Tuesday, 1 December 2015

BIZARRE BOOKS #11 - Manifold Destiny by Maynard and Scheller

Whilst looking through the many, many, many books on Amazon I discovered some hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a little bizarre, they may be unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these hidden gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!

I frequently feel that I don't have enough hours in the day, I could save myself some time by cooking our evening meal on my drive home from work!

To be honest, the outside of my car is filthy or what I like to call camouflage and the thought of cooking anything on my engine, well I will give it a miss!

Have you ever tried this?

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Monday, 30 November 2015


Well my birthday is now over and what a lovely time I had but you don't care about that you want to know who won my birthday giveaway!!!

So without further ado I can announce that the winner is

Karen of Kissin Blue Karen!!!!!

Yay! Karen I will send you an email very shortly!

Thank you so much for all entering, you are all awesome and I love you all!!

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Sunday Post #28 - 29th November 2015

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!

So today I turn 37, I am freaking old but I still feel like I am 17 and today also marks the end of my giveaway (see below) which ends at midnight on the 29th! I will announce the winner (hopefully) on Monday!

First of all I must apologise if you have commented and I haven't replied back, time has got away from me this week so I am sorry I am trying to catch up!

So it has been a quick week, in Scotland the weather is basically blah or let me use the pics to show you....

The weather hasn't stopped me shopping and today I visited the local shops to buy me some stuff but before I did that I have coffee and cake with a good friend who bought me this awesome gift.

Now Harry Potter was bought with money my parents gave me but my great friend Velcro bought me the cutest robot on the planet - Danbo who also goes by the name I have christened him Boxy, original I know.  

He is great and his eyes light up too, seriously I love him and there are instagram photos in their thousands featuring other Danbo robots in all their glory!  He is made up with amazon.co.jp boxes and comes in a traditional brown amazon box covered with Japanese writing which I love.

I hope you all have a good Sunday and OMG it is December on Tuesday where the heck has the year gone?

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I have no plans, lots of reviews hopefully!

Joining Jayne Cobb and Harry Potter is Amy Farrah Fowler! 

I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find 
out more!


Thanks to Over the Effing Rainbow - I won these beauts!










Let me know if you have read any of them!

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

SCI-FI MONTH - Review - The Quantum Door by Jonathan Ballagh

Title: The Quantum Door

Author: Jonathan Ballagh

Publisher: Jonathan Ballagh

Release Date: 31st August 2015

Source: Author

Discover what lies beyond the Quantum Door.
The mysterious woods behind Brady and Felix's house have been deserted for years. But things change when a fence goes up and the brothers notice strange things happening at night. From the moment they dare cross the fence, the brothers enter a world of dark technological secrets that will rock the foundation of everything they know to be true. And once they enter, there's no turning back. Some places are better left alone...
So I was excited to read this, it had me intrigued first of all by the fence.  OK so that may sound a little strange but a barrier of any kind is a great thing in my eyes, is it keeping something in or is it keeping someone out?

The Quantum Door is the story of two young brothers, Brady and Felix who live in the country with their mother.  

Their house is remote but it borders another property and when the owners change hands a fence appears, Brady and Felix are still in their early teens so of course a fence doesn't mean keep out, it means come on in.

Exploring the other side they see strange lights and then after a drone they set to explore goes down, well they fear that something bad is out there, something is out there and it is watching them.

Thankfully that something is friendly and is actually two somethings, the boys encounter a strange door and through that door appears Nova, a young girl and her incredible robotic dog Achilles.

Nova is trying to stay safe and hidden from what lies on the other side of that door but there is something she needs that means she has to make frequent visits through the door.  But when she finds herself in trouble, Achilles seeks out the boys and together they start an incredible adventure as they step through the door in to an amazing world with some very strange inhabitants.

Can the boys save Nova before it is too late and will the strange new world let them go home?

The Quantum Door I would say is aimed at the YA/Middle Grade age range, I am a little past that range and I found this to be a really enjoyable story.  

It was actually a bit spooky to begin with as the boys explore the forest, I kept expecting monsters to jump out and eat them.  The building of the worlds is really good too, our own Earth seems a bit further in the future with self driving cars but the world through the door is really well imagined and is a joy to read about, perfect for those younger readers.

This was an enjoyable read and I could quite happily read more from this world.

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


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Friday, 27 November 2015

SCI-FI MONTH - Top Ten - My Favourite Doctor Who Episodes

So I love Doctor Who and over the last few years the reboot has provided me with some wonderful entertainment.

