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Exhumed (Demons of Oblivion Book 4)
Exhumed (Demons of Oblivion Book 4)
Price: £3.22

5.0 out of 5 stars So Nate is awake..., 29 Dec 2013
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Back to Zara's POV for this fourth novel in the Demon's of Oblivion series. Nate awakens and Zara has to deal with the possibility that he is damaged or just plain pissed about being killed by his girlfriend in book one. We learn more about Zara's past, and whilst Zara tries to reconcile her fantasy boyfriend with reality, supernatural politics start to complicate matters even further. First of all don't be tempted to jump from book 1 to book 4 like I did. It's certainly possible to work out the overall narrative but the supporting characters lose their impact without their back stories, and some of the supernatural shenanigans are lost.

Whilst overall I really like the novel, and think that this is Cameron's strongest to date, Zara is an odd heroine and I didn't always find her POV a comfortable read. Cameron obviously feels under no obligation to make Zara likeable. You may feel Zara's backstory helps you to undertand how Ana reinvented herself as a vampire, but Cameron doesn't pull any punches in her character portrayal. I won't go into more detail but despite her humour, Zara has a darker edge than any other UF heroines I have come across, (eg Kate Daniels, Dory Basarab, Rachel Morgan, Anita Blake etc).

Fast paced action, more focus on Nate and Zara's relationship, a range of supporting characters and the threat of the Apolcalypse make for a varied and engaging read. This is rapidly turning into one of my favourite UF series and it's still a bargain on Kindle! The free short is from Mishka's POV set just before Bloodlines and clarifies just why she hired Zara to murder Nate in book 1.


Lineage (Demons of Oblivion Book 3)
Lineage (Demons of Oblivion Book 3)
Price: £2.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid action packed UF, 29 Dec 2013
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Third in the series and written from a new character's POV. Peri is a mercenary who is reluctantly biding her time to avenge the deaths of her husband and children. Being a quarter demon tends to give her special powers but also make her more prone to violence. Unsurprisingly Zara doesn't take too kindly to her hostility so there is a certain amount of tension in this book. Cameron succeeds in creating yet another UF heroine with a dark side; whilst she draws you in to empathise with Peri, Cameron still manages to avoid over sanitising her. Fast paced and full of action, Peri's demon aspects were well drawn and the extended story arch is beginning to develop further.

I especially enjoyed Nate's short at the end of my Kindle edition- it would have been a clear 5* had it been reviewed on its own. We get a glimpse of waking moments: his past and present are poignantly blended together in a way that is fragmented yet seamless.

This UF series is surprisingly well written and currently a bargain on Kindle. I highly recommend it. I have already read Exhumed and will certainly be going on to read Oblivion when it is released.


Sculpey III 1oz/ 28g Pastel Multi Pack Bar
Sculpey III 1oz/ 28g Pastel Multi Pack Bar
Offered by supermart USA
Price: £8.23

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 29 Dec 2013
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A good way of getting a selection of colours for a good price. Great if you have a child hooked on modelling. If you have not used it before, it works like plasticine but can be cooked in the oven on a low temperature to solidify the model. Very easy to use but watch bits being walked into the carpet. My daughter is 11 and loves it. Lots of tutorials on youtube if your child needs ideas.


Hunter (Demons of Oblivion Book 2)
Hunter (Demons of Oblivion Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 'softer' heroine than Zara, 29 Dec 2013
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Ryann is a less abrasive heroine than Zara Lain; younger, more naive and more empathetic. She is is a demon hunter, so the kick ass element remains, but being human it's her ass that tends to get kicked once she is out of the academy and dealing with supernaturals. Hunter is set in the same world as Bloodlines but a few years later and from Ryann's point of view. Cameron doesn't fill in all the gaps and introduces us to some new characters and a developing story arc.

The novel starts like Vampire Academy but happily Cameron is able to draw more into her narrative and the characters have a darker edge. Personally I prefer Zara to Ryann as a UF Heroine but this novel does show that Cameron has much more range as a writer than she showed in Bloodlines. I wasn't too keen on the sample chapter in Bloodlines; it seemed predictable but all in all Hunter is an enjoyable UF read which manages to keep a few surprises up its sleeve.


Bloodlines (Demons of Oblivion Book 1)
Bloodlines (Demons of Oblivion Book 1)
Price: £1.93

4.0 out of 5 stars fun holiday read, 21 Dec 2013
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I picked this up as a holiday read without expecting much, and it was surprisingly enjoyable: certainly worth the current offer price on Kindle of £1.94. This is a UF novel with a bit of love interest thrown in. Zara Lain is a 300 year old vampire, arrogant, vain, fast talking and pretty sure she can kick butt with the best of them. Naturally she is drawn into events beyond her control and the rest of the novel revolves around Zara's best efforts to come out of difficult situations unscathed. The characters aren't particularly engaging on an emotional level, Zara tries her best to come across as superficial and largely suceeds, so some readers may find her annoying. However if you like a sarcastic heroine you may find this fun. Not to be taken too seriously but as a fast read, perfectly enjoyable. May appeal to readers of Kate Daniels, Mercy and Dory/Cassie Palmer though it doesn't have the emotional range or more complex backdrop of those UF novels. Not so sure I would get numbers 2 and 3 as they focus on new characters but will check out Zara's reprise in book 4: Exhumed.


