Tag: Review

John Carpenter’s Vampires: 5 easy upgrades

John Carpenter’s Vampires is a mess, but like other films in his later work, there’s a frustrating sense that things could have been better, with just a little rejigging. Not great, but a considerable improvement. A few zero-cost measures might have left a pleasant B-Movie flavour, as opposed to the aftertaste of failure. There are…




Valerian: some questions

Luc, Luc, be honest: this is a first draft, right? Because it feels an awful lot like that. Not that I’m complaining: there is something glorious, for anyone who’s sat through a screenwriting course, about a script with such utter disregard for the rule book. (You are aware there’s a book, right?) So how in…


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Forbidden Planet loves Kenstibec

It is a wonderful thing when people really get into your mad, dystopian, future Britain vision, and Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet has been a big Kenstibec fan since Barricade was published way back when. Here he gives a wonderful review to the third and final part, “Rig”, and the series as a whole. It made…




DS9: Sleazeball to the rescue

What a gift it is for an actor to possess truly corrupt features – shifty eyes, a built-in sneer, the jowls hanging heavy with bitter experience. A long career is far more attainable for the villain than it is for the pretty boy or the action hero. Harris Yulin is one so blessed, a go-to…




Four Stars for Rig!

Most Excellent Four Star Review for “Rig” (final book in the Kenstibec trilogy) from the Sun newspaper this week: “This series has a wry sense of humour but it’s only when you flip the final page you realise you’ve read a wake-up call to a species unknowingly orchestrating its own destruction. Disturbing, illuminating, and highly entertaining.” This…




Steeple: 4 stars and heaps of blogs

Steeple received a 4 stars review from The Sun in April, I’m thrilled to say. The review said: “The action is tense, the violence gruesome but compelling and the science fiction engaging. In other words, it’s every bit as good as its predecessor.” Boom! Meanwhile in March I put together a whole heap of articles for…




Steeple named in Forbidden Planet “Best of 2015”

Thrilled to say that Steeple has been named by Joe Gordon as one of his picks of 2015, over at the Forbidden Planet International blog. Steeple, part 2 in the Kenstibec series and sequel to Barricade, is listed there alongside some brilliant comics, Darren Anderson’s remarkable Imaginary Cities and novels like Station Eleven. Truly distinguished…




Mad Max, Interviews, reviews, Travelodges and Cons

Just time to post a quick update after a pleasantly busy October. First, I don’t think I posted a link to my Gollancz Blog review of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Read it here. Read my other movie reviews on thingaboutchickens here. Second, I was privileged in October to speak to Boo from Geek Syndicate – all…