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Chrissi has reviewed Beat, the Bass Drum by Dale Hall. While doing chores for an old lady in the village to save money for his own drum kit, Jake, through chance or fate, stumbles across a magical musical miracle that might just make his dream of becoming a professional drummer really happen! But beware, not everyone wants Jake’s dream to come true. Dale has played drums for many years, through which he has found out that the drums are part of him, almost as if they are playing instead of him. This inspired the stories of Beat, the Bass Drum. Dale is a great ambassador for music and is very passionate about encouraging young children into the universal world of music. Having performed on television, drumming for popular artists, he is aware of the importance of having a good teacher to encourage you, even when you're making slow progress, but still feels luck is the most important ingredient in life... more»»
Chrissi 31st May 2016 [8/10]
Review - RaptureRapture
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Rapture by Kameron Hurley. After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is back in action in service to the bel dames, a sisterhood of elite government assassins tasked with eliminating deserters and traitors. The end of a centuries-long holy war between her country, Nasheen, and neighbouring Chenja has flooded the streets of Nasheen with unemployed - and unemployable - soldiers whose frustrations have brought the nation to the brink of civil war. Not everyone likes this tenuous and unpredictable "peace," however, and somebody has kidnapped a key politician whose death could trigger a bloody government takeover. With aliens in the sky and revolution on the ground, Nyx assembles a team of mad magicians, torturers, and mutant shape-shifters for an epic journey across a flesh-eating desert in search of a man she's not actually supposed to kill. Trouble is, killing is the only thing Nyx is good at. And she already left this man to die... more»»
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Review - Chaos: World’s Beyond  Chaos: Worlds Beyond
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Chrissi 31st March 2016 [8/10]
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