Friday, 3 June 2016

Here Be Dragons by Ray Daley

There are dragons up above in the sky and it's time for their return.

But it's different this time.

I stumbled upon this via a Facebook group and found it on Smashwords. It's only a short E Book but it filled a gap.

It's a little bit of Sci Fi and it was a great read.

It's difficult to give it a star rating because it's only a short E Book but I enjoyed this quick read so maybe


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Captured By The Hawk by Aurora Springer

A space romp across the galaxy with a splash of romance.

I read this while I'm still in the middle of reading a much bigger book so that I don't fall behind on this year's 52 book reading challenge. It's quirky, it's fun and it's a decent read. It's a been a while since I've read a Sci Fi book and this didn't disappoint me. The characters are great and the whole thing is just a fun piece of escapism. I see it more as an adventure book than a comedy.

Harmless fun and a cool way to spend a few hours.


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Finding Home : A Charlotte Island Story by Jason Patrick

                A woman starts a new life with her son.

This is a pretty decent quick read if you want to fill in a bit of spare time with something that's easy reading.

It's not going to win any awards and it's not the most exciting plot you'll come across but it's a nice gentle read that I enjoyed for what it is. It's a little bit of escapism. A little bit of romance to add a sparkle to your day.


Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Little bit Of Everything by Helen Minazza

This book of poetry by up and coming Author Helen Minazza has exactly what it says on the tin.

A little bit of everything for everybody. A bit of humour mixed with a dash of heartache and add a splash of imagination. And this collection is very accessible. A good little collection and I'm sure there is much more to come from Helen Minazza.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Cat Who Came In From the Cold by Deric Longden

A white kitten sits on an upturned bucket and waits for the right human.

A few months ago I received a couple of boxes of books for free and I've only read a couple of them so far.  Most of them are obviously not my cup of tea and some of them look plain awful. But as I was struggling to find some inspiration I gingerly plucked this one out of one box.

I wasn't expecting it to be very good, let alone entertaining. But guess what? It's brilliant!

It tells the story of how Author and broadcaster Deric Longden's life gets turned upside down by the arrival of a little white kitten. His house is never the same again with hilarious consequences around every corner. It's wonderfully written with a gentle wit that I haven't come across very often as a reader.

This was so easy to read, the pages literally turned themselves. It's so sad that this talented Author isn't with us any more but I am looking forwards to devouring the rest of his books. If you like to have a laugh and you love cats, you have to read this one.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Team That Wouldn't Die by John Roberts

As a lifelong supporter of Manchester United I have always known a little bit about the team's history and the Munich Air Disaster but I have learned so much more from reading this,

Before I turned the first page I wasn't expecting it to be that good of a read but I was wrong. First published in 1975 and with subsequent updates, it is a fascinating look back at the events of February 6, 1958 and the repercussions it had on Manchester United Football Club, the fans and Manchester itself.

Well researched and including first hand accounts, I'd go as far as saying that this is essential reading for any Manchester United fan, young or old. It is not only an educational book but also a terrific tribute to The Busby Babes and all those injured and lost during the crash, including the players, the coaching staff, those working for the airline and other passengers. I actually feel like I now know each and every one of the players that we lost. Not just how good they were but what they were like as people.

               'What we have lost they have gained in respect and immortality.'

                                                         Jackie Blanchflower


Friday, 8 January 2016

White Fang by Jack london

A story about a birth, a journey and the struggle to survive in the frozen north.

This, my first read of 2016, is like a mirror image of Jack London's The Call of the Wild.

It's a great story and I felt emotionally attached to it. It grabs you and sucks you in. This is one of those books that you don't just read, you feel like you are living it. The story is at times dark and gritty and it isn't always an easy read. There is a lot of prose and not a lot of dialogue and that does slow things down a tad.

I'd encourage anybody to read this but I don't think it quite reaches the heights of The Call of the Wild. It maybe lacks a bit of excitement and suspense and the addition of the escaped convict towards the end felt a bit contrived and unnecessary to an already decent story.

But overall it's a really good read.