May 2018 Book Highlights

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for May.

We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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Preview: Mr Men Dr Who (Dr Who Mr Men?!!!) by Adam Hargreaves!

In this era of pop culture mash-ups few, whichever finally hit the bigtime mainstream market, leap out as anything special. But MR MEN DR WHO? Oh we were onto this without seeing a single image.

The much loved – and still hilarious at any age – Mr Men were of course the creation of Roger Hargreaves, subsequent characters and adventures created and curated by his son Adam. This is his latest and arguably – okay to those of us older than 5 – greatest MM venture, debuting the last week of April 2017 (link below to launch event at Forbidden Planet).

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We spoke to those nice folk at Random House and asked for some preview pages to share. We were onto this without seeing a single image having no doubt how much fun they would be. Damn were we right… 🙂

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SURFACE TENSION by Jay Gunn – Preview (Now optioned for TV!)

CGJJ16 - Ti - Feb - Surface Tension Jay Gunn’s Surface Tension was entirely on our radar – we’d plucked it out as one of our February Recommends and, bumping into and chatting with its creator at LSCC 2016, Jay had written an article for us on his musical inspirations for it. Well apparently we weren’t the only ones who were impressed: because – news just in from Titan Comics – it’s just been optioned for a TV series by Awesome Media!
Anyway we’d been meaning to follow up with some preview material for the series and, given we hadn’t got round to before, what better time than now? So find below Titan’s trailer for Surface Tension and some interior art as well.

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Many congrats to Jay and enjoy!

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From Judges to Dogs – Unofficial but brilliant 2000 A.D. films made and in progress!

This has only just come to our attention – and via info on their latest project – but a fantastic group of film-makers produced this unofficial Judge Dredd adaptation of classic story!

 

And their next project? The clever sneckers are only having a go at one of our all time favourites: STRONTIUM DOG!

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Mike’s Place by Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem and Koren Shadmi

We knew Mike’s Place was something important when we first came across it and we’re very pleased to have some interior art selections to share from this important and moving work of graphic non-fiction.

CGP - Jun - First Second - Mike's Place Having read so much lazy copy from the back and reviews of literary books and misery memoirs with the words ‘a testament to the human spirit’, Mike’s Place is simply a story of people, good and flawed people and what happens to them in Israel 2003. It’s the work – with artist Koren Shadmi – of the film-makers of ‘Blues by the Beach’, the documentary of the same place and events which have a far from indirect connection to the London 7/7 bombings as related in the epilogue. CA - Blues by the Beach poster

At time of writing Mike’s Place is recently out (9th June). We hope you enjoy the pages and would wholeheartedly encourage you to buy a copy for yourself and for others, and certainly for your shop if you happen to be a retailer.

Respect and peace to all involved.

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Event / Website Profile: Sci-Fi London

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www.sci-fi-london.com
www.facebook.com/scifilondon
Web TV on Daily Motion
On Flickr
On YouTube
On Wikipedia
@scifilondon
“Where WHAT IF meets WTF!! We are the UK’s biggest and best Sci-Fi and Fantasy film festival.”

 

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Event Profile: Classic & Cult Film London Meet-Up

CPP - Classic & Cult Film London www.meetup.com/classic-cult-film-london
In their words: Classic & Cult Film London is a group devoted to the classics, the so bad they’re good and the plain odd. We’ll be going to see films old and new and enjoying some of the some classic cinematic moments. I’m open to suggestions so if there is a film you’re dying to see let me know and I’ll try and put something together!

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KUNG FURY – Official Movie up and out and kicking bottom on YouTube!

We remember the awesome trailer to this from a few years back. From that the associated Kickstarter campaign reached it’s goal of $200,000 in just 24 hours, then more than tripling that to $630,000.

Writer, Director and star, David Sandberg’s Kung Fury is now complete and unleashed on YouTube – watch the 30 minutes of 80’s satire and awesomeness here!

 

 

Events Profile: Rooftop Film Club

CPP - Rooftop Film Club www.rooftopfilmclub.com
www.facebook.com/rooftopfilmclub
@rooftopfilmclub

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In four (sometimes more) locations in London, the Rooftop Film Club is a mainstay of London’s Summer / open-air filmgoing scene. The audio comes via headsets, ponchos are provided in case of wet weather and smoking is permitted away from the rest of the audience – sounds like they’ve thought of everything!

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Check our London Events page above for our picks of upcoming screenings – addresses and Facebook pages for the main venues (as of 2015) below…

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Peckham Rooftop Film Club – The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST www.facebook.com/pages/Rooftop-Film-Club/172970169537267
Stratford Rooftop Film Club – Roof East, Floors 7&8, Stratford multi-storey car park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE www.facebook.com/pages/Rooftop-Film-Club-Stratford/731137110276642
Shoreditch Rooftop Film Club – Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JX www.facebook.com/RooftopAtQueenOfHoxton
Kensington Rooftop Film Club – Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA

 

 

Index of Articles…

Welcome to CARABAS if you haven’t been here before or welcome back if you have! Just compiling all the articles since we kicked off nearly a year ago but a few changes to the coding means it’s a work in progress… Still right now there’s some awesome stuff to check through – that’s if you haven’t already!

