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review 2018-06-12 22:21
Seas of Blood by Michael Whitehead
Seas of Blood - Michael Whitehead

Set in the 1800s Australia, the action never stops. John Francis and his brother have organized a heist! Yes! An armed wagon is their target and Morgan, one of the drivers and hired guns, is in on the heist. From the title I was expecting to start out on a ship but I like how the story begins on land and moves us out to the ocean. John finds an odd and strangely enchanting medallion among the wagon goods and decides to take ownership of it.

Later, John and his wife Rose board the Madagascar to set off on a new life. Alas, John’s recent past catches up with him and he’s removed from the ship and jailed. Rose and the mysterious medallion continue on. That’s when things get deliciously messed up. I have always enjoyed ghost ship stories, those tales where obviously something terrible happened to the ship’s occupants. This is a tale that shows us how we get just such a ship.

There’s a few flashbacks showing the ancient tale of Xia whose spirit has since taken residence in the strange medallion. Through that bit of unusual jewelry, her vengeful spirit influences Rose and others. Indeed, the somewhat timid and socially awkward Rose becomes the avatar of the beautiful and dangerous Xia. The scenes with Xia were often dark and very serious and they became the anchor for this tale. Xia put the punch in this horror story.

Obviously, horrible things start happening on board ship. Captain Harris tries his best to be fair with the initial outbreaks of violence but his gentlemanly ways won’t be enough to hold back the tide of tormented anger from Xia. There’s plenty of potential victims or heroes on this ship: Lady Worthington and her son Philip, the First Mate Steven, Mr. & Mrs. Basset, the sailing master Timothy, etc. It eventually became a blood bath but there was hope even then. Not everyone was affected by Xia’s spirit.

To my happy surprise, John Francis wasn’t out of the picture either. He’s joined by a very mysterious but knowledgeable Templeton. He is seeking the medallion and has some knowledge of it’s evil powers and history. Templeton became the most interesting character by the end of the book. I really hope we get another story featuring him. I wonder what other magical or possessed relics he has hunted down.

All around, Seas of Blood is a worthy tale of heists, vengeful spirits, and shady characters taking the higher road. 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Terry Self was a perfect fit for this book. He had quite the variety of English and Australian accents, making each character distinct. Also his female character voices were feminine. He excelled at performing Xia’s scenes which were full of emotions. I also loved his voice for John Francis. I could practically see his wolfish grin or quirked eyebrow. There were no recording issues. 5/5 stars.

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review 2018-04-29 17:21
Ocean Worlds by Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams
Ocean Worlds: The Story of Seas on Earth and Other Planets - Mark Williams,Jan Zalasiewicz

TITLE:  Ocean Worlds: The Story of Seas on Earth and Other Planets

 

AUTHOR:  Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2014

 

FORMAT:  Hardcover

 

ISBN-13:  978-0-19-967288-2

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From the blurb:

"Water, water everywhere?

 

So it would seem, and not ust on our home planet, but across the Universe,  In this exciting exploration of oceans, Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Willimas take us to the beginnings of oceans on the hot, young Earth and show the critical role oceans have played in plate tectonics, in the development of the Earth's climate, and in the evolution of life on the planet.  There is much we still have to learn about the depths of our wold;s oceans.

 

Beyond the Earth, we explore possible oceans past on Mars and Venus, the ocean below the icy carapace of Euopa, and the water jets of Enceladus.  Will the Earth become another Mars or Venus in the future, when its oceans have boiled away?  Do the oceans of Saturn's moons harbour life - at least microbial life?  And the tantalizing possibility of finding another Earth-like world with oceans beckons.  Understanding oceans is central to understanding our planet, managing its future, and seeking life on other worlds."

 

Ocean Worlds is a well written science book that covers information and theories about the history, evolution and future development of the Earth's oceans, and then takes a look at other ocean worlds.  In short, the book is as described on the "tin".  The narrative is clearly written, fast paced and easy to understand but not overly simplified.  Numerous illustrations, diagrams and colour photographs are included.

 

OTHER BOOKS

 

- Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts

- The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels by Brian M. Fagan

- The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions by Paul B. Wignall

- The Goldilocks Planet: The Four Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate by Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-06 07:43
Alice in the Country of Hearts: Junk Box - Mamenosuke Fujimaru,QuinRose

It really started to feel like a bishoujo manga at the end the way she was crying and stuff.

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review 2017-12-11 19:16
The Clockmaker's Personal Servant
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker's Story - QuinRose,Mamenosuke Fujimaru,Angela Liu

I wanted to like this more because of Julius. However it seems that Alice is only a maid and a servant to him in the relationship.

There is also a part about how "men will be men" even in her dreamworld and will try to rape women or some shit.

It really killed any kind of feeling I had for any of the characters.

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text 2017-12-01 09:46
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker's Story - QuinRose,Mamenosuke Fujimaru,Angela Liu

So this book just suddenly liked to state that "Men are still Men" in this dream, meaning they have "urges". Basically this is Alice's dream yet all the men are uncontrollable monsters. Including Julius who seems to be not interested in romance or love. It's a pile of bullshit.

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