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Within the Dream of a Dying Star on Booksie

My story, Within the Dream of a Dying Star, is now available to read on Booksie. It is a piece of flash fiction, about a star remember the life it has led as it approaches the end.

Click Here to read the story.

Read the story and leave a comment below to tell me what you think. I’m currently working on several other stories and will no doubt upload more in the future.

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Garro: Sword of Truth (Audiobook) by James Swallow

Garro: Sword of TruthGarro: Sword of Truth by James Swallow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third audiobook in the Horus Heresy series to feature Nathanial Garro as the protagonist. Although it is the third, it may make more sense to listen to it second as it is set between Oath of Moment and Legion of One. In fact, listening to Legion of One prior to this provides a bit of a spoiler as to the fate of one character. Not a major issue as it still leaves some mystery regarding other characters.

Once again, Toby Longworth provides narration and also provides the voices for Garro and Malcador. John Banks and Ramon Tikaram also provide voice acting for the other characters. Sound effects add to the varied voices to engage the listener with the story.

At 140 minutes, this audiobook is double the length of the previous two and explores a story with a little more detail and exemplifies the distrust and anarchy that Horus’ betrayal has brought to the legions of the Imperium.

An interesting and exciting listen, I look forward to the next audiobook to star Nathanial Garro.

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Only Half There by Devin Townsend

Only Half ThereOnly Half There by Devin Townsend
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Devin Townsend is a musician/songwriter whose career started in the early 90’s fronting Steve Vai’s band. He later went on to form the industrial metal band, Strapping Young Lad, as well as numerous incarnations of his solo work; Devin Townsend, Devin Townsend Band, Devein Townsend Project.

The book methodically looks at different aspects of his life and career; from first learning guitar and wanting to form a band, to his days with Steve Vai up until his recent Devin Townsend Project and Casualties of Cool work. Through each chapter, he discusses his motivations and reasons for producing the music he did as well as how he has grown as a person, not just a musician. He also discusses more personal aspects, such as his experiences with drugs and alcohol, his family and personal views that drive his wish to move forwards.

The chapters are written in a way that is very reflective of Devin. Anyone who has been to a show or watched interviews will know that he has a unique way about him and this is reflected in the writing. It may be a bit difficult for some people to follow as he does have a habit of talking a lot about a single topic, but it’s his way and the book is all the better for it. More honest, more Devin.

Included with the book is an 8 track CD containing acoustic versions of songs from his Devin Townsend/Band/Project albums. These are beautifully produced tracks of Devin singing with an acoustic guitar. Stand-outs for me are Ih-Ah and Deadhead.

As a fan of his work, I found this a very interesting and inspirational read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the music that Devin creates, as well as anyone who is interested in music as a career or serious hobby, as he not only discusses the creation process but also the management of his bands and relationship with record labels.

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Garro: Legion of One (Audiobook) Written by James Swallow and Performed by Toby Longworth

Garro: Legion of OneGarro: Legion of One by James Swallow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been wary about listening to audiobooks as I was not sure how I would feel listening to someone read the story to me, rather than reading it myself. Therefore, I was rather disappointed when I discovered that the continued adventures of Nathanial Garro, the protagonist of James Swallow’s amazing Flight of the Eisenstein was only present in audio format.

I am glad I took the time to purchase and listen to this audiobook as it was quite enjoyable. It is just under 70 minutes long, so stands at a longer short story length, and has a simple to the point story. I listened to it while doing some paperwork and found it was a nice change to music or one of the youtube channels I sometimes watch.

The story was written by James Swallow and performed by Toby Longworth. The performance is very nicely done with clear articulation and different voices for each character, although I must admit I did get slightly lost at times, but this may be due to me not paying close enough attention. The narration is supported by sound effects and music that helps to set the mood and atmosphere of the story.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to listening to more of the Garro audiobooks and maybe more.

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Oath of Moment (Audiobook) Written by James Swallow and Performed by Toby Longworth

Garro: Oath of MomentGarro: Oath of Moment by James Swallow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I accidentally listened to the second audiobook in the Garro series, but having enjoyed it a great deal I checked out the first and enjoyed it just as much. The story is written by James Swallow, who also wrote Flight of the Eisenstein, the book in which Garro first appeared as the protagonist. This audiobook continues his story as he is sent on a secret mission to recruit an Astartes from the Ultramarines.

The story is straightforward and includes a lot of action as it takes place during the battle of Calth where the Ultramarines fought The traitorous Word Bearers. It’s a 70-minute, so the equivalent to a short story and basically fills in small events that take place in the background of the Civil War.

Toby Longworth’s performance is engaging and entertaining with different voices to represent the different characters dialogue and an engaging tone during the dramatic scenes. The inclusion of music and sound effects helps to further engage the listener with what is happening in the story.

I recommend the audiobook to anyone who has a great interest in the Horus Heresy series and I look forward to hearing more of Garro’s story.

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Cage of Suppression

This track was written and recorded five years ago, however, it ended up sitting in the dark recesses of my hard drive as I struggled to finish it. I recently returned to it and decided it was fine as it was and just required mastering. Such is the struggle when I seek perfection.

So, give it a listen and see what you think.

The track is available from the following link at whatever price you feel it deserves. Bandcamp.