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Hi guys and girls, I’m back with another spotlight-post, including an excerpt of the book in question. And so, having joined the virtual book tour promoting the novel, here it is! Here’s the blurb: DaveBrendon's Fantasy & SciFi Weblog DaveBrendon's Fantasy & SciFi Weblog
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, News, Stories, Forum Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, News, Stories, Forum Time is running out for undercover coppers Tony Costain and Kevin Sefton in Paul Cornell's new novel . For years they’ve been working on exposing Rob Toshack for the kingpin of crime he undoubtedly is, but now that they’ve infiltrated the upper echelons of his organisation, the powers that be declare an imminent deadline: come hell or high water, they’re to take him at midnight tonight. But to date, their target’s been smart. The Met, for all their efforts, still don’t have anything solid to hold him on.
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Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews The five volumes of Ellen Datlow’s “The Best Horror of the Year” are some of the my favorite collections of short stories, not only because of the high quality of the selected tales, but also because of the excellent work done with the cover artwork. All the five volumes published so far have an unsettling artwork on their covers, something that suits perfectly the mood of the content, a little element that adds to the uncomfortable feeling inflicted on the reader. The cover artwork of the sixth volume, due to be released on June 3rd, doesn’t come second to the others, as a matter of fact I find this cover the best out of the six so far. Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews
Feature articles from Issue 225. August 2012. The Dark Knight Rises (Mark's take)01/08/2012. Batman is pulled out of his self-imposed retirement to face two villains. Bane is a big bull of a man in a really ugly mask. The other is Catwoman, particularly attractive in her skin-tight suit. science fiction, fantasy, scifi and horror. science fiction, fantasy, scifi and horror.
The View from the Blue House The View from the Blue House In Software Takes Command, Lev Manovich provides a compelling account of how all forms of cultural media have become produced through software. In so doing, he contends: ‘[s]oftware has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination - a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs’ (p. 2). Such arguments have been made in the nascent software studies literature for a number of years, with proponents suggesting that given the extent to which software now conditions everyday life it deserves to be examined in its own right as a significant actant and theoretical category (e.g., Fuller 2008, Chun 2011, Kitchin and Dodge 2011). As Manovich puts it in a book proposal co-written with Benjamin Bratton in 2003,
Lizzie the Critic This film has a promising new talent from Jaden Smith, who is following in the footsteps of his father, Will Smith (see I, Robot) Although this film is called the karate kid, it has ahd a lot of criticism for not having any karate in it, only kung fu. But for me, whose knowledge of martial arts extends to a few lessons in Tai Chi, it didn't make a difference to the amazing quality of the film and I doubt many people would disagree.Jaden Smith wants to learn Kung Fu and persuades the caretaker (Jackie Chan) to teach him. With amazing scenes throughout China, including on the Great Wall of China, and unbelievable Kung Fu from both actors, this film is sure to be a huge hit with teenagers and with people who have watched the original Karate kid. I really enjoyed it and I hope to get it on DVD when it comes out.An amazing film of karate and a true friendship. Lizzie the Critic
As most of you know, I've had a lot of computer problems in the past few months and I'm pleased to say that I've finally got my main laptop back and I'm all caught up with tour stuff. Hoorah. It is my main goal to try and answer e mails quicker and this is what I am *HOPING* to do now. As well as an update, I'm writing this post as it seems I'm going to have to get a little bit tougher with my approach to the tour site so please read the following... 1. UKbooktours UKbooktours
Cold Iron & Rowan-Wood (Via) It’s The Hobbit – in twelve minutes, from 1966. With a courageous princess (and love interest), no orcs, no riddles, no dwarves, a traditional Chosen One plotline, gorgeous Czech artwork, and a hobbit Macgyver. The changes are really interesting, and in some ways add a bit of coherence to the plot – but then again, part of the charm of The Hobbit is its bumbling, sprawling arbitrariness. Cold Iron & Rowan-Wood
Books and Writers Due out in hardback from Quercus on 9th May, The Cold Nowhere has already been described as ‘As brilliant as Harlan Coben’(Daily Mail), ‘A great read from a rising star in the crime genre’ (Crimesquad) and, of its author, Lisa Gardner describes Freeman as ‘A master of psychological suspense’. So, with just a matter of days before you can get to read what all the fuss is about in full, here’s your first taster with the prologue from The Cold Nowhere: Prologue Despite the ribbons of blood on his face, which were as angry as war paint, the man on the bed was still breathing. Books and Writers
Our book reviews online "It’s an extraordinary example of the kind of ruptured power that the weakly cruel get off on." Today Cynan Jones 'visits' the blog to talk about his latest book "The Dig" and the contentious matter of badger baiting...The Dig is shocking, at times horrifying, so what inspired you to write it? I wanted to write about the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves – physically, emotionally – and how an external force can break into it. Generally, I look for some allegorical vehicle that will carry along a narrative about what people go through. In the case of The Dig, the deep, sheltered place of a badger sett provided the allegory. Our book reviews online
Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a lovely time over the Christmas period and are ready to tackle this new year! I have just started reading The Luminaries and after a few pages of getting into the Victorian writing style, I can't stop reading it! It is extremely fast-paced and gripping. I have posted this on Twitter but I thought I'd do a formal blog post as well as an update with a book I had forgotten and the last book I've read in 2013 (Graceling). Here is the list of my favourite books of 2013: Portrait of a Woman
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Oh My Books! Author: Mona Ingram Published September 19th 2012 Unlucky in love, Maddie LaRocque moves to Calgary at the urging of her former college roommate. To try and get back into a bit of a regular blogging habit I thought I’d write a little weekly post to have a bit of a catch-up and I quite like the idea of being thoughtful on a Sunday. New Book Club On The Readers Bookclub we’ve had some amazing books and some lovely author chats since it’s inception last summer but all good things must come to an end. The book club is no more. Long story short.
What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating. Read City Farm: Katie and the Ducklings by Jessie Williams Nayu's Reading Corner
My Favourite Books Each year, at the end of the year, I have an annual blowout online and in shops in advance of the new year and gearing up for reading in 20whatever it is. This year though, the blowout's tinged with a bit of sadness purely because this is the last year I'm doing it, using MFB as an excuse. From now onwards, my only excuse for buying far too many books one person with only one set of eyes and brain and can read is: I have a book problem. To illustrate this, I've decided to show you pictures of the books that I've bought and received as gifts in the past week alone. This is not bragging, it's more an admittance of being spoiled rotten. These are the "from me to me purchases" - please do not judge me by my random DVD purchases included in the pic.
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