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review 2018-10-08 09:07
Hauntingly beautiful
The Silent Land - Graham Joyce

Waking up on a cold winter's morning, after a snowfall, and the streets are eerily quiet. Snowfall always seems to create an uneasy, sometimes sombre atmosphere, invading our structured world and our cosy existence. White snowy  panoramic pictures have been used to great effect in the past in such bestsellers as The Shining by Stephen King, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson (although all Nordic crime could probably be included) and not forgetting the excellent Snowblind by Michael McBride and the hauntingly alluring Travelling in a Strange Land by Irish author David Park.

 

The title "The Silent Land" by Graham Joyce instantly creates for the reader a bare and deserted landscape..."There wasn't a track anywhere to be seen in the light, powdery snow. The grey pregnant clouds loured above them, but there were blue smudges in the sky. A transforming power had breathed over the land and turned it into a perfect wedding cake"..... Into this wintry scene steps Zoe and Jake enjoying themselves on a skiing holiday in the French Pyrenees when an avalanche, the dread of all skiers and climbers, strikes without warning and buries our two adventurers. They survive but on returning back to the ski village they discover a place devoid of any human contact, seemingly deserted, and each time they attempt to walk/ski out, strangely, they always return back to the same starting point. As time passes, and the hope of any rescue seems to fade, both are troubled by visions and dreams and soon they come to the realization that perhaps no one actually survived the avalanche.

 

Graham Joyce has written a beautifully balanced tale of two lovers facing an uncertain future knowing that having cheated death they do in fact remain in a very precarious position. The author has ample time to explore the lives of Zoe and Jake and in particular I enjoyed the scene with Jake's father Peter suffering from bone cancer and cruelly beginning to lose his mind..."And yet now that he saw his father lying on the hospital bed he wanted to hug him. This father who suddenly, inexplicably and contrary to a lifetime of restraint had started swearing"......This short novel contains many surprises which thankfully I have not disclosed, a story that could and should be read in one sitting, preferably on a cold winters night with all doors securely locked and only a roaring log fire and a tumbler of hot whisky for company!....highly recommended

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text 2018-10-01 11:46
September wrap up
White Lies - Jeremy Bates
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
John Peters in the land of Demons - A.H. Matai
Loch Ness Revenge - Hunter Shea
Doomsday - Samie Sands
Rose Cottage - Mary Stewart
Unsettled Spirits - J. Matthew Saunders
Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab - Columbkill Noonan
The Hermit's Creepy Pet (Single Shot Short Story Series Book 10) - Terry M. West
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe

 

Wow, 14 books this month! That's a lot for me. Admittedly I was going for the shorter ones to get through as many as possible. I do have some reading done on longer ones too, so we'll just see how things go in the coming month.

 

Stand outs this month are The Last Werewolf, White Lies and Pieces of Her. These were all really good. I got various levels of enjoyment from most of them, only one got below 3 stars from me.

 

Bingo reads continue! But I also have 4 Netgalley books that aren't for Bingo squares so will need to at least make a start on those. Not much sample reading during Bingo. I'll have to devote some time to that in November.

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review 2018-09-25 15:20
John Peters in the Land of Demons
John Peters in the land of Demons - A.H. Matai

by A.H. Matai

 

This one confused me in that the writing was stilted, much of it in short sentences like you might see in a children's book, but the characters were university age. There was some off sentence structure and weird word choices and eventually I decided that it must have been written by someone whose grasp of English is being seen through a foreign grammar structure. I tried to look up information on the author to see if they came from a non-English speaking country, but couldn't find anything.

 

There were some interesting ideas but the story just didn't flow. I do generally find stories involving demons very interesting. There was a lot of 'telling' as far as the character's feelings were concerned, mostly when they got angry. The premise of the story really attracted me but I just couldn't get into it.

 

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text 2018-09-25 12:57
Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Size, Status and Forecast 2018-2025

This report focuses on the global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems development in United States, Europe and China.

Land mobile radio system (LMRS), also called public land mobile radio or private land mobile radio, is a wireless communications system intended for use by terrestrial users in vehicles (mobiles) or on foot (portables).

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Land mobile radio (LMR) systems are independent or connected wireless communication systems. Although primarily designed for military purposes, these systems are also used in fire and police departments, emergency services, and other first responder organizations, in addition to companies that possess a vast fleet of vehicles or an expansive network field staff. The expansion of LTE networks has driven the demand for LTE-integrated LMR systems, thereby spurring the overall LMR systems market. Moreover, the growing importance of efficient mission-critical operations has driven the demand for advanced LMR systems.

In 2017, the global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems market size was xx million US$ and it is expected to reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of xx% during 2018–2025.

