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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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My first introduction to The Man in the High Castle was not in printed format – I first watched the adaptation that Amazon produced. I was intrigued by the concept of an alternate reality where World War II culminates in the triumph of the Axis powers. The first season of the show was gripping and […]

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Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review

Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review 

How far would you go to protect your child? Would you destroy a community? Commit genocide? Kill another’s child? On the Swedish urban fantasy crime drama Jordskott, the answer to these questions is often yes. Jordskott could be described as The Killing meets Trollhunter. It begins when Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel), a troubled police detective, […]

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Over The Garden Wall – TV Series Review

Over The Garden Wall – TV Series Review 

“Leave if you wish, but remember: the beast haunts these woods, ever singing its mournful melody…” When I was young, I loved the fantasy section of the library. Not content with just the typical My Teacher Is A Werewolf! or Vampires in Space titles, I’d comb both the kids and adult sections alike for books […]

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Castlevania – TV Series Review

Castlevania – TV Series Review 

You know, when I first heard that Netflix was doing a four-episode animated Castlevania TV series, I have to admit, I wasn’t really all that interested. I mean, let’s face it, video game adaptations don’t exactly have a great reputation these days. And, even without having actually played the games, I could tell that a […]

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50 Years of Star Trek

50 Years of Star Trek 

Let me make this clear from the start; I wasn’t alive when the first episode of Star Trek was broadcast on the BBC. The last episode (discounting the ‘banned’ episodes – in the 70s the BBC was not as ‘enlightened’ as it is now… maybe) was aired 7 months before I was born. Now that’s […]

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Force Grey: Giant Hunters – YouTube Show Review

Force Grey: Giant Hunters – YouTube Show Review 

I haven’t played Dungeons & Dragons since my teenage years, and there are days when I miss it. Computer games took over, life got in the way; work, family, children and all the things that we think (and are) important just ate up my time. Luckily for me, I’ve got a group of friends who […]

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Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery

Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery 

I’ve just finished the fourth episode of the current season and I’m more engaged with both the show and the world of A Song of Ice and Fire than I have been since A Dance With Dragons was published in 2011. This renewed interest in Mr. Martin’s world is 100% attributable to the fact that […]

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Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King

Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King 

It’s Chinese New Year, and in honour of the Year of the Monkey, I’ve gathered some my favourite adaptations of the Monkey King stories. The Monkey King is one of the most famous characters in Chinese literature, from one of its classic novels, Journey to the West. Published in the 16th century during the Ming […]

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Painting With Grey: The Development and Popularity of “Gritty Fantasy”

Painting With Grey: The Development and Popularity of “Gritty Fantasy” 

In the last ten years, the fantasy community has seen an upsurge in the popularity of so-called “gritty fantasy”. However, this sub-genre of fantasy is evident even earlier than this. George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has been ongoing since the mid 90s. Glen Cook’s Black Company series arguably pioneered […]

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The Rise of Unlimited

The Rise of Unlimited 

It was the music industry first, wasn’t it? Napster (I had to drag that name from the deep recesses of my mind), Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and all the others that have since popped up and been successful, or just popped. Here was a chance for consumers, those of us that listen to music, to access […]

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Top Ten Fictional Pirates

Top Ten Fictional Pirates 

Avast, matey! Talk Like a Pirate Day be coming up, so pull up a barrel and help yerself to some grog as I be running through a list of my favourite fictional pirates! Pirates are characters that lend themselves to a fantasy setting really well. Even those pirate tales that couldn’t strictly be called fantasy […]

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When The Dust Settles

When The Dust Settles 

While attending this year’s Nine Worlds convention I went to a session titled “How To Win The 21st Century,” which talked about games as a dominant cultural medium. This and many other talks at the convention highlighted the growing power and popularity of entertainment forms that had previously been regulated to “things geeks did.” Now […]

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