Clockwork Phoenix 4 – Editor Mike Allen

Clockwork Phoenix 4 by Mike Allen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh. Though looking at the ToC, there were more stories that I enjoyed than I remember. Not really a recommendation, is it? So, my take on the stories I loved and loathed.

The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter – Ian McHugh – 4 star tale with magic and golems.
Beach Bum and the Drowned Girl – Richard Parks – 4 star take on Myffic Feems.
Icicle – Yukimi Ogawa – 5 star tale of love and redemption.
Lesser Creek: A Love Story, A Ghost Story – A.C. Wise – 5 star ghost story, very reminiscent of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury and in a very good way.
Lilo Is – Corinne Duyvis – 5 star tale of motherhood.
The History of Soul 2065 – Barbara Krasnoff – 5 star tale of Seder and Memory.

These were the ones I felt worth reading. The remainder are, for the most part, good well-written stories that didn’t quite get it right. However, I loathed Tanith Lee’s offering with a passion caused by a dreadful storyline fueled by great disappointment – Tanith is one of my favourite authors, so I was really looking forward to her tale. And then I wasn’t. Loathing caused by temper tantrum?

via Goodreads | Bookmole (Harrow, The United Kingdom)’s review of Clockwork Phoenix 4.

Why does Dresden need a lighthouse?

This is a Lighthouse in Dresden.


The answer to the question “Why the fuck does Dresden have a lighthouse!?!” that erupted from my lips today due to the knowledge that Dresden does not have a fucking coastline, is answered by the words “Rick Fucker.”  

Rich, Entitled Fucker.

Original Finding – here
WiKi - here

MP3eme Vox: Gone Away, the Faithless Edition

You beg them not to go. *

You ask why they need to go.

Then, when they’ve gone, you really want them back.

Gotta love the Faithless.
Just gotta
* Yes, that is Cameron Diaz and Ewan Macgregor in A Life Less Ordinary, a film I highly recommend you watch.

The Oscar Pistorius Trial: What’s Love Got To Do With It? – The Daily Beast

I think Oscar is as guilty as shit on my shoe. I will be following the trial, which starts on Monday, with the interest I didn’t allow myself of the OJ trial.

The article linked to gives a very good insight into abusive relationships and how they work. I don’t know if their relationship was abusive.

The Oscar Pistorius Trial: What’s Love Got To Do With It? – The Daily Beast.

That aside, do you think he dun it?

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Everything Changes…

Last time I did this, I was Captain Luc Picard.

This time I am

QotD: Top 5 Break-Up Songs

What are your top five break-up songs?

(originally posted on 5 May 2008. Replacing the videos, due to Vox closure, and updating because of – fuck it – two deaths.)

Break up songs.  Ambiguous, QotD, ambiguous.

Songs about the heartbreak of losing love?

Songs about how much of a bitch she was, the shit he did, how it ain’t your fault?

Songs that say Fuck You to the pain?

Surely, dear god, you did not want me to pick the five songs that I wanted to be playing, in the background, of that plush restaurant.  You know, the one you took me to, and I was all excited because I thought it was gonna be, like, down on one knee ring-time and the waiter took our orders and we had champagne – champagne! – and then you told me it wasn’t me, it was you, and you needed space, and a little time to think and don’t cry and don’t be upset…

In no particular order, here are five six songs I feel cover the spectrum of break up.

Oh Amy.  You have had the voice of an angel and the habits of – well, bad ones.

You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled track
My odds are stacked
I’ll go back to black

A troubled track indeed.  I hope you survives to make more records of angst and pain. Well, damn. I still miss the fact no more music from Ms Winehouse.

I like Mike Skinner.  He can write some real stonking good music.

Then he turns out this beautiful ballad about when love ends, when She says goodbye.

Dry your eyes mate
I know it’s hard to take but her mind has been made up
There’s plenty more fish in the sea
Dry your eyes mate
I know you want to make her see how much this pain hurts
But you’ve got to walk away now
It’s over

Oddly, in the video the person delivering this homily is his dog.

He says I need a little time.  And she says Piss off.

Or words to that effect.

I’ve had a little time to find the truth
Now I’ve had a little room to check what’s wrong
I’ve had a little time and I still love you
I’ve had a little

You had a little time and you had a little fun
Didn’t you, didn’t you
While you had yours do you think I had none
Do you, do you
The freedom that you wanted bad
Is yours for good I hope you’re glad

A twist in the tail.  A satisfying one.


A Fuck You song with real attitude.

Tell that boy to leave. Right now.  And don’t pull any punches, either – he’ll just get the wrong idea.

To the left
To the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that’s my stuff
Yes if I bought it nigga please don’t touch
And keep talking that mess, that’s fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time
And it’s my my name that is on that Jag
So remove your bags
Let me call you a cab.

Whitney, Whitney.  If only you could follow had followed your own advice.

It’s not right but it’s OK
I’m gonna make it anyway
Pack your bags up and leave
Don’t you dare come running back to me
It’s not right but it’s OK
I’m gonna make it anyway
Close the door behind you
Leave your key
I’d rather be alone than unhappy

(yes, I know that’s a Thunderpuss remix.  No, I have no idea why they are called Thunderpuss.  They just are,  And, fuck, Whitney can could sing when she wanted to)

And how could I end a post on Break Up Songs without this one.  The classic.  One New Years Eve, in a crowded pub, this came on and, with very little hesitation, every woman there stood and sang along.  Solidarity.  This is the song you play when you have just split with him, and you and your girl friends are sitting there, eating the comfort food of choice, drinking cheap wine, and calling him a bastard.


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