The key players covered in this study

  • Airbus DS Communications (USA)
  • Cobham AvComm (UK)
  • DAMM Cellular Systems A/S (Denmark)
  • EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (USA)
  • ETELM (France)
  • Harris Corporation (USA)
  • Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd. (China)
  • ICOM America Inc. (USA)
  • JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation (USA)
  • Midland Radio Corporation (USA)
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc. (USA)
  • Nokia Networks (Finland)
  • Raytheon Company (USA)
  • RELM Wireless Corporation (USA)
  • Sepura Plc (UK)
  • PowerTrunk Inc. (USA)
  • Simoco (UK)
  • Tait Ltd. (New Zealand)
  • Thales Defense & Security, Inc. (USA)
  • Vertex Standard LMR, Inc. (Japan)

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into

  • Hand Portable
  • Mobile (Vehicular)

Market segment by Application, split into

  • Military
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Others

Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers

  • United States
  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India
  • Central & South America

The study objectives of this report are:

  • To analyze global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players.
  • To present the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems development in United States, Europe and China.
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their development plan and strategies.
  • To define, describe and forecast the market by product type, market and key regions.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems are as follows:

  • History Year: 2013–2017
  • Base Year: 2017
  • Estimated Year: 2018
  • Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

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Table of content

1 Report Overview
1.1 Study Scope
1.2 Key Market Segments
1.3 Players Covered
1.4 Market Analysis by Type
1.4.1 Global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Size Growth Rate by Type (2013–2025)
1.4.2 Hand Portable
1.4.3 Mobile (Vehicular)
1.5 Market by Application
1.5.1 Global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Share by Application (2013–2025)
1.5.2 Military
1.5.3 Commercial
1.5.4 Construction
1.5.5 Transportation
1.5.6 Others
1.6 Study Objectives
1.7 Years Considered

2 Global Growth Trends
2.1 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Size
2.2 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Growth Trends by Regions
2.2.1 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Size by Regions (2013–2025)
2.2.2 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Share by Regions (2013–2018)
2.3 Industry Trends
2.3.1 Market Top Trends
2.3.2 Market Drivers
2.3.3 Market Opportunities

3 Market Share by Key Players
3.1 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Size by Manufacturers
3.1.1 Global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Revenue by Manufacturers (2013–2018)
3.1.2 Global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Revenue Market Share by Manufacturers (2013–2018)
3.1.3 Global Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems Market Concentration Ratio (CR5 and HHI)

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review 2018-09-24 14:24
Land of the Lustrous (manga, vol. 4) by Haruko Ichikawa, translated by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
Land Of The Lustrous 4 - Haruko Ichikawa

I wish I had a pile of these volumes to read all in a row. It's too easy to forget details. I may have to break down and start buying this series. Goodness knows where I'll keep the volumes.

If I remember right, the previous volume ended with what looked like a tragic memory loss on Phos's part - Phos gained new arms but appeared to have forgotten who Cinnabar was. This volume begins by telling readers this was a fake-out. Phos merely had a momentary memory glitch.

But that doesn't mean Phos is the same. Whereas Phos was previously childish, weak, and too fearful to engage the Lunarians in battle, they're now strangely competent and useful, to the point that Bort offers to pair up with them. It's an awkward offer. On the one hand, Phos could use Bort's strength and experience, especially since Kongo-sensei has just fallen asleep for who knows how long. On the other hand, Phos knows that there's a rift between Bort and Dia and that accepting Bort's offer may widen it.

Not a whole lot happens in this volume, but there are still some interesting developments. There's Phos's new abilities (highly reshapeable arms, an increased ability to note details during battle with the Lunarians), as well as what appears to be occasional hallucinations (?) on Phos's part. Phos keeps seeing Antarcticite, although all but a small portion Antarc has been captured by the Lunarians. I enjoyed seeing a little more of Bort and Dia and hope that they get to talk things over more (on-page!) soon. And the

Lunarian...puppies...

(spoiler show)

were cute.

This volume also adds another piece to the mystery that's been brewing for a few volumes now: what's Kongo-sensei's connection to the Lunarians? Phos has a plan for finding out more, and I'm worried about how it's going to turn out, since Phos's "plans" tend to boil down to "I'll do this thing and hope everything turns out okay." It's not like Phos has many more pieces of themselves left to lose.

All in all, I continue to be intrigued by this series and plan on reading more. This volume was a bit weak, more setup for whatever Ichikawa has planned than anything, but I'm willing to stick around and see what happens. (Here's hoping Ichikawa really does have a plan...) I do wish that the artwork were clearer during the action scenes. I had no idea, at times, what was going on during the big fight with the new Lunarian. I've now watched enough of the anime to be able to say that, yes, it's much better in that regard. And it seems like there were a few scenes even the poor animators couldn't figure out - if I remember right they didn't even try to animate whatever happened just before the Amethyst twins were attacked (events from the previous volume).

Extras:

A page of translation notes and two pages of four-panel comics. I particularly liked Alexi's efforts to explain how to predict what their reaction to viewing a Lunarian will be.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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