Martin Adil-Smith


Martin Adil-Smith is the author of the bestselling Spirals of Danu series. He enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction and fantasy, and listening to hard rock and heavy metal.


Martin will review:

Hard rock and heavy metal music as long it does not have death metal vocals.

He likes Fields of The Nephilim, Machine Head, Slipknot, Fear Factory, Lacuna Coil, and mid-career Paradise Lost.

He will also listen to darker industrial bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Assemblage 23, VNV Nation, Covenant, and Mesh.

He prefers physical CDs to downloads.

Movies that do not contain explicit gore, and have strong themes of dimensions beyond ours.

He likes the Matrix, Gattaca, Midnight Special, The Crow, and Watchmen.

He is happy to watch movies online or streamed but prefers physical DVDs.

TV Series and shorts that have strong themes of identity and memory.

He likes Battlestar Galactica, West World, and Stranger Things.

He is happy to watch series online or streamed but prefers physical DVDs.

Video games that are RPG in nature and are both sandbox and open world, and are for PC or tablet devices (rather than console).

He likes Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Elderscrolls, Fable, Sudeki, and Jade Empire.

Board games that have a strong strategic element, such as Settlers of Catan, Risk, Betrayal at House on the Hill. He also likes card games such as Magic the Gathering and Top Trumps.

Fiction and non-fiction books, including audio books and graphic novels, so long as they are not crime and do not contain excess blood, swearing, or sex. Less is more.

He detests stories that include zombies or any kind of zombie mutation. Vampires/blood drinking can be an iffy area too, but if it is genuinely an original concept that it might do well.

He likes the early works of Arthur C Clarke, the Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton, and most works by Graham Masterton and Anne Rice.

In terms of non-fiction, he likes history and arcane esotericism such as the works of Ray Sherwin and Phil Hine.

He prefers physical copies of books to ebooks.