Book Review Forgotten Things-Stephen Mullaney-Westwood

I loved that this story is set in early 1980s, with many references to my own childhood. Geeking-out on books about unexplained Mysteries, wandering through woods, listening to my Dad’s tales, & hunting ghosts in abandoned buildings. Yes, we did pretend to be Ghost Busters!
Forgotten ThingsForgotten Things by Stephen Mullaney-Westwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt as if I was pixie-led into this book. The reader, along with the main character Adam, is lead into the woodland world of the fae. The writing is lyrical, as full of life as the woods, and captures the sense of magic and wonder, and also the danger and mystery.
Through young Adam’s eyes we see, feel, taste, smell and hear the woods, and glimpse the creatures which inhabit them. The voice of each character is distinct, yet filtered through the young boy’s perspective. We see them as he does, but also the reality from the older Adam recalling events. Narrative from his older self foregrounds more sinister events to come. This novel was both enchanting, and disturbing with a macabre twist.
The first person past tense is descriptive. Through young Adam’s eyes we see, feel, taste, smell and hear the woods, and glimpse the creatures which inhabit them. Reading the first half of this book is an immersive experience, rather like a path-working into the woods. Then, as events unravel, we are pulled back into the real (or rather the ‘mundane’) world to see the repercussions of when our human world and the Faery’s realm collide.
While the ending perfectly rounds off the story,with Adam understandably changed by his experiences, it left me with a sense of melancholy.
Like faeries, this story is filled with magic and wonder, but also has a darker side.

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I’m looking forward to reading more of Stephen Mullany-Westwoods books. I already have the short story collection Unforgotten Tales, and I’m lucky to have won a signed copy of his latest book Paradise Shift . I’ll probably read them while listening to some of his music, for an immersive experience.

He  has a cool YouTube channel with videos on nature, writing, retro toys, and dark fantasy movies.

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BOOK REVIEW-SciFan™ Magazine February 2017- R.M. Mulder

A great mix of the sci-fi/ fantasy genre. And there’s a preview of a TheSecretKing story  by Dawn Chapman.

SciFan™ Magazine February 2017: A Science Fantasy Digital EditorialSciFan™ Magazine February 2017: A Science Fantasy Digital Editorial by R.M. Mulder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something for every sci-fi & fantasy fan. An eclectic mix of short stories, teasers & serials from sci-fi on an alien planet, high fantasy, steam punk, to supernatural detective noir. I look forward to reading the other issues.

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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-Crimson Death-Laurell K. Hamilton

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Anita Blake novel took a while to get going, but soon hooked me with the return of another familiar character from Anita’s past, and the excitement of wondering who or what she’d meet on her travels.

Yet again Blake has managed to find a new twist to the vampire genre, bringing a whole new level of danger to threaten her characters.
The climax was perfect, despite the fact that we pretty much know our heroine will survive to see another supernatural case in this long-running series, there was still a sense of jeopardy that our beloved characters lives and sanity are at stake.

I’m all about the mystery solving, fights and supernatural, and Crimson Death gave it all.

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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.

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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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