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BOOK REVIEW – The Straw Men: 10th Anniversary Special Edition by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

The Straw Men 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The Straw Men is a crime thriller by British writer Michael Marshall (Killer Move, We Are Here, also known as Michael Marshall Smith), first published in 2002. This Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive 10th Anniversary Special Edition includes a long introduction by the author, scans of the author’s writing notebooks, a deluxe oversized design, high-quality endpapers, fine bindings and an extremely collectible print run.

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BOOK REVIEW – Ecko Endgame by Danie Ware

By Marty Mulrooney

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Ecko Endgame is the third and final book in the Ecko trilogy by Danie Ware. Following on from Ecko Rising (“a hugely enjoyable genre mash-up that promises great things to come”) and Ecko Burning (“a massively entertaining sequel that fulfils much of the grand promise of its predecessor”), Ecko Endgame sees blight sweeping across the Varchinde, the Kas rising from Rammouthe and anti-hero Ecko finally facing head-on the true reality of the fantasy world he quite literally fell into.

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BOOK REVIEW – An Android Awakes by Mike French and Karl Brown

By Marty Mulrooney

An Android Awakes

An Android Awakes is touted by publisher Elsewhen Press as a cross between a graphic novel and a novel. Written by Mike French and illustrated by Karl Brown, it tells the story of Android Writer PD121928 who is part of the Android Publishing Program. His wife has been forcibly removed so he can concentrate and there are plenty of replacement cats stored in the freezer. When his latest novel The Eating of Citizen Cane is rejected, he finds himself with only 14 attempts left to get a story accepted for the program before he will be deactivated.

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BOOK REVIEW – Cracked: A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

By Marty Mulrooney

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Cracked: A Danny Cleary Novel is the first instalment of a brand new thriller trilogy written by author Barbra Leslie. Published in November 2015 by Titan Books, Cracked tells the story of crack cocaine addict Danny Cleary as she desperately tries to hunt down the murderer of her fraternal twin sister, Ginger. Battling addiction, the cops and an unknown enemy, Danny must try to keep a (relatively) clear head as the plot thickens and the danger becomes more and more real for her… and her family.

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BOOK REVIEW – The Alien Next Door by Joey Spiotto

By Marty Mulrooney

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Alien Next Door is a full colour illustrated book that shows a new, caring side to the legendary science fiction monster. The only official Alien cartoon book, each new page of artwork shows the Xenomorph trying to fit in on a cold, new, alien world: Earth!

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BOOK REVIEW – Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs is the third (and possibly final) novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It follows 2011’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which Alternative Magazine Online described as “an utterly compelling and truly unforgettable book” and 2014’s Hollow City, which proved to be “a more than worthy follow-up.” Picking up right where the previous book’s cliffhanger ending left off, Library of Souls begins with Jacob and Emma barely alive, their friends kidnapped by the evil weights and Miss Peregrine still in mortal danger… can Jacob’s newly discovered powers be harnessed in time to save them?

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BOOK REVIEW – Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk

By Marty Mulrooney

Back To The Future The Ultimate Visual History

Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History, created in conjunction with Universal Pictures and fully endorsed by director/co-creator Robert Zemeckis and producer/co-creator Bob Gale, is a deluxe, officially licensed book that goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of the Back to the Future films. Written by Michael Klastorin – the production publicist on the second and third movies – and Back to the Future expert Randal Atamaniuk, this treasure trove for fans features hundreds of rare and never-before-seen images from the set, concept art, storyboards and other visual treasures, along with brand new exclusive, in-depth interviews with key cast and crew members. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel into the future, to the 21st October 2015 – today! The release of this book commemorates that date, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the original film in 1985.

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