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Review - Ramses the Damned: The Passion of CleopatraRamses the Damned:
The Passion of Cleopatra
by Anne Rice &‎ Christopher Rice

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice & Christopher Rice. Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality - and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe... more»»
Nigel 31st December 2017 [7/10]
Review - Yesterday's KinYesterday's Kin
by Nancy Kress
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for the Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress. Aliens have landed in New York. After several months of no explanations, they finally reveal the reason for their arrival. The news is not good. A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now that plague is heading for Earth and threatens humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure? Geneticist Marianne Jenner is having a career breakthrough, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Her children Elizabeth and Ryan constantly bicker, agreeing only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Her youngest, Noah, is addicted to a drug that keeps temporarily changing his identity. The Jenner family could not be further apart. But between the four of them, the course of human history will be forever altered. Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster - and not everyone is willing to wait... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st December 2017 [9/10]
Review - The Blackbird SingularityThe Blackbird Singularity
by Matt Wilven

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Blackbird Singularity by Matt Wilven. Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner's pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird in the back garden and hearing his dead son's footsteps in the attic, he finds himself lost and alone, journeying through a world of chaos and darkness, completely unaware of the miracle that lies ahead. 'Wilven does a masterful job of keeping his readers as off-balance as his protagonist... an intense and satisfyingly off-beat examination of a man lost in a landscape of unresolved grief and his heroic fight to find his way back home.' Melissa DeCarlo, author of The Art of Crash Landing... more»»
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Review - Remembering the Ladies Remembering the Ladies
A Century of U.S. First Ladies 1789 – 1889
by Ann Covell

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Remembering the Ladies by Ann Covell. In this 21st century, America's First Lady is as well-known as her husband due to world-wide modern technology. In the 19th century, however, it was difficult for the public to even know who the president's wife was. Even today it is not easy to call to mind those pioneering First Ladies, many of whom were burdened with more than their fair share of misfortune and some almost forgotten This book provides an insight into the lives of the 19th century First Ladies, in an undemanding, easy-to-read style, and aims to raise awareness of the historical significance of these women. Their abridged stories, sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, range from slavery, bigamy, duels, royal snubs, European conflicts, American wars, assassinations and suffrage, and demonstrate how the Ladies might be seen as victims of history... more»»
Molly Martin 31st December 2017 [9/10]
Review - The Not KnowingThe Not Knowing
by Cathi Unsworth

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Not Knowing by Cathi Unsworth. London, March 1992. Nearly a year after the release of Brit noir sensation, Bent, the capital is still in the grip of its cultural and stylistic impact. Diana Kemp, journalist on the alternative arts magazine Lux, is dismissive of the film's cult following but admires the technique of its debut director, Jon Jackson. In fact, some of her admiration has a more personal nature and when Jon disappears following a triumphant Guardian lecture, she feels the loss, acutely. Two weeks' later, Jackson's body is found in a condemned lock-up in the arches behind Camden market. A victim of his own success? Perhaps - the murder site resembles the particularly bloody final scene of Bent. But why would anyone want to destroy the golden boy in such a way? Attempting to put a lid on the past, Diana buries herself in work. But an assignment, at the ICA's Crimewave festival, leads her on a voyage of discovery where not knowing might be the only thing that saves her... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th November 2017 [7/10]
Review - Halo: New Blood Halo: New Blood
by Matt Forbeck
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Halo: New Blood by Matt Forbeck. While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief, wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command. Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him to retire to the side-lines for a life he could only dream about… or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military's new blood... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th November 2017 [9/10]
Review - Never Let You GoNever Let You Go
by Erin Healy

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Molly has sent in a review for Never Let You Go by Erin Healy. Losing everything has made Lexi hold those she loves tightly. Hell is determined to loosen her grip. Lexi lives in the shadow of choices her husband made. Especially Grant's choice to leave seven years ago, without a word. Her relationship with their daughter, Molly, is now the most important thing in her life. Lexi will do anything - work gruelling hours, attend church on her only day off, sacrifice financially - just to see Molly smile. When Grant shows up declaring his intent to re-enter their daughter's life, Lexi is sceptical of his motives. She soon determines not to let him near Molly. Then a drug dealer named Warden arrives on Lexi's doorstep, demanding payment of Grant's old debts. And something else is going on - something Lexi feels but can't explain. A dangerous shift is taking place between this reality and the next. Forces beyond her imagination are vying for control. Staggering supernatural events are spilling into her world in real and shocking ways. Hell's fury is great, but Heaven's power is greater still... more»»
Molly Martin 30th November 2017 [9/10]
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