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The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Soundtrack composed by Howard Shore (CD review).

February 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Soundtrack composed by Howard Shore (CD review).

Over the last decade or so, the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ franchise has done exceptionally well and Howard Shore’s brilliant musical scoring of the films must have played some part in this. He’s created such a distinct sound that, within a few seconds of a track starting, it is nearly always possible to identify that […]

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Soundtrack composed by Steve Jablonsky (CD review).

February 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Transformers: Age Of Extinction Soundtrack composed by Steve Jablonsky (CD review).

As you might expect from an action film, the ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’ soundtrack filled with pacey tracks, rapid drum beats and some rapid-fire string pieces. Yet what I felt was really missing here was the one catchy piece letting me know that this was part of the ‘Transformers’ franchise. I have to be honest, […]

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The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero (book review).

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero (book review).

The mysteriously named A has just inherited a creepy old mansion from a distant relative, so along with his mute friend, Niamh, he packs his things and moves from the UK to the USA. The house is filled with mysterious items, hidden passages and all the work of A’s scholarly relative, Ambrose Wells. It’s unclear […]

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The Rain-Soaked Bride (book 2) by Guy Adams (book review).

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Rain-Soaked Bride (book 2) by Guy Adams (book review).

‘The Rain-Soaked Bride’ is Guy Adams’ second novel to feature Section 37, also known as the Clown Service. While the first book, ‘The Clown Service’, might have been a little slow to get going, this second instalment, ‘The Rain-Soaked Bride’, certainly hits the ground running. Toby Greene and his boss, August Shining, have been brought […]

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The Incorruptibles (Incorruptibles book 1) by John Hornor Jacobs (book review).

January 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Incorruptibles (Incorruptibles book 1) by John Hornor Jacobs (book review).

Shoe and Fisk are soldiers for hire and this time the job involves guarding a fancy river boat as it carries the wealthy owners on a pleasure trip downstream. Sounds like an easy gig, but the riverbanks are dangerous, with far more than just bears and bandits to worry about. Yes, that’s right, this is […]

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Arrow Season 2 Soundtrack by Blake Neely (CD review).

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Arrow Season 2 Soundtrack by Blake Neely (CD review).

‘Arrow’ is an action adventure television series based on the DC Comics character, the Green Arrow. A crime-fighting vigilante who, as his name suggests, is pretty handy with a bow and arrow. I was expecting a dynamic soundtrack to go with this series but at the end of several plays of the CD I felt […]

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Hidden (Alex Verus novel book 5) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hidden (Alex Verus novel book 5) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

The ‘Alex Verus’ novels by Benedict Jacka have really grown on me as the series has progressed. Somehow we’re already on book 5, ‘Hidden’, and our character family has grown nicely. In ‘Hidden’, Alex is once again just trying to get on with running his shop and training his apprentice, Luna. Of course, things are […]

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The Tropic Of Serpents: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Tropic Of Serpents: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

Nearly three years after her husband was killed in an expedition to Vystrana, Mrs Isabella Camherst is preparing for another trip, this time to the far-flung continent of Eriga. Needless to say, her mother and the rest of polite Scirland society disapprove, particularly as she plans to leave her young son behind while she gallivants […]

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Seal Of The Worm (Shadows Of The Apt book 10) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seal Of The Worm (Shadows Of The Apt book 10) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

The ten book epic fantasy series ‘Shadows Of The Apt’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky is brought to a close with ‘Seal Of The Worm’. At the end of book 9, ‘War Master’s Gate’, the Worm had been released, the seal trapping them underground shattered by Seda’s magical rage against Cheerwell (Che) Maker. With Che and her […]

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The Sword Of Albion (The Swords Of Albion book 1) by Mark Chadbourn (book review).

November 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Sword Of Albion (The Swords Of Albion book 1) by Mark Chadbourn (book review).

The year is 1588 and Queen Elizabeth I sits on the throne, ruling an empire that is under threat from all sides. As far as most people know, the greatest of these threats comes from the Spanish who are raising an armada to sail against England and invade her shores. Yet there is a far […]

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