Sunday, 20 January 2019

Book Quote Of The Day

How beautiful the house was with its magnolia trees lining the drive, their branches outstretched as if they were beckoning him inside.  

Page 6.  

Love The Gift by  Ellen Read

📸This photo was taken on my many walks around Hamilton,  New Zealand, where the climate is just right for magnolia trees to grow.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Currently Reading - Love The Gift by Ellen Read

Coincidentally I seem to always end up re reading Ellen Reads  @ellenreadauthor novella, Love The Gift, at this time of year, and true to form, here I am again, enjoying and basking and dipping and wrapping myself up in Ellen's words again. 

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Book Review - Hot Love Inferno by Nicky Blue

Hot Love Inferno by Nicky Blue
This is book 2 of the Prophecy Allocation Series, it can be read as a stand alone.  It is a Novella and the story is set in, Brighton, England, 1995.
This book is centred around a funny character, called, Barry, who is just plain simple, no icing on top!!   
Barry's occupation is a gardener, he likes being a Ninja and playing with his Ninja weapons, he is a Star Trek Fan and never misses an episode, he is 28, has irritable bowel syndrome, loves fish fingers.  Barry shares a flat with Molly, who is 60 and is his Mum.
Barry hasn't had a girlfriend for years, so his Mum  sets him up with her friends niece, Joanna.... and this is where the haphazard adventures of Barry's life begins .... a trip to the cinema with Joanna, was more than thrilling.....ambushes, severed hands, ripped curtains were only tip of the iceberg.... but wait, there is more, with all the chaos Joanna is abducted.  Will Barry being the gardener dig himself out of a hole?  or will the bowling green be knackered forever? or is Barry, just Larry in disguise? and what can Keith the talking dog offer?
I absolutely loved this story, from start to finish, one has to be warned here, there was a moderate amount of "swearing" in this book, plus the mention of some "sex object things" which BOTH aren't really my thing in a book, however, it was overlooked by me, due to the fact that I knew it seemed right for the story.
The story has a play on "English" words (meaning, her majesty's English) and at the end of each chapter, there are footnotes, but these aren't  typical footnotes, these are just as hilarious as the book itself.  I caught myself on numerous occasions laughing out loud with these alone.... the explanations were just, ace.
At this stage, I would like to thank, Nicky Blue, for gifting me this ebook, in exchange for an honest review.  This is going up to a 5 star for me, I highly recommend this funny quippy novella and I recommend it to, anyone who loves dark humour, especially for those of you who get the British humour, who like a funny book on murders and killings that's written in a way that's not offending and basically anyone who wants a bit of a laugh...... "Are you havin' a laff"  Yes, you, Ray Stokes, have you read this?

Friday, 11 January 2019

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Currently reading, Hot Love Inferno by Nicky Blue

Currently reading  
Hot Love Inferno
written by Nicky Blue

A novella.  This book is absolutely hilarious, I'm giggling all the way through this book ... a quick update, I'm a quarter way through, this is about, Barry, who is simple as, but funny as, he gets himself into some funny situations, but as well as being funny, there are killings and murders, that are all done in great taste. 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Book Review - Destinations by Shelia O'Flanagan

Book Review
Shelia O'Flanagan 

This is a collection of short stories centred around the Dart system (electric rail system) Dublin, Ireland. Separate stories about fictional characters that are either taking the train, on the train, or the train can be seen, or heard, from where they live.
There are just so many short stories that it would be a nightmare to pick a few out, so I will go with a little of the synopsis. (a) A young PR girl has the night of her life at a glitzy work event and finds more than just her face splashed across the newspapers the next day. (b)Two women listen in on each others phone calls and learn more about themselves than they ever expected.
I picked this book up thinking it was a novel until I started reading that it is a collection of short stories. All the better I thought, as this would be good for the Christmas/New Years period and I wanted something light and easy to put down with having so many interruptions at this time.
These stories are set at a very low pace, infact it was like riding along on a train journey, you know how slow and peaceful trains can be? Well, the ones I have been on, have. The plot twists, to me, were predictable, (infact it was so much of a smooth ride, I'm not sure if they were plot twists) and I found the book a bit on the flat side, I did enjoy this book though, as it did entertain me and did the job I wanted it to do. I liked the concept of the book, having a connection throughout the book, being the railway/train. Also the fact that this is written around the Irish train system, the chapters are set out, as, train stops (which I did find facinating).
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light book full of short stories to read, perfect for a holiday read, or even if you are on a long flight on a plane, who likes trains, who likes a bit of Irish culture (although, not heavily demonstrated in this book).