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  • Being Human: The Road | Shiny Shelf
    like an intruding aunt and they didn t invite her so she s not a lodger outstaying her welcome This made it difficult to sympathise with the characters We learn that Gemma s son killed himself and a road is to be built through his home There s a mystery to be solved and the main characters must delay the building of the road as they learn more Sadly solving the plot is the only motivation for the central characters They recruit a gang of activists to delay the building of the road characters who are sketchy at best and the plot moves along tediously When the solution to the mystery comes it s relatively satisfying and it s clear that s all the book was ever aiming to be The Road is meant to be a quick read but without making good use of the characters or matching the tone of the series it s unlikely to impress fans That could be problematic for the range in general the novel ends on a cliffhanger leading directly into the following novel It s a tactic which suggests the publishers expect readers to buy every single novel and starting with such a lightweight book may put some readers off the whole range A minor footnote too I found the depiction of Mitchell unnervingly misogynistic When female characters are introduced from his perspective there s always some comment on their bodies or potential sexual behaviour which left a very bad taste in my mouth Line Break By Steffan Alun Share Being Human The Road Tags BBC BBC Three Being Human Books TV One Response Tweets that mention Being Human The Road Shiny Shelf Topsy com says April 20 2010 at 9 12 am This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shiny Shelf Shiny Shelf said Being Human The Road As a fan of Being Human BBC3 s post watershed horror drama about a vampire werewolf and http bit ly cEiBgg RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy

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  • Being Human | Shiny Shelf
    L Halliday on 18 February 2009 Comments Off Bristol can be full of monsters And that s just the Comics Expo Tags Aidan Turner Being Human Ghosts Leonora Crichlow Russell Tovey TV RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January

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  • Twilight | Shiny Shelf
    guess how to get around the predicted future a good source of tension There s no great depth to the novel but it functions well as a romance and the shift at the end works well for readers hoping for more plot It s an odd structure certainly but perfect for its intended audience The main problem I have with the book was that at times the relationship between Edward and Bella can be unconvincing Before they get together and as they get to know each other everything s fine but it never seems to evolve from there They go through the motions of being in a relationship serious conversations neurotic concerns without ever feeling like they have much fun Every moment they spend together is tense and in the end it s difficult to accept that this is a particularly wonderful relationship Then again as I said in the beginning I m not the target audience I know what successful relationships are like which may well put me in a minority within this book s readership As a fantasy school romance for teenagers it offers a very full portrayal with plenty of different scenarios for the main characters from dinner dates to picnics in the forest Finally we have to consider the fact that this novel is now part of a series It doesn t feel like one Unlike the first Harry Potter novel which set up a lot of threads to pick up later Twilight has so little story that it s difficult to see what a sequel could deliver particularly since this book s main selling point is the heavy focus on the formation of a relationship Line Break By Steffan Alun Share Twilight Tags Books stephanie meyer twilight One Response Tweets that mention Twilight Shiny Shelf Topsy com says March 26 2010 at 10 54 pm This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark Clapham Shiny Shelf Shiny Shelf said Twilight Steffan Alun goes back to the beginning of a media phenomenon to review Twilight Stephanie Meyer s va http bit ly a9cS4O RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar

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  • The God Engines by John Scalzi | Shiny Shelf
    flock But as you continue on the journey through The God Engine and its engrossing tale assumptions will be challenged perceptions flayed and a few stunning revelations Aside from Scalzi s prose which is sharp and elegant the amount of detail he provides in the novella is impressive In just 137 pages Scalzi provides a fascinating framework for an entire new series if he so desired The God Engines works perfectly as a standalone piece and certainly does not need any sequel but Scalzi provides a rich canvas that he could easily return to later and flesh out further From the history of this world theocracy to the way the ships and gods function to what future awaits in the aftermath of The God Engines the novella reads like a much longer work and this is perhaps the most impressive feat by Scalzi If you are a fan of quality fiction then you should without fail pick this up The God Engines is unique enough that it does not easily fit into one category and its length will not require a significant amount of time to invest in and regret should you wind up not liking it However you owe it to yourself to try The God Engines is some of the new best fiction you can read Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share The God Engines by John Scalzi Tags Books John Scalzi the god engines One Response Tweets that mention The God Engines by John Scalzi Shiny Shelf Topsy com says March 29 2010 at 6 33 pm This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shiny Shelf Shiny Shelf said The God Engines by John Scalzi review by julioangelortiz an exercise in frustration http ow ly 1qZVv RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant

