Friday, 22 June 2018

Chuckles Weekend Roundup

Welcome to my feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
 Another week passes and I've been busy online as usual. No more cleaning yet as my dad has spent all week watching horseracing from Royal Ascot and the World Cup. It's given me time to plan out and prepare future posts for my blog. This week I've been watching old reruns of Ninja Warrior which has been fun, but no reading of any note. I did start reading the new Extinction Trials book this morning so I'll get stuck into that later today. On the book buying front things have eased off a bit but I still have a few to share. I grabbed a few Final Destination novels-the first two are from a spin off book series which has at least 6 in it, the third book is based on the third film itself. Hope to get more of these!


A friend of my dad bought this for her granddaughter but she wasn't interested in it so it was given to me because they know I like books! Very nice of them, and although I wouldn't have bought it myself, I will read it.

Chuckles Blogging World 
Managed to retain being seven weeks ahead in my meme and discussion posts which should give me more time to get some reviews written. This week sees the last of my Game of Thrones posts as they take ages to research and write and few people are responding to them.

Book Reviews
Chuckles Mini Reviews Catch Up
Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's House of Horrors
DS Lillico-Domus

Regular Posts
This week I did my Around The Blogs post. Cover Love featured Elisabeth Wheatley again, Top Ten Tuesday looked at books I want to get this summer, Can't Wait Wednesday looked at The Farm and Books From The Backlog featured Endurance.
Chuckles Cover Love
Around The Blogs With Chuckles
Top Ten Tuesday
Can't Wait Wednesday
Books From The Backlog

Discussion Posts
Chuckles Chat looked at the scenarios we love and hate in historical fiction and Game of Thrones Gossip finishes season three by looking at Davos.
Chuckles Chat
Game of Thrones Gossip
 Film Reviews
 none thuis week

Special Posts
none this week
Book Tags/Blog Awards 
Your Favourite Things Tag

Currently Reading/Up Next
Finally I feel ready to dive back into my books again! I'm just starting The Extinction Trials Exile and I'll be following that with a short horror novella called Dream Woods, then I'm moving on to Carrie Vaughn's 8th book in the Kitty Norville series. I'll be making out lists for upcoming reads which I'll share with you soon!
Next week on the blog
Cover Love will feature Sara Beth Durst, Top Ten Tuesday is series I gave up on, Can't Wait Wednesday is Into The Dark, Books From The Backlog is all about Richard Laymon and Chuckles Chat looks at scenarios we love and hate about romance. I'll be going Around The Blogs and I hope to be doing book and film reviews.

Book Review: Domus by DS Lillico

Humanity needs a new home. 

The Seeker Project has been exploring deep space for over a decade. Eight men and women have journeyed to a distant planet to colonise a new human frontier on Domus. Before landing, the Captain of the Marauder does all he can to hide Domus' secret - it already has a dominant life form, and it is always hungry. 

In a hostile environment swarming with ferocious prehistoric predators, the project descends into a terrifying struggle for survival. The crew of the Seeker Marauder will have the fight of their lives not only to save themselves but to keep the dwindling flame of mankind burning. 

My Review: 
By 2017 the planet is dying and a new project begins. In 2037 4 men and 4 women are chosen to travel to a new planet, which will take 20 years, set up a base and repopulate. Things begin to unravel when one man dies of cancer before they arrive and one woman is not happy with her assigned partner and chases a man partnered with someone else. Tensions are high when they reach Domus and that is where their problems really begin.

I do have to wonder about the way the whole mission was planned. If it took 20 years to get there, why on earth were they not allowed to 'mate' during the journey? That way their kids would be adults by the time they got there and ready to pair off themselves, and there would have been extra pairs of hands to get things done when they landed. Let's hope the women can still have kids and that there are no complications with the 40 somethings giving birth. Why did they not screen the people better? Why not send more people than just eight if you are repopulating a whole planet? 

Anyway, the ship arrives safely at Domus. Racker decides to stay on the main ship while the others go down to the surface to get things started, just in case there is any trouble. It is the strained relationships that dominate the start of this book as they bicker and fall out, with two of the women sleeping with the partner of someone else and causing massive problems. The whole mission is at stake by the time Racker spots a bit heat signature coming their way. It is after they deal with the beast that Racker realises that it was a prehistoric crocodile and that he has also spotted extinct birds. It becomes clear that some of the life on Domus is hostile and they are sharing the planet with dinosaurs. 

