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Book Reviews: The Loney + Battle On! + Shadow Mage + others

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
This inept ‘horror’ is a tale of two brothers, their mad mother and her riveting coldness, priests and rural clichés. There is no moral or practical value in this novel. Nor is there an unsettling sense of a closed society. This failure does not explore the darker recesses of 1970s life and is a testament to over-hyped norm core. This dispiriting bore has no clear plot; it seems to be about emotional deviation, evil yokels and the distaste invoked by indignant smothering mothers and their preconceptions.

Best Lines:
“Even lower than the heathens.”
“Protestants?”

“It wasn’t anything to do with God.”

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Battle On! An Unauthorized, Irreverent look at Xena: Warrior Princess by Greg Cox
This 1998 tie-in is Cox’s fan boy love for seasons 1-3 of ‘Xena’. It has episode commentary, in-jokes, nit picking, trivia and more. It shows the cultural influence and adulation the show once had. Cox never did a follow up showing the decay the show went into in seasons 4-6. This is an okay unassuming book that whilst dated is good for the insatiable ‘XWP’ fan.

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Twilight Of Kerberos: Shadow Mage by Matthew Sprange
Great cover but provides no lively satisfaction.

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Pax Britannia: Leviathan Rising by Jonathan Green
Reading this was an appalling prospect. The publisher seems to have dropped this saga.

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Twilight Of Kerberos: The Light Of Heaven by David A. McIntee
Decisively horrid.

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Twilight Of Kerberos: The Clockwork King Of Orl by Mike Wild
This has a T&A pose on the cover and no moral strength. Characters seem near comatose and the writing seems dramatically estranged from talent. People with behavioural propensities to violence fill this wretched 2008 novel. Inflammatory comments are made and it reads like a bad video game. There are villain speeches, exposition drops and it’s so very dumb. No wonder the publisher seems to have dropped this saga.

Best Lines:
“The dwarves were a noble, advanced race of miners, engineers and warriors, not homicidal bearded shortarses with faces like a mool’s arse.”
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