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Cory Doctorow: ‘Pirate Cinema’ book review

Remember that awful anti-piracy ad from a few years ago? The one The IT Crowd mercilessly parodied, and which still blares at you when you set any 2006-era DVD a-whirring...

Stephen King: ‘Joyland’ book review

A terrified dame, like a wide-eyed escapee from a 1950s B-movie poster, stares out from the evocative vintage cover that adorns Stephen King's Joyland.

‘Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon’ audiobook review

Hailing from the middle of Jon Pertwee’s tenure, ‘The Curse of Peladon’ was the first of his Doctor’s two visits to the feudal planet. In a plot running entirely contrary to Star Trek’s prime directive, alien delegates are visiting amounts to little more than an Iron Age society, assessing its suitability for membership to the Galactic Federation.

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ (‘Destiny of the Doctor’ 5) audiobook review

The fifth tale in this anniversary sequence of stories, ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, is quite definitely grounded in Peter Davison’s first series with the Doctor again failing arrive at Heathrow Airport in favour of answering the summons of an old friend. In fact, there are enough in-story continuity references to site the tale firmly between ‘Kinda’ and ‘Earthshock’.

‘Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel’ book review

We'll make this quick. Faster than a speeding bullet, even. DK's Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel doesn't pull its punches in covering the 75 years of heroics by arguably the most famous superhero on and above the Earth. The result is a gorgeous and thoroughly comprehensive history of the Big Blue Boy Scout.

Benjamin Percy: ‘Red Moon’ book review

Even before the massive and graphic werewolf-led terrorist attack that occurs in the early pages of Benjamin Percy's Red Moon, there's a palpable sense that something terrible is about to happen. A concrete slab of dread that weighs on top of your imagination, and it remains there long after you've drifted beyond the epilogue and relaxed your grip on the cover.

‘Peter Cushing: A Life in Film’ book review

For many CultBox readers, Peter Cushing is instantly recognisable for a number of roles. For many he was Star Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin, the ruthless Imperial Commander running the Death Star in the original movie who appeared to be Darth Vader’s boss. Like Sir Alec Guinness, he lent the film an air of credibility amid the laser bolts, droids and spiritual mumbo-jumbo.