Archive for July, 2012

Ghost Rider

July 7, 2012 - 2:47 pm No Comments

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds
Director: Mark Neveldibe, Brian Taylor
Running Time: 92 minutes
Release date: 25th June 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Plagued by the demon Ghost Rider, having struck a deal with the devil as a youngster, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage hamming it up), is offered a chance to rid himself of his curse by saving a boy, Danny, from the devil. Danny is the devil’s son and is being reclaimed on his thirteenth birthday to become a vessel for the devil’s soul.

Interspersed with comic panels that jump from the screen in their own amateurish style, this film, despite its obvious budget, screams cheapness.

The dialogue is appalling and Cage’s performance – well, we know he likes to overact, it’s his forte (I am Castor Troy!) but in his depiction of Johnny Blaze he is one sandwich short of a picnic. The shots of the Johnny/Ghost Rider hybrid on his bike, as he fights to keep the demon locked up, is like a bad music video from the eighties.

Idris Elba and Anthony Head, the only real thespian talent in the film don’t get much screen time. Yes the Ghost Rider ‘look’ with his bubbling leather jacket is better than the first time round, but it seems as though the directors have got so carried away with the visuals that the film becomes self indulgent.

There is a cheesy cameo from Christopher Lambert and a script (or is it the delivery?) that makes the viewer wince in embarrassment.

Yes, there are plenty of car chases, gun shots, burning and action, but it doesn’t make up for a poor plot badly constructed.

This is a huge disappointment and a truly mediocre film.

The Clonefiles

July 3, 2012 - 2:12 pm No Comments




Angry   Robot Celebrates Independent Booksellers’ Week
with New Ebook Initiative



Introducing: Angry   Robot Clonefiles


As part of Independent Booksellers’ Week,   award-winning SF & fantasy publisher Angry Robot have announced they are   going to start giving away the digital version of each of their novels free   with the physical paperback, in selected indie bookstores.

The Angry Robot Clonefiles, as they are   whimsically calling them, will first be trialled with Mostly Books of   Abingdon, Oxfordshire, starting Wednesday July 4th. Angry Robot will then be   rolling out the scheme through other independent bookshops. Customers   purchasing an Angry Robot novel will be emailed the digital version of the   book in the format of their choice.

The Clonefiles programme was set up by Angry   Robot’s UK Sales Manager Roland Briscoe and Mark Thornton of Mostly Books.

Independent bookshops wanting to join the Clonefiles   promotion can contact Roland Briscoe at



Quotable Quotes

Angry Robot’s UK Sales Manager Roland   Briscoe said: “The Clonefiles programme grew out of a conversation with Mark   at Mostly Books about how Indie bookstores could better serve both print book   and ebook customers. At Angry Robot we sometimes feel our customers are   having to choose between a physical book and an e-format, when what probably   suits them best is to have both in the same package. We’ve always been champions   of DRM-free ebook publishing and we’re eager to experiment with new business   and distribution models. This is a natural extension of our customer-first   ethos and a great way for Angry Robot to show our support for theUK’s fantastic   independent bookshop scene.”

Mark Thornton of Mostly Books added: “As an   indie bookshop, we offer a great browsing experience and discoverability and   it is difficult to see really innovative ways that we can offer our customers   a really valuable service with ebooks. But this is a bold and brilliant idea   we think our customers will get excited about. It really offers an   imaginative solution that plays to all our strengths.”





Additional   Information

Angry Robot is a genre publisher   that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released   as paperbacks and major ebook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot Ltd is   part of Osprey Group.

For more information, review copies,   interview and feature requests, contact our Marketing Manager, Darren Turpin   at or by phone on +44 (0) 758 435 5911 [UK   Office Hours].

Angry Robot Online   [@angryrobotbooks]

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My First Signing

July 1, 2012 - 9:34 pm 1 Comment










It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book launch must be accompanied by cupcakes or ice cream. So it was that I found myself at Rendezvous, Leicester Square, on a sunny afternoon in June eating an ice cream sundae that could’ve downed the Titanic. I sat with my sister Tish Yeomans and close friends Jo, Adrian and Chris, celebrating my first book signing.

The event, a Small Press Expo organised by Dani Ware, took place at Forbidden Planet Shaftsbury Ave. There were a number of publishers there from Snowbooks to Newcon Press, and the lower ground floor was awash with enough writers to rewrite the Magna Carta. The atmosphere was lively as we mingled; touting our wares, exchanging stories and munching cupcakes.

I was particularly privileged to be there signing multiple copies of Hauntings, the newest release from Ian Whates’ Newcon Press, which includes my story The Things I See.








The bubbling excitement as I completed my first signing was infectious, aided by a donation of lollipops by my sister.

This is a book which I am truly proud to appear in, and as co-contributor Mark West put it, “Can you believe it? Here I am in Forbidden Planet, Shaftsbury Ave, on a production line signing books. How cool is that?”









Well Mark, you were right.

It is unbelievably cool.

Free Story by Lavie Tidhar

July 1, 2012 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Steampunk Season continues this July on my site as I introduce a free piece of flash fiction by Steampunk writer Lavie Tidhar. Enjoy!


By Lavie Tidhar
Moo, moo, go the cows, and Mu! Mu! go the cries as that ancient land rises from the dark ocean water, tall silver spires penetrating like missiles from the sea and rising, rising, into the air of a world that had forgotten their greatness.

Once they had ruled half the world, and fought Atlantis for nuclear supremacy, and reached to the stars in needle-shaped spaceships. There is a ruined a city on Venus: it is a remnant of Mu. There are broken domes on Mars; they, too, are remains of Mu’s once-greatness.

But the war with the Atlantids had taken its toll, and in the final desperate strike of that war neither could live, and once-great Mu sank into the waves. For aeons its people had lived underwater in their last refuges, dark caves in the depths of the sea, living little better than fishes.

But now Mu rises again, and with it rise the cries, dark against a field of stars that had once known its dominion.

Moo, moo, go the cows in a fearful neigh, and Mu! Mu! rise the cries, as men look out to sea, where the past rises to dominate them once more.