It takes a while to get into the main part of the story, about 20% before the crocodile is mentioned and I could have done with things moving along a bit quicker than that, with a bit less on the relationship angst. However when the main focus switches to dealing with the dinosaurs, things become a lot more interesting. I liked the scenes where the humans were in danger from the various dinosaurs, and the switching POV when they are split up makes things more interesting as they all faced their own dangers. Of course, the ruptured relationships within the team also lead to a whole new danger.

It was a decent enough read and the dinosaur parts were good. I just felt that there was too much relationship angst in the first part of the book for me personally. 

Read February 2018.
2.5 stars

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review: Kitty's House Of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville #7)

Talk radio host and celebrity werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed to appear on TV's first all-supernatural reality show. What she's expecting is cheesy competitions and manufactured drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics. But what begins as a publicity stunt is all too quickly turning into a fight for her life.

Kitty and her fellow housemates arrive at the remote mountain lodge where the show is set, but no sooner does filming start when violence erupts. It doesn't take Kitty long to suspect the show is nothing more than a cover for some nefarious plot. Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty learns she and her monster housemates are not battling for a prize: they are, ironically enough, themselves the ultimate prize, in a very different game. Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in...before it kills them all.

My Review:
As Cormac faces a parole hearing with Ben, Kitty agrees to take part in a reality TV show which sees her and a werewolf wrestler share a house with vampires and their human blood donor, two psychics, a magician, a talk show host,  a wereseal and a paranormal author. The paranormals are to convince the skeptic author of what they are without showing them what they can do, while being filmed in the mountain retreat. Kitty finds herself reunited with Ariel, Tina, Jeffrey and Grant again, but her delight soon turns to fear when they find half the crew dead, half missing and no way of calling for help. Now they have to work together to survive while they try to find a way out, and discover who is targeting them and why.

This is without a doubt my favourite book in the series so far. I loved seeing the characters I liked from previous books coming back into Kitty's life. Jeffrey was the one who helped her find closure over TJ's death by giving her a message from him, Tina was part of the film crew from the previous book, Grant helped her in books 5 and 6 and Ariel was her rival talk show host, who is becoming more of an ally. It was good to see them all interacting together. We also meet new characters, who are all interesting. Anastasia is an old vampire and she and Grant instantly distrust each other. Kitty is fascinated by younger vampire Gemma, and forms a bond with blood doner Dorian. I liked Jerome the werewolf and Leo the wereseal. The other awful character was Conrad the author, but he is meant to bad because he thinks they are all lying about what they are and won't easily be convinced. 

Tina is the first one to get the bad feeling about the whole set up and she warns them that something is wrong. The next morning, Kitty wakes up to find the power off, the production team missing and one of her housemates dead on the porch. A search reveals more bodies at the plane which has been drained of fuel and the radio destroyed and no satellite phone. It is clear that the show was a ruse to get them in one place where they can be hunted. It is also obvious that they are being watched. The group have to consider their options. With no way to call for help, they need to risk sending someone in the group outside but whoever they send could be at risk from those hiding in the surrounding woods. If they all decide to sit tight in the house, no help is going to come and they will be at the mercy of their attackers.

This book was very tense! I liked the opening which sets the scene by letting us get to know the new characters as they interact with old favourites. I found the interactions intriguing but knowing what the book plot was, I felt that sense of menace in the lead up to the plan being triggered against Kitty and her friends. The tension slowly builds and from the first death onwards I didn't want to put the book down. The action comes thick and fast as Kitty's group try their first plan and find themselves in trouble. It seems that whatever they do, the body count was getting higher. I also liked the way things switched between the deadly forest attacks and the siege at the house, giving good variety to the deaths of the characters. It was always changing and kept me interested right to the end.

What makes this book work is that I liked all the characters and got very attached to them all, which made it tougher when characters began to die. Even Conrad grows on me as the book progresses. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this is because it is a classic horror scenario that I read about and watch-the people trapped and being killed off one by one. The other good thing is knowing Cormac is coming back into play which is great news! This series is so enjoyable and I hope it keeps the standards up in the books to come.

Read February 2018
5 stars.

Books From The Backlog-Endurance

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  You might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. Go to Carole's blog and add your blog post link in to join in the fun! Hosted by Carole at

This seems like a fun feature and I have been planning to take part since Carole launched this so at last, here we go! I have a TON of unread books to choose from in various genres and I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with everybody. 


The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.


When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.


One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn
Are you brave enough to finish?

