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review 2018-05-29 17:27
All the Lore You Need
World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3 - B... World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3 - BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT

The third volume of the World of Warcraft Chronicle covers events from the Third War up to the Cataclysm. Lots of details here about Illidan, the Lich King, Thrall and others. It clears up some questions I had but had never bothered to look up, such as how so many Blood Elves ended up in Outland.

 

Because the book is now covering events that took place in-game, the authors have to take major historical events that were preformed by players of both factions many many times in the game and present them as singular events performed by only one group. As a result some raids are attributed to the Horde and some to the Alliance, even though players of both factions do them regularly. I have to wonder if the authors flipped coins to pick between Alliance and Horde, or if they tried to find legitimate lore reasons for choosing one over the other.

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review 2018-05-06 15:21
Thomas and the Piglets. - HiT Entertainm... Thomas and the Piglets. - HiT Entertainment

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A cute, simple story about sharing and gift-giving.

The story gets a little weird when Thomas delivers the presents for the piglets first, instead of the straw that the farmer actually asked for, but it all works out in the end. There's maybe a lesson in priorities or something in here, but in a book with such a short length and simple structure, it doesn't really come across. 

Overall, a good story, especially for a Step 2 book.

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text 2018-04-11 02:19
Anyone watched SIREN?

 

Mermaids and Sirens seem to be one of the new latest book and TV trends. I had never read any books about mermaids/sirens until I read the Daughter of the Pirate King series and I loved that series and found the sirens and Siren Queen enchanting! I hardly ever watch TV because I'm too busy reading but I wouldn't mind watching this show if it's any good.

 

Has anyone tuned in to this yet or do you know of any other really good books, movies or TV shows featuring mermaids/sirens? 

 

Picture is also linked to FREEFORM

  

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video 2018-01-30 12:49

Here's an interview I did for Bizzong! The Bizarre and Weird Fiction Podcast.

 

If you're really not a podcast person, but you are interested in hearing me do a short reading from Taboogasm, you can scrub to around 49:54 (or just click here to jump to that bit). 

 

If you'd prefer, you may listen to the podcast at any of the following locations:

 

Project Entertainment Network
Stitcher
Player FM
iHeart Radio

iTunes

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review 2017-09-23 06:31
Halloween Bingo - Raven Free Space - Mysteries, Ghosts, Monsters
The City of Falling Angels - John Berendt

 

 

Not all mysteries involve murder.  Not all ghosts were once human.  Bewitchment can be enchanting.  And monsters lurk everywhere.

 

John Berendt conjures up a gallery of intriguing characters for this magical tour of Venice in the aftermath of the 1996 fire that gutted the historic La Fenice Opera House.  At the heart, of course, is the investigation into the cause of fire -- was it arson?  was it negligence?  was it just an unfortunate accident?  But how the fire touched various lives, and how those lives were part of the mystique of the city, makes for fascinating reading.

 

Spoiler -- The cause of the fire is determined at the end and the responsible parties are convicted.  Or are they?  In a city like Venice, it's hard to say.  Is corruption rampant?  Well, maybe yes.  That's part of its charm. 

 

The whole city is haunted by its own 1500-year-old past, and menaced by the monsters of time and water and pollution.  If ghosts don't actually walk the halls of the palazzos, their spirits remain unforgotten by the living. There are the rooms where Robert Browning  read his poetry . . . and where he died.  There is the house where Ezra Pound lived with his mistress of 50 years, the house almost stolen by someone perhaps eager to cash in on Pound's fame. 

 

Venice may own much of its current survival to American millionaires who, for whatever reasons, sought to preserve its patrician glamour, perhaps in hopes some of it would magically rub off on them. 

 

Halloween, or the Celtic Samhain, is a time when the veil between our physical world and the spirit world thins to permit visions and visits back and forth.  While I was reading John Berendt's fascinating descriptions of the places and people of turn-of-the-millenium Venice, I couldn't help but think of John Ruskin's monumental The Stones of Venice and the impact it had both on his and subsequent generations of both art historians and social reformers, as well as Madeleine Brent's 20th century gothic romance, Tregaron's Daughter.  The atmosphere of the gothic winds through the three works like morning fog twisting over the lagoon and drifting down the canals.

 

An interesting note:  Ruskin obtained his own camera in 1849 to take photos of Venice for research.  The City of Falling Angels lost half a star for not containing illustrations!  Perhaps Berendt expected his readers to sit beside their computers -- or read on them? -- and look up their own photos.

 

The January 1996 fire, from www.VeniceOnline.it, which has quite a gallery of photos from the fire.

 

 

And the rebuilt La Fenice -- "The Phoenix," rising again from its own ashes -- in 2004.

 

 

 

 

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