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The Dark Is Rising | Susan Cooper

Quickly past the churchyard, its great dark yew trees leaning out over the crumbling wall; more slowly by Rooks' Wood, on the corner of the Church Lane. The tall spinney of horse-chestnut trees, raucous with the calling of the rooks and rubbish-roofed with the clutter of their sprawling nests, was one of their familiar places.

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! I need to reread this for Christmas! 7d
johncadams Me too! 7d
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I'm giving away five copies of Dagmar of the Northlands this month.

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I'm giving away five copies of Dagmar of the Northlands this month.

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Stephanie Ellis works for the Horror Tree website. If you've not checked it out yet, swing by when you get a chance because it is a treasure trove of information for writers and readers alike. She's also the editor of Horror Tree anthology publication 'Trembling With Fear'. With stories in magazines like Sanitarium and anthologies from publishers such as Nosetouch Press, she's establishing herself as both a writer and editor to watch.

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This is an anthology of sixteen pieces of horror fiction. Some have been previously published with houses such as Alchemy Press or magazines such as Sanitarium. Others are new works.

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'The Wire' is set in the trenches of World War One, and it reminded me a little of Arthur Machen's tale 'The Bowmen'. It was pretty grisly, but I liked that about it. There's never any excuse for sanitising the horror of war, after all.

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The writing had a very rich texture, which I really enjoyed. It was full and vibrant without being overly literary or poetic. These were still tales with plenty of action. One of the things I liked most was the space granted for description and world-building. This was partly because of the restrained use of dialogue, something I always appreciate in fiction. Overall, I enjoyed this anthology very much and would certainly recommend it.

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There was alot of variety here, from 'The Face Collector' with its dark fantasy feel to vampire tale 'Throwing The Dice'. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the latter reminded me a little of Lovecraft's 'The Festival'. My personal favourite was 'The Yowling', previously published in the 'Weird Ales' anthology from Quantum Corsets. Vengeance tastes sweet when it's served in a country pub, and I always love a good folk horror story.

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

I love a good battle scene. Winter and Marcus can hold their own!

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

Winter's kick ass, and she'll need to be, but I don't blame her for being reticent about accepting the promotion to sergeant.

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Souls for the Master | John C Adams
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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

Happy 200th birthday George Eliot!

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“The true seeing is within.“

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“What shall tell what may be the effect of writing?“

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

“There wasn't a man in the circle older than eighteen. They were all boys, barely off their farms or away from the Vordan City tenements, and underneath their smiles and bravado there was a nervous core that Winter recognised.“

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

“For warmth, the troops had to make do with horse and ox dung, which they now collected and hoarded like gold. It burned well enough, but Winter found the smell cut through even then congealed stink of her own unwashed body, and she hadn't bothered to kindle a blaze.“

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“The wit of a family is usually best received among strangers.“

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“The calendar hath not an evil day.“

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Tineke Is your book in any way inspired by the Netherlands? Because I see a lot of Dutch words and references to a province here, Groningen or Grunn in dialect. 1mo
johncadams @Tineke In part, yes. It is partly a Nordic themed fantasy romance but other locations and characters are in a fictional country called Murkar, which is loosely based on the Netherlands and Belgium. 4w
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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“I would rather have a good second husband than an indifferent first.“

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

“Winter realized for the first time that Graff was scared. She'd never seen him afraid before, at least not in battle. Only a thin veneer of military professionalism held him together. And he's a veteran. She looked around at the steady backs of the Seventh Company with a new respect.“

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Souls for the Master | John C Adams
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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“He was a creature who entered into everyone's feelings, and could take the pressure of their thought instead of urging his own with iron resistance.“

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“I know no speck so troublesome as self.“

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From Dagmar of the Northlands by John C Adams

The sequel to Aspatria is available on Smashwords/Amazon now!

#fantasy #romance #DagmaroftheNorthlands #johncadams

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/944686

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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot

“That controlled self-consciousness of manner which is the expensive substitute for simplicity.“

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The Thousand Names | Django Wexler

“The hilltop was dark with enemy horsemen gathering around a dozen black-clad priests who chose that moment to bring into their sweet, high song. They all hit subtly different notes, and the result was a ringing harmony that echoed down from the ridge with a weird unearthly beauty.“

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Sanditon | Jane Austen

I always feel so sad reading Jane Austen's last work. But her sharpness of wit survived to the end, because even as her health was failing she still had the humour to poke fun at the hypochondriacs who found their way to English bathing resorts, and whom she must have encountered in number during her time living in Bath and visiting Lyme Regis. A bold sense of the ridiculous was a part of Jane Austen's genius and, it seems, it never left her.

Scochrane26 I‘ve never read this one. 2mo
johncadams @Scochrane26 It's actually really good. I've got it in a single, quite thin volume with Lady Susan and The Watsons! 2mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve read lady Susan after seeing the movie but don‘t think I‘ve read the other 2. Will have to look for them. 2mo
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The King Beyond the Gate | David Gemmell

Was it wise to withhold from Ananais that Tenaka was now the Khan of the Drenai's greatest enemy? But what would it achieve to tell him? He trusted Tenaka, and when a man like Ananais gave his trust it was forged stronger than silver steel.

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen

“I cannot easily resolve on anything so serious as marriage, especially as I am not at present in want of money.“

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The King Beyond the Gate | David Gemmell

“I am a man with a dream, Ingis - the dream of Ulric. These men with men were once Doublehair. Now they are mine. The burly one by the far tent is a Spear. Now he is mine. These forty represent three tribes. United, the world is ours. I am an enemy to no one. Not yet.“

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen

“There is exquisite pleasure in subduing an insolent spirit, in making a person pre-determined to dislike, acknowledge one's superiority.“

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From Dagmar of the Northlands by John C Adams

The sequel to Aspatria is available on Smashwords/Amazon now!

#fantasy #romance #DagmaroftheNorthlands #johncadams

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dagmar-Northlands-Gortah-Murkar-Book-ebook/dp/B07VRWX96...

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The King Beyond the Gate | David Gemmell

Scaler looked up as he appeared. He wanted to rush forward and embrace him, but resisted the urge. Tenaka would never recognise him. The Nadir prince had changed little, he thought, save for the few grey hairs glinting in the sunlight. The violet eyes were still piercing, the stance still unconsciously arrogant.

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Souls for the Master | John C Adams
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen

“Since he will be stubborn, he must be tricked.“