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BOOK REVIEW-The Falling of Love-Marisa Oldham

I don’t usually read the romance genre, but the blurb got me intrigued with the rock scene setting.

Some of the scenes were rather too racy for me, but the characters and story made it worth the cringe factor. If you like an emotional story with exciting twists (and a good helping of sexy times), then this is worth a read.

The Falling of Love (Falling, #1)The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Falling of Love was an enjoyable read.
The story begins with the all too familiar ‘sullen new boy walks into school’ scenario, which came across as insta-love, but then developed to capture their blossoming relationship. The characters came alive as the book progresses. Grace starts out a Mary-Sue, but with each difficulty and heartbreak she faces she becomes more believable, making me feel for her with each twist.
The switching perspective from Grace to Ian works well to build empathy for both, though in a few places it became confusing.
Oldham uses lots of exposition at times, with descriptions of characters and setting slowed the pace, and felt clunky. However, Grace and Ian’s sweet and often tumultuous love story compelled me to read on despite the book’s flaws.
I’m curious about how Graces life unfurls in the next book in this series.

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BOOK REVIEW-Pendragon-James Wilde

Pendragon (Dark Age, #1)Pendragon by James Wilde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars
Beautifully written, this story brings a new twist to Arthurian legend. Myth, magic and folklore are entwined and grounded with history, plenty of breathtaking action, and skillfully written characters which you will love, fear and hate.

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The Must See Tech Trends for 2018 — j-tech copy services

My friend Jay Tomkinson has just launched his freelance writing business J-Tech Copy Services.
Here’s his  post on the latest developments in technology.  All of the new developments in robotics and AI are exciting-as long as we don’t have the machines turning on us! As George Orwell’s ‘1984’ predicted CCTV & Big Brother (gods save us! ), Stephen King’s ‘Trucks’ (on which ‘Maximum Overdrive’ movie is based) and Isaac Asimov’s ‘I, Robot’ might end up predictors of the next technological advances.  Fascinating stuff!

He writes professional web copy, business articles and social media content too.

https://www.facebook.com/jtechcopy/

It Is Fair to Say… That much happened in the world of tech during 2017, and that gives us plenty to look forward to in the coming year. Here are some of the highlights. 1. Robotics Many of you will have seen the developments made in robotics, including Sophia, the worlds first robot citizen. In […]

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BOOK REVIEW-Dead Ice-Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24)Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dead Ice has what I love best about Hamitlon’s Anita Blake books-action zombies, vampires and were-animals, and suspense and thrills- both horrifying and titillating.

I am thrilled that Hamilton is back firing all guns in this installment of the Anita Blake series after the novella Jason, which seemed a placeholder. However, I did skim read parts which I felt over explained domestic/ bedroom arrangements. The sex-politics are getting overcomplicated. I understand that Hamilton wants to give all of her readers a fix of who they fancy, but I’m having trouble keeping up with the who’s-who of Anita’s lovers. Perhaps I’m being selfish, as I’m all-over Jean Claude.

I enjoyed the crime investigation and supernatural elements… It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here..
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It will be exciting to see where Hamilton goes from here, exploring Anita’s new powers. The twist on the the zombie trope was fun and scary. Though I was happy how the relationships panned out.

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BOOK REVIEW-The Secret King-First Contact-Dawn Chapman

The Secret King - First ContactThe Secret King – First Contact by Dawn Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of The Secret King Trilogy, I was excited to find out what happened to Kendro and his people. I was not disappointed. This sequel has even more explosive action, political intrigue, romance, and betrayal.
As the Aonise make first contact with the humans that inhabit the planet earth, which they hope to make their new home, we are introduced to a host of new, human characters some friendly, some not so accepting of the new refugees. Kendro and his people strive to establish a base on the new world, helped by some familiar allies and new friends, while continuing to negotiate their own society’s conflicts and their personal lives. Most of the Aonise want to make friends with the human residents, and build bridges with those who want them to leave. Some have a much different, darker agenda.
While this space opera has the fantastic elements of aliens with strange powers, and futuristic technology, the tensions and bonds between the two species are believable and realistic, and the characters are well rounded and empathetic.
I especially liked the interrelationships between human and Aonise characters, which highlighted the similarities and differences between the two species.
I was happy that some of my favourite characters got to explore and thrive in this new world, discovering new friends and strange customs (having a pint). There were also heartbreaking moments which left me shocked. The ending was bitter sweet but satisfying. Now need to know what happens next!

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MUSIC REVIEW-SEVEN MAIN SINS

Hailing from the flat lands of the East Anglian fens, and being a fan of all things dark and heavy when it comes to music, I was excited to check out this Polish band Seven Main Sins, now based in my home county of Cambridgeshire.

Returning in 2012 from a 6 year hiatus since the release of their 2005 demo, their sound and song writing has developed into what they like to term Dark Metal. The band describe their sound as circling between black and death metal.

Their latest offerings combine the heaviness of death metal, and the gloomy atmospherics of black metal. The song writing has switched to English language, which is very fluent and fits well into the heavy but complex music.

Tracks such as Evocation’ , cut the female vocals, and focus on a more brutal sound. Though still keeping the melodic elements of their earlier work. Military style drum beats, switch and meld with monstrous deep growling vocals. While ‘Cemetery of accursed souls’ from upcoming album ‘In the Shadow of Death’ has a catchy dirge-like groove, interwoven with a doom-laden baseline, and technical guitar playing. The high production quality is more in keeping with the polished offerings of Dimmu Borgir  and Satyricon, than the grittier sound of Bathory.

Earlier work, from their first release “Demo A.D. 2005”, which was well received both on the internet and independent zines, is more symphonic. In ‘Kamienna tablica’ sweeping piano & string sections writhe through machine-gun drumming, and rumbling bass. Songs such as ‘Anoil Swiatla’ juxtapose classical female vocals with demonic growling, reminiscent of Dimmu Borgir, or Cradle of Filth. The polish lyrics adding to the ethereal, dark atmosphere.

I’m happy to report, that after playing several concerts with big names in polish metal music (Christ Agony, Turbofor their demo in 2005-2006, Seven Main Sins are now back on the live scene. Recently performing at Metal to the Masses in E.B.G.B.S – Liverpool, and Sempiternal Festival, and with possibly of a set at 2018 Heavy Scotland Festival .

With Seven Main Sins’ new full length album “In The Shadow Of Death”, (scheduled release late autumn 2017) also imminent, I look forward to hearing more, and perhaps catching them live if I’m down their way or if they stumble anywhere near Lancashire.

Whether you love the brutality of Autopsy, the grooves of Bolt Thrower, or the high orchestral bombast of Dimmu Borgir, you should definitely give this upcoming band a listen.