‘The Guns Above’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Network

The Guns Above Book Review By Ron FortierTHE GUNS ABOVE By Robyn Bennis Tor Books 351 pages We love this book! The reasons for this overwhelming reaction are many and we’ll happily elaborate for your edification. Years ago, while still in high school, we discovered the works of British writer C.S. Forster and his clever navel hero, Horatio Hornblower. It was a romantic saga filled with action and heroes; the stuff teenage boys dream of. Then along about that same period in our creative evolution, we discovered the grand airships of old, from the German made Zeppelins to their American Navy counterparts, the Los Angeles and Macon. […]

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‘SKELOS 2’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Network

Skelos 2 book review by Ron FortierSKELOS 2 The Magazine of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Edited by Mark Fin, Chris Gruber, Jeffrey Shanks Skelos Press 202 pages Last year we had the pleasure of reviewing the first issue of this terrific new fantasy journal and gave it a resounding welcome. Imagine both our surprise and delight upon opening the second issue and discovering it is not only as good as the premier volume but in some ways even better. Billed as repository for short fiction, novellas, interviews, art, reviews and essays, the journal does a magnificent job of covering each venue with excellent pieces, be […]

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The Earth Station One Podcast Episode 399 – ESO Book Club: Replay – The ESO Network

Earth Station One Ep 399What if you could live your life over again with all the knowledge of your previous life? Mike, Mike, Kirby Bartlett-Sloan, and Kevin Eldridge tackle Ken Grimwood’s classic tale that won the 1988 World Fantasy Award for best novel. Plus, filmmaker Richard Jensen faces a fate worse than endless lives in the Geek Seat and Nathan Laws gives us Khan Report on last month’s Chicago TARDIS. All this, along with Holiday Rants & Raves, Ashley’s Box Office Buzz, Angela’s Geek Girl’s Take, Michelle’s Iconic Rock Moments, the Khan Report, and Shout Outs! We want to hear from you. Please write […]

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‘Search for the Beast’ Book Review by Ron Fortier – The ESO Network

Search for the Beast Book Review By Ron FortierSEARCH FOR THE BEAST By Derrick Ferguson Based on the screenplay by Rick Montana Pro Se Press 169 pages This is a book we’ve been most anxious to get our hands on for multiple reasons. So here’s a question for all of you. What do you get when you adapt an hour long B horror movie into a full length novel? Well, if the writer chosen to do the novelization is competent, you’ll most likely get an okay prose version of the flick. Whereas if your writer is one of the finest, most capable authors in New Pulp today, what […]

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‘Beyond The Rue Morgue’ Book Review By Ron Foriter – The ESO Network

Beyond Rue Morgue Book Review By Ron FortierBEYOND THE RUE MORGUE Edited by Paul Kane & Charles Prepolec Titan Books 332 pages This is such a marvelous idea for an anthology. Editors Kane and Prepolec open the collection with their short essay on arguably literature’s first true fictional detective; Edgar Allan Poe’s C. August Dupin. Then they kick off the book with Poe’s seminal “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” which for anyone with little experience reading dated English prose, is a chore in itself. Whereas once the title classic has been put forth, the curtain opens to nine brand new stories inspired by Poe’s unique character. “The […]

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