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Book Review: Unwrapped Sky by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 07, 2014)
With merely a surface glance, readers might be inclined to peg Unwrapped Sky, the debut novel from Rjurik Davidson, as yet more fantasy in line with what's come before. And yet Tor clearly noticed the layered depth hidden just beyond the the surface. Unwra

Book Review: Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(April 03, 2014)


Book Review: The Revolutions by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 26, 2014)
The Revolutions by Felix Gilman (Thunderer, Gears of the City, The Half-Made World) has a startlingly complex premise, quite reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, but can it stick the metaphysical landing of that much mental promise?

Book Review: The Burning Dark by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 20, 2014)


Godzilla: The Art of Destruction Coming Soon! by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 17, 2014)


Book Review: Keyhole Cuties: The Pin-up Art of Celeste Giuliano by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 17, 2014)


Book Review: The Winner's Curse by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 08, 2014)
The Winner's Curse is a fantasy romance novel. And with that, the collective groan of my readership causes seismic shifts powerful enough to enact Lex Luthor's plan from Superman: The Movie (hope you dig living in Otisville). Let's start over and be more s

Book Review: Tin Star by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 07, 2014)


Book Review: RedDevil 4 by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 23, 2014)
As a child, my first instance of reading William Gibson's Neuromancer brought with it feelings of imaginative wonder- the technology portrayed lived just beyond reality, but at a locale so close that there could be optimism that we'd one day have a "Matrix

Book Review: Rex Regis by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 10, 2014)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. absolutely has to be one of the hardest working people in the book business. Over the past year or so, I've covered no less than three other releases from him (Imager's Battalion, Antiagon Fire, and The One-Eyed Man), two of which come f

Book Review: He Drank, And Saw The Spider by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(January 30, 2014)


Book Review: The Five by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(January 23, 2014)


Book Review: Peanuts EverySunday 1952 - 1955 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 21, 2014)
When I was a kid my mom used to drag me out shopping on Saturdays. Thoroughly boring but the highlight was she would always let me buy a new book and it was usually one of those paperback Charlie Brown collections. I would read them over and over again.

Book Review: The EC Artists (The Comics Journal Library Volume 8) by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 20, 2014)
EC comics has been out of business for over 50 years yet over a half century later its influence is still being felt throughout the comic book industry and throughout pop culture. In an era where most comic book art was often an afterthought to churning o

Book Review: Allegiance by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(January 08, 2014)


Book Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(January 07, 2014)
I tend to think that a lot of the books covering the art and design of film are unnecessary and for films that don’t truly warrant a book produced for them. Not so however when it comes to the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit films which are so rich and vast

Book Review: Fiddlehead by Chuck Francisco , Columnist
(December 13, 2013)
Steampunk has an inconsistent reputation amongst the general populace. You may quite fairly point out that many a lesser author have wrapped an otherwise dreadful book in the cloak of clockwork machinations, hoping to capitalize on a burgeoning fad. It's h

Book Review: Bloodstone by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 24, 2013)
Warrior brothers Conal and Seth return for this second entry in Gillian Philip's Rebel Angel series. Having been banished by their Queen, Kate NicNiven, at the close of Firebrand, the two find themselves still questing for the elusive bloodstone centuries

Book Review: Copperhead by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 16, 2013)
Copperhead lives in a Victorian inspired era which dips one toe heartily into the realm of fantasy. Contained within dwell Fey- who previously traded a form of magical electricity to the humans, but then waged and lost a brutal Great War against them- and

Book Review: The One-Eyed Man by Chuck Francisco , Columnist and Critic
(November 05, 2013)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a hard working author, delivering book after book in righteous succession. With The One-Eye Man he takes a brief interlude from his currently running Imager Portfolio series (the previous two books reviewed HERE and HERE),

Book Review: Inside MAD by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(November 04, 2013)
When I was a kid my brother, who was seven years older, had a box full of dozens MAD Magazines from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s and I must read each one dozens of times. In fact, I had already been reading MAD Magazine for quite some time before

Book Review: Alternative Movie Posters by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 31, 2013)
The market for alternative movie posters has transformed into a booming industry, flush with monumental bouts of creativity and encircled by clouds of fluffy admiration. And so the task before author/poster curator Matthew Chojnacki is simultaneously jealo

Star Wars: Frames - Book Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 23, 2013)
We haven’t done a lot of book news lately here on Mania. With the Holiday Season almost upon us, I thought you Maniacs would like to check out the latest Star Wars book that has arrived. All the details are below as well as video clip on this amazing boo

Book Review: The Lost Prince by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 30, 2013)
Urban fantasy, a genre which commonly mixes magic into a contemporary cityscape, has been tremendously popular over the last decade. Best epitomized by Jim Butcher's rapid selling Dresden Files series, the genre is rife with talented up and coming authors.

2nd Mysterious JJ Abrams Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(September 10, 2013)
Remember the mysterious JJ Abrams trailer that had the internet buzzing a couple of weeks ago. Well they have finally released another trailer, with more details, and revealed what the project is. Check out the trailer below to see if it s a movie, a TV se