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Book Review: About Last Night by T. Paulin

I admit it, I was attracted to About Last Night initially because of the cover. Not only does it not have the yawn­somely tradi­tional Urban Fantasy look to it but the subtitle claims it's a "twisted" urban fantasy series. So, some­thing new then! Some­what at least. At first glance the setup of the book is very familiar. We've got a rela­tively young guy in a dead end job who acci­den­tally discovers that the para­normal is real. But, there's a bit more going on, because this city  has a publicly acknowl­edged zombie infes­ta­tion, which is sepa­rate from the para­normal stuff. In Which I Whine About The Whining [amazon template=image&asin=B00KTV547Y]The first problem I ran into while reading this story was just how nega­tive the view­point char­acter Eli is.

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Book Review: Without Bloodshed by Matthew Graybosch

The latest book in my #GreatIndieRe­view­Pro­ject series is Without Blood­shed by Matthew Gray­bosch, a science fantasy story which mixes liber­tarian idealism with heavy metal, violence and a healthy dose of sex. Who Should Read This? Do you like rock and or heavy metal music? Do you appre­ci­ated some fantasy in your science fiction? Are stories better with a healthy dose of polit­ical intrigue? Are you okay with some sexu­ality in your reading mate­rial? If some or most of these apply to you then you should give this one a shot. Did You Like It?

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ZombieMart — Part 5) The Source of The Smell (1st Draft)

Douglas starts hunting for the agent behind the attack, using his magic to home in on the sulfuric smell that seems to emanate from the mist.  It takes him to the paper goods aisle where he  finds a teenager wearing a strange medal­lion and chanting. Knocking out the teenager ends the spell and everyone reverts to non zombie without a clear memory of what happened. Unfor­tu­nately the bitten people are still bitten. Douglas spreads gas leak as the expla­na­tion for the strange events. He takes the medal­lion plan­ning to inves­ti­gate further. By the time he has calmed people down, the teenager has vanished.

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TV Review: The Man In The High Castle

Amazon's streaming video service was long regarded as an also-ran behind Netflix and even Hulu.  Their efforts to broaden appeal by producing orig­inal pilots (and taking some to series) was met mostly with apathy until last year. The success of Trans­parent changed things. It showed that Amazon could produce the same sort of quality mate­rial that Netflix and HBO do. So when I heard they were going to do a series based on Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle, I had to check it out, even though I dislike their inter­face and don't have a device that will Stream Amazon Instant to tv. And having watched it, I'm telling you that you should too. Alter­nate History Back in 1962 when Philip K.

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Book Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Writing reviews for long running series of books becomes progres­sively more diffi­cult. I think we've reached that stage with Foxglove Summer which is the fifth in Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant urban fantasy books. The problem is not that it's a bad book (it's actu­ally a highly enjoy­able one) it's that I've both said much of what I want to say about the series before and I have to be careful what I say about events from previous books in the series. This is a bit limiting. Never the less there are a few things that set this latest install­ment apart from previous entries in the series. That's Not London! The single biggest change here is that the story is not set in London, in fact London doesn't feature at all. For a series whose origin centered around the goddesses of the London rivers, that's a substan­tial departure.

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Kidney Stones — Welcome to a Whole New Level of Pain

So on Thursday evening I was in the ER because of a kidney stone. So far I've been describing the pain as "excru­ci­ating" or incred­ibly painful. But in truth that's a rather inad­e­quate method of conveying what it actu­ally felt like. Let's see if I can do better. A Little Bit of Gas That's how it started.  I was working from home when I started to feel a little uncom­fort­able, so I took a couple of gas pills and thought no more about it. I'd just come back from a trip where my eating patterns had been disrupted so a little bloating is to be expected. An hour later, after I wrapped up work, the discom­fort was still there so I started walking around a bit  in the hopes of breaking up any bubbles.

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ZombieMart — Part 4) Cleanup In Aisle 11 (1st Draft)

Douglas starts hunting for the agent behind the attack, using his magic to home in on the sulfuric smell that seems to emanate from the mist.  It takes him to the paper goods aisle where he  finds a teenager wearing a strange medal­lion and chanting. Knocking out the teenager ends the spell and everyone reverts to non zombie without a clear memory of what happened. Unfor­tu­nately the bitten people are still bitten. Douglas spreads gas leak as the expla­na­tion for the strange events. He takes the medal­lion plan­ning to inves­ti­gate further. By the time he has calmed people down, the teenager has vanished.

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