
    on Mar 3, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    To go from Darkover Landfall to Stormqueen! is a bit of a jump-cut, missing out a great deal of history – then again, I haven’t read the short story collections of either MZB or those she edited to fill in gaps, so perhaps this occurs later on. S...
  • Book Review - Darkover Landfall
    on Mar 1, 2009 in Marion Zimmer Bradley Book
    Though written a decade after Marion Zimmer Bradley’s first Darkover novel, Darkover Landfall is – as the title suggests – the earliest in the chronology. This book lays out the basis for what is to come, and like Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series...
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