More 2018 Braggin’

Yeah, more literary braggin’ from 2018. This one shows the total pages i read as well as the total books.

While it would be nice to beat the book total in 2019, my actual goal is to beat the pages read total – because, as you can see, the books can vary in page length by a huge amount. Anyone can read 300 books in a year if they’re all shorts of about 14 pages, and likewise, anyone would struggle to read 20 books if they were all around 1,498 pages.

So i’m thinking 25,000 pages has to be the goal — we shall see how it goes at the end of 2019.

Not surprised at ‘The Night Circus’ being so popular. If Erin never writes another book she’ll always be deservedly famous for that one, and can probably retire off the funds too. But instead of retiring, Erin’s new book is out in November 2019, and we’re all looking forward to that, aren’t we?

What i am surprised about is ‘A Child at Heart’ being the least popular. It’s a great book and really is worth a read by everyone — especially parents. No wonder the world’s going to shit in a u-bend if people won’t read stuff like this. #nohope

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Lil and Coop – Joseph R. Lallo

The second short story in the ‘Free Wrench’ series that is currently only available to Joseph’s Patreon subscribers.

The first short gave Wink’s history and how he came to be on the crew of the Wind Breaker, this time it’s Lil and Coop’s turn to get the treatment. In the main books it just brushes over how the crew came to be there, apart from Nita, so it’s great to have these shorts from Joseph giving a lot more detail. Definitely not to be missed by fans of the series. Looking forward to the rest of the crew getting laid bare.

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goodreads: 2018 Reading Challenge

For 2018 i joined in the reading challenge at goodreads, and i think i did rather well.

A few of those books that only counted as one were far more than one book.

‘Magnificent Devices’ was 4 books. So that’s plus 3 on the total.

‘Big Sigma’ was 3 books and 3 shorts, but i’d already done ‘Bypass Gemini’. So counting the 3 shorts as 1 book, that’s plus 2 on the total.

‘Free Wrench’ was 3 books. So that’s plus 2 on the total.

So add those 8 and i get a grand total of 70 books in one year – which looks a little better than 62.

Plus there were a few random shorts that never made it to goodreads, but i won’t be too pedantic about it and leave them out.

Or, maybe i am already being too pedantic about it?  But hey, in my defence, if i’d added and reviewed each of those books seperately that’s where it would have been. So think me a pedant if you like, i don’t care, so there!

Anyways, while you’re here, why not have a quick look at my page about ‘goodreads’ for my thoughts about them and maybe sign up yourself for the 2019 challenge.

As for myself, for 2019 i’m gonna go with this years revised total of 70 and make sure i review any collections independently.

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The New Inspector – Joseph R. Lallo

Although this delightful little short is the sixth book of the ‘Free Wrench’ series, i feel it can be read at any time once you’ve got settled into the series.

I read it after Cipher Hill and it totally worked for me reading it then. And i’m actually quite pleased that i didn’t read it until then because i really enjoyed the change in my feelings towards Wink. I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say, if you’re a fan of the ‘Free Wrench’ series by Joseph R. Lallo and its resident little furries, the Aye Ayes, then this is an absolute must read. After reading ‘The New Inspector’ i really do hope Joseph writes more Aye Aye stories, they’re awesome little fuggers and easily deserve their own spin off series.

So how do you get it?

It’s currently only available to Joseph’s Patreon supporters. Sign up today and get some book’s, support our favourite independent writer and keep on keeping it real against the big corporate nasty publishing houses who want to control everything we read. Independent writers are well worth supporting, me thinks.

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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence – Michael Marshall Smith

I noticed this book in the ’12 Days of Kindle’ sale that Amazon were having for the 2018 winter hols and it made me think of a friend named Hannah who spends most of her work days in a rather mundane looking cupboard (yes, actually in a cupboard), and the title of this book instantly made me think of her. And so, with me being hooked on the title, and also suitably impressed by the cover art, i had a quick look at the reviews and they seemed rather positive as well – and at £1.49 one can’t really go wrong. And so, with all four check boxes (cover, title, reviews and price) ticked, i went ahead and bought the book.

Of course, i had to go and tell Hannah about my fiendishly brilliant book purchase, while she was at work, sat in her cupboard. I know, i’m bad, but it put a smile and a giggle on Hannah’s face.

