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The Ballerina and the Revolutionary
The Ballerina and the Revolutionary
Price: 1.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Distracted by reading this, I may have got a little sunburned., 7 July 2014
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A different style of story from Carmilla, ok as you get into it there are familiar ideals, but this book centers more on a monolingual character development than any other so far.
As Carmilla's most disfunctional character yet, they are also the most likable, understandable and innocent.


Basement Beauty
Basement Beauty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, that was different., 7 July 2014
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This review is from: Basement Beauty (Kindle Edition)
Great presentation of people flaws and all.
You know how someone's best friend can be another person's idea of everything they hate. Carmilla shows us the multi sided personalities of her characters from everyone's perspective. At the same time people are wondering what other's see in them or what they see in each other, the are dealing with murder, abduction and....... monsters.


Black Sun (Starblood Trilogy Book 3)
Black Sun (Starblood Trilogy Book 3)
Price: 1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great finish, 7 July 2014
The best of the three.
Carmilla's style matures with the characters during the book.
Their imperfections show, making them more human, or not?
With just sufficient questions left, there is still curiosity while the book reaches a brave conclusion.


Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft [DVD]
Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft [DVD]
Dvd ~ Booboo Stewart
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Price: 4.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is a zero rateing possible?, 21 Nov 2013
If you bought this then hopefully you were expecting "Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters".

The only merit this film has it that they could have made it longer, they had not problem replaying the same stock scenes many, many times.


SHIVER SWEET
SHIVER SWEET
Price: 2.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 12 Nov 2012
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This review is from: SHIVER SWEET (Kindle Edition)
Most importantly I enjoyed it.

It took a little time to get into it and I found the story seemed to jump around a bit. I realised this is because I found it difficult to follow the characters perspective. I found the supporting character Nicola more appealing than the lead Christa, who we should get a better insight of due to the first person narrative. Actually the tortured personality of the bad girl evokes both sympathy and disgust.

Definitely a book written about girls for girls to read. The male characters have shallower personalties and we only see them through how they affect or interact with the women in the story.

The plot is interesting, both in its overall conception and sequence. There are a number of plot-time occurrences which strain logic as well as some illogical behaviour and a couple of technical issues that just don't fit. I won't ruin it for you by giving away all the details and it is certainly worth reading to decide for yourself.

With a little work on the plot holes and some more supporting character development, especially they guys, this could work quite nicely and on a very low budget in film.


Starblood
Starblood

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality leakes out., 24 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Starblood (Kindle Edition)
While the story mixes horror, fantasy and eroticism; there is an honesty to the writing when dealing with real world elements. People who have experienced relationship breakups, flatmate issues or Gothic lifestyle will find familiar elements in the observations of the author. Carmilla writes with a awareness that make you wonder what kind of people she is hanging around with.

This is a well worked first novel. The character behaviour makes the story work more than anything else. Each, even the non human ones, stays true to their personalities and the reader finds different individuals behaving and interacting as they could be expected to; with some shocking exceptions! Just like real people.

If you are into Gothic writing then you will get what you expect from this. If you are wanting to wander into a little different territory from mainstream horror then dip your toe in. You never know, you might like it.


Apocalypse Cow
Apocalypse Cow
by Michael Logan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Punny but more of a fledgling horror., 16 July 2012
This review is from: Apocalypse Cow (Hardcover)
Is it a comedy, is it a horror? Despite the various comments, the initial cover art & title impression I found this to be a straightforward adventure tale where the humour arrives as puns, situation comedy and observation. Occasionally there is a joke, just after the apparent punch line which can surprise you and sometimes it is really quite witty. There is no great element of fear even when characters are eliminated, in part this is because the book sits in that comedy-horror hybrid e.g. Shaun of the dead, so when someone dies you have not been set up for empathy or fear as you may have been in a dedicated horror. I think the book works best as an adventure story, where the funny or ironic can still be appreciated.

I found much of the physical and social geographical familiar. Perhaps it is a Glasgow upbringing but several times I found myself thinking "so it's not just me who thought/experienced that". More could have been done with the physical imagery to bring the Glasgow experience but this would risk the book becoming a little parochial and may just annoy those who have not delighted in our great city.

The under plot is not complicated government experiment, conspiracy/cover-up,... there are few surprises surrounding this, but a couple of elegant touches. It is the eclectic characters from one-dimensional bullies to the more divers and shaped thinking adults, at least some of them, who form the true shape of the book. This is an early work from Michael Logan and I will be interested to see how his style develops.

Fundamentally it comes down to this, as a book I enjoyed reading it, had quite a few direct laughs and even more surprise ones. I empathised with some of the characters and recognised aspects of the others in people I have known so the book felt real, despite the zombie element. I would happily recommend this to others and because I enjoyed it will be likely to buy the next publication by Michael Logan.


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