Bunny on a Bike by Bev Spicer

Bunny on a Bike

Blurb

Carol and Bev have no idea about what they want to do for a living.  They see an advert for Playboy croupiers, and, with a typical lack of forethought, decide to apply.   After parading in bikinis and completing gruelling maths tests, (with a certain amount of cheating), they get the job.

They do four weeks training at Victor Lownes’ mansion in Tring, where there is free-flowing champagne and a well-stocked juke box.  They are commandeered to be photographed with Victor on his return from hospital, and are invited to attend one of his weekend parties, where they meet Peter Cook and Kenny Lynch (Bev has him confused with Kenny Everett!).

They encounter unscrupulous landlords and exact a savage revenge.  They deal blackjack to all kinds of punters, fend off lecherous pit bosses and almost fall in love. They get into all kinds of trouble and come out unscathed.

Bunny on a Bike gives the reader an amusing insight into life inside the casino and being young in 80s London.

Along the way, Bev and Carol make us laugh with their very different attitudes to life.  One thing is sure – they will be friends forever.

Bunny On A Bike by Bev Spicer

An Entertaining Read.

Bunny on a Bike is a very humourous memoir of Bev and her friend Carol as they embark on a short journey into the world of Playboy as croupiers in one of London’s casinos.

Bev’s description of the characters and the situations they found themselves in, made them appear all the more real, and by the end of the book, you felt as if you knew them personally. Having been a teenager in the 80’s, it was like stepping back in time.

It’s a shame Bev left before geting her bunny outifit. I would love to have read about the reaction of people seeing her and Carol cycling to work dressed as Playboy Bunnies!

If you like an entertaining light read, then I recommend this book. I loved it, but wish it had been longer!

This review was originally posted on Goodreads under my alternative pen name ‘Sam Clark’

 I rate this book 4 STARS

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers

The Blurb

An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read.

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

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Gemini of Emreiana by Kristen DaRay

Blurb.
My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn’t die in a car accident. They’re not even dead. I’m not American. I’m not even human. I have strange powers, and I’m the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana. If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I’ve loved since I was five. If I don’t, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.

Kristen DaRay, Gemini of Emreiana

I have not read many YA novels, but I decided to read Gemini of Emreiana as part of the book of the week feature being run by the Goodreads group . I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel by Kristen DaRay, which kept my interest from start to end.

It is a light read for a fantasy, with good pace. The interaction between the characters, especially that of Carson and her aunt or her boyfriend, was well handled, but I feel it lacked the emotional punch that could have added that little extra. Despite this, the characters are well developed and likeable, and you do begin to sympathise with the situations they find themselves in.

The story, and the writing, improves as the book progresses and the author draws out the truth behind Carson’s heritage, what lies ahead of her, and what dangers she will face because of who she is. The book left me intrigued to learn where Carson’s journey will eventually take her.

The writing could benefit from a little polishing in a few places, but this does not detract from the quality or the enjoyment of the story. Overall, a great effort, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy/science fiction stories set in the modern world.

I rate this book 4 stars.

Where to Buy:
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4 Star Review of Path to Vengeance by Billi Tiner

Lots of sci-fi action! September 16, 2012

4 Star Review posted on Amazon By Billi Tiner
Format:Kindle Edition
‘Path to Vengeance’ is the first book in The Guardian series. This is a sci-fi adventure that centers around an elite pilot, Grogaan, and his three friends. Grogaan’s greatest desire it to be accepted into his nation’s pilot training program, so that he can join in protecting his planet from the relentless attacks of the Krelathans raiders.

`Path to Vengeance’ is a well-written story with a lot of aerial combat sequences. Cann does a good job of developing the characters. As a reader, you understand what motivates Grogaan, and why his friends are so loyal to him. Some of the sections in the middle of the story got a little bogged down, but overall it flowed very well. The story is a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this genre.

A 5 Star Review of Sorcerer’s Duel by Jamie Hall

Sorcerers Duel by W H Cann reviewed

Hi all.

Some of you may know that this is the second book in the Guardian series by W H Cann and if you don’t know that you can read my review of the first book here.

Now i would just like to say that i loved the first novel but a few minor problems held it back from being a 5 star read.

My concerns were as follows;

“Some paragraphs and even some entire scenes simply aren’t necessary and it would really make the novel much easier to read if they were wiped out or drastically streamlined. Some points of the novel drag on needlessly and the slog of reading it threatened to halt my progress altogether.”

I am glad to say that Cann contacted me about said issues and took the ideas on board and has released a newer, much more streamlined version, that is a simple joy to read.

His second novel in the Guardian series has benefited from a more vicious edit and is a fast paced gem. But i get a little ahead of myself. Here’s the review.

Synposis

“Having survived the Battle of Mabraant and with no system in the quadrant safe to settle on, Grogaan leads his friends on a new adventure deep into the heart of the neighbouring Ladorran Quadrant.

After being reunited with his soul-mate, Grogaan and Ellarna meet the famous Guardian Master Sorann Taggash. The Master confirms Grogaan’s adeptness in magic, and although Grogaan already knew Ellarna was also adept in magic, she was surprised when Sorann reveals the fact to her.

