Too much fiction

I was just looking at some Amazon reviews of a book I was interested in reading.

It was fiction and I noticed someone had given it a one star rating, reason being that it was too fictitious.

No pleasing some people.


Book survey

from Be your own hero

Favorite children’s book
The magic faraway tree

The last book you’ve read
Fear Nothing – Lisa Gardner

Books on your “to read” list
There are currently 190 books on my Amazon wish list so I won’t bother naming them all

Top 5 authors
I borrow most of my books from the library but there are a few authors I always buy without question so probably
John Connolly – Charlie Parker series
Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas series
Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch series
Mo Hayder – Jack Caffery series
Kate Atkinson – Jackson Brodie series

Favorite genres
Crime, murder, serial killers, anything gruesome and twisted – with some Young Adult dystopian thrown in to mix it up a bit.

A book that has made you extremely mad
None that I can think of. When I was doing the library course we had to read a book from a genre we’d never read before and give a report on it and I read a Mills and Boon and that probably came the closest.

A book that you’ve cried over
Too many to list – I cry all the time in books. I cried reading that Lisa Gardner one I just finished and it was about a serial killer.

A book that made you laugh out loud
A kids book I own called Paddington goes to town about Paddington Bear. He gets lost in the hospital and ends up on the psychiatrists couch being analysed. I remember lying in bed reading it as a kid and just laughing and laughing – it still makes me laugh now.

Fiction or nonfiction?
Fiction. I do enjoy a bit of non fiction but it seems that everyone thinks they have an interesting life story to tell which they don’t.

Best book-to-movie adaption
I thought The Beach was pretty good – even though they left out a main character. I think The Hunger Games have been pretty good. I’m looking forward to Serena so I hope that’s good. Most of the time the movie adaptations are disappointing.

Do you read comics/manga?

Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Whatever the library has – hardback, paperback, trade paperback, mass market paperback, large print.

Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?
If they’re one of my top 5 I buy them straight away.

Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it? What – without even reading the blurb on the back? – no.

Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?
Well I am a fan of a nice cover – not the picture but if it has texture it gets my attention. Raised print or sort of raised rubber images suck me in although these days the library covers the books with plastic so if I want to feel a cover I have to pull up the plastic and slide my fingers under it. Then when I return the book I point out that the cover is falling off and they need to repair it.

Where do you usually buy your books?
Book Depository. Books are a rip off in Australia – I can buy it online overseas and have it posted for half the price of going to the local book store. Delivery times are prety good as well. I usually check out Booktopia and Bookfari to compare prices.

Book that had a strong impact on you
Too many to list – I love all my characters and stories.

Historical or science fiction?
Probably historical.

Dystopian or Utopian?

Worst book-to-move adaption?
Just about all of them. I read Labor Day last week and I reckon that would be a really boring movie.

Book that should have a movie adaption?
Maybe they could turn one of my top 5 into a TV mini series. Actually BBC did do a Jackson Brodie series.

The first book you’ve fallen in love with
I fell in love with Almondine, the dog, in Edgar Sawtelle.

Humor or angst?
Black humour

How many books do you own?
I used to own about a thousand – I had a special book-case built that covered most of a wall but when we moved I had a massive clean out as we moved into a smaller house with no storage so now I try to borrow more than buy or buy on the kindle. Except my favourite five series books – I buy them as paperbacks.

Do you go the library?
Twice a week.

How many books do you read a year?
I’d say about 200 – 250 (I’m a bad sleeper – I need to fill the hours somehow).

Favorite quote?
None but I do love the little quotes authors put at the start of books – but I don’t remember them or jot them down or anything.

A book you absolutely hate?
Any sort of romance or chick lit. Same applies to movies.


I think I wanted to like this more than I actually did.


I gave it up after a couple of hundred pages but then I gave it another go and finished it. (I didn’t finish Heart Shaped Box).

From Amazon:-

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.



