Archive for May 2015

The Snake and the Condor

May 31st, 2015 | By

By Robert Southam The poverty in large areas of Latin America shocks you, mesmerizes you. You canʼt help stopping and staring, like all those drivers you despise for crawling past the wreckage of road accidents as they gawp at the pools of blood, and bodies on stretchers. You stare at the corpses of mothers and

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A Bowl of Mango Slices

May 29th, 2015 | By

An excerpt from 600ppm by Clarke Owens…. Of course, even with hand-pollination, fruits are severely rationed, and you can get jail time for buying black market fruit. Fruit addiction is a serious problem, though. It seems you can’t stop some people from getting their hands on it, crime or no crime. Of course, if you’ve

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Escape from the Past

May 27th, 2015 | By

A peak ahead, at Escape from the Past, which Lodestone will be publishing in July 2015. You can order your paperback copy now (| AMAZON US | AMAZON UK). Reviewed by Sue Palmer: 15 year-old Max Anderson suddenly has to deal with the repercussions of his love of gaming when a mal-functioning computer game sucks

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The best kind of plot

May 25th, 2015 | By

What sort of stories do you go for? What is it about a story that gets you hooked? Do leave a comment and say. The right kind of story is inherently satisfying. It pleases us. For some people this is all about having a story that fits a genre shape – romance and happily ever

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Love, Music and Malice

May 23rd, 2015 | By

Murray Morison reviews Sheena Vernon’s Messiah, Love, music and malice at a time of Handel It is an extraordinarily well researched historical novel, with really interesting scholarship about the language of the time.Harry Walsh, a rector’s son, is gifted in various ways. He has a wonderful voice. He has a very handsome face. He is

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The Bones Would Do

May 21st, 2015 | By

Cosmic Egg has now published Book Two of the Christopher Penrose Novels, by Lee Morgan. This is occult fiction from an author with a lot of insight – Lee Morgan has also written about traditional witchcraft as a non-fiction subject and brings real insight into magic into this fictional work. From the moment that Christopher opened

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Why read fiction?

May 19th, 2015 | By

It didn’t happen, it isn’t true, some of it is silly. And yet, for those of us with a reading habit, none of this matters. We read fiction to live other lives and wear different skins, to be male and female, old, young, animal, human, alien, robot, faeire and a thousand other things. We see

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Hats off to Nimue

May 17th, 2015 | By

A review by Sheena Cundy, reblogged with permission from For me, reading this was like falling down the rabbit hole with Alice and not stopping. I had to keep reminding myself that I hadn’t ingested anything other than the words of Nimue Brown which were nothing short of intoxicating and left me feeling punch drunk for

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I don’t have a black tie

May 15th, 2015 | By

By Marie Yates I’ve never really understood the ‘black tie’ dress code. I don’t have a black tie, I don’t have a tie of any description and I’m not sure if it would be appropriate for me to turn up to an event wearing one anyway. I am, however, very willing to learn more about

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The Master Yeshua

May 13th, 2015 | By

Coming from Roundfire on the 29th May… Jesus is not who you think he is. The year is 75 CE. Joseph ben Jude, the nephew of Yeshua, is frail and ailing, but he gathers together stacks of goat-skin parchment and picks up a reed pen. He has a prophecy to fulfill before his death: that

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