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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.

23.5 Degrees: Racing Toward Armageddon by Michael Baigent by Stella Maris, Contributor
(August 29, 2009)
This is possibly one of the most difficult book reviews I've ever had to write, due to the overwhelming complexity and sensitivity of the subject matter. But whether you agree or not with the views expounded in Racing Towards Armageddon

23.5 Degrees: The Secrets of Masonic Washington by James Wasserman by Stella Maris, Columnist
(August 22, 2009)
The literary theme for 23.5 Degrees this summer has been based around books that tie in with the subject of Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol, due to be released on September 15th by Random House. Consequently, I've been happily immersing myself in boo

The Strain Book Review by Tim Janson, Columnist
(July 15, 2009)
Vampires have taken quite a beating in recent years. Writers like Ann Rice and Charlaine Harris and films like “Twilight” have taken this blood-sucking predator and turned him into a creature of seduction and sensuality.

Thumbelina: The Pop Wonderland Series by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(June 22, 2009)
"The perfect way to introduce a classic to a whole new generation" - Grade: A

Book of Lies Book Review by Kurt Anthony Krug, Critic
(June 12, 2009)
In The Book of Lies, New York Times bestselling novelist and comic book author Brad Meltzer connects Cain, history’s first murderer, to Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman, the world’s greatest hero.

Terminator Salvation Book Reviews by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 18, 2009)
What made DVD’s all the rage for any true film aficionado were the special features such as directors’ commentary, making of documentaries and tons of on set photographs. What got lost in all the technology and now stale prepackaged documentaries were

Three New WATCHMEN Collector Books by Tim Janson, Contributing Writer
(March 06, 2009)
With every blockbuster movie there is inevitably the crush of cross-merchandising items and Watchmen is no different. Titan Books has released three lustrous coffee-table style books that cover the film in every way possible. The film is sure to be one o