Monday, 18 February 2019

Book Review: Sister Sister by Sue Fortin


Alice: Beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar.

Clare: Intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous.

Clare thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life.

Alice thinks Clare is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family.

One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac. Two sisters. One truth.


My Review:
I got this book cheap in a book sale but didn't honestly expect to like it. I targeted it in December to read for that reason-I thought it would be a quick DNF. Instead it turned out to be a pretty good thriller with a few interesting twists to it.

Clare remembers the day that her father had that fight with her mother and how he left with her sister Alice, never to be seen again. Clare and her mother searched without success for Alice but one day out of the blue, they receive a letter from her, wanting to reunite and visit them. The joy of the reunion quickly goes sour for Clare when she realises that Alice very different from her in many ways. She struggles to find things in common with her sister, finds her habits annoying and starts to get jealous over having to share her family with her. She becomes convinced that Alice is determined to take over her family and push Clare out and the rest of the family start to think that it is Clare who is behaving badly.

Clare is a working mum who is a partner in a local law firm with her ex boyfriend and a friend of her mother. She has an artist husband Luke that she supports financially and two lovely daughters. Life is good but she can never forget the day that her sister was taken away from her. She thinks that having Alice back in her life will make everything complete but when they finally meet up. things don't go to plan. Having grown up in America with her father, Alice is totally different-her accent, the food she likes, her personality, and Clare struggles to click with her. At first she puts it down to being apart so long but the more contact she has with Alice, the more she starts to dislike and resent her. 

Her family are convinced that Clare is behaving badly towards Alice, accusing her of things that she didn't do, and being cruel enough to make Alice cry. Alice appears to be trying to make Clare look bad all the time, driving a wedge between Clare and Luke, and hiding vital papers that cause trouble for her at work. Their family think that Clare is paranoid or losing her grip on reality, and it gets to the stage when Clare even starts to doubt herself. Clare is sure that Alice is trying to push her out of her own life, dressing like her, taking Luke away from her and destroying every relationship that she has. With things getting bad enough that the police are involved, Clare decides that it is time to look into Alice and her life to try and understand why she is trying to destroy her, thus finding a way to stop her.

I got the impression from the blurb that we were going to get a dual POV, showing things from the view of both Clare and Alice, letting the reader try to decide which sister is telling the truth and who is really behaving badly. However the book only looks at things through Clare's eyes so we see why she believes that Alice is bad and how their relationship goes downhill fast. The book is not just about the relationship between the sisters. It also goes into the secrets that the characters are carrying around with them. Why exactly did her father take Alice away and not Clare, and why did their mother not fight to keep Alice? Why will her mother not talk about what ended her marriage? Why is Alice so reluctant to talk about her life in America? Why did her friend pull out of the trip at the last minute? We also discover that Clare is keeping a bombshell secret of her own. 

I found the plot twists to be fascinating. The final third of the book throws everything you thought you knew up into the air. I loved the way that the plot played out and the way the family secrets were all connected. It certainly added extra layers to the plot and led to a pretty satisfying if surprising solution. The characters were all really interesting. I liked Clare and I felt her frustration that nobody seemed to be listening to her fears about Alice, and I felt bad for her as she slowly started to lose everything. I could understand her jealousy and insecurity over Alice getting all the attention and I did quite admire the way she refused to sit back and let Alice take control. I did get frustrated that a lawyer was so bad at putting forward a sensible arguement to prove what she said about Alice, talking to her family about it instead of just sceaming out deranged sounding accusations.

I did not expect the big twist that came and loved that surprise. I did suspect the person who was involved but it didn't spoil what was coming. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable thriller and I'd certainly be interested in more books by the author if I find a plot that interests me. Fans of the Single White Female kind of thriller may well like this one.

Read December 2018
3.5 stars.

Book Review: Icebound by Dean Koontz


A widespread drought is causing murderous famine. There is one possible solution: Arctic ice could be moved south to parched coastlines and melted for water.

In an Arctic icefield, a special team of scientists has planted bombs that will detonate automatically at midnight to break away some of the ice. Before they withdraw to the safety of their base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are marooned on an iceberg during the worst winter storm of the decade. The bombs in the ice beneath them are buried irretrievably deep...and ticking.

Abruptly thrown into a desperate struggle for survival, the scientists are plagued by the discovery that one of them is a ruthless killer on a strange mission of his own...