Holiday reads

Working my way through the pile of books near my bed. What happens is that I place books on hold at the library (you can place 30 on hold at a time) and I keep the list full because sometimes you can wait months for a book to arrive but every now and then you get 20 turn up at once. So that’s what just happened.

I am pilgrim I really wanted to like and mostly did but it was pretty hard work. I’ll read what he writes next though but he’ll only get one more chance.


Pilgrim – Amazon info

Burial rites I loved. Always nice to read a good book by an Australian author, hard to believe the author is so young (28) and that it’s her first novel. Set in Iceland she creates this atmosphere that you can just about feel surrounding you, the isolation and coldness, brrr. It’s based on the story of the last person (woman) executed in Iceland so obviously not a happy ending. I’ll definitely be reading anything else she writes – there was an Australian Story episode about this author not long ago as well.

burial rites

Burial Rites Amazon blurby stuff

I do love myself a bit of young adult dystopia and The Pure series is sitting at the top of my favourites list at the moment. I hear movie rights have been bought for the first book and if they get some good special effects and make up people in for it, it should be pretty damn good to look at at the very least. It’s pretty dark as well, lots of death, violence, disfigured and scarred people, betrayal, mad scientists but also love, family, hope, it’s got the full bag. I’m looking forward to the third book, wish I hadn’t started this series until they’d all been released actually.


Pure Amazon info

Fuse Amazon info


Not so vegetarian

I don’t know why,  but this morning when I was searching Amazon for new vegetarian cookbooks this popped up in the list.

It seemed a long way really from being vegetarian.


I don’t have a problem with people eating their placenta, well not much of a problem, although I have to say the picture inside the book of a big raw juicy placenta with the cord still attached getting ready for the chopping block was a little disconcerting first thing in the morning. So I don’t have a problem with people eating their placenta but I was thinking you’d have to have a fair few kids to get through a cookbook wouldn’t you.

I had to laugh when I looked at a couple of recipes and saw that they served 4. I mean it’s one thing to eat it yourself but I imagine a lot of people would become squeamish at the thought of sitting down to dinner knowing that the hostess gave birth to it.

But if you’re interested in Placenta Pate, Placenta Loaf or Power Punch (which I don’t really want to think too hard about), or think you may be coming into a lot of placenta it’s on Amazon for you.


Daily Prompt: Judgment Day

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

I’d just like to say that here in Australia the Publishers put much nicer covers on the same titles than they do in the USA – sorry guys. Almost 100% guaranteed we get something much more interesting or nicer. Once I recommended a book to Emjay and she sent me back an email saying she couldn’t possibly bring herself to buy it because the cover was so boring, lol, I think it was a Harlan Coben.

I can usually get past a bad cover but what really bugs me is when they suddenly put a picture of a recurring character you’ve been following for years on a cover and they’re nothing like the person you’ve imagined for all those years.

Jack Reacher was probably the first time it happened to me. I didn’t have a problem with Tom Cruise being Jack Reacher, it’s not how I had imagined him looking but I can still read the books without Tom popping into my head and I watched the movie without a problem.

My problem began about six years ago when they suddenly put a sort of silhouetted photo of their Jack on the cover and to me it looked just like Al Bundy – it’s been very disconcerting ever since, my Jack Reacher had much more hair for one thing.

The other one that really annoyed me was Odd Thomas, they’ve suddenly started putting his face on books and he is not at all how I imagined him to be.

Absolutely not one bit.

Lost and wandering

It’s a pity this book was so boring because she’s one of my favourite authors.


Which is why I felt compelled to stay with it to the end but all I can say now is thank god it’s over.

It was promising at the start but then we got lost wandering around in the war for too long. Lol – that’s something my mother said once that makes me laugh every time I think of it. We were putting together some of Dad’s memoirs to be read at his funeral and Mum read the draft and said – we don’t want to get lost wandering about in the war for too long.

I said – well it contributed a lot to the person he became – in a good way I think.

Didn’t do this book any favours though.