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Falling Over
Falling Over
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4.0 out of 5 stars The good kind of weird., 17 April 2014
This review is from: Falling Over (Kindle Edition)
James Everington's world is a strange place indeed. On the surface he inhabits the same planet as the rest of us but his stories say otherwise. The places and people contained in these pages are superficially human, humdrum, normal even but beneath that veneer of normality lies a darkness, a weirdness which taints and obscures everything.

Within the ten stories here are tales of death, war, doppelgangers and dreams all with a disconcerting air of menace. The plots of these dark tales are secondary to the characters, settings and in particular the mood the author creates. We go from tales of the tabloid's ability to create monsters in Public Interest Story to Fate, Destiny and a Fat Man From Arkansas which is tinged with Lovecraftian horror as a pair of hapless criminals attempt to avoid their fates. Stories about death in Sick Leave and The Time of Their Lives and the very peculiar and very good The Man Dogs Hated.

My favourites are New Boy and the titular Falling Over, both set in humdrum places, an office and a student flat but both filled with dark menace, paranoia and dislocation, reminiscent of Ligotti or Samuels, these are excellent additions to any Weird fiction library.

The title of this collection says it all really, these tales evoke that moment of loss of control, that feeling of otherness, a helpless abandonment as paranoia and confusion reign supreme, when life pushes too hard and we fall. In between the darkness there are some intelligent points made about subjects as diverse as war and tabloid power but these never stifle the stories, instead they add another layer to Everington's excellent writing.

This is a fine collection of Weird fiction for those who love their horror well written, intelligent and liminal.


Tomandwill 33FCC Flute Case Cover - Hot Pink
Tomandwill 33FCC Flute Case Cover - Hot Pink
Price: 15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good protection, 21 Mar 2014
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Daughter is now touting this about the streets of Aberdeen while studying music at University, she loves it and it seems to offer good protection


Ampeg BA 108
Ampeg BA 108
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the fuses, 21 Mar 2014
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It's a great sounding bass amp but when played hard has a tendency to blow fuses. I didn't know this to start with and had to go through the hassle of returning the amp. Second time it happened I found replacement fuses in Maplins and did it myself easily.


iGadgitz S Line Black Durable Crystal Gel Skin (TPU) Case Cover for Sony Xperia SP Android Smartphone Mobile Phone + Screen Protector
iGadgitz S Line Black Durable Crystal Gel Skin (TPU) Case Cover for Sony Xperia SP Android Smartphone Mobile Phone + Screen Protector
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Price: 4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 21 Mar 2014
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Perfect fit, all the buttons still work but gives enough protection to withstand a fall, albeit a fairly minor one.


iTALKonline SuperClaw Universal Dashboard / Windscreen, Case Compatible (Use with or without your existing case!) Suction Mount In Car Holder For Sony Ericsson xPeria SP
iTALKonline SuperClaw Universal Dashboard / Windscreen, Case Compatible (Use with or without your existing case!) Suction Mount In Car Holder For Sony Ericsson xPeria SP
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Price: 9.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Won't stick, 21 Mar 2014
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Advertised as being suitable for attaching to the dash but it only works on the window. Not what I thought I was getting so beware, only buy if you want to attach to a window.


Ecozone Biobulb, Energy-Saving Daylight Bulb, Bayonet Cap B22, 25W Equivalent to 100w, 1750 Lumens, Full Spectrum, Daylight White 6500k, Uses 75% Less Energy. Ideal for suffers of S.A.D
Ecozone Biobulb, Energy-Saving Daylight Bulb, Bayonet Cap B22, 25W Equivalent to 100w, 1750 Lumens, Full Spectrum, Daylight White 6500k, Uses 75% Less Energy. Ideal for suffers of S.A.D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheery, 21 Mar 2014
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Very bright but no glare just bathes the room in a really natural daylight that is much whiter than most lightbulbs.


x 10 50w GU10 50w GU10 Halogen 220-240v Light Bulbs
x 10 50w GU10 50w GU10 Halogen 220-240v Light Bulbs
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Price: 5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Short lifespan, 21 Mar 2014
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Cheap product but don't necessarily last that long. If you don't mind changing them frequently then go for it but might be worth spending a little more for a longer lasting bulb.


Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) 800Mhz DDR2 RAM Memory For Apple Mac (KTA-MB800K2/4G)
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) 800Mhz DDR2 RAM Memory For Apple Mac (KTA-MB800K2/4G)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 21 Mar 2014
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Worked perfectly and easy to self fit, turbocharged my tired old imac. Makes a real difference to the speed of operation so a worthwhile and cheap upgrade.


Supertogether Pink Hearts Pattern Road Tax Disc Holder Skin Car Window Decal, Multi-Coloured
Supertogether Pink Hearts Pattern Road Tax Disc Holder Skin Car Window Decal, Multi-Coloured
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, does the job, 21 Mar 2014
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Not too much to this product, just a sticky label really but she who must be obeyed loves it and that's the main thing.


The Burning Soul: The Tenth Charlie Parker Thriller
The Burning Soul: The Tenth Charlie Parker Thriller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, emotional and thoughtful., 21 Mar 2014
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With The Burning Soul, John Connolly once again takes us into the dark and tortured world of Charlie Parker. For those unfamiliar with the series (and if that applies to you, get hold of a copy of Every Dead Thing as soon as possible and brace yourself), Charlie Parker is a private detective who is haunted both psychologically and supernaturally by the brutal murder of his wife and daughter at the hands of the Travelling Man.

In The Burning Soul, Parker has been hired to help a convicted child killer prove his innocence when local girl Anna Kore goes missing. The plot soon thickens as we get embroiled in all manner of local gossip, gang warfare and general small town disputes as things spiral to a conclusion.

Initially a slow burner, this book builds tension and mystery right to the final few pages but it differs from previous Parker books in a couple of crucial ways. John Connolly has never been afraid to inject his “crime” novels with an adrenaline pumping dose of supernatural horror. In books like The Lovers the supernatural elements were right at the forefront, kicking away the genre boundaries and producing writing that was all the better for it. This book holds back on the supernatural aspects, it’s still there in the ghostly messages and apparitions, but it’s used sparingly and with a light touch.

Secondly, Parker and his redoubtable allies, Angel and Louis have always been complex characters who frequently wear their hearts on their sleeves. This element has been significantly reigned back in this novel. Here the characters are much more matter of fact, there is an expectation that the reader will understand their dark history, the darkness is still there but is explained through actions rather than exposition.

All of which is probably because the plot, or rather the themes of this novel are, and must be, the prime focus. The complex morale issues at play here intertwine among the plot and characters to ask questions of the readers. Can a former child murderer be forgiven? Would you help such a person if your own family had suffered? Can time redeem mistakes carried out by youngsters? These are complex, difficult questions and in asking them John Connolly also relates them to real life cases such as the tragic James Bulger case. Only a writer of Connolly’s skill could pull this off but he does it with aplomb.

The lack of supernatural horror is a disappointment for me, Connolly has the skill to challenge the likes of King and Koontz with his mix of small town characters, engrossing plots and complex issues. This is still an excellent book though, thrilling, emotional and thoughtful, it once again proves that John Connolly is one of the most important genre writers around in whatever genre he chooses to write.


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