Louise Stanley

 
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Location: Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom
 

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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
8GB CAMBRIDGE SCIENCES StarPAD 2, 7.0 WiFi. Dual c&hellip by CAMBRIDGE SCIENCES
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
Shadowrun: Neat by Russell Zimmerman
Shadowrun: Neat by Russell Zimmerman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very 'neat' indeed, 24 Feb 2013
Zimmerman's prose was an excellent introduction to the Shadowrun setting for me, and the book conjures up a dystopian America that is comparable in style both to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series and to Harry Harrison's apocalyptic classic 'Make Room! Make Room!'. The richness of this setting and characterisation does not obscure the main plot, and the book's length and the tightness of the writing is just right to keep the action flowing. A thoroughly enjoyable romp.

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