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High Moor
High Moor
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old school Horror, 7 Jun 2014
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This has been on my reading list for a while, but it was well worth the read. An old-school werewolf story, set in Northern England it starts in the year 2000, but the story soon shifts back to the 1980s. It helps to understand the setting here; Thatcherite Britain, a run-down town with high unemployment, depression, and the malaise which fell over a lot of the country at this time. The main characters in the early part of the book are children raised in working class houses, with little concept that things will get better, alcoholic and violent parents and an overworked police force. Bring into the mix the prejudices of the time and you have a rather dark background. Then a werewolf arrives….
The book is violent, this is no shifter romance, but a brutal and horrifying account, reminiscent of wolfman films and older stories. The werewolves are not nice, they kill, they eat people and they cause total mayhem. That said there is some real depth and emotion in this book, the fear of the townsfolk, the bravery of those who seek to hunt the killers and the despair of John, the main protagonist. Some of the writing is superb, with vivid descriptions, dark humour and a fast pace which keeps up all the way through.
My only complaints were the slight implausibility of part of the ending, and the cliff-hanger, although the story was concluded well enough. I will definitely read the second part of the series.
Overall a great read, with fast paced action, terrifying monsters, but a few touching scenes. Well worth it!

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The Amazing Spider-Man [DVD] [2012]
The Amazing Spider-Man [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Emma Stone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spidey senses tingling, 30 May 2014
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A better and darker Spider-man movie than the others. There is a bit of humour and a lot of action in this film. Leads into follow-ups nicely enough.


Linens Limited Polycotton Hollowfibre Non-Allergenic Pillows, 2 Pack
Linens Limited Polycotton Hollowfibre Non-Allergenic Pillows, 2 Pack
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soft and fluffy, 30 May 2014
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Nice, good quality pillows which are soft and comfortable. Helps my neck problem and much better. Would recommend this product.


1000 Years of Annoying the French
1000 Years of Annoying the French
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun, a bit of history, 27 May 2014
Not a bad read, if a little one sided. I'd love to read the French equivalent. That said the Brits don't come out shiny either.

Some interesting history and lesser known aspects of European strife and a lot of humour. Wouldn't mind knowing all the sources however.


The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl (Sacred Band of Stepsons:  Sacred Band Tales)
The Fish the Fighters and the Song-Girl (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and many layered, 5 May 2014
This is another great collection of stories from the Thieves’ World/Sacred Band of Stepsons mythos seamlessly woven into a larger tale of what starts out as a simple journey. However nothing is simple where the demigod Tempus and his band of fighters is concerned, at a whim of one god or other as they are.
Some of the stories recount previous adventures, cunningly sculpted as a training tool for the younger Stepsons, and some are new, reminding the reader of why this series and this world are so exquisitely crafted. There is humour, albeit dark, love in many forms, loyalty above and beyond the norm, and of course a good helping of heroes - mythic and mysterious, dangerous and deadly but heroes nonetheless. These are heroes in the mould of Odysseus or Beowulf, and the tales bring the reader closer to our mythic past.
The action starts early and does not let up, even for a moment, and the reader is drawn into the tempestuous world of war and its aftermath and is not for the faint of heart. This is gritty and many-layered with characters real enough to stay with a reader for some time to come.


Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
Invisible Romans: Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting topic, 1 May 2014
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An interesting book dealing with the little known aspects of Roman society as most sources deal with the elite - largely becuase the elite and those who write for and about them left far more sources from which to work. Most of the sources used here are from funerary or fiction accounts, such as Golden Ass or the graves of slaves and other poor workers. The Elite had the means to leave us better records, the poor folk did not.

It was nice to see someone speaking up for the 'Invisibles' in this society - such as slaves/freedmen, women, the poor and the more common soldier or gladiators and mostly the topics were dealt with in some detail, sources were referenced and the authors arguments were coherent.

However, the chapter on outlaws and pirates was a bit vague and I am not sure was needed, although the authors comments about 'otherlaw' vs 'outlaw' and the bandits not wanting to actually change the rulung elite just simply not be subject to itslaws were interesting. There were also quite a few generalisations and the bible was quoted and used as source material, which I am not sure really worked for me. Although some of it may be reasonably contemporary I felt it was used too much as a valid source.

Overall interesting, and easy to follow.


Tempus (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales)
Tempus (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts and Heroes., 3 April 2014
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When Nikodemos returns to Bandara, trying to regain his balance, he does not expect his ghosts to join him. Such ghosts they are too, as he is forced to remember his darkest hours. This book is a collection of stories, cleverly woven to run as one and reveal what makes the titular character, Tempus and his right-side companion Niko tick. It is not a read for the faint of heart, there is a goodly portion of warring, of violence and of heartbreak, but there is also so much more. These characters are heroes in the truest fantasy sense. Doing what needs to be done, despite the odds, and fighting the monsters within themselves as well as those without. There is love in all its forms – the love between the sexes, love between those as close as brothers, the love between the Stepsons and their Commander and the love of battle. As with Janet Morris’s other works this is a complex fantasy with very real characters in a perfectly crafted world.


The Witch Sea
The Witch Sea
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4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing love and a well spun tale of magic and fantasy., 6 Feb 2014
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This is a short, but well written and entertaining story. Reluctant witches, entrapped and ancient sea-gods, merfolk with a difference and an endearing love all woven with an unusual tale of good vs evil, yet which is which is purposefully blurred.
I’d have liked this to be longer, but a good quick read. I’ll be looking out for more from this author.


Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915
Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915

4.0 out of 5 stars Emotive, 3 Feb 2014
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This was an emotive book, basically the diary of a nursing sister during the first year or so of World War 1. In places it is cheerful, describing the scenery and the surroundings, the stoic determination of the poor soldiers of the trenches but at the same time moving as the war unfolds. As the accounts progress it gets darker, the wounded are more frequent and far worse. Sometimes the unnamed sister questions the war and its outcomes but even when called on to nurse the enemy she does so with pity and sensitivity.

This was a fascinating account of one woman's view of the war and the effects it had on soldier and civilian alike. At no point does she complain and makes it clear neither do the Tommies. Sad, moving, in places funny and descriptive and, although it ends abruptly, a good, informative read.


Chronicles of the Black Company
Chronicles of the Black Company
by Glen Cook
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars No background or world building., 3 Feb 2014
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Really couldn't get into this, although after all the good things I'd heard I wanted to enjoy it. There was little to no world building or character background and so I found it very hard to get into the actual story. Although it is told from the point of the view of Croaker, a mercenary who doesn't ask questions or pry into the backgrounds of the other characters I felt it went to far. Really would he know nothing? He worked and fought with these people. It was unconvincing, at least for me.

The writing was very choppy and with the lack of any background I found I was unable to finish this book and I could not engage with the characters. I simply found myself not caring. There were a few consistencies with place names and the little background there was.

On the plus sides there was some dark humour and the story started to get more interesting as it progressed, but not enough to convince me to continue. It also threw the reader straight into the action.

It might suit those who like this style of writing, and can manage to enjoy it without a lot of information.

1.5 stars.


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