More to come…

 

SIGNATURE ARTICLES / PAGES

Interviews: A Pint / Coffee with… Greatest Creations of Fantastical Fiction 6 Months of Book publishing links Intro’s & info…
JIM BUTCHER!
Part 1 – In which we talk of Gentlemen, Mandalorian combat fashion, Otherworldly maternal figures, far-future deities, and the young lady you get to meet at the end…
The Fantastical & the Speculative: Links to New Books Publishing Jan-Jun 15!
“Not Geek: Just Awesome”
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KARRIE FRANSMAN!
Part 2 – In which we look at warrior bears, the most secret of secret bases, a wizard that makes Gandalf look like a lightweight, an anthropomorphized aspect of nightmare, and quite possibly the most awesome adversaries of all time…
New Books – Genre Round-ups… Key Pages:
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Steampunk Titles – Jan-Jun 15 (and associated fantastical anachronisms)
LONDON EVENTS – Our guide to upcoming awesomeness in the big city!
Coming soon – A Coffee with LEAH MOORE!
Part 3 – In which we examine demons of fire and shadow, out-of-place police boxes, a thing from outer space, a floating city and freaky modern day fairy tale inventions…
Urban Fantasy Titles – Jan-Jun 15 (and choice associated fictions)
DISCOVER… Soon to be released, our guide to the fantastical groups, websites, bands, authors and other creatives in the big city!
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Part 4 – In which we dabble with coherent blades of energy, Hollywood monsters of Chinese folklore, the worst witch (for her enemies), god-like automatons, and the space craft that makes the rest look like the cardboard boxes you pretended to fly to space in as kids…
Part 5 – In which we indulge ourselves with warped halflings, perhaps the greatest lesser known post-apocalyptic setting, demonic currency, space opera super-ordinance, and they amongst whom ‘There can be only one’
Part 6 – In which we explore a gloriously dystopian LA, the most sublime of the sublime of weapons in space opera, Gray Hulks, heroic child-proxies, and quantum-locked Assassins…

 

FANTASTICAL FICTION – BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS!

Book Recommends by Month Graphic Novel Recommends by Month Book Extracts / Previews Graphic Novel Previews
January 15 New Book Recommends! January 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! DAVE VS THE MONSTERS: EMERGENCE – John Birmingham IN GOD WE TRUST – Winshluss
February 15 New Book Recommends! February 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! SKY PIRATES – Liesel Schwarz LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: RIVER OF GHOSTS – Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
March 15 New Book Recommends! March 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! BLOOD RED CITY – Justin Richards THE SPECTATORS – Victor Hussenot
April 15 New Book Recommends! April 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! RADIANT STATE – Peter Higgins VACANCY – Jen Lee
May 15 New Book Recommends! May 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! THE SUMMONER – Taran Matharu THE HUNTER – Joe Sparrow
June 15 New Book Recommends – Imminent… June 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends – Imminent… MARKED – Sue Tingey DEATH OF THE ARTIST – Karrie Fransman
BETE – Adam Roberts
FOUL TIDES TURNING – Stephen Hunt

 

GIG REVIEWS

Our pal Mark K from the Indie Music Meet-up – and some others besides – have done a blinding job at getting the reviews Carabas-wards to the point that they just needed a section here unto themselves!

LOLA COLT + BLEECH Purson 2 BLACK MOTH + PUFFER MEATBODIES + ARROWS OF LOVE
Lola 4 PURSON CA - Black Moth Twitter PENNY FOR THE WORKHOUSE + THE GYRO + THE FIX
DELOOZE ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS EVI VINE + THE NEVERISTS CPP - Penny for the Workhouse
Delooze 2 GARY NUMAN & GANG OF FOUR CPP - Evi Vine PALMA VIOLETS + FAT WHITE FAMILY + SLAVES + WYTCHES
JANE’S ADDICTION ANNA CALVI & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA GEMMA HAYES (Olympic Studios) LE - Palma Violets + King Nun
RINGO DEATHSTARR + LOLA COLT Anna Calvi 13-DEC-2014. by James McGalliard (3066) FIRES + ADAM BARNES + APOSTLE THOMAS FAWN SPOTS + THE BODIES
THE ABJECTS + LOVE L.U.V. + LUPO XFM WINTER WONDERLAND Fires 5 COURTNEY BARNETT
GR The Abjects GEMMA HAYES (Hackney Oslo) HONEYBLOOD + OUR GIRL + BLOODY KNEES THE WHO

 

 

Podcast Profile: The Pharos Project

CPP - The Pharos Project www.thepharosproject.libsyn.com
On Facebook (Group)
On Twitter: @PharosProject
THE sweary Doctor Who, Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror podcast!

