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A Shout-Out For The Good Guys

When nastiness dominates online conversations about books it is time to appreciate the well-behaved authors.
24th October 2014

Critique Circle: Shaping Fabulous Stories

The appeal of a certain writing critique website. Or, why I have neglected this blog.
4th September 2014

Personalised Book Recommendations

Answer seven questions and find a book to match your personal tastes.

Test yourself with these quizzes and crosswords

Alien Quiz
Discover how well you know aliens in movies and literature.

This moderately hard quiz features all kinds of cute, sinister and strange droids.

Fantasy Novels of the '00s
Are you an expert on noughties fantasy literature?

Or try this month's featured quiz.

Short Story : Pulpulous

A novelist is faced with poverty and ruin when her work becomes obsolete. How will she fight the vast corporate machine and get back on top?
By Ros Jackson.


Fans of random silliness will enjoy the generators in the fiction section. These include generators for fantasy quests, prophecies, science fiction plots, MacGuffins, and characters.

10 great movies for children

Star Wars: A New Hope directed by George Lucas (U)

Time Bandits directed by Terry Gilliam (PG)

Coraline directed by Henry Selick (PG)

Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot (PG)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets directed by Chris Columbus (PG)

Mirrormask directed by Dave McKean (PG)

A Knight's Tale directed by Brian Helgeland (PG)

Planet 51 directed by Jorge Blanco (U)

The Golden Compass directed by Chris Weitz (PG)

Stargate directed by Roland Emmerich (PG)

Recently reviewed older releases

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Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
5 star rating
Sookie is in the middle of investigating a murder when she is sent to Dallas to help a group of vampires find one of their own. The second novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Released in 2002.

29th October 2014

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The Dirty Streets Of Heaven by Tad Williams
4 star rating
An angel gets on the case of a missing soul. The first in the Bobby Dollar series.
Released in 2012.

3rd October 2014

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Castle Waiting: Volume 1 by Linda Medley
4 star rating
A fairytale castle opens its doors to refugees, misfits, and eccentrics. They all have stories to tell. A graphic novel.
Released in 2012.

12th August 2014

Warpcore SF is all about sci-fi and fantasy. Read short fiction, discover films, books, and graphic novels, try a plot generator, or test your genre knowledge with a quiz.

Book Reviews

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War Cry by Jim Butcher and Carlos Gomez

3 star rating
Harry Dresden leads a group of rookies on a top secret mission. A graphic novel in The Dresden Files series.

26th October 2014

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The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

4 star rating
If humanity suffered an apocalypse, what would it take to rebuild civilisation from its ashes?

4th July 2014

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Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

5 star rating
New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.

2nd June 2014

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

5 star rating
We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by the actions of mankind. This book tells the story so far, and examines how we are changing the biosphere.

12th May 2014

Film Reviews

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 directed by Francis Lawrence

5 star rating
Katniss must choose between sparking a rebellion against the repressive Capitol, or laying low in an attempt to protect those she loves who the Capitol still holds hostage. The third film in The Hunger Games.

7th December 2014

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