So, you’re probably wondering, when’s he gonna get onto talking about the actual story and doing an actual review? Like, was it any good? Was it worth £1.49? Did it come up to the standard of the cover and the title? Was Hannah’s existence, really, ‘unfeasibly mundane’?

The answer to all the above, is yes. More than yes, actually.

It was brilliant, it was worth more than £1.49, it surpassed its cover and certainly matched its title, as while Hannah starts out with quite a feasibly mundane existence, of which she wasn’t too impressed although she did enjoy some of it, it soon begins to spiral rapidly into complete unfeasibility of mundaneness when Hannah’s parents split up and she goes to stay with her granddad for a couple of weeks and the devil himself turns up at granddad’s house with an accident imp in tow because… well, you’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.

I know what you’re thining. You’re thinking it all sounds incredibly silly, ‘the devil himself and an accident imp’? But it isn’t at all silly, there’s a real underlying serious side to this book. It’s about the stories of our lives, who gets to write them, who we’re in them with and who we write them with – which would be incredibly dull and tedious if you just wrote a philosophy PHD thesis on the topic. But Michael manages to make the points he wants to make while packaging it all up in an a story that is quite giggle-icious.

I would also add that i think it’s very suitable for both adults (especially parents) and teens alike and, IMHO, speaks incredibly well to each about the other – something for us all to learn.

So yes, at the end of the tale, i can honestly say that it’s a really wonderful book that i’m very glad to have discovered (thank you Hannah and your cupboard ), with a nice easy flowing style that just lets you fall inside the book and enjoy a story about the stories of our lives.

Michael’s page.

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Lost Boy – Christina Henry

After my recent dive into Peter Pan’s history i was so looking forward to this.

And i can happily say it was everything, and more, than i hoped it would be.

Everything in the sense that it was up there with at the level of ‘Alice’, but instead of the violent schizo escaping from a high security mental hospital, rapidly withdrawing from her anti-psychotic meds leading to a total psychotic meltdown while running around town with a mad axeman on a murder spree, this one’s delving into the realms of psychopathy. Of course, like ‘Alice’ you can just read it as a straight forward story and not get too into the mental health side of what’s going on, but it’s all there if you want some depth to it. Christina is one brilliant writer.

That’s everything i hoped it would be, the more than i hoped it would be was the similarity between Peter Pan and his Island and a person and place i found myself in several years ago. It was at times quite disturbing in how similar it all was, to really understand how the protagonist, Jamie, felt and to be able to put myself in his place, because i’d found myself in a very similar situation with a very similar person. But as much as it was disturbing it was so because it was so incredibly cathartic and i’m really pleased to have had the experience of reading this book, so thank you Christina for that as well.

On top of all that, i certainly felt it showed respect for J.M. Barries’ work, and built on that really well giving it all a whole new dimension to consider, one only hinted at in the original works, and i definitely recommend reading those three original books by James before embarking on this one — although this can be read as stand alone if you so wish, i just feel you’d be missing out a great deal by doing so.

For now though, this brings an end to my current Peter Pan binge, but i’m sure i’ll be back to Neverland in the future, there’s just too much been written around the original story for me to ignore for long.

Christina’s page.

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Note to Self – Joseph Lallo

‘Note to Self’ is a short story in this anthology that is, currently, no longer available. Not idea if it’s ever going to be re-released but there may be used paperbacks come up on eBay if you’re wanting a copy.

I bought this book over 8 months ago and didn’t realise until 2 days ago that there was a Joseph Lallo story hidden away in it – so i dived in and read it straight away. And totally enjoyed it.

It’s another temporal sci-fi tale, which, like ‘Temporal Contingency’, Joseph does incredibly well — he just seems to have a way of avoiding the mind fucks that most sci-fi writers get you into with this sub-genre.

So it’s been well nice to find this little Lallo bonus book. And so now it’s back to Peter Pan and Neverland in Lost Boy, written by Christina Henry – another awesome writer.

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The Pants Of Perspective – Anna McNuff

I read this some time ago before i started writing reviews – so its not exactly fresh in my mind. But i thought it would be a bit of a crime not to mention it on the website while i’m sorting through all my books, past and present.

From what i remember… it’s a true tale about this half baked, mad scheme, with not very much planning, to run the whole length of New Zealand by a (perhaps completely mad) woman who’s not really physically up to the task. But, completely undeterred, Anna sets off from the very bottom of the South island and heads North on a crazy adventure in some leggings she really likes.

