Archive for June, 2011

June Competition – Solaris Books Goody Bags!

June 8, 2011 - 12:10 pm No Comments

Solaris Books Banner - "Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

If you think the prizes on this site were good between March and May, prepare to be astounded. Courtesy of those kind chaps and chapesses at Solaris Books, I have a number of Goody Bags to give away to three lucky readers.

For the month of June, if you comment on my site and ‘like’ me on Facebook, Twitter etc, you have the chance to win a bag containing The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates and The Dead of Veridon by Tim Akers.

The first entry to win also gets a bonus mystery SIGNED book by an SF author.

Competition runs 1st to 30th June.

Review: Creepy and Crawly

June 4, 2011 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Crawl

Author:  Vincent Kale

Publisher: Lulu

Price:  $9.99 + shipping (Paperback) $2.99 Kindle

Page count:  391pp

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

The novel Crawl starts with suburbanites and City Dwellers Mark and Ellen Carson moving with 2.4 children to the quaint town of Oakdale, pop. 1237. The Carsons move into Fairweather Manor, a sprawling yet dilapidated mansion that has a dark history spanning back decades. As Mark Carson tries to renovate the property and bring his family into small town America, something lurking in the house is rejecting his attempts at improvement, changing his work, rebelling against the new invaders.     

Crawl is written from multiple Points of View, so we get into the heads of most of our characters. Although sometimes the voices can be a bit tricky to differentiate from, there is one really strong voice we encounter (hindered a little by an excess of adjectives when it comes to the character Mother); the eponymous Crawl, the creature that lurks within the walls of Fairview Manor.

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Review: Vampires Rock – Again

June 1, 2011 - 1:19 am No Comments

The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles:

Vampire Warlords

Author:  Andy Remic

Publisher: Angry Robot

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  432pp (inc. Q & A interview)

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Better known for his Combat K novels, which he still writes Andy Remic has started to branch out as of late. His experimentation perhaps started with Kell’s Legend, the first in the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles, which got rave reviews at its release. And just a short time later, Andy became involved in the world of e-publishing “changing the world one book at a time”, having released his thriller Serial Killers Incorporated along with its own CD soundtrack as part of new venture Anarchy Books. It should be no surprise then, that this Literary Entrepreneur is taking the genre world by storm with the third instalment in the Clockwork Vampire trilogy.

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