Saturday, 24 August 2013

VHS ATE MY BRAIN - TEASER TRAILER!

The teaser trailer for my 7th book is here! VHS ATE MY BRAIN will be available in Limited Edition paperback, standard paperback and ebook soon!

Monday, 19 August 2013

SIRENIA - "Seven Widows Deep" music video

Loving the sound the band has on this track. The video is excellent aside from some dodgy costumes. Really looking forward to picking this album up. That is, if anyone actually gets it in before I give up and buy it from Amazon.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Review: COSMIC ENGINEERS by CLIFFORD D. SIMAK

This had been on my shelf for a while and the time felt right to give it a try. I'm really glad I did, too. I've enjoyed Simak's work for years now, and this 159 page novel was a fantastic read, packing so many thrilling ideas into the mix that it feels far more epic than its scant length could possibly allow.

Yes, it's pulpy and has an absolutely frenetic pace, but I lapped up every page. Considering its origins lie in a serialised version that emerged in 1939 via Astounding Science Fiction, the ideas and execution remain fresh and wholly addictive. It has its moments of silliness and some hokey dialogue, but I enjoyed it massively.

A woman is awoken from a thousand years of suspended animation by some unsuspecting guys working in space in the far future, and together they must team up with the mysterious Engineers of the book's title in order to save this universe when another is about to collide with it.

Intent on the destruction of everything are the insanely violent Hellhounds, a race of war-obsessed beasts desperate to utilise the universal collision for their own ends, and they must be dealt with too.

The sheer scope of some of the ideas on display throughout Cosmic Engineers had me zipping through its pages in a flurry of relentless entertainment, and while it will certainly not be to the taste of some modern era fans, the book absolutely thrilled me from start to finish. One of Simak's best? Possibly not, but still a wonderful read for the classic science fiction fan.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

DOCTOR WHO: PETER CAPALDI IS THE 12TH DOCTOR

The BBC have announced via a live special that Peter Capaldi, star of The Thick Of It and numerous other high quality shows (as well as a lifelong DW fan) is to take over from Matt Smith as the 12th Doctor at the climax to this year's Christmas special!

This is absolutely wonderful news. It's time for a more mature Doctor, a new direction and some new adventures. Matt Smith has done a wonderful job in the role since taking over from David Tennant, but the time is right for a regeneration, and Peter Capaldi is the PERFECT choice for the new Doctor.

Peter has some serious acting chops and is able to run the gamut of drama, comedy, rage and sensitivity. Yes, he's been in Doctor Who before, but that never stopped Colin Baker or Freema Agyeman from getting starring roles, did it?

And it's wonderful that the 12th Doctor is being played by a more mature, very sophisticated actor who will hopefully echo the earliest Doctors, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

The internet is already awash with opinions on his casting, and thus I'll add my on: Peter Capaldi is a brilliant actor and will be a brilliant Doctor. Hold back your fears. This is going to be incredible.