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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Matt finds International Treasure - thanks to The Utopia Strong (review)


 International Treasure

The Utopia Strong - Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi & Michael J York (@StrongUtopia

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

I had the immense pleasure of bumping into six-time world champion snooker legend Steve Davis at the launch of the equally legendary Bryan Talbot’s new graphic novel of Luther Arkwright.

We got to talking and it transpires that Steve has a band – The Utopia Strong – and they have a funky new ambient album ‘International Treasure’ so I said I’d take a listen… As a fan of music by The Orb, College, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis – International Treasure ticks a lot of those boxes…

Steve (centre) and the excellent sci-fi genius Adrian Tchaikovsky 

First track Trident Of Fire comes pre-packed with menace and darkness like the fuse of a mind-altering musical bomb from which you cannot escape, but before you know what’s happening you’re in a good place.

Then it’s cyberpunk a go go with Persephone Sleeps that would make a great chill-out for Neo and crew’s Matrix downtime. Shepherdess starts slow and swirls an ambient mist around and through your brain canals before cow bells and the buzz of drones change the tempo. 

There is a fun mix of tracks here that make quality listening for anyone looking to escape this uncertain post-Brexit world and find digital solace from the storm of everyday life. Speaking of storms the track Disaster 2 has a delicious rainfall opening that evokes being cosy and warm – possibly with a good glass of whisky in hand – while the elements do their thing outside. Then it morphs into bagpipes and more…

It's this eclectic curation of fascinating mashed-up sounds that makes International Treasure an album worthy of gracing anyone’s digital library and/or streaming choice. When the title track hits, it comes bringing the gifts of feeling like the probable anxiety experienced by astronauts as they spin through the void. The final track Castalia is an upbeat tune that wouldn’t have been out of place at a Moby all-nighter show. 

There might not be a remix trance version of Snooker Loopy but otherwise, this is a fantastic trip to take and shows that Steve and crew are a musical force to be reckoned with!

Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(5 - An ambient delight - plugging directly into your mind recommended)


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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Matt takes a Red Rocket (review) to the frontal lobe


Red Rocket (18)


Dir. Sean Baker


Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)



“Let’s give it a couple of days, and see how it goes…”

“Yeah. Whatever you’re comfortable with. I don’t want to make you uncomfortable. I’m here to help. And, look, before long, it’ll be like we’re still married.”

“WE ARE STILL MARRIED.”


I fell hard for Sean Baker’s last film The Florida Project (my ‘film of the year’ review) and so it was with high expectations I went into Red Rocket… Fuelled by the powerhouse of an incredible charismatic turn by actor, rapper, comedian and one-time porn performer Simon Rex, who has a ball as washed-up adult movie actor ‘Mikey Saber’. The plot sees Mikey’s sexy film business in LA where he ‘stars’ in high-brow franchises like ‘The Fast and Fury Ass’ – he takes the Paul Walker role (but whose untimely death put a stop to his involvement!?).


Beaten up and broke, we get to follow Mikey as he returns to his estranged wife’s home in Texas - his plan is to beg his former leading porn lady Lexi (Bree Elrod), but finds her still incredibly pissed off with him at first but she eventually relents and gives him a chance. Mikey, to his credit, does pay the rent and performs his “marital” bedroom duties with aplomb as it is after all his main skillset.


'could it be love?"


Red Rocket is another tour-of-duty by Baker who takes us on a safari through the lives of these dirt-poor, uneducated and pretty hopeless rust-belt underclasses. These are folks who you want to root for but who continually make terrible decisions that lead to destructive outcomes that you’ll want to weep for them. With legit work hard to come by Mikey starts dealing weed - to workmen who visit a local doughnut shop - where he immediately falls for the young ‘Strawberry’ (a fantastic Suzanna Son).


He is convinced she is a potential natural at the adult film game and his ticket back to the triple-X big time. And she looks up to him for the dubious honour of having won a porn ‘Oscar’ for ‘best oral’ - although full disclosure - he had to share it with ten other men who were also ‘serviced’ by the same woman.  


'life is good...'


