Review – Alien Covenant by Alan Dean Foster

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3 Stars

If you the movie then there is a 50/50 chance you’ll enjoy this. For the most part, the story is the same, but the action scenes have been largely watered down.
that being said, if you’ve read Alan Dean Foster before then you know what to expect. More science than flow. And the character’s are all prone to largely overdone speeches that I for one find difficult to believe likely.

Book Review Tom Clancy Novels

 

I never thought this would happen but i have now found an author i cannot read and enjoy. In this case infact, i can barely even finish.

 

Tom Clancy is the first author i have ever black balled and will be removing all his books from my collection.

It’s rather ironic really, as i have enjoyed many of the games inspired by his books, as well as some of the movies. But after trying to read both of the above novels i’ve decided it’s time.

The problem i have is his books just feel like propergand against the Communist/ Marxist party. One of his novels even his IRA soldiers/ Collumbian Drug Lords with Marxist leanings. Given that he sprung to fame in the 80s when the cold war was still frosty it makes sense but I was born in 1990, the cold war means nothing to me but a plot wheel in old movies.

His characters are arrogant beyound belief,and Petty. So Petty. If these had been real people, World War 3 Would have started.

Also somewhere along the line Jack Ryan will give a speech.

What action there is lacks punch and tension.

And of course, whatever happens, America always has overwhelming superiority.

 

All of these things just graite on me, so for my own enjoyment, i’ve decided it’s time to put this author away. When i want fantasy, i read George RR Martin.

Book Review – Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

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2.5 Stars

I’m Afraid i couldn’t finish this.

Penelope Ward has an interesting style and her time jumps reveal the back story rather nicely. However the plot of this book just struck as over the top and unblievable from the second half onwards.

Spoiler Warning!
At first, i thought it was interesting, but after the characters have sex, Mack’s ex barges in and all hell breaks loose along with my interest. The ex it seems takes Umbridge to him having a lover even though it’s made very clear she’s seeing other people, and then proccedds to take their son back across the country. Forcing Mack to sell everything and follow. If that wasn’t weird enough, his estranged dad then pops by to tell him he know’s about Frankie’s past and if Mack doesn’t wash his hands of her and go back to his family, he will spread the word about it (a act that would have her and her mother killed ‘WTF!).
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This book wasn’t for me, hopefully the third book i read from Lady Ward will hit the mark.

Oh, and what’s the deal with the cover? Afraid i have to subtract marks for the guy with his shirt off. I know the audiance (female readers) love the sight but for me, a cover should tease at the plot. This tells me nothing and as the character generally spends his time with his cloths on, it’s more than a little inacurate.

Book Review – A Season In Hell by Jack Higgins

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4 Stars

 

It’s books like this that are really turning me into a fan of Mr. Higgins.

True, the summary is a bit misgiving. I was expecting a dark and gritty story of a former SAS soldier now working as a assasin, dealing bloody vengeance to the mom who murdered the stepson of a wealthy American Woman.

No, this book has a lot more heart than that and is gripping from the first page to the last. The only reason i have given it a 4 star opposed to a 5 star is because i wanted to see a showdown, the minibattle of the two hired guns going head to head. How Mr Higgins handed it instead was thrilling all the same but it’s not the same.

The writing style is quick and easy, the characters while not exactly deep or hampered with growth, are endearing. Forget, Custler, Clancy & Ludlum. This is the perfect example of why Jack Higgins is the master of adventure and action.

Videl Saga – DBZ Fanfiction Ideas

So as some of you might be aware, i have previously mentioned i’m thinking about writing a saga of DBZ Oneshot fanfictions Revolving around Videl geting in various situations with the majority of the Z Fighters.

 

I had the idea today that perhaps the series could end with a story inspired by this old PBX Pic.

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I’ve always wanted to put a story to this pic. Of course based on the surroundings i’d say I’d probably set it at the Party at Capsule Corp. But Lets have a little fun, what story does this pic bring to your mind?

Cover Mock Ups

 

I’ll never claim to have much of a hand at cover design but that doesn’t mean i won’t give it a try. What do you think of my mock ups for the short-story ‘Together in Sydney’. It’s still only on the planning board but it’s one of the two projects i’m toying between starting.

 

This is the Other, A PNR Vampire Short-story.

 

As i said i can’t decide between the two, any thoughts?

 

I should als add these storys will not interupt¬† my Fanfiction plans. The next will be started as soon as i finish my Current. Honestly, I cannot wait to start…

Upcoming Project Covers

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Well i know i’ve been silent for a couple of weeks so too make it up to you, i thought i’d give you a peek at all my current planned projects (Outside of Fanfiction). You see, almost as an experiment, i knocked together a cover about a month ago and since then have been playing with a few for my WIPs. What do you think?