I bought this back in 2010  when I had just finished reading Afraid. I was intrigued to learn that survivors from all the books he wrote under Kilborn and Konrath turn up again in the book Haunted House so I need to get all of these read soon, as I can't wait to get to read Haunted House! I've really enjoyed Afraid and Trapped so this one should be good too!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #71 Davos

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 

Davos awakes after the Battle of the Blackwater to find himself washed up on the rocks and stuck there. He is able to flag down a ship and ask for rescue and his rescuers first ask which side of the battle he was on. Satisfied that he fought for Stannis, the men take him to his old pirate friend Salladhor Saan. He tells Davos that Stannis is allowing Melisandre to burn unbelievers from his loyal men and Davos decides he must return to Dragonstone to kill her. He is angry that she is influencing his master to evil things but she defends herself by saying that the deaths in the battle were not her fault as he had prevented Stannis from taking her, and claims she could have changed the result. A furious Davos pulls a knife on her and is promptly arrested and thrown into the dungeons.

Davos is visted by Princess Shireen in the dungeons and she is upset that he has fallen out of favour with her father. She cares little about him being called a traitor as he is the only friend she has and offers him books to pass the time. Davos admits that he can't read and she decides that she is going to teach him. Stannis is the next one to visit him and he decides that he will allow Davos to go free if he agrees never to raise a hand to Melisandre again. Davos accepts this but says it will not stop him disagreeing with her if it is called for. He continues to concentrate on his reading lessons and starts trying to read the mail that has come in, including the letter from Maester Aemon begging for help against the enemies in the north.

Stannis tells him that Melisandre intends to sacrifice his bastard nephew Gendry to her Lord of Light. Davos indicates that he believes Stannis is releasing him in order to have Davos save the boy, as Stannis himself does not want him to die. Davos is present to watch a restrained Gendry have his blood removed by leeches and used in a curse to kill Joffrey, Robb and Balon. Seeing that Stannis is determined to go ahead and not stand up to her, Davos decides it is up to him to save Gendry. He helps the boy into a boat and tells him to row back to King's Landing and hide back in Flea Bottom where the Lannisters and Baratheons can't find him. Stannis is furious at his interference and this time he is given a death sentence.

Davos decides to play his trump card and says that Stannis needs him, showing the letter he has read from the Night's Watch. Hearing that the Lord Commander is dead and the Night's Watch fears attacks from both wildlings and White Walkers, Melisandre looks into her flames and declares that Davos is right. She tells Stannis that Davos will play an important future role and that they must abandon the war for the Iron Throne and go north to aid the Night's Watch in the real war. Stannis is amused that the Lord of Light has saved Davos.

Can't Wait Wednesday-The Farm

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

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Denise Armstrong is a nurse, mother, widow, and military veteran. Raised by prepper grandparents, she learned at an early age to watch national and world events closely. She has been paying close attention to the economy, both around the world and at home. As she sees signs in her own community of the slowing of the economy, she begins to experience premonitions of a cataclysm to come. Denise decides to use the resources available to her to help her friends and family weather whatever crisis she KNOWS is coming. When Tom VanZant, a dear friend, confides he, too, is experiencing feelings of an impending catastrophe, they both realize it is time to hunker down to survive the storm about to occur. 

While they prepare, economic instability accelerates, violence escalates, and infrastructure deteriorates. Terrorist acts across the country and horrific brutality close to home further complicate this precarious situation. While safe (at least for the moment) on Denise’s farm, Denise, her family, and friends can only wonder: Have they prepared enough to let them survive?

I do like finding a new apocalypse series to try and this is the first time I've seen this one. It came out in April and I have just grabbed it! 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Your Favourite Things Tag

I decided to do a sort of getting to know each other tag where I can share all of my favourite things with you, and you can take part and share all of your favourite things with us! If you do take part or share this tag, please link back it to my blog, and let me know you've done the tag so that I can visit you!

What are your favourite genres?
I love horror, apocalypse, prepper fiction, urban fantasy, Tudor fiction, political/royal and mountain expedition non fiction, creature features, zombies, biographies that interest me.