The tragic tale is set against the backdrop of Clinton vs Trump Presidential Campaign and there is much you could read into the tale about how little macro world events resonate with these people. This vivid, real-feeling and moderately budgeted stylish fable is as heartbreaking as it is amusing. There is horror in a multi-vehicle pileup which impacts the lives of Mikey in more than just an allegory of his car crash of a life.


If there’s any justice in the world Mikey should be a cinematic cult icon of the future, his fast-talking hustler predator stare and easy-winning charm is incredibly watchable. The climax leaves you breathless and broken in equal measure - what future for the star-crossed lovers Mikey and Strawberry?? 


Out of a potential 5, you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(5 - Stunning underbelly adult thrills...)

Awesomeness ööööö – Joy and pain, love and other hardships

Laughs ööö – Wry fun but not a comedy

Horror ööö – Real life can and will very likely break you

Spiritual Enlightenment ööö - God doesn't feature here

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Matt enjoys the fishy goings on FROM THE DEEP (Review)

 


FROM THE DEEP


Kateri Stanley (@sal_writes)



Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)


“Ian breathes out, water races into his lungs like a tidal wave, suffocating him. He remembers seaweed circling his head and a pair of large, piercing eyes glaring back before the darkness finally engulfs him.”


Not everything that comes from the sea means us well… Meet Julian Finch, a widower and fisherman, when he learns that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove it begins a mystery that will change more than just his life.


The controversial tradition called "The Culling" - the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption is an act that divides the nation. Might it be enough to drive an extreme animal rights group - the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) - to murder? These animal ‘lovers’ have form for harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail but murder?


Things get spicy when a viral video is uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale - it causes uproar online and makes Julian the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.


As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever. 


This is the tale that brings contemporary new life to the sea-based mythos and doesn’t flinch from depictions of violence, sexual scenes (including one to rival The Lighthouse) and much f*#king bad language.


Stanley writes with an eager energy that drags you along even if the plot is a bit muddled. This wouldn’t normally be a book I’d seek out but it came to my attention as it’s published by the same publisher as my Complete Darkness and I’m glad I gave it a go.


From The Deep is an engagingly fishy romp that delivers a fun time for readers who enjoy a mix of fantasy and real-world mash-up.


Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(4 - a worthy addition to the aquatic fantasy world)



I had the pleasure of putting some questions to Kat - here's what she said:



Matt: If scientists ever managed to create a giant mecha version of you – who or what would be your nemesis?


Kat: Something underwater like a shark or something snake-like, not a fan of them. Or something radioactive. 


Matt: What is the most disturbing fictional scene you’ve ever read or watched in a book/film of any genre?


Kat: There was a scene from a novel called Still Missing by Chevy Stevens that made me feel physically sick. Annie, a real estate agent is kidnapped from an open house event by a deeply disturbed man who she nicknames as The Freak. It’s a heavy novel and the scene depicts the kidnapper forcing her to eat food when she’s too frightened to do so. It’s was very upsetting and I had to have a break from reading. 


Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?


Kat:  Appreciation of the arts. Writing. Film. Literature. Theatre. Dance. Music. Painting and so much more. That would be pretty great. I can imagine a huge crowd turning up for that. 


Matt: You’re in a strange town with £100,000 that you have to spend in a single evening – talk me through what you get up to…


Kat: Rent out a HUGE cinema with the boyfriend and my family. There would be reclining chairs, we could have as much junk food and drink as we like and watch as many movies and TV shows as we like. 



Matt: Who inspires you most (can be living or dead)?


Kat:  Everything does. The people around me. Good and bad experiences. Music. Movies. Tv shows. Documentaries. And some of my characters are pretty awesome inspiring people too. 



Matt: There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?



Kat: Probably a robber or if magic existed, a character of mine who is majorly pissed at their development or what happened to them. 


Matt: What is the meaning of life? 


Kat: I was so tempted to launch into my Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy knowledge and say 42…


Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?


Kat: I have a wonderful family, lovely friends and a gorgeous boyfriend. That’s a pretty good gift. 


Matt: If you could have a sidekick robot – what would it be able to do for you?


