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Stocking Fillers: Twelve Short Stories for Christmas
Stocking Fillers: Twelve Short Stories for Christmas
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stocking Fillers features 12 funny, thoughtful, 19 Nov. 2014
A delightful celebration of all things Christmas, Stocking Fillers features 12 funny, thoughtful, surprising and heartwarming tales that will get you in the festive spirit. Debbie Young's writing is thoroughly engaging. If you're looking to put some of the magic back into Christmas, and rediscover the reason for the season, start by treating yourself to this lovely read.


The Cold Calling
The Cold Calling
Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling, thrilling murder mystery, 30 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Cold Calling (Kindle Edition)
The very talented Phil Rickman has turned out a ripping yarn set in the mysterious Welsh borderlands.
With a cast of well-drawn characters, including the debut of jaded copper Bobby Maiden, readers can expect more of the witty, realistic dialogue that has become Rickman's hallmark.
A serial killer is on the loose and the body count is climbing.
But these are no simple murders, with overtones of the supernatural guiding the killer's hand.
Atmospheric and entertaining, The Cold Calling will leave you thoroughly chilled and thrilled. Stirred, and definitely shaken!


ORANG PENDEK: Sumatra's Forgotten Ape
ORANG PENDEK: Sumatra's Forgotten Ape
by Richard Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeman explores Indonesian enigma, 26 July 2012
Richard Freeman has done what few people have - chased his cryptozoological quarries to all four corners of the globe with a tenaciousness and singlemindedness shared by few.

This book is the culmination of his many years' worth of expeditions to the Indonesian island of Sumatra in search of the so-called Orang pendek (literally meaning 'short person' in the native tongue), thought to be an unknown species of ape and reported since the Dutch first set foot on indonesian soil and - temporarily - claimed the territory as their own.

Richard has spoken to just about anyone and everyone who has had anything to do with tracking this Southern Hemisphere enigma. And - I should declare this upfront - I myself have accompanied him on one of his expeditions and can attest it's not for the faint-hearted (or the unfit!).

While concrete definitive evidence of the animal remains, for now, elusive, it can't be far off. On an island that still harbours an amazing diversity of creatures that includes leopards, tigers, orangutans, rhinos and many others, an undiscovered species of ape isn't as far-fetched as it might otherwise sound.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book - the most comprehensive study to date on the Orang pendek.


Green Unpleasant Land
Green Unpleasant Land
by Richard Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All the ingredients for a frightful night!, 24 July 2012
This review is from: Green Unpleasant Land (Paperback)
I've been looking forward to reading this volume of short stories for some time, having had the pleasure of reading Richard Freeman's excellent short story Drake's Brier a few years ago.
This is horror as it was meant to be - leaving the reader with a creeping sense of unease as the layers of normality are peeled back to expose the primal fears lying just below the surface.
It's hard to choose favourites, but Old Boneless is up there - a cheeky stab at the frauds and feverish excitement around 'ghost-hunting' that shows such as Most Haunted have sparked. Drake's Brier is a close second, where a legendary beast is roused from its slumber with dire consequences.
Green, Unpleasant Land is a love letter to British horror.
And it will have you looking over your shoulder, under the bed and in the cupboard long after you have read the last story!


Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore
Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore
by Melusine Draco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Book casts a spell, 3 Jun. 2012
In this beautifully written book, Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore, author and occultist Melusine Draco explores the witchcraft lore and legend surrounding the seashore.
Draco is no newcomer to the field, and writes with an authority befitting her many years of experience, trained as she was by well-known occultists Bob and Meriem Clay-Egerton.
And a clue to her affinity with water comes from her name - the musical-sounding `Melusine' is also the name of a water spirit mentioned in European folklore.
This book is a concise blend of ancient and contemporary witchcraft - spells, legend and lore, correspondences - and imparts in the reader a deep abiding respect and love for the ocean.
Witches have long been reputed to be able to control the weather, and thus influence the behaviour of the seas by unleashing powerful winds.
Harnessing the energies of the tides and the element of water, Draco's words tie together her spells and enchantments as effectively as the knot magic that she also explores in this book.
Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore will certainly weave its own spell over you - few contemporary occult books can boast the rare combination of accessible language and original content.
You will be hooked from the first word and, like me, cheerfully resigned to collecting Melusine's other fascinating titles.