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Cockaigne Weekly 23rd January 2015 (including catch up)

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A busy start to the year so a tad behind, but we don’t want you to miss out so here’s some of the brilliant stuff that’s come out online over the last few weeks (Fri-Thu) on all the good stuff: TV / Film, Music, Books, Short Fiction and Comics… All in order of date after which we note the site in question.
Check them out and know there’s plenty of other stuff beyond our highlights to enjoy on these great sites as well!

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On the Big Screen: December

Last batch of flicks for 2014…

5th December

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The Pyramid

Horror set in an English village tea room. (Might actually be set in a pyramid.) Does not involve one or more mummies. (Might actually involve one or more mummies.)

 

12th December

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 Exodus

www.exodusgodsandkings.com/
Blockbusting biblical badassery from Ridley Scott – looking good. (And yes, that is a cover of Simple Minds Belfast Child in one of the trailers…)

 

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

www.thehobbit.com/
Third film of a book a third the size of one volume of Lord of the Rings. Might be the final part… 😉

Arabic Science Fiction: From Imagination to Innovation – an evening with Sindbad Sci-Fi

A hundred of us were gathered in the Science Museum’s Directors Suite for this year’s Arab Science Fiction event put together and hosted by Sindbad Sci-Fi: From Imagination to Innovation (part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Nour Festival). It’s a fantastic venue, with double tiered bookcases rising the two storeys of the room, and just the right tone for the forthcoming discussion. CA - SSF
The panel is chaired by journalist and broadcaster and science fiction fan Samira Ahmed who introduces the panellists in turn, each having a spot to introduce themselves and their work.

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On the Big Screen: November 2014

Coming your way in November…

 

7th November

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Big Hero 6

www.movies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
Animated Japanese Marvel heroes, though entirely separate from the Avengers / cinematic Marvel Universe…

 

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Interstellar

www.interstellar.withgoogle.com/
SF Blockbuster avec wormholes, minimal CGI and a story that has been kept closely under wraps… Early coverage indicates a must-see movie…

 

14th November

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Dumb and Dumber To

www.dumbanddumberto.co.uk/
Years on and still dumb – hopefully as funny as well…

 

21st November

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V/H/S: Viral

www.magnetreleasing.com/vhsviral/
Found footage horror shorts – third in the sequence. (Horror shorts – hmm, now there’s an idea to play with…)

 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

www.thehungergamesexclusive.com/
Needs no introduction but clearly needs dividing into more than one film…

 

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Extraterrestrial

www.facebook.com/extraterrestrialmovie
Modern remake of E.T. Okay, not that. Horror featuring pint size aliens with big eyes and glowing fingers. Okay not that either. Horror. With aliens. There.

 

28th November

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The Babadook

www.thebabadook.com/
Critically acclaimed Australian horror. If the image and title are anything to go by they’ll have tapped a deep vein of creepiness in the film: keep a change of underwear on you…

 

 

On the Big Screen: October 2014

Here’s a few highlights coming to the big screen in October.

While not covered here we feel we should note that Mudbloods is not an offshoot of Harry Potter, and Fury, though a war movie, is not an Avengers prequel starring a certain Samuel L Jackson. 😉

A month more or less dedicated to the genre of horror it seems…

 

3rd October

Annabelle

Annabelle

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Because we haven’t had enough of films about creepy, murderous, possessed dolls, and because it just seemed the perfect present for his pregnant wife and unborn child… #someguysshouldjuststickwithflowersandchocolates

 

10th October

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

www.draculauntold.co.uk
Universal’s origin of Dracula, apparently beginning the rebooting of the Universal Monsters properties.

 

Dead Snow 2

Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

www.wellgousa.com/theatrical/dead-snow-2-red-vs-dead
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anyone else it can reach.Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

 

Automata

Automata

automata-movie.com/
Dystopian SF mystery with Antonia Banderas trying to uncover a conspiracy as quantum androids are released into the world. (But where it’s showing in London we’re really not sure…)

 

16th October

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown

Horror / Thriller remake…

 

October 17th

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Based on the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, noted as a ‘proto-Sci-Fi’ classic, Studio Ghibli’s latest arrives now dubbed for the English-speakingwestern world

 

Birdman

Birdman

http://www.birdmanthemovie.com/
Birdman or “The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

 

24th October

 

Ouija

Ouija

www.ouijamovieintl.com/ww/
When a group of friends make use of a ouija board nothing terrifying and supernatural happens as a consequence. (Note: Terrifying and supernatural things may actually happen as a consequence)