Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Rambled Out!

So after a long and hard decision I have decided to stop blogging for the moment.

I have enjoyed my time on the web but at the moment I just fallen out of love with it and to be honest it is spoiling my love of reading.  It is also a constant nag in the back of my mind and at this minute in time I have just can't dedicate enough time to it.

I have enjoyed speaking with so many great bloggers all over the world, you are a brilliant bunch and a credit to the world of book blogging!

I just want to fall back in love with reading again, blogging was kinda feeling like a chore and it shouldn't, it should be fun.

I have some reviews to finish up which I will post to GoodReads and I will still have my Twitter and Instagram accounts.  

A big thanks as well to all the publishers I have worked with too, a really nice bunch of people!

The blog will stay in situ, I'm not deleting as I have over 1000 posts and you know what never say never!

A special thanks to Greg at Greg's Book Haven who was my best and most loyal commenter!

Enjoy reading guys!



The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts

Title: The Real Town Murders

Author: Adam Roberts

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 24th August 2017

Source: Net Galley
Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying.

Alma's partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine.

So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home.

What follows is a fast-paced Hitchcockian thriller as Alma evades arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.

Set in our new future, The Real-Town Murders gives us a look at what the coming years might bring. Of course we have already seen what the far future of the internet looks like in Ready Player One but the feel of this book brings it closer.  An all immersive web called the Shine where people spends their lives plugged in wandering about oblivious to the real world.

The book starts with a murder, a body has been found in a car boot of a car that has just came of an assembly line.  Surely a worker is responsible, well no, the assembly line is fully automated and fully covered by CCTV.  There is no sign of how this body ended up in the boot, it truly is a mystery.

This is where Alma comes in, she is a private detective and she is charged with finding out exactly how the body ended up in such a strange place and to make it even stranger she can only do things in four hour intervals.

Her partner Marguerite is ill and she needs treatment every four hours to keep her alive, the only person who can administer the treatment is Alma.  

The story delves deep in to conspiracy territory as Alma digs in to the murder she discovers people who are out to trip her up.  People whose plans will take her away from her beloved Marguerite and her ability to help her.

It is a unique story, the Shine does heavily remind me of the OASIS in Ready Player One but the whole story is captivating and crazy paced as of course it revolves around instalments of 4 hours as Alma tries to evade the people out to trip up her case and keep her partner alive.

A great refreshing read in the sci-fi genre.

Thanks to Gollancz for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

My YouTube Monthly Faves #4 September 2017

I love YouTube mainly for cat videos and hilarious fail playlists but there is a lot of good viewing to be had there.  I thought I'd share with you the channel I've enjoyed watching!

This month I've enjoyed watching.....

Simon & Martina - Eat Your Sushi

I love these guys, I love their pets and their videos are highly entertaining from real life Mario Kart to tasting expensive melons.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

FIVE THINGS #3 - iTunes Downloads

Some of my favourite posts to read are lists, random lists, book lists, lists of favourite chocolates or scary films, you get the idea.

Each Saturday I'm going to pick a topic/book/film/thing and list five things about it - don't expect it to always be favourite things!

This Saturday it is......The last five songs I downloaded, it's quite the mixed bag baby!

Now that I am of a certain age I find BBC Radio 1 just full of noise and much prefer listening to the smooth sounds of BBC Radio 2, this gem by The Wandering Hearts is on several times a day and has stuck in my head, I love it!

This is another one that seems to be on Radio 2's playlist, it reminds me of Jeff Buckley and I just find it dreamy.

Totally have a soft spot for the Beastie Boys especially their Ill Communications album.  Triple Trouble I love because it is catchy as f*** and it has a fab video with Bigfoot in it.

Back in the day I totally wanted one of those bad ass bomber jackets, they looked so cooooool.  Never got one, which maybe wasn't a bad thing, Scotland in 80's wasn't exactly the same as NYC.  Anyway Push It is one of these songs that instantly reminds me of my childhood and I downloaded as I it good for walking/jogging/running to.

This is a catchy bit of music and again it is great for listening to whilst running along.  Yes they are controversial but again this takes me back to a certain time in my life and I love it for that.

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

BLOG TOUR - The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian Walker

Heather, you've posted this already....you may be saying (or maybe not).  If you are, well you are seeing this again because the good folks at Del Rey asked me if I wanted to take part in the blog tour and as I love this book I happily agreed - plus it is out today so go check it out and the others on the tour!

Every dog has its day…

And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be.

Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside.

But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves…
I always worry when I come across a book that involves my favourite animal, the dog.  I worry because if the dog dies it really can make me hate the rest of the book.  I know that is a bit daft but that is how I roll.

The dog in this book is, well how can I describe this adorable hound? - foul mouthed springs to mind. I know dogs can't talk but the dog in this book has his say, he doesn't talk out loud per se but his thoughts are put to paper and his thoughts and actions are full of expletives, like it would make a sailor blush.

Lineker, our four legged friend (yes he is named for the footballer and crisp seller) lives with Reg, an agoraphobic in a flat in London.  They have a good life together but the world outside is changing and not for the better.

Rioting, violence, the world is about to come to an abrupt nasty halt and Reg finds that his safe haven might not be so safe after all.  

A young girl shows up on his doorstep, orphaned, scared and lonely.  Against everything Reg decides to brave the outside and try and get the girl to wherever safety lies, what he finds outside is very different to the world he remembers.

This is an enjoyable read, the near future setting is quite close to the bone, the kind of future if the world keeps going the way it is, well I hope it never happens.  My favourite part of the book though was Lineker, the world through his eyes, the smells (quite graphic) and his colourful language were a breath of fresh air.  Now I find myself looking at my sweet innocent dog wondering if she is swearing at me!

This is a great quirky read full of humour and the horrors of a world gone to hell.

Thanks to Del Rey for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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