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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

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.

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: Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters by Kimberly McCall, Contributing Writer
(July 11, 2013)
The larger than life trailer for Pacific Rim in no way set it apart from every other summer blockbuster showing off its digital wingspan. What is drawing me to this film is the name, Guillermo del Toro. That name, to me, means a filmmaker with extraordinar

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

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