SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Thinking Engine | A Review

I’m a Sherlock Holmes fan. I read the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories growing up and was a big fan of the films of the 40s and 50s starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson. In fact, when I re-read the original stories it’s their faces I imagine. There are so many Holmes stories now being told in the movies and television, it is nice to go back now and

“GRIMM: The Chopping Block” Book Review

GRIMM: The Chopping Block isn't exactly a normal book, at least not one I've ever read. It's almost just like a fan fiction, only this guy found out how to make money off of it. You've probably already figured that this book is set in the universe already created by the TV show Grimm which airs on NBC. The author even gives us a quick note at the beginning of the book telling us exactly were

“Alien – Out Of The Shadows” Book Review

There are two ways of viewing the universe.  One is from afar, peering through a telescope and seeing all the beauty and wonder of the celestial bodies swirling around each other.  Starry nights that inspire countless poems throughout time.  The other is when you get out there and leave the confines of this planet.  See up close how fragile the human body can be and worry about every little thing that could go wrong; from

Turbulence by Samit Basu

The thing with superhero books is that they always seem to take place in the American metropolis. A basic name-change for New York City or whatnot. The genre's been in serious need of a change in scenery, city-- something. Samit Basu goes to another level and takes us to modern India in his new book Turbulence. Turbulence begins in the viewpoint of Aman Sen, a young man who wants his life to go someplace but lacks the

Peter Cushing: A Life in Film

 If anything I have learned over the past week, it is that Peter Cushing is one of the greatest underrated actors of the 20th century. Now, of course, comes the expected question: who is Peter Cushing? Perhaps you know the characters he portrayed: Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (you know-- the bad dude who dies at the end) or the Doctor that nobody remembers. Since his death in 1994, poor Cushing has faded into obscurity.

“Plague Nation” Blog Tour – Author Q&A

It's ZOMBIE time again! I got the chance to ask Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town and the sequel, Plague Nation, a few questions about her writing process, her own "zombocalypse" plan, and even got a hint about the third book of the series, Plague World, which she's currently writing. If you haven't had a chance to check out my review of Plague Nation, you really should! And then you should definitely read the book, because it's pretty fan-freakin-tastic. (And no, they're

Above Suspicion and Pray for a Brave Heart

The moment I received  Above Suspicion and Pray For a Brave Heart, two espionage novels by Helen MacInnes re-released by Titan Books last year, I had a considerable number of doubts. Spy books are not my niche in the first place, and especially not terrible ones. My gut told me with dismay that this book had the makings of an unremarkable one: probably revolving around a James Bond knock-of, with just enough action to prevent the

Dead Space: Liberation & Salvage, A Review

On February 5th, Titan Books released Dead Space: Liberation, a prequel graphic novel which ties in to the current game in the series (Dead Space 3) They also re-released Salvage, Christopher Shy's first Dead Space comic, set between the original Dead Space and Dead Space: Aftermath. I must confess, I'm in love with Dead Space. I have been entrenched in this sci-fi horror universe, even before the games came out. There was a online prequel game

Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo review

Titan Books invites you on a thrilling trip back to the Golden Age of science fiction with their new collection, "Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo." For those of you unfamiliar with Flash Gordon beyond hearing the Queen song, a brief history is in order.   With science fiction becoming increasingly popular in the 20s and 30s, King Feature Syndicates hired illustrator Alex Raymond and writer Don Moore to create a weekly comic strip to compete

Book Review: Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion by Mark Salisbury

Visual companions are often released to plug a movie.  They tend to be put together quickly with a bunch of quick screen-grabs and maybe some design sketches they had lying around.  You can usually tell they're put together to stir up interest in a movie and squeeze a little more cash out of the film's hype. However, this one is a step up from most. Instead of the usual thin commentary, this one goes in-depth into various