Peter Clines: Ex-Heroes

-Review by Ed Bilson- I picked up Ex-Heores as an afterthought during my christmas book binge, and was so gripped I had to go straight back to the shop for its sequels Ex-Patriots and Ex-Communication. It’s one of the few zombie novels I’ve read recently which I wholeheartedly enjoyed: strong, developed characters with a vested…

George Alec Effinger: When Gravity Fails

-Review by Paul Ewbank- (This is the first review I’ve written under restricted conditions; 1000 word limit, one hour to write it, no re-writes. It probably won’t be as good as some of my others, and will doubtless have way more typos unless Liz edits it for me, but this way I can say I’m…

Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Neal Stephenson is the real deal. I’ve read two of his books- this one and it’s follow up The Diamond Age– and in both I was amazed by the range and depth of his writing talent. Both books have all the ingredients of true sci-fi genius: intense action, comedy, crazily well…

Great Pacific: Volume 1 (2013)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- I’m learning to beware comics where the main draw is some wacky new concept. I’m all for seeing new ideas and trying to be original but a fresh concept on its own does not a story make. The line between “hook” and “gimmick” is largely down to how well it’s implemented-…

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

Earlier this year my school ordered in a big selection of books to encourage the year 7s to read. After Tomorrow was a surprising gem I found among them and took home to have a read of. Although not strictly apocalyptic, it centres on a Britain in the middle of severe economic crisis and the…

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Every girl in my school seems to be reading Divergent at the moment. Every time I turn around I see the front cover staring me in the face. So, when I was looking for my latest acquisition from the school library I thought I might as well see what all the hype is about –…

WE by John Dickinson

One of the perks of being a teacher is access to the school Library. One of my favourite de-stress activities at the moment is, after work, sneaking into the library, grabbing an interesting looking book and going to a Wetherspoons pub to read it with a couple of pints of ale. Most relaxing thing EVER!…

Revival Volume 1 by Image Comics

The dead rising from the grave is an age-old concept – one that has filled horror stories for centuries. However Revival takes this concept and turns it one its head. Whereas we are used to vampires and zombies rising from their crypts to kill and cause mayhem, in Revival a small rural town in Wisconsin…

The Purge (2013)

What crime would you commit if for 12 hours every year all crime was legal? For me it would probably be the same crimes I commit the rest of the year… none. For some reason there isn’t a part of me that would secretly like to go out and kill someone or rape someone and…