What are your favourite books?
Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Morningstar Strain trilogy (ZA Recht), Arisen (Michael Stephen Fuchs), Extinction Cycle (Nicholas Sansbury Smith), Bug Out (Robert Boren), 'IT' (Stephen King), Iron Druid (Kevin Hearne), Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong), Hunger Games, Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost), A Powerless World (PA Glaspy), Adventureland (Steve Harris), The Valley (Rick Jones), Monster Haven (RL Naquin), Deacon Chalk (James R Tuck), Southern Vampire (Charlaine Harris), Morganville Vampires (Rachel Caine), Something Wicked This Way Comes (DelSheree Gladden), Carnival of Fear (JG Faherty), Matt Archer (Kendra C Highley).

Favourite Authors?
Darrell Maloney, Patricia Briggs, Hunter Shea, Richard Laymon, Rick Chesler, Sonya Bateman, Emily Purdy, Jean Plaidy, Philippa Gregory, Robert Boren, Jack Kilborn, early Stephen King, Viktor Zarkov, Franklin Horton, Alison Weir, James R Tuck, Kelley Armstrong, Kelly Meding, Carrie Vaughn, Catt Dahman, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, GRRM, Simone Pond, Melanie Karsak, Eric S Brown, Mike Kraus, Jon Athan, Margaret Campbell Barnes.  

Authors You Liked a Book by and Hope Will Become a Favourite?
SM Wilson, Elizabeth Briggs,  DD Barant, MLN Hanover, KA Stewart, PK Hawkins, Jonah Buck, Jamie Hutchison, TR Schumer, Chris Jameson, Eli Constant, Ray Garton, Jeff Strand, David Bussell, Skyla Dawn Cameron, Jennifer Estep, Benedict Jacka, Dirk Patton, CE Murphy, ES Moore, Jaye Wells, Russell James, Joelle Charbonneau, Judith Arnopp, Diane Haeger, David Estes, Kenneth Cary.

What are you looking forward to reading?
The new Extinction Trials book, Devil Sharks, Alison Weir's Jane Seymour book, Wolf by Wolf, My Lady Jane, They Feed, Shark Infested Waters, Dream Woods, Cabin at the end of the world, Strange Practice, A Dance With Dragons part 2, Endurance, a couple of Hunter Shea and Rick Chesler books.

Authors You Want To Try?
Greig Beck, Ezekiel Boone, Ania Ahlborn, Gerry Griffiths, Russ Watts, Matthew Reilly, Sarah J Maas, Orlando A Sanchez, Stuart R West, Nicholas Eames, Brian McClellan, Victor Milan, Angus Watson, John L Campbell, James Wesley Rawles, A American, Kate Emerson, E Knight, Katherine Longshore, Bobby Akart, GR Carter, Grace Hamilton, Chris Pike.

Favourite book characters?
Myrnin (Morganville Vampires), Tyrion Lannister (ASOI&F), Oberon (Iron Druid) Maurice (Monster Haven), Warren and Adam (Mercy Thompson), Brother Wolf (Alpha & Omega), Fitz and Apollo (Extinction Cycle), Ben and Mike (It), Ian and Vlad (Night Huntress), Rosie (Bug Out), Tom Ripley (Ripley).

What were your all-time favourite things on TV?
Buffy, Angel, The West Wing, Miami Vice, Dallas, Blake's Seven, Stargate SG1/Atlantis, Alias, Takeshi's Castle, Prisoner Cell Block H, Brookside, early Eastenders, 24, Lost, Doctor Who, V, Tenko, House of Cards (UK), Hannibal, The Shield, Columbo, Father Ted, Bottom, The Tudors, Whitechapel, Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers.

What current TV do you enjoy?
Game of Thrones, Scandal, Coronation Street, Madam Secretary, Elementary, NCIS. I don't get much time to follow a few of these but hope to get caught up! 

Do you watch documentaries?
I like royal, political, historical, military training docs. I never watch nature ones as I cry when animals get eaten!

Do you watch reality tv and similar?
Yes, I enjoy stuff like SAS Who Dares Wins, Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, Masterchef, Masterchef Australia/Canada/NZ/US, Wicked Tuna, Yukon Gold, Great British Bake Off, Snake City, Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Storm Chasers, Swords, Jungle Gold, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Dog and Beth On The Hunt, Ninja Warrior, Revolution.

Which TV are you interested in but not had time to watch yet?
Sanctuary, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Lost Girl, The Crown, Victoria, Homeland, The 100, House of Cards (US), The Strain, Strike Back, The Terror, The Following, The Blacklist, Nikita, Supernatural, Harper's Island, Primevil, American Crime Story, Arrow, Vikings, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Stranger Things, Vampire Diaries, How to get away with murder, The Last Ship, Van Helsing and a ton more. 
What kinds of films do you enjoy?
I like action adventure, sci-fi, horror, apocalypse, creature feature, some fantasy, based on real events and disasters, slashers, zombies.