Kat: Whenever I do long-distance walking, if I get tired. My robot can carry me up a huge hill while I get my breath back. That’d be nice. 


Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?


Kat: I haven’t thought about my death yet. Nothing cheesy or predictable. 



Matt: Any final words you like to add...


Kat: If you’re into thrillers and modern-day issues such as whaling and climate change, check out my novel, From the Deep. Certain scenes in the novel are loosely based on the real-life events of the Grindarap, a cultural practice from the Faroe Islands where pilot whales are slaughtered and the documented cases of Japanese ships and fishermen killing whales and dolphins for food and pharmaceuticals. 





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Monday, June 06, 2022

Matt's Highway to the Danger Zone: Top Gun Maverick (review)


Top Gun Maverick (12a)


Dir. Joseph Kosinski 


Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)



“The end is inevitable Maverick. Your kind is heading to  extinction.” 


“Maybe so, sir, but not today.”



Here we are then, 36 years after the incredible, epoch defining adrenaline overload Tony Scott delivered in Top Gun - we finally have a sequel and its name is ‘Maverick’. 


Could this possibly be anywhere near as good?


Well, great balls of fire… Top Gun Maverick buzzes the tower and actually surpasses its predecessor, this is pretty much the perfect follow up and boy does Cruise bring his thunder.  There is loving homage and actual footage borrowed from the 1986 original interlaced throughout - it’s not overdone but it amps up the nostalgia without using it as a crutch.


'feeling the need for speed again!'


It is a complete joy to rejoin Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom ‘doesn’t seem to age’ Cruise) as he grapples with his guilt for  the death of his former co-pilot ‘Goose’ (Anthony Edwards). Things get spicy when Goose’s son Bradley (Miles Teller) – callsign ‘Rooster’ signs up to be part of Mav’s special group of pilots training for a secret mission. 


Grumpy old gun Rear Admiral Chester Cain (Ed Harris) commissions Maverick to train a team of young guns for a literally under-the-radar black ops mission. Cue hot-headed, overly confident pilot antics as cocky wannabe Hangman (Glen Powell), girl power Phoenix (Monica Barbaro), quiet geek ‘BOB’ (Lewis Pullman) – and your ‘not just token’ Payback (Jay Ellis) plus Fanboy (Danny Ramirez). But the beating heart of the film is the Maverick / Rooster’s understandable clash. 


What about the love interest tho? Is Kelly McGillis back? Alas no, she passed and handed on the smooching duties to one of my all time fav actresses Jennifer ‘The Hot Spot’ Connelly who plays the Admiral’s daughter Penny Benjamin and she n Tom make the cutest middle age couple you’ll ever see… And speaking of sweet - the bromance between Tom and Val Kilmer’s Admiral Iceman is a real heart-in-mouth moment too.


'this bogey's all over me'


The callback to the uber homoerotic volleyball scene is reworked into a beach football game which bonds the team even better than playing dogfights…Which brings me to the awe-inspiring fighter jet action - Ooooooo baby these are incredible and deserve to be witnessed on the biggest screen possible.


Top Gun Maverick has crashed straight into my all time favourite list and is just a full-speed cinematic treat!!  


Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(5 - Exceptional entertainment, fully recommended)


Awesomeness ööööö – Pulse racing, high calibre thrills a go go)

Laughs ööö – Plenty to make you smile

Horror öö – Some aerial violence, obviously 

Spiritual Enlightenment öööö - never never leave your wingman


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Sunday, June 05, 2022

Matt hangs with Ten Low (review) and Stark Holborn


 

Ten Low

Stark Holborn (@starkholborn)


Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)



“Don’t know what you did to get put away for that long. But if it was done during the war, you’re not special.We all did bad things. The difference is you lost.”


Here’s something refreshing and cool - a kind of ‘Firefly meets Dune’ packing an excellent female-led cast who get to face some pretty harsh odds if any of them are going to survive. Ten Low is our main protagonist - she’s an ex-army medic, an ex-convict, and an incredible shot - now eking out a living at the universe's edge. 


