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Smiffys Chameleon Hat
Smiffys Chameleon Hat
Price: £8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Well - it worked for me. Everyone knew who ..., 3 Sep 2014
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Well - it worked for me. Everyone knew who I was meant to be and it was popular enough to be 'borrowed' by other party goers.


The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always - there is a devil in paradise..., 3 Sep 2014
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Where to start? First, this is Science Fiction not Fantasy. The only vampires you are going to find are gamers, and the only trolls are the on-line variety. So get ready to concentrate.
On the surface skin of this first story in the series (The Atopia Chronicles) we have an artificial island, and impending man-made disaster (possibly to do with the weather wars), and a bunch of relatives and friends we tag as they give their views of developing events. A circle of events seen from many ‘sides’ that build a picture of the world and the characters.
Be careful what you wish for. One of the first characters we meet is Olympia Onassis (what a great name). Not someone I could sympathise with but I love the way she is drawn. Next comes Commander Rick Strong, an ex-military man who is fighting his past and losing the battle to understand his wife’s depression. Then the main characters start to appear: a multi-millionaire dancing with Death on a minute by minute basis, a gamer/surfer and his (almost) equally wasted mates, a top scientist and her very much younger niece, all living in and between two different worlds – the real and the virtual.
What is the difference between one and the other? We have been here before, on the cusp of understanding something we can almost grasp. Between where we are and where we could be. Only we have never had so many options, never been so near to touching them. The Matrix, Tron, a chase through virtual worlds with Tadd Williams, the neural net of Iain M banks, all have offered explanations, glimpses of a world almost in sight. But tell me, what if you could merge with Google Earth, Facebook, Twitter? What if the next app you bought uploaded not to your phone, but to you? If you could have whatever you wanted virtually, would the real world be worth holding onto?
This story has heroes and villains, lost souls and lost bodies, human dilemmas, needs and desires. All changes, yet so much remains the same in the dark, hidden human heart.
Hang on in there. Look around you


Moonlight (Pact Arcanum Book 3)
Moonlight (Pact Arcanum Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sticking with it..., 29 July 2014
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If you are up to book 3 of this series then you pretty well know what to expect, and it does not disappoint. Starting with a bang (and the usual suspects) it undergoes a sea-change about half way through by introducing a new entity to influence events. This will change the way the story moves forwards, adding new complexity. So, what else do we have here? Duplicitous politicians, secrets you don't tell the wife, underground resistance movements plus a new life form.


Sunrise (Pact Arcanum Book 2)
Sunrise (Pact Arcanum Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the ordinary, 8 Jun 2014
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An extraordinary blend of fantasy and si/fi. Vampires, and their natural enemies the Sentinels, have lived within, yet separate from, human society for thousands of years. A terrorist incident is interrupted, live on air, by a vampire, setting in motion the outing of these all too real creatures. How does humanity react? What about the ancient vampire Courts? They've hidden within the midst of their prey, but will they now go for all out war against them? And what about the Day Walkers - vampires with souls? I love the complexity of this world view, with its differently effected humans, once-humans, magicians, shapeshifters, telepaths. The vampires with their elaborate titles, their arcane rules of honour, the Sentinels' hi-tech innovations and the Night Walkers' trad gothic environments. There is complexity within the interpersonal relationships too, with an abundance of characters, the main one in this book being Nick, who displays split characterisation between his private and public persona. Brilliant.


Dark Geist
Dark Geist
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters but very fluffy..., 5 May 2014
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...considering the contents that is. Here we have an insecure, nerdy outsider, who can link telepathically to murder victims. He is with them while they are dissected, taking their pain, holding on to the last moment so they are not left alone and in fear. He is being coerced/mentally abused/controlled by his father. Out walking he comes across a busker who's music is spellbinding. (A succubus of sorts.) Together they start to track down a serial killer. This could have been very edgy, instead it borders on whimsey e.g. when a wave of a hand changes a homophobic bully into a dazed somnambulist, which was just too easy. It wasn't that I didn't like the characters, I just wanted to give them a good shaking before the world they were living in did it for me.


The Vampire from Hell (Part 1) - The Beginning
The Vampire from Hell (Part 1) - The Beginning
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frothy as a cappuccino., 5 May 2014
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I can see this doing well. Starts off (prologue) in Hell. Things happen, quickly, going from the boredom of an office job to the exasperation of another training session with dad (Satan)and a bitch-out with sis. Hey, next thing you know dad's dripping something nasty into your drink and you are transform into something a bit uncontrollable before being whisked away into a Californian tooth whitening commercial, where the view of the sea from the balcony is perfect, the guys in charge wear seriously smart Italian suits, the guys that come visit wear gym shorts that show to perfection their perfect legs, and even Death comes across as a bit of a tussled, wannabe bad boy who's only just given up the black leather jacket on advice from the boss.
Light, fluffy, totally non-threatening. Heaven, hell, Satan, hell hounds, Death, zombies, a vampire struggling to come to terms with her new, untested super powers. What's not to like? The pacing is good enough, description better on the pretty stuff than the bad. The impression of a young person finding herself out of her depth in a room of (sort of) adults is well done. The baddies - well - this to me is the problem. I like my well rotted meat falling from the bone, my angels to sound like they've experienced eons of creation (as in Angels Over Berlin) and therefore have a certain depth of perception, my Satan to be at the very least creepy.
I can see this series becoming very popular. A New Adult audience will, I'm sure, lap it up. Nothing wrong with that, all the best to you Ally, I wish you nothing but success. In the meantime I shall be searching cobwebby corners for something that gives me the frisson of edgy darkness I haven't yet found in this book, something heavy with the heft of ages behind its slow breathing shadows, and the clammy feel of breath on the neck.


Someone to Keep Me (Collars & Cuffs Book 3)
Someone to Keep Me (Collars & Cuffs Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused, 1 May 2014
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This didn't do it for me. Almost but not quite. Scott, main character one, was too naive to be true. Ben, main character two, was far too indecisive, especially for a Dom. (One change of mind too many.) The cardboard cut out parents were simply not believable, and more to the point distracted from what could have been a brave and gritty plot line involving the reason Scott was not picked up at the airport in the first place. Disappointing.


Special Delivery
Special Delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and tender, 7 April 2014
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Well what's not to like
Twenty year old Sam is miserable and his life is stuck on hold. Working for his sour puss aunt and paying to live in her basement is doing nothing for his self esteem, his so called love life sucks desperately, and its taking him forever to get through college part time. Madness strikes in the shape of one hot trucker, and the next thing you know he is off on a tour through the states discovering as much about himself as the wide open spaces of America. Loved it. Hot from beginning to end combined with a tender relationship that has its patches.


Fanged: An M/M Erotic Anthology
Fanged: An M/M Erotic Anthology
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp and pointy, 6 April 2014
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Five short shorts.
vampires as you really can imagine they would be. Not a soft touch between them. Not a book I will read once and discard but one to read and keep.


Sheila (A Short Story)
Sheila (A Short Story)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written SF short, 24 Feb 2014
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Well - it is about a robot dog so counts as SF, but mainly it is about relationships and duties, between man and other animals, between man and society, man and his perceived obligations to those he relates to, those he has loved. Yes - you can see where this is going. Yes - you can guess the ending. It still hits home. That encapsulation of a wider society's indifference to the plight of an individual, is presented to the reader in a few short, poignant pages. Well crafted. One to keep.


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