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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

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

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

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

Book Review: Imagers Battalion by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 22, 2013)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. His name alone makes the promise of engaging adventure, be it of the high fantasy or science fiction variety. As fans following the Imager Portfolio series will readily attest, Modesitt's expert world building is dense, thorough, deep,

Book Review: FARSEED by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(January 10, 2013)
The young adult genre has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently. Film adaptations of hot properties like the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight series have all made money hand over fist at the box office.

Book Review: Dead Religion by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(December 28, 2012)
Horror novels have a narrow path on which to tread. What works and is popular on screen does not necessarily translate directly to the page. A number of would-be horror novelists have died on the machete of literal transcription. Watching teenagers be torn

The INEXPLICABLES Book Review by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(November 12, 2012)
Steampunk is a fascinating genre. A bold amalgamation of elements past, present, and fantastical; it becomes the skeletal framework around which any manner of stories can be crafted. Many authors have dipped their toes into the welcoming waters of the genr

Batmobile A Complete History and The Dark Night Manual Book Review by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 07, 2012)
With the release of The Dark Night Rises there have been the usual swarm of media tie-in items and today we’re going to look at two new and beautiful hardcover books from Insight Editions that any Batmaniac with want to add to their library.

Book Buzz: Extra Creepy Halloween Edition by Tim Janson, Critic
(October 30, 2011)
The Book Buzz returns this week with our annual (as of this year) Halloween special with a look at some of the hottest upcoming horror novels as well as SEVEN reviews of horror-themed books. No matter what your horror tastes, I think you’ll find somethi

Nintendo Magic: Winning the Videogame Wars by Thomas Zoth
(April 19, 2011)
With the launch of the 3DS, do Osamu Inoue's insights into the secretive Nintendo still have a magic touch?

Rocket Girls by John Rose
(December 23, 2010)
Yukari was prepared to go to the far corners of the world to find her wayward father. Turns out here journey will take her beyond any corners the Earth has to offer.

POP Wonderland Series: Cinderella Picture Book by Sakura Eries
(December 21, 2010)
The classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen!

Vampire Hunter D Vol. 12: Pale Fallen Angel - Parts 3 & 4 by Kate O'Neil
(July 13, 2010)
The bloody struggle against Lord Vlad has commenced, but in this family feud battles are hard fought and victories scarce.

a Wind Named Amnesia/Invader Summer Novel by Matthew Warner
(May 11, 2010)
Two fantastic novels whose mysterious worlds are bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.

THE CULTURE CORNER Review by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(March 24, 2010)
"...like looking at baby pictures of Mad Magazine and Rat Fink" - Grade: A

PORTABLE GRINDHOUSE Review by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(December 23, 2009)
"It took me back to the glory days of childhood, when the VCR was the pinnacle of technological achievement" - Grade: A+

Keep Watching the Skies Book Review by Tim Janson, Critic
(December 20, 2009)
The 1950s was the golden age for Sci-Fi films. It’s the era that gave us a multitude of giant monsters, alien invasions, and treks into outer space. From the cerebral The Day the Earth Stood Still, to the sublime The Thing from Another World, to the do

THE GREAT ANTI-WAR CARTOONS Review by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(December 16, 2009)
"A cry for peace expressed through art" - Grade: A

23.5 Degrees Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown by Stella Maris, Contributor
(September 19, 2009)
We thought it might be fun to have a quick look at some of the more obscure background references in Brown's plot in advance, just to get the ball rolling.