Sunday, 19 October 2014

Book Review - Falling Apart

Falling ApartFalling Apart by Jane Lovering
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like several other reviewers, I couldn't quite imagine how Falling Apart would live up to the promise of Vampire State of Mind. So Jess and Sil are fabulous characters, but hey, once you've saved the world from demons the first time, then anything else starts to look a bit tame in comparison. Shoes and paperclips are all very well, but they just don't set the heart beating in quite the same way as magic and mayhem.
However, Falling Apart has all the magic and mayhem a girl could wish for. From the start, it's obvious to the reader that there's a good reason for Sil's bad behaviour (and I don't just mean the flirting with anything in skirts variety, more the dangerous blood-letting sort), but it's equally clear why Jess assumes the worst of him. There's high drama both in the relationship stakes and on the streets of York, and Jane even manages to sneak in the odd political point (I think, although that may have been an accident) in the form of the highly comic scenes involving unionised zombies (yes, really!).
Like Vampire State of Mind, this is a highly enjoyable romp through the streets of an alternative York (with a brief but significant excursion to Whitby). It also made me cry. In a good way.


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Thursday, 9 October 2014

The rise of the virtual party

So, I have a new hobby.  I find this new pastime perfectly suits both my innately social personality and my inherent laziness.  By attending facebook parties, I can chat to my heart's content with fascinating people all over the world, and I don't need to touch a mascara wand or a pair of straighteners, much less try to work out which of my several dozen party dresses will be new to this particular combination of people, or whether I need to add yet another to the collection.
I know I'm a bit behind the curve here (let's face it, that's not uncommon for me) but I only recently discovered the delights of facebook parties, mostly thanks to Alexia Adams and friends' sterling efforts to publicise Sexy in the City.

I spent a delightful evening paying a virtual visit to my US-based writer friends, sharing stories and pictures of our favourite exotic locations, and discovering several fantastic new books (all part of the 'Sexy in the City' boxed set, which last time I looked was still on offer on Amazon.co.uk at the ridiculously low price of 46p).  And the best bit is that I don't just have a selection of drunken, lopsided selfies to show for my time - I can revisit the whole evening's conversations here any time I like: https://www.facebook.com/events/763827717015496/
As I write, I'm also dipping in and out of Charlie Plunkett's party to celebrate the launch of her inspirational ebook for writers, The Writer's Muse, which you can also find at a bargain price on amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writers-Muse-Write-Bestseller-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00NI6B7U0/.  Along the way, I discovered that Charlie is something of a kindred spirit, as she's not only a writer but also a former dancer (a real one, not just a hobbyist like me).
Remember that meme beloved of facebook addicts, 'I love my computer, because my friends are in it'?  That's me, that is!