Grogaan and Ellarna under the supervision of Sorann, embark on a training programme to become Guardians. Grogaan’s skills develop swiftly but his emotional control due to past trauma and depression hinder his development. They take a short break to undertake a dangerous mission back to Mabraant, where Grogaan and Kopaz Squadron tempt fate to the limits, and deal another painful strike to the Empire.

During a visit to a neighbouring planet, Grogaan discovers a long forgotten underground installation that contains a sinister secret. It is this discovery, together with Grogaan’s powerful emotions, that sets off a chain reaction that has sinister, dire and tragic consequences. This impacts not only on the lives of Grogaan and many other individuals, but also on their progressing relationships, culminating in a spectacular duel between two powerful sorcerers.”

Comment

For me the previous novel always lacked that emotional punch which can really make a novel a standout classic. Thankfully this novel has a big suckerpunch of emotion concealed within its pages (or should i say the casing of my kindle?).

From the get go i found Grogann to be a much more engaging and loveable character than i ever did in Path to Vengeance. In the first novel i don’t think i would have cared if he’d have died but in Sorcerers Duel i wanted him to live and succeed and live to fight another day.

But its not just the characters which are better in the second outing, everything is damn well better. The writing is quicker and more fluid, the dialogue more realistic and flowing rather than stilted and forced affair that i struggled through in the first novel.

Suffice to say this novel is better in every aspect. The characters are more developed, better refined and more likeable. For me personally the story line was more fun, more action packed and with a much quicker sense of pace than the original. Cann himself seems more comfortable with the futuristic fantasy world he has created, from reading the novel i get the sense that the writing has come easier the second time around, that the characters are slightly clearer and the universe slightly more colourful in his mind.

From reading this novel and comparing it with the first one it is as though i am looking literary evolution in the face. I have witnessed not only the evolution of a fantasy world but also the evolution of the author behind it. Cann has come on leaps and bounds since the first novel and has created an almost flawless gem for all his trouble.

I don’t want to give anything away from this novel as i think you need to read and experience the gems of the Guardian series for yourself.

You can get a copy of Sorcerers Duel here and the revised edition of Path to Vengeance here.

I am very pleased to say that That Fantasy Blog gives Sorceres Duel

Thank you W H Cann for such a fantastic novel. I look forward to your future work.

4 Star Review on Path to Vengeance by Jamie Hall

Path to Vengeance (The Guardians) by W H Cann Reviewed

Posted by Jamie Hall on

This book was a rather entertaining read for me. As a lover of almost anything science-fiction I have read any book I can my hands on this genre and while Path to Vengeance may not be a standout classic it is an above average read and well worth a look.

One problem I did have with this book, however, is the opening. The first few scenes of the novel feel rather wooden and lax in any emotion whatsoever. It is until the back story is told that I feel any emotion towards Grogaan. But when the story settles down and finds its pace Grogaan is a very likeable chap. Torn apart by grief and guilt he mourns the deaths that have ripped his life apart and understandably wants to seek his revenge on the raiders responsible.

Outfitting four ships for him and his friends Grogaan gets close to taking his revenge. Then he discovers he is in fact a wizard. Yes you heard me a WIZARD. Now like me you may immediately think of a Jedi and in a manner I guess the Jedi’s may have been the inspiration behind this development.

But after finishing the novel I think it is something different. This is a fantasy novel filled with magic but set in the future. Take any fantasy novel and move it forward a few thousands years and this is it.

Not only does this novel have magic wielding Wizards but there is enough tech in here to make an apple fan boy salivate with jealousy. From laser cannons and light-speed engines this novel has any tech a sci-fi geek like me could want.

The only thing I could want to make this novel that all important five stars is another edit or two. Some paragraphs and even some entire scenes simply aren’t necessary and it would really make the novel much easier to read if they were wiped out or drastically streamlined. Some points of the novel drag on needlessly and the slog of reading it threatened to halt my progress altogether. Soldiering through though and the prize is well worth it. Beneath some points of poorly edited text this novel is a shining gem and it was a real pleasure to read.

I am looking forward to the next novels in the series and I’m confident that the more W H Cann writes about this universe the better and easier it will come to read.

I thank Cann for this novel it was an enjoyable read and I congratulate you on the finished product.

Path to Vengeance: A Review by J Turner

4.0 out of 5 stars a cracking read!,16 Jan 2012 on Amazon.co.uk
This review is from: Path to Vengeance (The Guardians) (Kindle Edition)

It’s not my normal read, but ‘Path to Vengeance’ had me gripped from the start. This sci-fi adventure with a dollop of romance was incredibly well written, with plot arcs coming at regular intervals and well fleshed out characters that lifted off the page. There’s also enough tech – spec to keep any sci fi nerd happy! What I liked best though, was the thrilling adventure that reminded me of the ‘boys own’ type yarns of yore, as perfected by H.Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, placed in a fresh, modern setting and told with verve and aplomb. The only reason I gave it four stars, not five, was because it seems to be part of a trilogy and left me dangling… though not disappointed! The cover art also deserves praise, as it is pretty good – unlike many ebooks, there has obviously been a lot of care taken by the author to present a professional novel. Recommended!