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Richard Abbott
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Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world
Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world

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My latest Alexa skill has just gone live - Grasmere Days, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073YC737C/ -
"Use this skill to plan your holiday in and around Grasmere. Here you will find a selection of days trip suggestions, based on your responses to a series of questions.. Do you want a walk? To go shopping? To delve into history? Or you can just take pot luck and say "I don't mind".
Wherever you end up, we're sure you'll have a great holiday here in England's most recent World Heritage Site.
Guests of Lake View Country House are especially welcome: please talk with us about what you'd like to do and we can offer even more ideas!"
Free to enable on your Alexa device (UK only for now, US will follow in a few days)
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My review of Golden Dragon, by VE Ulett "an enjoyable book, with an absorbing vision of an alternate technology that seems credible, and characters with whom one can readily identify"

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This week's blog, talking about voice technology and in particular Amazon Polly, producing good quality text-to-speech in several different voices...

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Lisl Zlitni's Lisl​'s review of Timing, Far from the Spaceports volume 2, "...a story that provides questions as well as answers, thrill and satisfaction, and an adventure that can’t be beat..." https://beforethesecondsleep.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/book-review-timing/

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Great news - The Lake District has just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, joining Hadrian's Wall and a few other places in the UK http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/

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It was International Asteroid Day, so what better day to remember Far from the Spaceports! Also a brief mention of some reviews for Half Sick of Shadows...

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Sharon's review of Half Sick of Shadows...
"...Half Sick of Shadows is in a genre all its own, a historical fantasy with some science fiction elements and healthy dose of mystery, it is absolutely unique and a literary sensation. Beautifully written, with an interesting storyline and wonderful imagery, it is in a realm of its own - just like the Lady of Shalott..."
Add a comment to the linked blog post and you will be entered into a competition to win a free copy...

http://thereview2014.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/sharon-reviews-half-sick-of-shadows-by.html

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A fine review of Half Sick of Shadows... "The progression of The Lady through the various stages of her existence, and the descriptions of the eras in which she awakes are masterfully told by the author. The inner turmoil of The Lady, as she struggles with the Mirror to gain access to the people she comes in contact with, drives the tale as the Mirror cautions her time and again about the dangers involved..."

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Today's post - a brief look at SpaceX's plans for a million-person colony on Mars, and how this compares to my own science fiction writing...

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Today's post looks at the intelligence of birds...
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