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review 2016-04-22 12:45
Book 'In Lieu of a Review': The Los Nefilim Novellas by T. Frohock
In Midnight's Silence - Teresa Frohock
Without Light or Guide - Teresa Frohock
The Second Death: Los Nefilim: Part Three - T. Frohock

You can find the Los Nefilim Novelas at: Amazon | Kobo

 

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

 

Gosh, this one went through so many stages, so I thought I'd show them. I still don't really think it's finished. I usually put together fully Fantasy based images, so time period appropriate clothing, hairstyles, etc etc are never usually an issue, and even though I gave it my best shot with this (1930's Spain), I still wavered pretty hard!

 

Firstly, the Los Nefilim are born of Angels or Daimons, or in Diago's case, both. And I love putting wings on things. So it started out something like this, a moment of affection between Miquel and Diago:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But then, I wanted to stay a little truer to Teresa Frohock's vision, in which the Los Nefiilim look mostly human, however I still wanted to show that these men are part ethereal in nature. I made the wings more of a suggestion.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then.. I had a thought, and it made me actually kind of teary.. Diago and Miquel have a son, Rafael. The relationship between the three is just gorgeous.. I mean, breathtakingly so.. So, although I didn't want to add a third figure into the image, I thought "What if this was a photo, taken by Rafael as he was watching his father's finally lose themselves in a moment of pure love..?".. I actually did have a bit of a weep. No kidding! Probably a combo of heavy steroids and beautiful writing on behalf of Teresa Frohock, but I did. This is where I stopped, because that was enough for me.. It'll probably be fixed a little more in the future, but for now, this is enough.. I have no idea about what type of photographs would've been able to be taken in that period. nor how they would've aged, but I liked the idea of sepia. So this is it. For the moment..

 

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text 2015-12-04 23:58
Without Light or Guide
Without Light or Guide - Teresa Frohock

Picking up shortly after In Midnight’s Silence, Diago, a half angel and half diamon must prove his allegiance to the Nefilim, a group of angels that monitor demons.  With trouble brewing in both the supernatural realm and the mortal realm with the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Diago finds himself once again in the middle of a lot of trouble.  Everyone the Diago knows in Barcelona is being murdered; Diago, his partner Miquel and other Nefilim begin to investigate.  The issues that arise affect both the natural and supernatural realm and directly involve Diago and his son, Rafael.  Diago must figure out what is going on and how to stop it.

 

This book involved a lot more danger, intrigue and characterization.  The demons were more prolific in this book and the growing threat that not everyone is who they seem.  Diago and Miquel’s relationship grew even more for me, especially with the involvement of Rafael.  There was some truly touching moments as Rafael had figured out the relationship between the two.  The crime scenes and mystery built into this installment definitely amped up the excitement and led to more heart-pounding scenes as Diago tried to outsmart the daimons.  I’ll be looking forward to more Nefilim adventures.

 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2012-12-18 00:00
Living in the Light: A Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation
Living In The Light: A Guide To Personal And Planetary Transformation - Shakti Gawain,Laurel King I love Shakti Gawain's writing and many of her other books are on my favorite book list. But this particular book missed the boat on so many levels. My copy was published in 1986, and I know she has made some huge leaps and bounds since then, which is reflected in her later publications. This book is the WORST of the "Science of Mind" movement. It includes such gems as: People get cancer because they are emotionally unbalanced; the idea that women who have been raped have "asked for it" on a psychic level; and you can tell how "sick and unbalanced" someone is by the shape of their body (overweight = unresolved issues). It's pompous, high-handed, extremely privileged and ignorant. So why do I give it three stars? Because as far as writing about intuition, I think she is right on the money. She offers great ways to connect with that sacred source and exercises to deepen it. If this is the only book you've read by Shakti Gawain, please don't give up on her. Read [b:Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life|582533|Creative Visualization Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life|Shakti Gawain|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347704950s/582533.jpg|1584982] and leave this one behind.
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review 2011-02-20 00:00
Peak Landscape and Light: A Photographer's Guide to the Peak District - Karen Frenkel In the best possible light

This book is packed with brilliant, almost perfect, images of the beautiful Peak District. It is obvious that Karen Frenkel has put a huge amount of effort into capturing all of the scenes, which include landscapes, flowers and rocks amongst many other subjects, in literally the best light possible. There must been a lot of planning and preparation and thought before she finally clicked the shutter on each exposure.

The results are stunning.

Descriptions of each subject accompany every photograph, and she has added a few notes about her approach and the equipment that she used at the end of the book.

Whether you are familiar with the Peak District or living on the other side of the planet, you cannot fail to be inspired by the beauty that Karen has managed to capture through her lens.
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