It’s a really good story, and one well worth a read whether you’re into running and/or endurance sports or not. Because it’s not about running or endurance sports, it’s about a journey, the people, the places, the ups and the downs, and it’s a wonderful journey to read about.

So, if you like unicorns, and you like leggings, and who doesn’t like unicorns and leggings, and even if you don’t like unicorns and leggings, give it a read sometime.

Click here for unicorn leggings over at Amazon, and go on your own adventure somewhere.

I refuse to make any comments about people who don’t like unicorns and leggings, i’m trying my best to keep the website nice, positive and happy.  xx

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Chocolat – Joanne Harris

I thought i’d take a break away from the Vic Lit and dive into something a little more contemporary, and i wasn’t disappointed.

This one has only been sat in the ‘To Read’ folder for just 4 months, so it’s jumped the queue by quite a bit (the other books will undoubtedly be feeling a little annoyed). Someone posted a review of this on Instagram and i took that as a message that it was time to read it – can you think of a better way of choosing what to read next when you’re looking through your ever expanding ‘To Read’ folder?

So yeah, where to start with a review. Well, the obvious one is, don’t read this if you’re a devout catholic. There’s a fair bit of catholic bashing in this book – which one might say is well deserved.

Mostly, this book is a criticism of the old ways of the catholic church and the sanctimonious, holier than though hypocrites, who sit in self appointed, holy judgement over us heathens. And i must say, Joanne does a wonderful job of it, and some might say, a much needed job considering the recent past.

All in all, a delightful story set in a small French village whose inhabitants were in desperate need of some good chocolate and an alternative view on life, other than the miserable one being suffered at the behest of aforementioned, sanctimonious crowd and their church and priest. And what better way of telling that story than setting up a chocolaterie directly opposite the parish church in the centre of the village.

I especially enjoyed the way Joanne alternates throughout between 2 completely separate protagonists’ narratives from 2 very different opposing protagonists, the chocolatier and the priest, and she makes that work really well, although it does make you pause a little when they swap over on occasion.

At the end though, am i going to read the next books in this series? As soon as Bookbub tells me they’re on a good deal at Amazon i’ll definitely be adding them to my ever expanding ‘To Read’ pile. What hope is there when i read a book off my ‘To Read’ pile and all it does is inspire me to add more books to it?

Did the book inspire to consume more cocoa products? No, i already consume too much already. #chocolatelove

Too many good writers and never enough reading time – or chocolate. All good fun though! 

More info on Joanne’s page.

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Margaret Ogilvy – J.M.Barrie

Having just read ‘The Little White Bird’ and ‘Peter Pan’, it struck me that there may have been a little more to the characters than at first appears.

The character of Peter Pan was based on James’ brother, David, who died aged 13 (so never grew up), leaving the 6 year old James having to try and fill his shoes for his mother. So it made me wonder who Hook was based on. At first i thought Hook represented the parents but having read this book i’ve totally had a change of mind.

So my thoughts on the matter are thus… I suppose the clue is in Hook’s first name, also James. The hand that gets cut off by Peter, a metaphor for the part of James’ childhood, and life, that was taken from him the day his brother died. The hand is then fed to the ticking crocodile that follows Hook around wanting to consume the rest of him because it likes the taste – so is this another metaphor concerning the inevitable ticking clock of life, and that James felt the loss of his brother was continuously haunting and wanting to consume more of him and his family?

Then there’s Wendy, which having read this book cannot be based upon anyone other than Margaret Ogilvy herself. He mentions in the book how after his brother died, other local women who lost children would come to her to talk. Again, Wendy and the lost boys – the lost boys representing the children of the other women who went to join his brother David in heaven (Neverland).

But all that aside, this book was a heartfelt view into James’ home life and very much his relationship with his mother – who he obviously cared about immensely – and is an absolute must read for all fans of J.M. Barrie’s writing. The book also covers James’ early literary career and what made him want to become a writer. So a very worth while read.

So what’s next? After 3 books in a row, i’ll be taking a literary break away from Peter Pan, Neverland and J.M. Barrie as i’ve got a big ‘to read’ folder on my Kindle that’s continuously nagging to get read. But i’ll definitely be coming back to these three topics in my reading in the not too distant future.

Here be some more books from J.M. Barrie.

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