Louise Stanley

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Location: Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom


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Century of Sand by Christopher Ruz
Century of Sand by Christopher Ruz
4.0 out of 5 stars Sand in your hair, 10 Aug 2014
Christopher Ruz has created an interesting and well-imagined world. His characters come to life as real people, and you can feel their physical and emotional pain through the words Ruz chooses to convey the desert setting and the torture inflicted on the characters. There were some moments where the reader is sucked right into the situation and can feel the desert sand in their hair and on their tongue. Ruz has obviously spent a lot of time researching desert life and clothing, as well as constructing a Meritran language which is believable. His ability to observe the interaction of people who speak only fragments of each other's language is rare in fantasy writing.

The only… Read more
The Hummingbird Familiar by Christine S. R. Jackson
The Hummingbird Familiar by Christine S. R. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sprite Fantastic, 8 Jan 2014
Christine Jackson has created a charming, lovely story with a rich diversity of characters and some tender moments. When apprenticed to a grumpy shaman, Maya meets her familiar, the impish hummingbird Sprite, who reminds me very much of ET, Short Circuit or WALL-E in the way Ms Jackson characterises him. I always heard his constant squeals of "Innnnnnnteresting!" in the voice of a cute movie alien or funny robot. This is perhaps the first time in a while where I've felt that an author really brings a character to life.

What I loved about this book in particular is that it is suffused with a genuinely North American atmosphere. Much traditional fantasy written by western authors… Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a great tablet - it seems fairly robust and good quality, and great value for money; I was looking for something that would last a while. I bought it mainly because it has a full-sized USB port, which is not often seen on its immediate rivals, meaning that I can transfer files directly from a memory stick without having to have an additional dongle. The Android operating system is intuitive to use, and comes with many key apps pre-installed; all of the issues I've had with the machine have come from Android's OS rather than the StarPad's own faults. There are no issues with volume or memory or video playback using VLC or YouTube. I would heartily recommend this tablet as the best of… Read more

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