Walking Home
Walking Home
Price: £5.09

3.0 out of 5 stars rich prose but lacking a spark, 7 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Walking Home (Kindle Edition)
Walking home Simon Armitage
3.5 Reading this felt a little like walking the Penine way. Let me explain: I started optimistically, engaged by the jovial tone, eagerly reading the opening chapters entertained by the carefully considered prose, and looking up maps to chart the route. I paced myself, anticipating each chapter of an evening matching the pace of the walk. Then from about half way a sense of despondence settled rather like a fine mist and I rather suspected I would quietly sneak off before the fog finally descended.

It wasn't that Armitage's writing gradually deteriorated, but somehow I lost my way and I couldn't determine why. I just couldn't gain a real sense of direction or purpose and searching for it through google maps became tedious. Perhaps I felt frustrated by the black and white photographs that did less to place the journey than the descriptions. Perhaps it was the absence of maps to chart the progress. Either way something was missing. Given the ending, perhaps it did accurately chart Armitage's mood: it increasingly seemed to lack a joy or engagement with either the people he met or the journey itself. It began to feel like a chore, something he had committed to and felt obliged to finish. And yet, just as I was ready to give up I turned a page and was met by a blast of sunlight in the shape of a poem, all the more radiant for being placed unexpectedly in the midst of the prose. And perhaps it was as simple as that. Armitage is a poet.


An Apple for the Creature (Kate Daniels)
An Apple for the Creature (Kate Daniels)
Price: £4.74

4.0 out of 5 stars A varied anthology, 2 Dec 2013
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Overall I enjoyed this anthology. Although I bought it primarily for the Ilona Andrews story (about Julie starting school), the two strongest tales by far were Inphignia in Aulis by Mike Carey and Sympathy for the Bones by Marjorie Liu. Both were well written, engaging narratives clearly crafted as short stories rather than spin offs. Admittedly 3 of the stories were extremely dull, however at the present Kindle price this anthology is a bargain- a variety of authors and enough in there for a light entertaining read. Be warned, if you looking for sexy vampires, fairies or weres in the Sookie story you are going to be disappointed. If you liked Carey's story, it has been rewritten into a full length novel - The Girl with all the Gifts, due for release in Jan 2014.


King Richard II
King Richard II
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 25 Nov 2013
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“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;” (5v)
I can't believe how long it has taken me to discover this jewel of a play. I bow to Greg Doran's production, David Tennant's Richard II, complete with red hair extensions, and the RSC's 2013 cast. A stunning production which led me to read and reread this several times despite having avoided the history plays for many years. Tennant brought out the beauty of Shakespeare's language and walked the tightrope between an arrogant, self aggrandising king convinced of his divine right to rule, and a vulnerable man facing his own mortality. As Bolinbroke's star comes into the ascendant so, surprisingly, sympathy for him wanes and Richard's moral superiority rises. Shakespeare has created a fascinating hero. He may be irritating as hell and sometimes bordering on the ridiculous, yet it is Richard's speeches I am constantly drawn to. One of the masterful strokes in this play is that the politics always seem murky, roles are frequently reversed, we never quite know the truth of Gloucester's murder, who has been deceiving whom, or who will commit the next treasonous act. And have I mentioned Shakespeare's language? Just stunning. Yet so compact.

Richard II to Bolingbroke “Good king, great king, and yet not greatly good,” (4i) Unpick that, and yet, ostensibly it's a throwaway line; the play is full of them. How does Shakespeare do it?

Having said that, I think this is a play that is begging to be seen not read. If this play has not stunned you on a reading, go and watch a good performance; so much is in the nuances of the language. During Elizabeth's reign the play was so politically explosive that the deposition scene could be performed, but could not be recorded as the written copy was treasonous. It wasn't published in full till 1608. In 1601,the Duke of Essex commissioned a public performance of a play, thought to be Richard II. The next morning he started a rebellion. (He was captured. The players were held for questioning but later released - however they performed the play at royal command to Elizabeth I the night before Essex was executed.) Explosive stuff.

As for a summary of the play, just 9 words from Richard will do it: “Give me the crown. Here, cousin, seize the crown;” (4i) Game of Thrones anyone?


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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing quality, 17 Nov 2013
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Arrived quickly, but the print was of a disappointing quality. This was due to be a present but I had to send it back: the quality of the printing made it unsuitable - it was grainy (though it looked like it should be an smooth even print as the colours are bold) . Refund was arranged promptly and without fuss. The seller said they sold many with no complaints. It may be I was unlucky and just happened to get one that looked like a second. Might look better on a differnt base colour than black.


Yamaha F310 Full-Size Acoustic Guitar Basic Start Pack (Natural)
Yamaha F310 Full-Size Acoustic Guitar Basic Start Pack (Natural)
Price: £103.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 17 Nov 2013
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This was a present for my 17yr old daughter who plays other instruments including the eukalele but not the guitar. A good price and the guitar seems to have nice resonance and a good sound. My only concern is that a full size guitar is quite big; a travel guitar like the Taylor baby might have been less intimidating (though it would have been 3 times the price).
As a non player, I would say that this is a nice starter instrument. It will be a while before any of us feels that she has outgrown the sound quality. The seller offered a great price - it was a returned guitar, but new. Though the box was a bit battered the guitar was in perfect condition. Tuning is easy and reliable. If you need the packaging to be pristine then this is not the deal for you, but for me a battered cardboard box was well worth the saving.
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