Book Review – The Mine by John Heldt

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but so often I ignore this advice preferring instead to do exactly that.

Cover art is the thing that draws my attention in the first instance, if it is clearly chick-lit adorned with high heels, coffee cups, lipstick or other fanciful nonsense designed to attract female readers then I avoid it like the plague, I can’t be doing with all that girly tosh, I also tend to avoid covers that don’t inspire me much. Then the title of a book is what interests me next and finally I will read the back cover blurb. If after all three I am still keen, I will buy and eventually (given my history as a possessor of many unread books) I will read the book.

The cover of The Mine is, I must admit, not the sort of cover that would normally draw me in. I could also likely say that the title of the book in all its simplicity gives nothing away to attract attention to the content – thinks “oh a book about a mine, nice” and passes it by…

Well, this attitude would clearly have led to missing out on a great read in this instance had I let my normal ‘judge a book by it’s cover’ lead the way – thank fully I didn’t and I sat down to read the mine on my Iphone – another rarity in itself, I hate reading books in digital formats generally, much preferring to physically hold a ‘real’ book.

So, how did The Mine manage to succeed where so many have failed? – In grabbing my interest and holding it, especially in digital form!?  Continue reading


Avengers Review: Who was the MVP? Zazen Life

Reblogged from Zazen Life : » Avengers Review: Who was the MVP? Zazen Life.

I went to see the Avengers earlier this week and I loved it, Zazen have done a great review here, do go and check it out! If you haven’t seen the movie yet make sure you stay to the end of the credits for an extra clip that set’s up the next film!


When Earth is threatened by evil god Loki and an army of aliens in search of the Cosmic Cube, Nick Fury and all of S.H.I.E.L.D. must implement the “Avengers Initiative” and bring together the world’s greatest superheroes (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow) to fight together.

source: Zazen Life

Review – Cirque Du Soleil, Alegria

Alegría (Cirque du Soleil)

Alegría (Cirque du Soleil) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a huge fan of the arts and subscribe to a number of email newsletters and updates that inform me of new shows coming up in theatres, concerts and various venues/performances.

Some time last year I received one of these updates informing me that Cirque Du SoleilAlegria was coming to Birmingham (my home town) and I just had to buy tickets – I had wanted to see Cirque Du Soleil for as long as I can remember and had never had the opportunity before for a various reasons from not having the finances at the time or the show only being around when I already had other plans and so on.

I purchased the tickets immediately, there weren’t cheap, £50 each. But, then I completely forgot about the purchase as the tickets would not be sent through until much nearer to the show date. So, when they arrived last month I was very excited due to having completely forgotten that I had bought them. The only problem now was who do I take with me? I had bought the tickets whilst with my fiancé not thinking at the time that we would not be together when the show came around…

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Film Review – Battleship

Battleship (film)

Last night I took my kids (well I still call them kids but at 17 and 18 I think it’s time for a new reference? maybe my ‘minions’ as one of my friends has classified them? – yeah let’s go with that…) restart post…

Last night I took my minions to see Battleship. This means I have finally seen 10 films out of 50 for my 50/50 challenge, only 40 to go! For those of you that have not seen the trailer (which is the whole reason I chose to see this film let’s give you a preview…

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Book Review – Girl in Need of a Tourniquet by Merri Lisa Johnson

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A memoir of a Borderline Personality.

I’m sure it is obvious to my regular readers why I would chose to read this book.

Girl in need of a Tourniquet is the personal memoirs of Merri Lisa Johnson, or Lisa as she refers to herself within the pages, and how she came to discover and live with having Borderline Personality Disorder.

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