Book Review – Children of the Different by S C Flynn

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Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.

In the great forest of South West Western Australia, thirteen-year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah go through the Changeland. They encounter an enemy known as the Anteater who feeds on human life. He exists both in the Changeland and in the outside world, and he wants the twins dead.

After their Changings, the twins have powers that let them fight their enemy and face their destiny on a long journey to an abandoned American military base on the north-west coast of Australia…if they can reach it before time runs out.
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Book Review – No Hero by Jonathan Wood

My review of No Hero by Jonathan Wood over at Fantasy Book Review. 8/10

http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Jonathan-Wood/No-Hero.html

What would Kurt Russell Do? With this line alone what other introduction do you need.

Well, he would write this book, but he didn’t, Jonathan Wood did, so maybe the question should be, ‘What would Jonathan Wood Do’, which kind of answers itself.

Serial killings, a Secretive Government Agency and more horrors from beyond than you can shake a leg at, or throw a Tango and Cash quip at. No Hero is a great addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. It’s fun, quirky and engaging in the best tongue, cheek and tentacle kind of way.

Arthur Wallace, veteran cop comes face to feeler with sword wheeling women, headless bodies, creatures of destruction and more government oversight than a public servant knows how to deal with. Accepting a promotion to the weird, wild and wonderful world of MI37, if ever there was a time for W.W.K.R.D, its now.

Wallace while coming across a little immature as a character, appeals to my 80’s action hero core, throwing punches and one-liners with ease, as well as providing an amusing narrative to the reader.   The supporting characters, Clyde the magician, popping batteries like candy is the nerd who can pack a serious magical punch. Gothic Tabitha, is goth and all knowing, theone stop shop for information, keeping Arthur in and out of trouble. Kayla is the muscle, a super scottswoman with a sword. She would eat Conan for breakfast, no lamentations required.

The story in No Hero is fast paced, increasing ever forward towards its final conclusion. If you like your Dresden, Nightside, Lovecraft and 80’s action hero, then this is the book for you.

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