What are your favourite films? 
Deep Blue Sea, Alien, Aliens, Resident Evil, The Running Man, Fright Night, Total Recall, Mamma Mia, Grease, The Fog, Halloween, Saw, Jeepers Creepers, Final Destination, Jurassic Park 1 & 2, Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Barnyard, The Goonies, Lost Boys, Jaws films, The Godfather, Sleepaway Camp, Friday the 13th, Seven Samurai, AVP, Fellowship of the Ring, Rambo 2, A Bug's Life.

Are there upcoming releases you are keen to see?
I'm keen to see what they do with Meg as the book sucked until near the end. I'm in two minds now about Annihilation and Ready Player One. I'm so keen to see the new Jurassic World film!

What do you like about your own blog?
Um, I enjoy doing the weekly memes, I like doing discussion posts as they are great to get people involved in, things like cover love to promote pretty covers, and fun stuff like book tags.

What do you find hardest to write?
Book reviews! They seem to take forever to write and I'm never happy with them!

What kinds of things on other blogs do you enjoy?
Discussion posts are fun as everyone can join in, horror related features, TTT, CWW, Books From The Backlog, features that promote good posts from other sites, reviews, tags and award answers, monthly roundups, fun posts. 

What foods do you never get tired of eating?
cheese pizza, sushi, cheese, white and milk chocolate, tikka masala, potato fritters, toasties, chinese prawn curry, tango, tuna pasta bake, homemade soup, milk, pasta, tinned strawberries, cakes, mandarin chicken, pepsi.

What foods would you love to try? 
lobster bisque, Greek and Peruvian food after seeing it on Masterchef, street food from various countries, tasty food without vegetables especially peppers. I'd like to get some nice different sauces for my pasta and meat!

Favourite types of music? 
I enjoy 1960's-80's, motown, rock, country, soul, glam rock, Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, some heavy metal and classical, 90's Indie.

Favourite groups and singers? 
Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Four Tops, Adam Ant, Shakin' Stevens, OMD, Duran Duran, Abba, Bee Gees, Franz Ferdinand, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, ELO, Erasure, Modern Romance, Elton John, Billy Joel, Madonna, INXS, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Wonder Stuff,, Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets.  

Favourite Songs 
Highway to Hell, Bonkers, Waterloo, Does Your Mother Know, Green Door, Prince Charming, I'm From The Country, Do You Want To, Take Me Out, Everybody's Changing, Play That Funky Music, World Shut Your Mouth, Road To Nowhere, Gangham Style, The Last Time, Purple Haze, Hey Joe, White Rabbit, Rock'n'Roll is King, Break on Through, You May Be Right, Dancing in the Dark, Darlington County, .

Top Ten Tuesday Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. 

This week I'm looking at ten books on my summer TBR. By this I mean ten that I want to buy and maybe read this summer.

1) Chris Jameson-Devil Sharks 
Having loved Shark Island and loving the new book cover, I will be grabbing this new shark adventure as soon as it is on Amazon. 

2) Benedict Jacka-Marked
I will be getting this one as soon as it is released as I pre-ordered it. It's book nine in the Alex Verus series which I really need to get caught up with.   

3) Paul Tremblay-The Cabin At The End Of The World
This is another pre-order book that I'm looking forward to. A bit of diversity and an apocalypse sounds pretty good to me! 

4) SM Wilson-The Extinction Trials: Exile 
I bought this one last week and I'm hoping to get started on it this week. I loved the first book and can't wait to see what happens next! 

5) Kelly Meding-Stray Magic
This sounds like an action packed urban fantasy by an author I have liked before so I'll certainly get this one when it comes out. 

6) Jason Parent-They Feed 
I have this one and it seems like exactly like the kind of horror that I love reading. I hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds... 

7) Hunter Shea-Jurassic Florida
Not long until I get my hands on this one. Who can resist giant iguanas running around Florida! 

8) Hunter Shea-Rattus New Yorkus
Big mutant rats running around New York written by an author I enjoy. This should be a fun read for later in the summer! 

9) Andrew Morton-Meghan
Having read his Diana book many years ago, I'll certainly be interested in reading this. I have a copy on ebook at the moment. 

