Aug 102012
 
Across the Pond : Review of Hexcommunicated

I’ve been reading and reviewing outside of my “comfort-zone” lately and, with “Hexcommunicated”, I find myself yet again jealous of the wealth of different ideas out there that deserve recognition. Agent Tepes is a Hex agent, a Forced Amplified Entity in service to his country. Yet when he discovers a dangerous threat he finds himself on the wrong side of the law fighting to survive and save his country. Sounds a familiar plot, yet the characters and ideas make this something different. Hexcommunicated, the debut […]

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Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Across the Pond: Review of Exhumed

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Jul 102012
 
Across the Pond: Review of Exhumed

Exhumed is the fourth book in the “Demons of Oblivion” series by Skyla Dawn Cameron. Read an overview of the first three here. Each of the first three books are told from a different character’s perspective. The first introduced us to Zara Lain, a sassy vampire assassin. She had a job to do, and her reputation was on the line, so she completed her assignment … sort of. Her “assignment” has now awoken. A little sooner than expected. With problems she had never foreseen. The […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Across the Pond : Review of Shades of War

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Jul 022012
 
Across the Pond : Review of Shades of War

Anyone who knows me or who has read my review of Thief will already realise I am a big fan of Sarah-Jane Lehoux. I was therefore eagerly anticipating the release of her second novel, Shades of War, when it came out last year. Believe me, it wasn’t a disappointment. Starting off in familiar territory, Sevy finds herself on a reluctant quest that leads her into the unexpected, meeting old friends and new enemies. Mind you, Sevy collects enemies like a stray dog collects fleas. The plot snakes throughout the book […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Jul 012012
 
Across the Pond : Review of Thief

I originally wrote this a while ago but as the third book is out soon wanted to refresh everyone’s memories. Look for my review of the second book, Shades of War, tomorrow. *Disclaimer. I know the author online but I bought my own copy of this book and she did not request a review I was warned that the main character, Sevy, was a bitch – and she is – but she is that way for a reason, several in fact and though you may […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Across the Pond : Q&A with Tristan J. Tarwater

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Jun 292012
 
Across the Pond : Q&A with Tristan J. Tarwater

I recently read and reviewed Botanica Blues by Tristan J. Tarwater (I loved it by the way) and thought it might be nice to ask her a few questions to share with you. So here you are. Q: I love to know the inner workings of writer’s minds – where did the idea for Botanica Blues come from?  A. The idea for Botanica Blues kind of stemmed from another story I started before it that deals partially with the aftermath of BB. I wanted to […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Jun 262012
 
Across the Pond : Review of "Botanica Blues"

I discovered a downside to the Kindle app on my Android the other day (well, I guess it applies to ebooks in general). I’d taken my tablet to finish this story while having a meal before a Blink 182 gig in Manchester. Great gig by the way, All-American Rejects were fab too. Anyway, I settled down and continued reading … an event happened … the book ended. The book ended! I wasn’t even thinking about considering the fact I was nearly at the end of […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Across the Pond : Stealing is Wrong

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Jun 252012
 
Across the Pond : Stealing is Wrong

I hear a lot about theft of Intellectual Property from my writer friends (here and here) and it always annoys me when I hear about people’s hard work being pirated. So when I saw this posted on Facebook I thought I would add a post here so more people will firstly be aware that horrid people do this, and secondly know if they see something like this not to buy anything. Stolen Art at MCM Expo – read the post & check out the links to […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Across the Pond: Review of “Dracula World Order”

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Jun 132012
 
Across the Pond: Review of “Dracula World Order”

As quite a newbie to graphic novels, I was pleased to be asked to review this as I like to try different genres and I have been mainly reading through The Sandman series recently. As with all graphic novels, the words and images convey the story, not just the narrative as with “regular” novels. Dracula World Order is quite a different style to The Sandman series, however this was totally appropriate – the use of dark shadows and sharp lines compliment the story which is […]

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.