Holborn writes with flair and punch, she brings her breathlessly fun western gunslinging action from her Triggernometry shorts (which if you haven’t read you really should - check my BFS review here: BRIT FANTASY) and amps it up with a brilliantly believable sci-fi universe. The galaxy of Ten Low is a war-torn dangerous place, so when Ten finds a child weapon from the army that beat her, she must decide whether to try and save her or exact revenge…




This is highly recommended reading for fans of The Mandalorian or anyone who likes Star Wars but is looking for something a bit nastier. It cracks along at a page-turning pace and plays fast and loose with your emotions, all in all, Ten Low is a great character worth spending some time with - let’s hope there is more to come!



Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:


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(4.5 - High-class sci-fi that will thrill ya!)


I got to ask Stark some q’s - so read on to find out more…

 


Matt: If scientists ever managed to create a giant mecha version of you – who or what would be your nemesis?


Stark: The giant mecha sock that has managed to work itself off my enormous heel and is now wedged somewhere in the middle of my mechaboot


Matt: What is the most disturbing fictional scene you’ve ever read or watched in a book / film of any genre?


Stark: Disturbing as in so bizarre that I couldn't put it down is probably Aliya Whiteley's The Beauty. Can't pick a particular scene because there are, err, several. Film-wise, I saw the scene from Akira – where Tetsuo mutates into a giant mass of flesh – out of context when I was probably too young... I had absolutely no idea what was happening but it left a powerful impression.


Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?


Stark: Probably the parade from Paprika. It's so mesmerizingly creepy.


Matt: There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?


Stark: Probably my own coprorealized doubts?


Matt: What is the meaning of life?


Stark: Right now? Coffee.


Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?


Stark: A taxidermy squirrel dressed in a nun's habit. Or a vintage Olivetti typewriter.


Matt: If you could have a sidekick robot – what would it be able to do for you?


Stark: I'd like to think it could go off and get into scrapes and have Alexandre Dumas-esque adventures which I would then relay to the general public in increasingly sensational installments


Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?


Stark:  \blacksquare



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Saturday, June 04, 2022

Matt feels Everything, Everywhere, All At Once (review)


Everything Everywhere All at Once

Dirs. Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

"When I Choose To See The Good Side Of Things, I'm Not Being Naive. It Is Strategic And Necessary. It's How I Learned To Survive Through Everything." 

We've all been there I'm sure. You know, when an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, and you find yourself as an unlikely hero who must channel newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance?

Michelle Yeoh is Evelyn, a Chinese-American woman who runs a 'seen better days' laundromat with her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan). 

Evelyn's life is complicated as her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is trying to come out to her family and introduce her girlfriend Becky (Tallie Medel), grand Gong Gong (James Hong) – who might not approve.

Things go supanova when Evelyn gets audited. IRS Agent Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis), tells her “From a stack of receipts, I can trace the ups and downs of your life. - And it does not look good.” Queue fights, dimension jumping, soul searching and 

Everything Everywhere All at Once exists in the fantastical outer wilds of the imagination. If you're looking for trip into the realm of lucid dreaming and liminal spaces - this is the film you've been looking for!!

Like The Matrix by way of Dr Strange and his Multiverse of Madness mixed with the oddities of Michel Gondry and some superbly puerile humour including some very amusing butt plug shaped office awards...

Let's hope there is more of this madness to come!!

Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(4.5 - high-class multiverse madness)


Awesomeness öööö – Sausages for fingers you say?

Laughs öööö – Very funny oddness going on

Horror öö – Some violence 

Spiritual Enlightenment öööö - Love for life exists 


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Monday, May 16, 2022

Matt can do MAGIC: A Rough Guide (review)

 


Magic: A Rough Guide

Nathan McGrath (@NathanMcGrathSF)

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

“Holy Mike Foxtrot, Chris, what the hell? Forget the crapracadabra and warp us out.”

Sometimes you find a book where the concept is so strong it punches you in the face and makes you grab a copy… Magic: A Rough Guide packs one of those – imagine if Magic is real but is a terrorist offence thanks to the shady types in power… 

I was sucked in by the thought of magic power being in the hands of ordinary people but I can see this was never going to go down well with Government and corporations. Can you imagine if people had the ability to turn Boris into a walking knob? Oh, I’m being told that this has already happened – my bad. 

