Invigilation

This is not one of those too noisy rooms,
Where students squawk and warble all day long.
Instead, it has the affect of a tomb,
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Unfriended (2014) – Review

hfEBlhvVWFt61EWjNbjlKdDilBI-0-230-0-345-cropUnfriended is about a group of teenagers with a dark secret who are being hunted by a mysterious killer. Slowly, the truth about what really happened all those years ago is revealed,  and at the same time characters are murdered one by one. It’s the standard slasher plotline, the same one that appears in Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and countless other films of variable quality.

To be fair though, Unfriended does attempt to break the mould and do something new(ish). This is not a normal slasher film; this is a modern, high-tech slasher for the digital age, for people with four different web-capable devices and a Google+ account. Continue reading “Unfriended (2014) – Review”

The Irredeemable Prince (Review)

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Prince Devereaux is not an ideal role model. Rather than working to benefit his country, he spends his time drinking and dancing with a succession of beautiful women. He seems to have no interest in anything more serious.

Despairing of his brother, King Gabriel hires an image consultancy to improve the prince’s public image: the kingdom must have an heir, and no one will marry someone with Devereaux’s reputation. At first, Devereaux is reluctant to go along with the scheme, but he quickly finds himself enthralled by the passion and beauty of the consultant. Continue reading “The Irredeemable Prince (Review)”

Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “things you want to see more of in books”. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of”

Eagles at War – Ben Kane (Review)

EaWEagles at War tells the story of  the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Given that it’s one of the most famous military upsets in all of recorded history, I don’t think I’m giving away any plot twists here if I talk about it. I don’t think many people read historical fiction in a state of surprise. Three Roman legions march into Germany under the command of Quintillius Varus. They all die.  Continue reading “Eagles at War – Ben Kane (Review)”

Top Ten Tuesday: Clichéd book covers

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “anything to do with covers”.
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Tough Travels – Assassins

Tough TravellingEvery month, Fantasy Faction runs a feature where they seek out examples of fantasy tropes. Other bloggers are welcome to join in, finding their own books to match the given topic. This week’s topic is assassins:

Assassins are ubiquitous throughout fantasyland. Sharp-eyed readers (or even dull-eyed ones) will notice that their hooded forms often adorn book covers, and that they frequently appear – rather improbably – not to mind being the sole focus of our attention. Whether they’re spotlight hogs or camera-shy and brooding, most assassins will have trained for years and are very, VERY good at their job (i.e. killing people for money).

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