The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

I, of course, know of Mark Dawson from his huge presence in the Indie author community. All he’s achieved is a great inspiration for all of us, and I’d be personally happy to succeed even half as well as he has. Until now though, I’d never read one of his thrillers. But having raced through…

Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End

I gave qualified, but enthusiastic reviews to both the previous books in the series. The first one because it explored the wider universe and didn’t give much in the way of needless fan service by bringing in swathes of characters from the films; while the second I greatly enjoyed because of the depth Wendig was…

Doctor Who Reviews: The Tsuranga Conundrum

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  One can easily imagine the teenage Chris Chibnall watching the brightly lit white spaceship corridors of 1980s DOCTOR WHO, and thinking how great it would be if one of Joe Dante’s Gremlins were thrown into the mix. And all these years later we have that…

Doctor Who Reviews – Arachnids in the UK

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  What about the spiders in the safe room? That annoyingly was the question left bouncing around my mind at the end of this otherwise nail-biting episode. Is being shot dead by a Donald Trump stand-in actually a worse fate for mutated spiders than being lured…

Apostle (2018)

Here – appearing on Netflix in the last couple of weeks – is a bonkers brilliant piece of British horror! A film which blew me away with its energy, even though I’m not sure I followed it one hundred percent and certainly wasn’t convinced by every one of its choices. The vividness with which it…

Doctor Who Reviews – Rosa Parks

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  I had some concerns coming into this. The story of Rosa Parks is such an important tale, one which needs to be handled sensitively, so throwing all kinds of sci-fi shenanigans into it might not be the smartest idea. Now, I know that as a…

Doctor Who Reviews – The Ghost Monument

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  The aesthetic of a tent in the desert (1988’s ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’); a fantastic race across the universe (1983’s ‘Enlightenment’); and the self-interested, ruthless, almost mercenary character of Epzo (who with a little tweaking could have been an actual mercenary in any…