Anyway - meet young Lizzy – she’s the main character here and her story is that she was imprisoned after seeing her parents executed when she was five years old. But things might change if she really is the one who could change the balance of power – probably teaming up with a plucky potential partner Chris (a bit of a chancer who is having more fun carjacking and playing videogames until he realises he, too, is a sorcerer. 

'The talented Elle Fanning would make a great screen Lizzy'

These two likeable heroes are up against not just a brutal militarized government, but also a host of unstoppable ‘Reavers’ which tear people apart and a vampire queen too – the odds don’t look good!

As the dark forces hunting for the location of the most powerful book of spells ever written, cross the destined paths of Lizzy and Chris, they are thrown headlong into a conflict that will decide the fate of us all. I enjoyed McGrath's earlier Nanopunk novel (read my review here) and so am delighted to say that I liked Magic even more. This is a tale that packs in plenty of action/violence and has a nice sense of real menace from the baddies.

For me the prose is a bit overly detailed, but if you’re the type who likes to know exactly what the characters are wearing at all times and what they have for breakfast – this will actually be a plus point for you!?

The winning blend of technology and magic works a treat – plus the world described here is scarily plausible (magic aside)… Recommended for those who fancy something a bit more brutal, scary and anarchistic than your normal magical adventure.


Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(4.5 - Get on this Magically turbo-charged adventure)


I got chance to fire some questions at Nathan - this is how he responded:
 
Matt: If scientists ever managed to create a giant mecha version of you – who or what would be your nemesis?
 
Nathan: Professor Archon and his army of nanobots. battalions of nanobots with different abilities, corrode, short circuit, encrypt, take over
 
Matt: What is the most disturbing fictional scene you’ve ever read or watched in a book/film of any genre?
 
Nathan: The final scene in Terry Gilliam's Brazil where the guy is imprisoned but believes he's free
 
Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?
 
Nathan: Hacking every back, investment, insurance system along the way and transferring all the trillions into the accounts of everyone lining the streets.
 
Matt: Who inspires you most (can be living or dead)?
 
Nathan: Sri Ramana Maharishi.
 
Matt: There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?

Nathan: My clone
 
Matt: What is the meaning of life? 

Nathan:To realise all meaning is an illusion. That stuff has no magical properties, it's just stuff so enjoy everything, want nothing.
 
Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?

Nathan: A pair of brass candlestick holders.
 
Matt: If you could have a sidekick robot – what would it be able to do for you?

Nathan: Walk the dogs, cook and bake with me in perfect harmony, proofread and copy edit my writing, play a guitar
 
Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?

Nathan: Who is thinking this?
 
Matt: Any final words you like to add...

Nathan: Is consciousness, being the result of physical phenomena, subject to quantum physics and superposition?

  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Darkness-Darkmatters-Matt-Adcock/dp/0957338775

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Matt is THE BATMAN (review)

 


THE BATMAN (15)


Dir. Matt Reeves (@mattreevesla)

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20

“I’m just here to unmask the truth about this cesspool we call a city.” 


Batman reimagined by the Cloverfield / Apes / Let Me In guy brings a sinister and impressively dark vive to Gotham City where amongst the dubious underworld and dodgy politicians a sadistic killer begins to leave a trail of cryptic clues, and bodies...

Robert 'FFS Twilight' Pattinson dons the cowl and cloak - and despite my reservations about him actually turns out to be an ace new Batman! This film feels a lot like the original detective comic roots of the character and the esthetic is something like SE7EN.

As the plot cranks along (it's a bit long might be my only real gripe) - the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator's plans become clear. Bats  must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.



The cast are excellent - full props to new Penguin Colin 'We'll always have that time we met for Miami Vice' Farrell and Zoë Kravitz who is a high quality Cat-woman. Alfred is reincarnated and under-used in the form of Andy Serkis who excells and Paul Dano brings good Riddler sinister / manic disorder - a far cry from the prancing antic of Jim Carrey.

