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Night's Knights: A Vampire Tale
Night's Knights: A Vampire Tale
by Emerian Rich
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars On becoming a vampire . . ., April 3 2011
This is a fun book! In addition to containing all the classical (juicy) elements of a vampire novel, it also takes a speculative look at the reactions and experiences of people from a wide variety of backgrounds as they approach vampirism, willingly or not. Tragic romance and underground politics spice up the mix. Night's Knights was originally offered as a free podcast novel ([...]), and is the prequel to Dusk's Warriors (becoming available as chapter-long podcasts). If you like taking in the wide angle view of the vampire genre, I recommend you check this one out.

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait
by K. A. Bedford
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight., Sept. 20 2009
This is definitely a good read. It has humour, mystery, and wonderful plot twists with well-integrated light and dark forces at work. The characters are engaging and the prose is dynamic. Truly enjoyable. Best of all, Bedford is almost done the sequel, which I'm eagerly awaiting.

Revelations Tarot
Revelations Tarot
by Zach Wong
Edition: Cards
Price: CDN$ 25.13
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intuitive Deck that's a lot of fun, May 13 2008
This review is from: Revelations Tarot (Cards)
The many decks aren't specifically designed deal with reversals, which is when a card is drawn upside down, changing its meaning. Aside from being absolutely gorgeous cards, the Revelations Tarot is drawn so that the meaning of the upside down card is obvious. My curiosity built after using a traditional deck for awhile, but feeling something was missing, so I caved in to temptation and also bought this deck. Using these cards is an absolute pleasure. Although I felt nothing when I held the cards in the store, once they were unwrapped and held directly in my hand, the energy felt masculine, electric and somewhat spiky. The cards also had a funny herbal smell to them, and on reading the package insert, I assumed this was sage, since it's recommended to rub the cards with it to "cleanse" them. I don't have any sage, but I do have a few bits of rose quartz, so I figured I'd just put one of those in the little storage baggie the cards come with, and call it good.

The cards have a very unique surface texture to them. They feel oily, but when you take your hand away, there is nothing on your fingers. They are quite slick when you shuffle them, and they spread out almost like they are frictionless. Despite being so different, I get pretty much the same answers to similar questions as I got with the traditional deck, frequently drawing the equivalent cards. The companion book is also very good. It doesn't inundate you with tonnes of information, it just tells you what you need to know to interpret each card, and I like some of the shifts in meaning that come with this deck, as it seems to make the interpretations more flexible, depending on the question asked. You also get a lot more "information" as the content in terms of colours and symbols is pretty much doubled in comparison to every other deck out there. One thing I really liked is that the Major Arcana are numbered, so that you can easily put them in order if that's how you choose to store the deck, and it makes it really easy to find the corresponding interpretation in the book if you can't remember the order of the cards. There are also two extra reference cards included to help you lay out common spreads and determine which card is supposed to convey meaning related to which subject.

by J. Y. T. Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different flavour of story telling, Feb. 3 2008
This review is from: Dominion (Paperback)
The protagonist of this story is a woman called Gilna, who completes her training as a perfumer just before her village is ravaged first by plague, then by an unstoppable invading army bent on conquering everything in their path. Gilna's skills allow her to administer medicines through scents, and alternately, deadly poisons. As a healer and survivor of the plague, Gilna is deemed useful by the invading Kurathk, and is kept as a servant to the tribal leaders. Her need to survive within her captive state battles with her guilt over assisting her peoples' sworn enemy, until she determines a way to use the power and influence she garners from her new position to manipulate the Kurathk. Although she is terrified of the dreamworld, help comes from that ethereal dimension, as Gilna plots to destroy the Kurathk through their growing dependency on her.

Ms. Kennedy's prose is stoic and elegant, with a rich folklore flavour and intensity highlighted with touches of mysticism.

Darwin's Paradox
Darwin's Paradox
by Nina Munteanu
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.47
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nina gives more than a story., Jan. 26 2008
This review is from: Darwin's Paradox (Paperback)
Imagine a mysterious virus that devastates half a population, while giving certain individuals enhanced mental abilities, allowing them to "psychically" link to a server containing an artificial intelligence that seems to be developing autonomy. What if that virus turned out to be deliberately engineered? What would be the motivations of the designer? What if the virus turned out to be more than it seemed, and had ideas of its own?

In "Darwin's Paradox", Nina Munteanu (author of "Collision with Paradise", and "The Cypol") serves up a dually plotted story that's part novel, part philosophical treatise on the nature of mankind and its inexorable evolution, driven by both natural and man-made pressures. Julie Crane, the central character, is a woman with a complicated and violent past, who must deal with the life she left behind to protect the peaceful existence she enjoys with her family now. As the novel opens, the back story and contemporary plot line are unfolded concurrently, until they eventually collide, and Julie is faced with the struggle of her life against unknown political forces in Icaria-5, her previous home, from which she had to flee as an unfairly labeled murderer and deliberate spreader of Darwin's Disease. She's never sure of who her allies or enemies are as she struggles to free herself from old accusations . . . and neither is her innocent, 12 year old daughter, who naively stumbles into her mother's past.

Looking for a thinking person's novel? Give "Darwin's Paradox" a try.

Venus Doom
Venus Doom
Price: CDN$ 15.94
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Love Metal Anymore, Sept. 23 2007
This review is from: Venus Doom (Audio CD)
Ville wasn't kidding when he said this would be doom metal instead of love metal. It's a lot heavier than the earlier stuff from H.I.M. and it doesn't have the romantic undertones. His vocals are as good as ever, but the mood of the album is very different. My impression was that the "romantic hope-against-despair" of previous work was replaced by something more angry and determined. The melodies are a lot harsher. It's still very well done.

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