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.


Attention seekers

Chicken Little doesn’t like it when I read, she thinks the attention should all be on her. She doesn’t like it when we use laptops either. She tries to squeeze in between you and the laptop then sits there tapping at it or your arm until you giver her a pat or a tummy rub.


My daughters cat Bubba was helping her with homework yesterday. She’s not quite as in your face as Chicken.


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.


the week in books

I really enjoyed these two books. They are the first two of the Timothy Wilde trilogy. Set in New York in 1845, the Irish are streaming in due to the potato famine and everyone hates them and the police force is just up and running and everyone hates them as well and it’s cold and everyone is starving and freezing. In the second one the Civil War is not too far away and it deals with the subject of slave catchers as well as the political corruption that was going on at the time.

It may come as shock to some but when I was at school we didn’t study American history so I like reading this sort of thing. It was interesting to read about New York, I thought she really set the scene; the language, the streets, the people, it was good.



I didn’t give it 5 stars on Goodreads because that comes with the word rating of Amazing! which is something I never say. I don’t think I’ve ever said to someone – you should read this book – it was Amazing! (although when I say it in my head I say Amaaaazing!). When I was in Thailand I went to this weird theme park and I was sitting in this show and these ninja trapeze artists fell from the ceiling and did these tricks on rings and ropes – now that was kind of amazing but I will say I highly recommend these books, which doesn’t of course mean that you’ll like them anyway.



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.




Daily Prompt: bedtime stories

What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

My favourite book, which I have in my hands as we speak, was Teddy Edward at the Seaside.


It was first published in 1962 and I guess it fell into my hands in about 1970.

This is the basic story line.


I never read the medal winning story so it remains a mystery.

The book goes on to tell of their day at the beach and it has these cool full-page colour pictures that I still love (they remind me a lot of the black and white photos that Mum used to paint).

They show things like Teddy and Sarah climbing rocks


and collecting shells


and then Teddy and Jasmine meet a little mouse called Algernon and go off and have some adventures with him


and then after lots of other adventures they go home and Sarah  has a bath while they talk about the day


I guess I really liked the pictures back then, I liked how they were photos not drawings and even looking at them now it looks like the book was fun to make. I wonder if Sarah is their daughter – I bet she had a great day. Although having had three kids I bet she was a cranky little cow by the end of the day.

Did it influence the person I am today – lol – well that’s a big call, maybe in some weird subliminal way it has, I mean I do still have it sitting in my bedside drawer after 45 years and 12 house moves so it must mean something.

When we were living at our last house we lived in a flood zone and one night the river was rising and they put out a warning on the radio saying that the SES would be door knocking at about midnight if we had to evacuate and that we should pack a bag of our important things. So I packed a bag with this book, my Pink Teddy who I have had since birth and my favourite doll Lulu who came along when I was about 7. I was sitting on the lounge waiting and Daz walked past and said – I think they meant medication and insurance papers and things like that.


An early night coming up for me, or maybe a late one…..

and that’s because I have this little baby in my hands as we speak.

I guess that’s one of the advantages of living here in the future as I do.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this book so it bloody well not let me down. I had it marked on my calendar as being released on the 18th but I always check the day before (just in case) and there it was. Okay I checked yesterday as well but it wasn’t there.

Must point out that it only looks fantastically fantastic in that photo because I took the photo of it when it was sitting on my yellow coffee table, which isn’t really that yellow in normal life but I guess in Fear the Dark spooky yellow dusk light it just all blended in.

So sweet dreams people, I’m off to see what the virals have been up to.

(Can’t believe two years has passed since The Passage).


A disappointing moment

So this is what you call one fucked up kindle screen. And no I didn’t drop it or drop anything on it or spill liquid on it. What I did was lie in bed and read it. Then I put it on my pillow and went to the shop then came back and it was like this. Out of warranty of course. So now a dilemma; do I replace it? If I have to keep buying a new one every two years it’s going to defeat the purpose of having one to save the money that paper books cost. And I do have an iPad although it’s kind of heavy and bulky to read in bed, it’s giving me a monster thumb muscle. Pretty pissed off at the kindle right about now, hate how things just don’t last.