10) Alison Weir-Jane Seymour 
I am so looking forward to this one after enjoying Anne Boleyn. It only seems to be out in hardback at the moment which is disappointing. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Chuckles Chat #69 Scenarios We Love And Hate In Historical Fiction

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

This week I'm looking at historical fiction. It has never been a genre that I've read a massive amount of but when I joined Bookcrossing, I took an interest in bookboxes. This was where someone posted you a box of books. You took out the ones you wanted to read and in their place, you put your own selections and sent the box to the next person on the list. Most of the time a bookbox had a theme like african, asian, horror, mystery etc. (As postage costs went up, it became a virtual bookbox) To make it worthwhile for the postage, you'd take out some or all the books you hadn't read. I took part in the asian box every time and found fiction and non fiction books set in asian countries from China to Afghanistan. For over a year I loved reading this kind of book but then my tastes began to change.  

My big love in historical fiction has to be Tudors and Plantagenets. I was recommended Philippa Gregory's 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and I loved it. That started me on a love of fiction about this time period-the scandal and intrigue, couples in arranged political weddings, state sanctioned murder and war for the really can see how things like the War of the Roses inspired Game of Thrones. After reading this first tudor book, a week later season one of The Tudors aired on TV and I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of Henry and his wives and children. I read authors like Judith Arnopp, Lyn Andrews, Margaret Campbell Barnes, Jean Plaidy, Ella March Chase, Elizabeth Fremantle, Diane Haeger, Sarah A Hoyt, Robin Maxwell, Emily Purdy and Alison Weir. I have a lot of other books and authors yet to try! I love the books that follow each Queen or Lady and her story best. The stories that follow real or fictional servants can be more hit and miss.

I love a lot of historical subjects but I don't always want to read fiction about it. I hardly ever read fiction books set during wars despite my interest in this kind of documentary and non fiction book. An exception to the rule are a couple of things I've read like Dean Koontz 'Lightning, Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind', Michael Shaara's 'The Killer Angels', Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner' and Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief' and those on tbr like Ryan Graudin's 'Wolf by Wolf'. I would be interested in reading more fiction on the subjects of events like the plague and the Great Fire of London. I read 'Year of Wonders' which I liked and since then I've picked up a couple of other plague books-ie Ann Benson's 'Plague Tales' but none on the fire yet. 

Things like Typhoid Mary, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden and things like that interest me and I want to get more books on these-it's just finding the right ones for my taste and that can be a problem. I also have a few things set in the Dracula era though I'm not a fan of this time period and London society plots. My interest in vampires made me download them though, including LD Goffigan's 'Beast of London'. I'm really unsure how I'll get on with that. I also greatly enjoyed Michael Korda's 'The Immortals' which was a fiction novel about Marilyn Monroe's affair with The Kennedy Brothers. More things like that would be interesting. Novels about Elvis and other Presidents maybe?

I tend to avoid time periods like Victorian as I'm not a fan of the whole society ladies thing. My attempts at reading steampunk failed miserably because of things like that. I like my female characters to be kickass or at least seen pretty much as equals. I avoid the sweeping epics set over generations as I find them too slow and I tend to look more to Britain and America for my settings. I rarely read books set in Europe as authors have a tendency to write dialogue in other languages and not translate it which really bugs me! I don't like a strong focus on romance though it doesn't bother me in the Tudor novels for some reason. 

I do like reading fiction about real people and events that I do know something about, even when authors put their own twist on by adding supernatural events or telling it from a different angle. I enjoy Tudor novels because there is scope to experiment over things like was Katherine of Aragon a virgin when she married Henry, did Anne use another man to try and get pregnant, was there incest in Anne's family, did Mary Boleyn have Henry's child, was Amy Dudley murdered, who killed the Princes in the Tower etc. Every historian has different ideas on these topics so it seems obvious that authors will twist the established tale a little as well. I do enjoy all the twists even if I don't believe it happened.

Do you read historical fiction? Which time periods do you enjoy? Which time periods do you enjoy? What subjects or people interest you in the genre?

Around The Blogs With Chuckles

We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out. 

This week!

1) Mood Reading Means I Rarely DNF 
Danielle tells us why being a mood reading means coming back to books later.

2) Book Review-To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 
Danielle looks at a fantasy retelling. 

3) Book Review-The Ultimatum by Karen Robards 
Verushka looks at crime mystery. 

4) Brief List Of Email Oddities
AJ shares a funny list of weird emails she has received! 

5) Surviving A Bad Book 
Bookstooge talks about dealing with spammers who don't agree with your review.