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'The Fiends of Nightmaria' – Steven Erikson (Tor)

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I'll come out and say from the off, I've been a fan of Steven Erikson's 'Malazan' books for a long time now. I still need to finish the main series but that's on me, not the books. I get seven or eight books in and then something inevitably happens, my focus just goes and I'm left picking up the pieces of yet another failed read-through. One day, one day... Still the books that I have read were great! ;o) So when I was looking over the shelves, in Forbidden Planet, and saw that there was a new-ish (look, there's no way that I'm ever going to catch up with all the new books now) 'Bauchelain and Korbal Broach' novella, I picked it up straight away as I knew that, at last, there was a Steven Erikson book that I could actually finish ;o) Was it any good though? From where I'm sat, it certainly was. The king is dead, long live King Bauchelain the First, crowned by the Grand Bishop Korbal Broach. Both are, of course, ably assisted in the runn

Books for the TBR Pile... 'Still gouty, but it's not that bad now' Edition

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I'm hoping that this is the last week that you see me being all middle aged and moaning about gout (mine) here. It seems like drinking as much water as possible (in as short a time as possible) is the immediate way forward, it flushes out the uric acid crystals around the joints, now I just need to make some changes to make sure it never happens again. It's a bit stop/start but I'll get there ;o) But you're here for the books, aren't you? Of course you are. I got paid the other day so treated myself to a few books because of course I did; especially after a couple of 'work days' this week. Sometimes you just have to go with it and count the cost afterwards ;o) Looking at my flat though, I'm either going to have to cut back on my book buying or get really creative with where I store them all... Or just read quicker, that could work :o) While I try and figure that out, take a look at what came home with me this week... I saw that 'The Chronicles of Str

'Don't Move' – James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth (Blackstone Publishing)

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A quick review today as, well... I haven't left myself much time, for anything more in depth, because I spent most of today reading the hell out of 'Don't Move'. That should pretty much tell you everything that you need to know but if not, keep reading... Megan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them. Now, Megan hopes to mend the pieces of her broken spirit by attending a local church group's annual camping trip. But the church group members--riddled with dark secrets of their own--make a catastrophic navigational mistake, leaving them stranded in an untouched canyon in the West Virginian national forest. Isolated from any chance of help or rescue, Megan and the others quickly realize why this side of the canyon has never been surveyed by humankind: it's home to a terrifying prehistoric arachnid th

‘Shadow Thieves’ – Glen Cook

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I figured it was way past time that I got stuck into the pile of books that I got for my birthday… 😉 Not just that though, I was really after a little ‘short story action’ as well (can’t seem to settle on a regular sized book at the moment) so ‘The Best of Glen Cook’ covered both angles. I’m always a little wary of books that say they’re the ‘best of’, it feels like a bit of a bold statement to make and with me being an awkward character, my response runs along the lines of ‘who are you to tell me that?’ I know, it’s silly but that’s the way I’m wired 😉 A Glen Cook collection though, that’s a little bit different; mostly because I tend to enjoy the books of his that I pick up (although I haven’t read all of his work) so I am a little more accepting that I’ll find well told tales here, maybe even his best. I’d thought I’d start off in some familiar territory, the city of Tunfaire and a certain former soldier turned private eye. Lets talk about ‘Shadow Thieves’, a story that origin

'Creepshow’ – Season 3, Episode 5: ‘Time Out’ & ‘The Things In Oakwood’s Past’

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I’m in no mood to come up with anything bookish today (loads of reasons, most of them to do with work – there’s loads of it to get through before I go on leave next week…) so it was kind of fortuitous that this latest episode of ‘Creepshow’ came along when it did. I got to have a proper break, at lunchtime, and I’ve got something to blog about. Just a quick one mind you, it’s been a long day… ‘ Creepshow’ has had a few excellent stories, these last few weeks, but is still prone to those little lapses of consistency that leave you wondering why you watched the whole show instead of just the good story. The show has built up a lot of credit with me (when it's good, it's really good) but I still can't help but approach Thursdays with a little note of caution as I don't know which 'Creepshow' is going to show up. The excellent one, the 'half and half' or the not so good at all...? Well this week... I found myself watching another 'half and half' epi

‘Slasher: The Executioner' (Season 1)

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This is probably going to be a shorter post than normal as my work laptop died yesterday and now I’m trying to fit two days’ worth of work into today… I am beginning to really hate this week, it’s a good job that I’ve got a few days off next week 😊 But anyway… I had the best time watching ‘Slasher: Flesh and Blood' (have a click Here for my thoughts on the matter) so it was a pretty much foregone conclusion that I’d be searching out the rest of the series to get all caught up with. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have Netflix (and probably won’t bother with it, to be honest) so had to go down the ‘old school’ route of searching out the DVDs instead. Luckily for me, Season 1 ('The Executioner') wasn’t hard to find at all… Sarah Bennett and her husband Dylan move back to the town of her birth, fictitious Waterbury, Canada,  into her childhood home, where both of her parents were murdered on the Halloween of 1988. Her mother was pregnant with Sarah at the time of the killi

'Cadia Stands' – Justin Hill (Black Library)

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There was this period of a couple of months, last year, where I'd go on Amazon and whatever book I was looking for, it was invariably £1.99 for the Kindle. It was almost like there was a lockdown on and Amazon knew that we all wanted to catch up on our reading, hmmm... Well of course I loaded my Kindle up with sweet deals that I promptly forgot about, until the last couple of days that is. I've been after a little more Warhammer 40k in my reading and remembered that there's a nice little vein of the stuff on my Kindle, just waiting to be mined. So that is just what I started doing with 'Cadia Stands'... Under almost constant besiegement by the hosts pouring from the Eye of Terror, Cadia acts as a bulwark against tyranny and death. Its fortresses and armies have held back the hordes of Chaos for centuries, but that grim defiance is about to reach its end. As Abaddon's Thirteenth Black Crusade batters Cadia's defences, and armies of the Imperium flock to rein