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  • John Scalzi | Shiny Shelf
    Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006

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  • Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber | Shiny Shelf
    or is that landspeeder s pace not holding back on the gore but never reveling in it Death Troopers is dark and gritty and the death and violence are not for shock value such as in something like Saw This is survival horror in space and if you are a fan of anything close to the survival horror genre then you will find plenty to love here The zombies themselves are a unique twist on the concept and without giving too much away there are a few subtle nods to Romero s of the Dead movies In lesser hands the concept could have failed miserably since marrying horror and zombies in particular with Star Wars was a very risky move We have seen Star Wars novels previously built on famous concepts such as Star Wars meets Heart of Darkness in the novel Shatterpoint and it takes a talented author to pull it off As Matthew Stover did with Shatterpoint Schreiber pulls it of in Death Troopers with aplomb Death Troopers is a fun read not only making a great Star Wars novel but a flat out solid horror novel Schreiber s prose is some of the best you ll find in a Star Wars book and by the time you are done you will want to check out his other work While Star Wars doesn t lend itself to a regular dose of horror every once in a blue moon will work just fine as long as a talent like Schreiber is behind it Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share Star Wars Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber Tags Books Joe Schreiber Star Wars Zombies Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant

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  • Joe Schreiber | Shiny Shelf
    One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006

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  • Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice by David Mack | Shiny Shelf
    resolves a few ongoing arcs and places some of the characters in interesting new positions that should provide great material for future novels If anything Precipice may be a bit hard for someone new to Vanguard to dive into While Precipice makes sure to catch readers up on prior events there is an emotional resonance that would be missing for someone starting fresh This novel is very rewarding as a resolution to certain aspects of the T Prynn Pennington relationship but unless you have read the previous novels in the series the real impact is lost The same goes for the Quinn Zett animosity For long time readers however Precipice is a great pay off on several levels There are a few other flaws in the narrative Primarily the Jetanien sub plot did not do much for me It amounts to a lot of waiting around and little reward The Reyes Ezthene sub plot doesn t fair much better They are captives they get hauled from here to there they speak to the Chancellor and then when completely ignored Gorkon just lets them go Their plot thread does serve a purpose but it s one of the least interesting ones except for the very end Mack s action scenes particularly the Shedai attacking the station are always excellently handled and the Shedai come across as an arrogant species to be feared yet are complex enough as a society to be interesting In light of the novel s conclusion I am curious where the series heads next Aside from that Mack s prose and pacing are spot on And anyone who sneaks in Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas references deserves props Precipice makes a fine entry into the Vanguard lore Aside from a few blemishes Precipice gives Vanguard fans a book they will love an pay off novel that takes the series to the next logical step without revealing too many of the series secrets The Quinn McLellen adventure on Golmira shows just how large the Taurus Reach is and how much can be explored there It would behoove the series to take the time to do some world building and explore what can only be imagined as a rich set of cultures scattered throughout the Taurus Reach And that s what Precipice does best it reminds us how much more can be done with the Vanguard concept and what a rich tapestry has only begun to be woven Here s to book six and beyond Line Break By Julio Angel Ortiz Julio Angel Ortiz maintains his collection of curiosities at www julioinprogress com You can also Like him on Facebook as well and check out his latest writing projects Share Star Trek Vanguard Precipice by David Mack Tags Books David Mack Star Trek Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The

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