I have below my ten favourite episodes, none so far including the Doctor in his latest incarnation.  Peter Capaldi is great but no episodes so far have come to the greatest of the ones below.

Donna is left behind while The Doctor explores the planet of Midnight, the surface is inhospitable, nothing could be living on it......or could they?  Scared me s**tless!

Just brilliant, he is barely in it but those angels make up for it.

Mummy, MUMMMMMMY!!! Those gas mask are the stuff of nightmares, The Doctor has Rose and Captain Jack by his side in this World War 2 story.

The Doctor and Rose land on a strange planet where we meet the Ood and a sign on the wall says Welcome to Hell, a two-parter that is dark and has plenty of hide behind the cushion moments.

The Doctor and Martha arrive on New Earth and visit New New York where the traffic is at a standstill and the Face of Boe is getting very old.

Donna and the Doctor team up but first they need to investigate Adipose Industries, this is a fun episodes with a ton of cute little fat blobs.

Well of course it has lots of books, but this two parter is just wonderful plus I think this was the first time we met River Song and her spoilers.

The episodes in space are always memorable and this one was suitably scary.  Plus the programming of the spaceship doors in this episode was pure gold.

Matt Smith was I think the funniest Doctor and this episode with James Corden was comedy gold.  The Doctor does not make the best flatmate but he is excellent at football.

The Doctor visits Bowie Base One and things get very wet.  Another adventure in space, David Tennant in a spacesuit = adorable!

I hope you enjoyed my Top Ten, do you have a favourite episode?

Thursday, 26 November 2015

SCI-FI MONTH - Review - Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

Title: Three Moments of an Explosion

Author: China Mieville

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Release Date: 30th July 2015

Source: NetGalley
A highly anticipated collection of short fiction listed in the Guardian's 'Essential Literary Calendar' for 2015 from one of the most exciting and original authors writing today. 

In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. 

Ranging from portraits of childhood to chilling ghost stories, from dystopian visions to poignant evocations of uncanny love, with beautiful prose and melancholy wit, this breath-taking collection poses searching questions of what it is to be human in an unquiet world. It is a humane and unsentimental investigation of our society, our world, and ourselves.
I have never been fond of short story collections, this has been mainly due to the fact that you usually get a couple of good stories followed by a mixed bag of meh ones.

Thankfully Three Moments is a bag of interesting, engaging stories.  

There is something for everyone, stories of icebergs in the sky above London, tales of gamblers coming across strange cards in their normal packs, one with crazy ass space elevators reaching miles in to the sky, some are long, some are short but they all stories of immense imagination.

My favourite of all would have to be the story with the icebergs above London, really they are the last thing you would expect to see appear in the sky, UFO's yes, icebergs would be a no!  The description of those icy mountains stretching high in to the sky is truly something else.

This was my first look inside the world of China Mielville and it won't be my last.

Thank you to Pan MacMillan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

SCI-FI MONTH - Review - Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey

Title: Beacon 23

Author: Hugh Howey

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: 12th August 2015

Source: Own Copy

For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. 

It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. 

In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. 

They never break down. 

They never fail. 

At least, they aren't supposed to.

The job of a lighthouse keeper is a lonely one, day after day with only the sea for company, keeping the light lit to make sure ships have safe passage.

It isn't a job that I would want to do, Beacon 23 takes the job of the lighthouse keeper and places them in an even worse environment, deep space.

Now the thing I love about Hugh Howey's work is the fact he can take the most claustrophobic, inhospitable space and turn it in to somewhere I'd like to go, yes that is right I have an inkling to visit those silos from Wool and after reading Beacon 23, I want to visit the beacons.

Our keeper is ex-military, stationed in the deepest part of the galaxy making sure those spaceships don't come a cropper, he is all alone with only the occasional traveller darkening his door.

His job is to maintain the light and make sure it stays lit, of course very early in the book the light goes on the blink and this is when the story really begins.

Our keeper has to deal with the aftermath of what happens when the light goes out and the guilt that comes with it, being all alone he experiences a lot of emotions including a memorable moment with a talking inanimate object, is he losing his mind?

Maybe he needs some company? Before long he has more company than he needs, is his space getting too crowded?  Does he maybe need to get back to Earth?

Atmospheric, beautifully imagined, great characters, an intriguing story plus a touch of humour, everything I have came to expect from Hugh Howey.


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