REVIEW: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)

Publisher: Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback
Original Publication Date: 1967

Length: 412 pages
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis from Goodreads: One Spring afternoon the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow in Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny and frightening satire of Soviet life. Brimming with magic and incident, it is full of imaginary, historical, terrifying and wonderful characters, from witches poets and Biblical tyrants to the beautiful, courageous Margarita, who will do anything to save the imprisoned writer she loves. Written in secret during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, when The Master and Margarita was finally published it became an overnight literary phenomenon, signalling artistic freedom for Russians everywhere.

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REVIEW: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson (1960)

The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

Publisher: Baen Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: 1960
Length: 192 pages (3 hours and 27 minutes)
Author: Goodreads 

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIn the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. Ah, but this time it’s no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave; they’ve launched their invasion against free Englishmen! In the end, only one alien is left alive; and Sir Roger’s grand vision is born. He intends for the creature to fly the ship first to France to aid his King, then on to the Holy Land to vanquish the infidel. Unfortunately, he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot, who instead takes the craft to his home planet, where, he thinks, these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender. But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen, no matter how great the odds against them. . .

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Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (1993)

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Publisher: Orion
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: 1993
Length: 292 (or 6 hours 54 minutes)
Author: WebsiteGoodreads 

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Synopsis via GoodreadsGeralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

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REVIEW: Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, Vol.1) By Neil Gaiman (1989)

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, vol. 1) by Neil Gaiman

Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo 

Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1989
Length: 240
Author: Website, Twitter, Goodreads 

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Synopsis via Goodreads: New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.”

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Review: Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook (2015)

Akio & the Dream World by Carl A. Snook

Publisher: New Generation Publishing
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 2015
Length: 119
Author: Twitter, Facebook

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Synopsis via Goodreads: “I wish I had never taken that bus. I just want to get home.” 

“Akio my boy, just remember, what saves a man is to take a step, then another step. It is always the same step, but it gets you to where you are. You took that first step on to that bus, and it led you here, now all you have to do, is keep on stepping, and you’ll find yourself to be somewhere else. Life is a journey Akio, and we are the ones who choose where to step next.”

Take a journey into the deep unknown of the imagination. Join Akio as he explores a world thrust upon him where in a matter of minutes, even a ‘Dream world’ is turned upside down and teaches our young hero that not everything is always how it seems.

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