Weird Waters: The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia and the Baltic States
Weird Waters: The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia and the Baltic States
by Lars Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping read that delivers the goods, 18 Nov. 2011
In this refreshingly new exploration of the world of water monsters, Lars Thomas side-steps the usual dry and dusty catalogues of sightings and instead explores the little-reported ripping yarns of Scandinavia and the Baltic states.
Globsters, blobsters, merfolk, big-finned mystery marine leviathans, furry freaky fish, worms, water-horses and bird-eaters populate the pages of this newest addition to the water monster annals.
I particularly love the stories about the merfolk and how, in some parts, it was customary to leave a sacrifice each Christmas to keep them placated. Virgins perhaps? Our witness doesn't elaborate, but it's certainly (and thankfully) not the stuff of Disney's The Little Mermaid!
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it's certainly a great choice if you're looking for a handsome (I LOVE the cover!) and memorable gift.


Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo
Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo
by Bob Rickard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip to the 'zoo' like no other, 18 Nov. 2011
Anyone who is a long-time fan of Fortean Times magazine will be familiar with Dr Karl Shuker's entertaining column of all things cryptozoology and beyond - the Alien Zoo.
This book is a collection of material that has appeared in those columns over the years, and even has the stamp of approval from Editor David Sutton, who is generous in his praise for Karl's work.
Alien Zoo is a 'trip to the zoo' like no others, crammed full of biological mysteries and oddities, with something fresh and intriguing on every page.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs including a hitherto unpublished photo of the tasmanian Tiger, this alone making the book worth the price for any cryptozoology enthusiast, collector or student of natural history.


When Bigfoot Attacks
When Bigfoot Attacks
by Michael Newton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Be afraid, be very afraid!, 18 Nov. 2011
This review is from: When Bigfoot Attacks (Paperback)
Prolific author Michael Newton has trotted out another must for the bookshelf - a book dedicated to the 'dark side' of Bigfoot.
Written in an engaging style, Newton has offered up the kinds of stories you don't usually hear about Bigfoot and his hairy counterparts - man-eaters, wife-stealers, fierce forest-dwelling cannibal giants to be avoided at all costs, not pursued by the curious and unwary.
Forget Harry and the Hendersons - this is pure creature feature!
Don't take this one camping...


Tetrapod Zoology Book One
Tetrapod Zoology Book One
by Steve Backshall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and enlightening - a must buy!, 18 Nov. 2011
Dr Darren Naish makes science interesting - really, he does!
As a fellow reviewer mentions, he runs one of the most fascinating blogs on the Internet, holding forth on a range of zoological and paleontological subjects and sharing his own original ideas and insights.
This book offers up a selection of some of Naish's most popular posts from the early days of his blog, Tetrapod Zoology.
I recently read this book cover to cover while camping in the jungle (the irony didn't escape me - reading a book of blog posts in a place with no computer, let alone Internet connection!).
Not only did the series of enlightening essays keep me enraptured while tropical storms raged, making hiking impossible, I picked up some fantastic further reading recommendations - Naish has excellent taste in books!
I would definitely recommend Tetrapod Zoology Booke One - and can't wait for Books Two, Three, Four and Five or however many other companion volumes are issued.
Well worth the money.


Marco and the Blade of Night
Marco and the Blade of Night
by Thom Madley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Marco is back for more, 26 Jun. 2009
Marco's summer in Glastonbury stretches on, and it seems no sooner has he battled the evil anti-grail shrouded in the city's mystical heart, he is back in the thick of things.
Now firm friends with Grandad 'Woolly' Woollaston and many of the 'Watchers of Avalon', the self-styled guardians of the mystical town's wellbeing, Marco is settling in to the Glasto way of life.
But the discovery of a strange sword stirs up a whole new kind of trouble for Marco and his friends.
And this time the danger is very real. But in 'solving' the riddle, have they walked into a trap that could require the ultimate sacrifice - their lives?
Well you'll only find out if you buy the bloody book, won't you?
If you loved JK Rowling's Harry Potetr books and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, then you haven't been dazzled by the greatness of the Marco books - yet. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


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