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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

Book Review: Ghosts Know by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(September 05, 2013)
Ramsey Campbell has fashioned a name for himself among fans of horror fiction, opening up shop as the go to spot for unsettlingly frightening prose. His novel The Last Voice They Hear was so unsettling that it prompted me to turn all of the lights in the h

Book Review: The World of the End by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(August 27, 2013)
Have you ever consumed media which was of obvious quality or value, but which simply did not land in your wheelhouse? Such was my affliction with The World of the End, a novel first arriving on the scene in 2004, but which has only been released in English

Book Review: Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Kimberly McCall, Contibuting Writer
(August 02, 2013)
I am always excited to flip through a behind the scenes book on the creative process of a movie. Make that a book about the new Superman movie and my attention is doubled. I dove into Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace w

Book Review: The Goliath Stone by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 20, 2013)
hen I was a young boy there was a dangerously wondrous unknown. It was a phenomenon whose properties weren't completely understood, and thus its potential was exaggerated in a number of conflicting ways. I'm referring of course to radiation, with its amazi

Book Review: Requiem by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(July 08, 2013)
Reading a book functions similarly to a trip to the amusement park. Some works of literature are like The Graviton, following one narrator and providing a consistent voice no matter which seat is selected. Since each spot offers the same level of adventure

Book Review: Wisp of a Thing by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 28, 2013)
Without exaggeration Wisp of a Thing is sort of novel that will keep readers up late into the evening, ravenously continuing well past the point of eye strain. Its perfectly proportioned chapters carry exactly the right measure of mystery to keep readers i

Doctor Sleep Trailer by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(June 23, 2013)
Who would ever thought that Stephen King would return to The Shining? Well to wet our appetites further, the publisher of Doctor Sleep, Scribner, has put together a quick trailer for the book.

Book Review: Antiagon Fire by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(June 15, 2013)
What sort of adversary can be pitted against a man capable of freezing solid entire armies and whole royal parties alike? Imagers of the world of Terahnar are immensely gifted individuals; rare people who can conjure into being nearly any object they can c

Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Book Trailer by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 29, 2013)
Star Wars.com has released an official trailer for J.W. Rinzler’s upcoming ''The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'. Check out the trailer and the insider photos from the 1983 epic. This is third book to chronicle the making of the original Star W

Book Review: The Art of Epic by Kimberly McCall, Contributing Writer
(May 25, 2013)
I more or less brushed off the trailer to “Epic” with a shrug. To me, it seemed just another digitally animated crowd pleaser with an all-over voice cast. However, the film’s production art book, The Art of Epic from the artists at Blue Skies Studios

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters Official Companion by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 06, 2013)
With the release of any summer blockbuster there are always incredible tie-ins. That can be anything from action figures, to soundtracks, to official film companions. Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is no exception. Insight Editions will release Pacific

Return of the Jedi Making of Book Pics by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(May 02, 2013)
Entertainment Weekly has posted 5 pictures from J.W. Rinzler’s upcoming ''The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,'. Check out these exclusive insider shots from the 1983 saga closer. This is third book to chronicle the making of the original Star Wa

Book Review: Without a Summer by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 27, 2013)
"Don't judge a book but it's cover" is an oft intoned maxim which we're all equipped with. We use it with great frequency as both a teaching too and as a stern warning about being judgmental. So imagine my inner turmoil when Without a Summer arrived in the

Book Review: Virus Thirteen by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 18, 2013)
It's the future. All children are, by law, engineered to be cancer proof. Fast food restaurants serve only healthy fare; being obese is punishable by a compulsory trip to fat camps; and the average life expectancy has skyrocketed.

Book Review: Shattered Pillars by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(April 01, 2013)
From time to time, the fantasy genre can grow stale. Like a rock gathering moss, forward moment is required to shake off that taste of similarity it can acquire. Sword and sorcery needs an infusion of spice occasionally, to cleanse the pallet. Elizabeth Be

Book Review: The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 25, 2013)
For dedicated comic book fans a memorable cover can take you back to the time when you read the story for the first time—and maybe even to the time you bought that particular issue. I can recall the first time I ‘discovered’ Conan the Barbarian when

From the Vault: Classic Monster Magazines Part 2! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(March 24, 2013)
This week in From the Vault we begin a look at the great monster magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. If you grew up in the era of the late 1950s to the early 1980s chances are you COULD be a “Monster Kid”. So what’s a Monster Kid? Well if I can stea

Book Review: Fringe: Septembers Notebook by Michael Henley, Critic
(March 18, 2013)
You know a genre TV show has made its mark on the pop culture consciousness when fans are rewarded with a reference book. In that case, Fringe fans, welcome to the big time. Fringe: September’s Notebook is a definitive resource and guide to the world of

Book Review: Homeland by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(March 16, 2013)
Disappointing is the novel whose critical messages are undone by the weakness of its narrative. Doubly disappointing when the work contains a number of critical messages, which are of paramount relevance to the world today. Envision a situation where Slaug

Firebrand Book Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(February 24, 2013)
Juxtaposition is an finely honed, double edge sword for fantasy and science fiction writers. If it's poorly realized it can produce a jarring, inconsistent read that distracts more than it entertains. Author Gillian Philip shows a natural aptitude for blen

ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR Hardcover Announced by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(February 21, 2013)


Tuesday Terrors: House at the End of the Street by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(February 06, 2013)
Welcome back to Tuesday Terrors! This week we’ve got casting news for Dexter Season 8, American Horror Story Season 3, and a ton of other news. We’ve also got reviews of two films and two books!