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Edmund Racher

Edmund Racher

Edmund is a speculative fiction and history enthusiast based in East Anglia. When not reading, he takes in DIY tabletop gaming, country walks and gin.

REVIEW: Lawless Vol. 3 of Ashes to Ashes by Dan Abnett

The third volume of Lawless, Ashes to Ashes, has emerged from the mind of Dan Abnett, the world of Judge Dredd and the pages of 2000 AD. Judge Dredd is, most prominently, the story...

REVIEW: Civilisations by Laurent Binet

Civilisations may rise and fall, but Civilisations was written by Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor and published in Great Britain by Harvill Secker in 2021. A work entitled with such...

REVIEW: Dreadnoughts by Michael Carroll, John Higgins and Jake Lynch

Dreadnoughts written by Michael Carroll and illustrated by John Higgins and Jake Lynch, is a comic strip initially published in 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Magazine, now collected into a paperback. As the name...

REVIEW: Urdesh: The Serpent and the Saint by Matthew Farrer

Urdesh: The Serpent and the Saint by Matthew Farrer is a new breed of novel for the Black Library. An explanation: Dan Abnett’s highly popular Gaunt’s Ghosts series is set in a part of...

REVIEW: The Fort by Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy’s The Fort has the sort of plot readers have been familiar with since the first act of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth. A Roman fort must hold out against a siege...

REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Vol. 4 by Mike Mignola

In his introduction to BPRD: Plague of Frogs Vol. 4, editor Scott Allie refers to it as an ‘honest-to-God graphic novel’ rather than another omnibus. This is more-or-less correct: the three component parts fit...

REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Vol. 3 by Mike Mignola

There is a tendency in these retrospectives of BPRD: Plague of Frogs to keep saying ‘Now it gets serious.’ The Plague of Frogs begins at the end of Volume One; Now it gets serious....

REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Vol. 2 by Mike Mignola

BPRD: Plague of Frogs Volume Two contains three collections: The Dead, War on Frogs and The Black Flame. These have been rearranged somewhat: they are placed in in-universe chronological order rather than arranged by...

REVIEW: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Vol. 1 by Mike Mignola

In the beginning (IE, 1994), there was Hellboy. And even before publication, some of the first sketches by his creator Mike Mignola had him as part of a team. Then, the first storyline –...

REVIEW: The Well of the Unicorn by Fletcher Pratt

The Well of the Unicorn is a novel by Fletcher Pratt, first published in 1948 by William Sloane Associates under the name of George U. Fletcher. Fletcher Pratt (1897-1956) was, variously, a librarian, translator,...