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BOOK REVIEW – Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman

By Marty Mulrooney

Are Snakes Necessary?

Are Snakes Necessary? is the debut novel of legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables) and former editor of the New York Times and author Susan Lehman. Published by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books, it tells the story of a philandering senator cheating on his wife, a beautiful young videographer, and a ruthless ‘fixer’…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Art of Death Stranding

By Marty Mulrooney

The Art of Death Stranding

The Art of Death Stranding explores the art of legendary Japanese video game designer Hideo Kojima’s latest award-winning project, which Alternative Magazine Online’s review described as “one of the most beautiful experiences of this console generation.” It’s a lavish hardback coffee table book filled with hundreds of pieces of concept art covering nearly every character, costume, item of equipment, location and creature featured in Death Stranding on PlayStation 4, published by Titan Books in the UK.

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BOOK REVIEW – Survivors (The Voices Book 3) by G X Todd

By Marty Mulrooney

Survivors by G X Todd

Survivors is the third novel in the four-part Voices series written by British author G X Todd, following Defender – “a highly impressive debut” – and Hunted – “a worthy follow-up that never takes the easy road.” Book 3 sees the welcome return of a familiar face (and the voice inside his head), as birds circle high up above and lightning rages across the sky to the sound of burning, madness and death.

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BOOK REVIEW – Blade Runner 2019: Volume 1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Andres Guinaldo (Graphic Novel)

By Marty Mulrooney

Blade Runner 2019: Volume 1

Blade Runner 2019 is the first official comic book series set in the rain soaked, neo-noir world of Blade Runner. Volume 1 collects issues #1-4 and introduces detective Aahna Ashina, a veteran Blade Runner in the retro-futuristic Los Angeles of 2019, whose latest case might end up being her last…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Possession by Michael Rutger

By Marty Mulrooney

The Possession by Michael Rutger

The Possession by Michael Rutger (aka Michael Marshall Smith) is the follow-up to last year’s thrilling page-turner The Anomaly, which Alternative Magazine Online’s review described as “a scary book at times… tempered beautifully by dialogue that is effortlessly charming and funny, and plenty sweary.” In this eagerly anticipated sequel, The Anomaly Files host Nolan Moore returns with his loyal and somewhat disgruntled crew, this time investigating a series of mysterious stone walls in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California. Meanwhile, a teenage girl has gone missing and the locals aren’t proving particularly welcoming…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel

By Marty Mulrooney

The Vinyl Detective Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel

Flip Back is the fourth book in the Vinyl Detective series written by Andrew Cartmel and published by Titan Books. Following on from Written In Dead Wax – “charming, funny and engaging” – The Run-Out Groove – “a follow-up every bit the equal of its highly memorable predecessor” – and Victory Disc – “beautifully orchestrated and well worth taking for a spin” – Flip Back finds the Vinyl Detective trying to hunt down a rare copy of an electric folk band’s final album. But as always, there are complications…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (New Illustrated Edition)

By Marty Mulrooney

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid is a murder mystery written by Stephen King, published by Hard Case Crime and Titan Books. Originally published in 2005 in the US and out of print since 2008, this illustrated edition – in the larger trade paperback format – features a brand new cover painting and 20 interior illustrations. The July 2019 release of this illustrated edition also marks the book’s first ever mainstream distribution in the UK.

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