Book Review – An Umbrella for Alex

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This review is long overdue, I should have done it ages ago, but life got in the way… still I got there in the end!

An Umbrella for Alex is the first book published by PDAN – the Personality Disorder Awareness Network.

“The purpose of this book is to provide appropriate and encouraging information for young children whose parents might be suffering from emotion dysregulation or Borderline Personality Disorder.”

I was asked to review the book because of my blog and having BPD myself… Continue reading


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

Book Review – Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I thought I would do this as combined review/comparison of the first in Trilogy of The Hunger Games books and Divergent, which is the first in the trilogy.

The reason for this is that Divergent is recommend with one of those ‘If you liked the Hunger Games, then you’ll love this’ tag-lines by many people and people are also saying it is ‘like’ the Hunger Games. So, having read all three Hunger Games books and Divergent I thought I would give you my take on why I think they are being compared, and what I think of them…

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Book Review – Blind Faith by Ben Elton

Cover of "Blind Faith"

Cover of Blind Faith

I have to be honest from the outset – I LOVE Ben Elton! I doubt it would be possible for him to write a book and me not love it! And Blind Faith is definitely no exception!

As with pretty much all of his work Blind Faith is a darkly satirical work of comedy genius. Continue reading

Books I have read in the last week…

I have been reading so many books lately I dont have time to write a full review for all of them so I thought I would just put together a quickie post about the latest few…

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Nasty is an immortal – not in the Vampire sense, she is just one of many who live extremely long lives… Having always felt her life was empty, with memories of darkness and hurt spanning hundreds of years.  When on a night out with her immortal friends she witnesses her best friend carry out a horrific act on an undeserving mortal she realises she can not carry on living her dark ways and runs away in search of an immortal she had met many years before, River.  Amazed to find River she sets out to recover and redress her ways. A struggle in many respects as it means doing things she has not done for centuries, but there are added complications, her old friends are trying to find her, someone at River’s retreat is out to get her and the there is Reyn.  From the moment she meet’s Reyn there is something about him that but attracts and repulses her, when she eventually works out what their hidden past is she is tormented by hatred for the man she is now falling in love with…

A great twist on immortality with lots of interesting concepts and a bit of romance thrown in, I really enjoyed this and will be looking out for the sequel that is due out next year – Darkness Falls

Outpost by Adam Baker

Slightly off kilter from my usual supernatural based reading, this time a sci-fi twist to the Zombie genre is the focal point of this story.

Stuck out in the Arctic Ocean aboard an almost abandoned Oil refinery, Reverend Jane Blanc and the remaining skeleton crew aboard the Rampart have no idea of the tragic contagion that has struck the rest of the world.  Word reaches them that a relief ship is coming to take them home, but the reality of being trapped in the frozen winter soon kicks in as TV and radio channels die and the promised rescue vessel is a huge let down.  With supplies running low, tempers fraying all the crew want is to get back to the world they came out here to escape, whatever that world may now hold for them.  The discovery of what is really occurring in the outside world only adds to their already insurmountable problems as they battle to survive as night sets permanently for the winter and the infection reaches their once safe haven… who will survive, and would you want to?

An awesome masterpiece of full throttle action, fast paced, unputdownable – so much so that I actually didn’t put it down, I read cover to cover in 8 hours flat!  As much as I would like there to be a sequel, I think it is actually unlikely to be possible given the ending; but still it was by far the best of all the books I have read in the past few weeks (and as you can tell from the reviews and this post, I have read quite a few!)

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

The latest in a series I have been reading for some time.  The supernatural ‘Otherworld’ series started with Bitten, about Elena the only female werewolf in the world; Walking the Witch is the 12th book and for the first time Savannah Levine, daughter of the Black Witch Eve, takes the starring role.

Left in charge of her guardians’ private investigation company for the first time Savannah is given the opportunity to ‘prove’ herself and take on her first solo case when three women are murdered in a small town.  With the help of  Jesse, who put her on to the case; Kayla, daughter of one of the victims; and Micheal, the police detective brother of another victim; Savannah sets out to discover the murderer.  The death toll continues to grow in Savannah’s presence and she soon comes to fear there is more to the situation than it originally seemed.  Her colleague Adam arrives just in time for the ultimate final confrontation and the truth about the killings is finally revealed.

Another brilliant addition to the Otherworld series, that can be read as a standalone if you haven’t been following the series so far.

The Lost Boys by Craig Shaw Gardner

The Lost Boys

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The book about the film written after the film was released, the intention was (apparently) to fill in some of the gaps in the film by providing extra details about the Lost Boys rival gang The Surf Nazis (who do not survive long in the film) and other filler details.  To be honest it actually falls short on providing much additional information.  I love the film, it’s my all time favourite movie, but the book doesn’t do it justice, failing to provide the expected extras – it is pretty much a written version of the film, almost word for word. for those who haven’t seen the film here’s a short synopsis –

Sam, Micheal and Lucy Emerson move to Santa Carla to stay with Lucy’s father after her marriage breaks down.  Micheal quickly falls in with a gang known as the Lost Boys and things start to get strange.  meanwhile Sam makes friends with the Frog brothers who are trying to convince him that Santa Carla is crawling with vampires.  Of course they are soon proven right when Sam’s own brother Micheal becomes a night crawler himself.  The boys then set out to save Micheal and his new friend Star from the Lost Boys, but their plans don’t always go well, in the end there is a huge battle between the vampires and the Frog/Emerson clan…

Stick to the film, is my opinion on this one – I had to get the book (and had it signed by Corey Feldman when I was at the London Film and Comic Con) but now it will be resigned to my collection to be preserved and not read again…

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