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BOOK REVIEW – Ecko Burning by Danie Ware

By Marty Mulrooney

Ecko Burning

Ecko Burning by Danie Ware is a science fiction/fantasy epic published by Titan Books. A sequel to Ware’s debut novel Ecko Rising (which Alternative Magazine Online described in its glowing 2012 review as “staggeringly impressive in both its richness and detail”), readers once again join cybernetically enhanced future assassin Ecko as he tumbles further and further down the rabbit hole. With the grasslands diseased and the people growing restless as a dark evil begins to spread, Ecko must decide once and for all whether this fantasy world really is an alternative reality, or simply a virtual Rorschach that can only be escaped from by burning it all to the ground.

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BOOK REVIEW – Back In Time: The Unauthorised Back To The Future Chronology by Greg Mitchell and Rich Handley

By Marty Mulrooney

Back In Time The Unauthorised Back To The Future Chronology

Back In Time: The Unauthorised Back To The Future Chronology by Greg Mitchell and Rich Handley offers a detailed history of the Back to the Future mythos throughout the ages. A follow-up to A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back To The Future Lexicon (which Alternative Magazine Online positively reviewed earlier this year), this companion tome provides the complete history of Hill Valley’s complex timelines, ‘as presented in the films, cartoons, novels, comics, video games, card game and even McDonald’s Happy Meal boxes.’

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BOOK REVIEW – R.E.M. by Ryan Culucci and Zsombor Huska (Graphic Novel)

By Marty Mulrooney

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R.E.M. is a black-and-white graphic novel written by Ryan Culucci (Harbor Moon) and illustrated by Zsombor Huska. Successfully funded via Kickstarter in September 2013, R.E.M. tells the story of a brilliant but paranoid neuroscientist called Michael Letto. Obsessed with conquering the mysteries of sleep, Michael invents Soma: a chair that allows the user to get a full night’s sleep in only a matter of minutes. This incredible invention soon draws attention from both the military and a secretive religious order, but Michael has no intention of sharing his discovery with the world…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Charles Gilman (Author, Tales From Lovecraft Middle School)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Tales From Lovecraft Middle School is a book series published by Quirk Books and written by Charles Gilman – the pen name of Jason Rekulak, an editor who lives in Philadelphia. Each book takes place in the haunted Lovecraft Middle School as seventh-grader Robert Arthur battles devils and demons while simply trying to fit in. To celebrate Halloween 2013, Alternative Magazine Online is proud to present an exclusive online interview with author Charles Gilman, where we talk about Lovecraftian monsters, school bullies and what makes the horror genre so appealing to readers both young and old!

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BOOK REVIEW – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

By Marty Mulrooney

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children The Graphic Novel

Alternative Magazine Online reviewed the New York Times best-selling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2011, describing it as ”one of the most unusual, inspired and captivating books of the 21st century” – it was also chosen as one of AMO’s best books of 2011. The original story by Ransom Riggs has now been adapted into a graphic novel by Cassandra Jean, with Riggs himself saying how her “beautiful images are so close to what I imagined while I was writing Miss Peregrine, I’m afraid she may have discovered a portal to the inside of my brain. I love this graphic novel!

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BOOK REVIEW – Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

By Marty Mulrooney

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep is the latest novel from award-winning author Stephen King. A sequel to his 1977 masterpiece The Shining (his third published book), Doctor Sleep explores the life of a now grown up Dan Torrance. Haunted by the horrific events that took place at the Overlook Hotel when he was just a child, Dan eventually settles down in rural New Hampshire and starts using his ‘shining’ power to comfort the dying. Aided by a mysterious cat with an uncanny ability to predict death, Dan comes to be known by the locals as ‘Doctor Sleep’…

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BOOK REVIEW – Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace

By Marty Mulrooney

Man of Steel Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace

Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman by Daniel Wallace explores the creative process behind the recently released film Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Sucker Punch) and starring Henry Cavill. Published by Titan Books, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman features in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, alongside previously unseen on-set photography and concept art, offering an insider’s look at the most recent big screen Superman adaptation.

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