DC have rolled the dice and come up winners with this fantastic reboot - can't wait to see what they do next!!


Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(5- It's not just a signal - it's a warning!!)


Awesomeness ööööö – Bat-tastically-dark and powerful

Laughs öö – The jokes on you Batman

Horror ööö – Deliciously grim in places 

Spiritual Enlightenment öö - Vengeance is mine


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Matt meets The Last Traven (review) and their creator



The Last Traven: Book One of the Creature Chronicles 

Penny Dragone 

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

"Long ago, before all the trees had names, before rivers ran down the mountains, and before life became divided by race, there lived demons..." 


Once upon a time in a far-away land where humans were but a myth, lived demons of immense magical abilities. This is the back story for The Last Traven which sees new fantastical races of creatures created by the all-powerful demons – if only to battle each other for the amusement of their magical overlords. 

A powerful Book of Demons was created which had the power to unite the three races of creatures (The Ferons, Granicians and you guessed it Travens), but instead of harmony the book only fuelled war. Meet young Avia – sole survivor of a genocide which leaves her as the last living member of her race – yes she is the ‘Traven’ of the title. Sworn to seek revenge on those who massacred her loved ones and took the Book of Demons for themselves – this is her story of vengeance, love and magic. 

If you google Penny Dragone and get this - I'm told this isn't a pic of the author!?


As the demon Olivia escapes from the book and becomes involved in the life of Avia and those around her, destiny may be harsh for all who cross the path of the last Traven. Penny Dragone has created a fun and exciting fantasy adventure here which tells ancient tales echoing Romeo and Juliet among others and mixes them with a treatise on guilt, friendship, and bloodlust. 

This is a fun book that keeps you turning the pages to find out how it will all end and it leaves the door open for another book in the Creature Chronicles series to follow. 


Out of a potential 5 - you have to go with a Darkmatters:

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(5 - Fans of fantasy should certainly seek this out!!)

I had the chance to ask the author some Q's and here is what she said:

Matt: If scientists ever managed to create a giant mecha version of you – who or what would be your nemesis? 

Penny: My own vengefulness. I would lose control of my need to stop all who have or will do wrong. My new strength would consume me and I would want to use it constantly. 

Matt:  What is the most disturbing fictional scene you’ve ever read or watched in a book / film of any genre?

Penny: I would have to say a book I read about Vlad the Impaler. Learning that he was able to enjoy a meal with enemies impaled on stakes around him truly disturbed me. 

Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?

Penny: It would be a parade of every mythological creature from all the old folklore...selkies, dragons, griffins, minotaurs, fairies, centaurs and so on. Magic would come to life. 

Matt:  You’re in a strange town with £100,000 that you have to spend in a single evening – talk me through what you get up to… 

Penny: I would find a derelict old mansion that had been uninhabited for hundreds of years due to obvious evidence of hauntings. I would purchase it and prepare to meet fascinating beings from the other side. 

Matt:  You’re asked for a line of ‘Wisdom’ that will be taught to every citizen on earth - what is your line?? 

Penny: Take chances so you will not one day regret what you missed. In the words of Irving Stone "...it is better for him to have said it; now perhaps it won't fester in the dark places of his mind." 

Matt:  There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?

Penny: My clone that was created unbeknownst to me. It was part of an experiment with hundreds of others that were meant to be destroyed, but somehow my clone was not. It grew, surveilled me and waited for the opportune time to remove me and steal my identity. 

Matt: What is the meaning of life?

Penny: To better our world, be it through art, music, athletics, wisdom or simply by just being ourselves. Smile at someone who is used to seeing frowns; help a stranger; plant a tree. Any small thing done in one's lifetime to make this a better place, is the reason we are here. 

Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?

Penny: My children. They have taught me to be patient, selfless and compassionate. 

Matt: If you could have a sidekick robot – what would it be able to do for you?

Penny: Transport me through time so I may go on endless adventures. I would witness the building of the pyramids, the planning of StoneHenge, fight beside King Arthur and visit with my ancestors. 

Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?

Penny: It's been real, it's been fun, See you again when there's no sun.

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