Starburst

Starburst is a quintessential magazine for UK geeks, containing reviews, articles, news and columns about film, TV, books, comics, computer games and music in the fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres. I’ve been writing for the magazine and its website since September 2013, and have had a wide assortment for stuff published. Here are the reviews.

First, the films, TV, anime, etc:

"Made with more thought and enthusiasm than many studio-backed mainstream films."
“Made with more thought and enthusiasm than many studio-backed mainstream films.”
"Subtle and taciturn yet indicative of an extensive mythology."
“Subtle and taciturn yet indicative of an extensive mythology.”
"A look at the possible consequences of taking escapism too far."
“A look at the possible consequences of taking escapism too far.”

 

"Its only distinctive quality is how utterly average it is."
“Its only distinctive quality is how utterly average it is.”
"No time is wasted in launching into the action."
“No time is wasted in launching into the action.”
"The series as a whole remains fundamentally lacking in true significance."
“The series as a whole remains fundamentally lacking in true significance.”

 

"Expands the scope of Evangelion."
“Expands the scope of Evangelion.”
"A highly engaging and multiple-layered story."
“A highly engaging and multiple-layered story.”
"The actual plot development is somewhat obtuse."
“The actual plot development is somewhat obtuse.”

 

"Master and Servant alike battle with enemies old and new, struggles within and without, and demons figurative and literal."
“Master and Servant alike battle with enemies old and new, struggles within and without, and demons figurative and literal.”
"Feels like a feature-length episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and should be taken about as seriously."
“Feels like a feature-length episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and should be taken about as seriously.”
"If I were a pubescent girly girl rather than a 30-year-old male geek, I may well have found the girls’ antics more entertaining and their megahertz voices less headache-inducing."
“If I were a pubescent girly girl rather than a 30-year-old male geek, I may well have found the girls’ antics more entertaining and their megahertz voices less headache-inducing.”
"A colourful, vibrant and joyous delight from start to finish."
“A colourful, vibrant and joyous delight from start to finish.”
"Keeps the spirit of the original alive while managing to forge its own distinctive identity."
“Keeps the spirit of the original alive while managing to forge its own distinctive identity.”
"What could have been merely a stylistic gimmick is the pivotal detail."
“What could have been merely a stylistic gimmick is the pivotal detail.”

 

"Subtle, disturbing, and brilliant."
“Subtle, disturbing, and brilliant.”
"A distinct, if slightly muddled experience."
“A distinct, if slightly muddled experience.”
"Despite the number of usually reliable names attached to it, Rapture-Palooza falls far short."
“Despite the number of usually reliable names attached to it, Rapture-Palooza falls far short.”

 

"Even when living a perpetual nightmare trapped in a crumbling city of a decaying world, there is always still hope."
“Even when living a perpetual nightmare trapped in a crumbling city of a decaying world, there is always still hope.”

 

And now for the books:

"Skilfully preserves its bleak isolation, foreboding tension and relentless terror."
“Skilfully preserves its bleak isolation, foreboding tension and relentless terror.”
"One of the more positive examples of a self published novel."
“One of the more positive examples of a self published novel.”
"If future instalments build on the strength of this debut, they’ll be ones to look out for."
“If future instalments build on the strength of this debut, they’ll be ones to look out for.”

 

"From bleak violence to self-aware metafiction, the tales vary wildly in tone."
“From bleak violence to self-aware metafiction, the tales vary wildly in tone.”
"A little generic for the first instalment of an epic fantasy trilogy."
“A little generic for the first instalment of an epic fantasy trilogy.”
"While the simplicity of the mysteries doesn’t tax too much brain power, they’re never less than entertaining."
“While the simplicity of the mysteries doesn’t tax too much brain power, they’re never less than entertaining.”
"A flawed but engaging swashbuckling romp."
“A flawed but engaging swashbuckling romp.”
"A kind of literary triptych anchored by the desolation of the wasteland."
“A kind of literary triptych anchored by the desolation of the wasteland.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only a few comics so far, but there will be more.

"Perfectly adequate examples of horror fiction, but are also nothing more than that."
“Perfectly adequate examples of horror fiction, but are also nothing more than that.”
"A vibrant blaze of mythological fury."
“A vibrant blaze of mythological fury.”
"A dark and damaged heroine."
“A dark and damaged heroine.”

 

 

I’ve also interviewed a few people:

First were a couple of film directors named Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, collectively known as DPYX and the makers of an awesome neo-noir thriller called Nobody Can Cool that I saw at female-centric horror festival Jennifer’s Bodies.

Second was an author named Debbie Johnson, whose urban fantasy debut novel Dark Vision, my review of which is linked a little way above here.

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