Lazarus Volume 2: Lift

Time for a round up of all the graphic novels I’ve read since Ablogalypse went on hiatus. In my review of Lazarus Volume 1 I noted that it was a fairly conventional, if enjoyable, dystopian action comic and I boasted that I thought I had the plot of the rest of the story figured out…

Paul McAuley: Fairyland

Fairyland, the Arthur C Clarke award winning novel from Paul McAuley, is most definitely not what I expected it to be. I came across it during a little Amazon splurge a while back whilst looking for decent Cyberpunk novels, and the allusions in the plot synopsis to a virus-designing protagonist and his clashes with greedy…

Laline Paull: The Bees

  Imagine a totalitarian society where your status and quality of life is determined at birth, where the weak and deformed are slaughtered for the greater good, ruled by an all-powerful Queen and her zealous minions who demand total adherence to the brutal state religion and reduce the helpless masses to lives of conformity through…

Wool by Hugh Howey

It was recommended to me several years ago that I read Wool by someone who follows one of my art blogs – as she had seen that I also enjoyed dystopian fiction. It was not however this recommendation that led me to read Wool, but rather the tag line on the cover suggesting it to…

Snowpiercer

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Snowpiercer was originally a French dystopian post apocalyptic graphic novel, released in 1982 to critical acclaim. Last month a Korean film adaptation starring Chris Evans hit American theatres, and to coincide an English language version of the source material was released for the first time by Titan Comics. Having managed to…

Planetoid: Volume 1 (Image Comics)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- The first page of Ken Garing’s Planetoid depicts hero Silas crash landing on an unidentified world covered in ruined factories deep in hostile alien territory. Within the first 16 pages a giant mechanical worm emerges from a lake of toxic sewage and begins trying to bite Silas’ head off. Sometimes you…

The Infinite Horizon (2012)

  -Review by Paul Ewbank- A near-future dystopian retelling of The Oddyssey in a graphic novel? Sure, why not. I’ve always had a bit of an interest in Ancient Greek mythology. I read The Odyssey a few years back, and found it to be about three awesome chapters of daring adventures with cool mythical monsters…

Bunraku (2010)

-Review by Paul Ewbank-   Watching films you know nothing about is always an unpredictable, surprising activity, but I’ve rarely been as surprised, nay baffled, by a film the way Bunraku defied any expectations I might’ve had. Viewed only on the knowledge that it had quite an impressive cast- including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody…

Outpost (2007)

For those of you who are long-standing readers you may remember my quest to discover the ultimate Nazi-Zombie film. On my travels so far I have come across some highly acclaimed but ultimately really REALLY bad films and some bad films that aren’t even highly acclaimed. Needless to say no film I have unroofed has…

Zombiegeddon: The Board Game

Paul and I recently attended the UK Games Expo in Birmingham where we did a bit of perusing around the bring-and-buy second hand games stall. We came across this which I could not resist buying for £5 with a name like Zombiegeddon, Paul in his long-suffering agreed. Later on we found ourselves a little corner…

Top 10 foods and drinks of the apocalypse

I know It’s been a while since I last posted on here, what with moving house, changing jobs and getting married, but I am back, and I figured what better way to ease me back in than with a pointless and probably disputable list of food and drink to take with you into the apocalypse….

Etrian Odyssey (2007)

  -Review by Paul Ewbank-   (This game doesn’t have much of a plot, but that isn’t gonna stop me spoiling it in this review. I’m just a jerk like that.) So Ablogalypse has been doing well recently thanks to timely reviews of some recently released high profile movies. So now I’m going to totally…