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  • COMEDY: Reindeer Jack – Riley J. Froud

    COMEDY: Reindeer Jack – Riley J. Froud

    Meet Jack: Jack’s a reindeer. Like all reindeer, Jack has one goal in life: to be famous. When he was just a little calf, he dreamt of becoming like his old favourites: Dancer and Prancer, Donner and Blitzen, Comet and Cupid too. He imagined himself stood in front of Father Christmas, the conductor for their […]

  • SCI/FI: No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin) (Volume 1) by Andy Futuro

    SCI/FI: No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin) (Volume 1) by Andy Futuro

    Let me just say, in prefacing this review, that this particular book is so, so, far out of my reading comfort zone, that the three stars I allocated ut indicates a good read. I’m not denigrating the style or genre in any way, it is just so not what I would normally read, however, that […]

  • Seeding The Dream – Syldinada

    Seeding The Dream – Syldinada

    “Thing is, with our dreams, our goals, our aspirations, they are such a big deal to us, that we tend to assume it is a big deal to attain them. When really, it isn’t.” – The Young Man The chaos began, slowly at first, as the great Gravity Engines de-powered. Arriving successfully in the new […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Callan Wink

    From My Bookshelf: Callan Wink

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] Dog Run Moon: Stories ~ Callan Wink [break] This new author has been compared to Annie Proulx – one of my personal favourites. So when his book of short stories came out I was first in line, and it doesn’t disappoint. [break] While the various characters find themselves in situations that […]

  • Short Story: The Legend of Lime Hollow – Riley J. Froud

    Short Story: The Legend of Lime Hollow – Riley J. Froud

    The town of Lime Hollow is no ordinary town, so the legend goes. Where other towns live and thrive according to the people who inhabitant them, the people of Lime Hollow live and thrive according to the town. Lime Hollow is different, you see, its life-blood more obvious than in other places. Or so I’d […]

  • My review of Wings of Shadow: Book 2 of the Immortal Sorrows

    My review of Wings of Shadow: Book 2 of the Immortal Sorrows

    I started this book with trepidation. I loved book one in the series, and there is always the fear that book two won’t live up to your expectations or that it will be more of the same and even though you enjoyed it before doesn’t mean you want to read the same thing over again. […]

  • Short Story ~ A-Whining in the Forest

    Short Story ~ A-Whining in the Forest

    It was the whine that got me. not that blinding light. I would’ve thought such intensity would be sure to get my attention, but no, it was that blasted whine. It wasn’t right. That was the thing. The light was light. just intense. Nothing off about it, but that whine. At first, it wasn’t noticeable, […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Noah Hawley

    From My Bookshelf: Noah Hawley

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] Before the Fall ~ Noah Hawley [break] This novel had so much potential. It is well written, full of well rounded characters with interesting lives, including flaws. [break] It begins with a family of four leaving Martha’s Vineyard on their private jet. They invite another couple to return to New York […]

  • HOLIDAYS: Sun, Sea and Secrets: A novel set in Greece by May J Panayi

    HOLIDAYS: Sun, Sea and Secrets: A novel set in Greece by May J Panayi

    I could best describe Sun, Sea and Secrets with one word – sumptuous. In this novel, Panayi has adopted a writing style that draws the reader in and caresses them with the warm breezes of the Greek Islands. This is not the first book of Panayi’s that I have read and what amazes me about […]

  • CHILDREN’S FICTION: The Witch with the Glitch – Adam Maxwell

    CHILDREN’S FICTION: The Witch with the Glitch – Adam Maxwell

    Two Reviews of The Witch with the Glitch by Adam Maxwell Nina, Oswald and Ivy enter a different world whilst they are visiting the Lost Bookshop. They meet a witch, have a spell put on them and find themselves in the middle of a magical situation in which there is a race against time to get out […]

  • Should Authors Praise Their Own Work?

    Should Authors Praise Their Own Work?

    By Riley J. Froud. So I was happily browsing the internet this morning when I came across an article on the Independent website, all about Stephen Kingmocking James Patterson for praising his own work. It’s old news, I know, but when I read the headline, I was expecting it to be about a gushing James Patterson going around telling […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Ellen Marie Wiseman

    From My Bookshelf: Ellen Marie Wiseman

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] What She Left Behind ~ Ellen Marie Wiseman [break] This novel begins in 1929 when eighteen year old Clara falls in love with an Italian immigrant. Her wealthy, controlling and overbearing father immediately tries to marry her off to someone “suitable.” Clara refuses and is immediately bundled off to a “genteel […]