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Olympus A.D.
Olympus A.D.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping sci-fi novel with some action & revenge thrown in, 24 Jun 2014
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I'm not usually drawn to sci-fi books or movies but I have a thing for debut authors and thought I'd give this book a go and by hell am I pleased I did.
Although it is set in the future, I felt that other themes were strong throughout this book. It was full of action, blood, guts and thrills. I loved the cool persistence of the main character, Jack and how we are introduced to his past along the way.
I was extremely impressed by AJ Waters writing style and character development. For a novella, I felt that it was just as graphic as I like my books to be without over indulging in any unnecessary details.
A great fun, quick read to lose yourself in, I will recommend and be looking out for future work by this author.


On Writing
On Writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 11 Jun 2014
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I've loved Stephen King's writing since I was ten years old (some twenty years) and after reading On Writing, I love the author equally. What a brilliant read for an aspiring writer. I'm midway through my second novel and I'll be sure to take a lot of what King says on board. An interesting read for anyone who's missed out on writing lectures and seminars, I doubt there's much more a great writer needs to know (however, a good writer may need to take those lessons..)


The Ghosts of Sleath: A David Ash novel
The Ghosts of Sleath: A David Ash novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ghost story with depth, 11 Jun 2014
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I've not read much of Herbert's writing, I think only The Secrets of Crickley Hall and Haunted - both I enjoyed. I was recommended The Ghosts of Sleath by a competition winner on my FaceBook page so I took the recommendation and chose this haunted little tale as a holiday read.

Obviously Herbert's writing is immaculate but I find at times, a little too descriptive. I like to envision what the author has in mind but I don't need to know every detail. Sometimes, in this book particularly, I found it to be a little too much and sometimes slowed down the pace.

His character development and structure was spot on and I became quite fond of Ash and his somewhat disheartening paranormal encounters.

There were a few chills throughout the book but somehow I wanted more. I find this with almost every paranormal book I read though - besides, perhaps, Susan Hill's, Woman in Black or Stephen King’s, The Shining, which for me were spot on. I thought that The Ghosts of Sleath lacked the atmosphere that I felt was needed to have made it scarier but that's just my personal opinion. It's hard for any author to grasp the ability to create the darkness that's waiting to be awakened in every reader's mind and although Herbert touched upon it a few times, he didn't quite unleash it.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely; it's a great story and perfect for anyone looking for a creepy tale with quite an unusual plot.


In the Tall Grass
In the Tall Grass
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what all the fuss is about. Just OK., 11 Jun 2014
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I'm a huge King fan, I don't know why but I've grown so accustomed to his writing that I find myself missing his style if I'm to read horror by anyone other than him. I only came across this short recently and was dying to know what all the fuss was about. I read the book in one sitting, the pace moves the story forward so it's easy enough to finish.

It takes a lot to make me flinch when it comes to horror (in literature and on the big screen) and although In the Tall Grass does have a stab at some very controversial material, it didn't offend me like some other reviewers suggest. I just found the whole story a little unnecessary. It didn't have any purpose or meaning, it didn't have much of an explanation and although it held my attention, I can't say that I enjoyed it as the entire time I was hoping that something was going to happen besides the repetitive sequence that the second half of the book entails.

It's only a short read and was easy to get through but for the money, there are better titles to be read.


Look Behind You
Look Behind You

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5.0 out of 5 stars An enticingly fun read, 11 Jun 2014
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This is the first book I've read by Sibel Hodge and it wont be my last. I didn't really know what to expect but the reviews tempted me and I'm pleased they did.

I loved the pace of the book, the character development and interaction. I enjoyed the relationships within the story which had so many twists and turns it left me dizzy. I don't want to give too much away but I loved the ending - great turnaround.

For me it was like watching one of those movies you never want to end and although satisfying, I wanted more - just because I enjoyed the read so much. It was simple yet intriguing. An easy read, a real page turner that I flew through in a few days (I only read when I'm chained to a cross trainer!)

Would I recommend? Yes. Have I downloaded more books by this author? Yes.

It's a no-brainer, add it to your reading list.


Psycho Save Us (The Psycho Series, Book 1)
Psycho Save Us (The Psycho Series, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 3 Jun 2014
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Psycho Save Us is an extremely well written gem that really hasn't had the praise that it deserves - especially in the UK. It's not often I find a book, or a writer that really pulls me in, has my full attention gripped and in places, has me on the edge of my seat. A craft that isn't easy and a skill which doesn't often show itself but Chad Huskins really does know the art of suspense.

Psycho Save Us is the story of a psychopathic killer, Spencer who has telepathic powers that draws him into a world of child porn, kidnap and revenge. Think Carrie White meets Hannibal Lecture but more angry and lacking in any emotion, in short - a nasty piece of work.

Huskin's character description, use of language and location is perfectly paced throughout the novel and I love that the end is left open for the sequel which I have already downloaded.

The thing I find most disturbing is that after reading about all of the gruesome murders and innocent people Spencer has killed and mutilated throughout his dark past, I am drawn to his character and found myself routing for him throughout the book. I'm not sure what this says about me but as a horror writer myself, I think we all have a little psycho inside us.

Anyway a fantastic book that although I wouldn't describe as horror in the monster/paranormal sence but horror in the slightly more true to life, this-could-really-happen kind of way. Don't even think about it, so long as some bad language doesn't offend you, I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this read.

I heard along the grapevine that this is being made into a movie - awesome!
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Thorns of an Innocent Soul
Thorns of an Innocent Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read for a winters night, 3 Mar 2014
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This is the second of Barbara's books that I've read (the first being Hollowing Screams). Although less of a horror and more of a thriller focusing on the main characters relationships and dramas, I feel that Thorns of an Innocent Soul is by far superior. Barbara's writing has improved considerably, I loved her use of description & language, it was never wasted and allowed the reader to bond with characters, gaining a clear picture of the settings. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read in one sitting. I was keen to get to the end to know how Jen seeked her revenge. It flowed well and had me on the edge of my seat. A very well written novella, that you won't put down until it's finished. Well done Barbara, I will be recommending to friends.


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