My Review: 
Edgeway Station is the base camp in an Arctic icefield, where scientists are stationed for an important experiment. They are trying to see if they can tow big sections of the ice south to solve a global drought problem. First, they have to plant the explosives deep in the ice then retreat to the safety of base camp. From there the ice broken off will drift down to the waiting boats who will take it on the trip south. If the experiment works, water will no longer be in short supply so everyone on the expedition is aware of how important the mission is. Things go wrong when a huge wave breaks off a large piece of ice with the scientists stuck on it as the bombs tick in the ice below them. But to make matters worse, one person is there because of a personal vendetta and will sabotage everything to see one person die, even if it costs the lives of all of them.

Expedition leaders and husband and wife Harry and Rita are each leading different missions on the ice. Harry takes Claude and Pete out to plant the devices in the ice while Rita and her ex lover are packing up the temporary camp that Harry set out from. Brian, Roger and George are setting up the transmitter which will be used to track the iceflow when it moves south. It is then that the tidal wave hits the ice and all of them quickly realise that they are drifting and wonder if all three teams are on the iceflow or if some are safe on the mainland like Gunvald. It is when one of them is attacked that they realise there is someone capable of murder amongst them which makes the new mission of trying to disable the bombs before they explode even more dangerous.

Gunvald is at Edgeway Station to monitor the radio transmission and weather reports while the other team members go on their missions. He is concerned about a series of earthquakes that seem to be getting closer and closer to their position, leaving them in danger from a tsunami wave that rips an iceflow away. Safe on the main body of ice, he spends his time trying to radio for help for his friends but is soon given another mission-find out who it is that is trying to kill another member of the team and get that information back to his team before they drift out of radio range. Their only hope might be a Russian submarine in the area but will the captain get permission to launch a rescue mission to help those stranded, and can they even get there in time? I liked following his story and that of what was happening on the submarine.

I liked the actual expedition part of the book as it gives a good idea of just how cold and desolate the landscape is. It also shows how little control over their environment that the characters have. They are very much at the mercy of the elements, the weather and have little equipment to survive what is happening. Their first thought is that they must deactivate the nearest bombs to give them at least a chance to survive the blast as there is no time to disable them all. With a slim possibility of rescue, Harry needs to find out who the attempted murderer is and protect the victim from further attacks. When word comes about the submarine, they may have to trek out in the cold to give themselves a chance of being in the right place if a solution is found.


I first read this book many years ago before I ended up on Goodreads but I never did a really good review of it so I decided to re-read and review it. I received it from one of those online book clubs and didn't remember that much about it when I read it this time. I also love this Arctic setting for a thriller as it is so remote, bleak, cold and desolate! It was certainly a decent enough read with enough of a mystery to keep me interested, if not the best thriller I've read.

Read December 2018
3 stars.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Book Review: The End by G Michael Hopf (New World #1)


Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq.

Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.

With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.


My Review: 
Gordon is former military and a prepper, now living with his family in San Diego. As terrorist attacks are on the increase across America, he considers moving his family out to the cabin in Idaho which would be less of a target. As they begin to pack, an EMP is detonated nearby and Gordon uses the initial confusion to get as many supplies into his home, working with a fellow member of his gated community Jimmy. The two men work together to try and get in what they can before the shops run out and then they must decide whether or not to help the rest of the community. We also follow Gordon's brother Seb who is serving in Afghanistan when America is attacked. His mission is cancelled and the troops are instantly recalled to America to go and protect the capital, but all Seb wants to do is get home, find Gordon and help protect his family from whatever else might be coming.

The third main character is the Speaker of the House Brad Conner who is in Oklahoma City with his wife Julia to be at the bedside of his son who is on life support after a car accident. They are here when the EMP hits and Brad and his aides need to get to the nearest military base for information and instruction. With the government falling apart, Brad finds himself being sworn in as President at a time of national crisis. Frankly I hated Brad from the start. His constant tantrums and rudeness to his Generals was pathetic. It is clear that the man has no clue how to deal with people or run a country and I got annoyed with him every time that he was on the page. Brad decides that the best thing to do is just nuke all the countries he doesn't like-Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, North Korea, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, saying one of them probably did it, to the horror of his staff. I also found his wife bizarre. She has just lost her son and the only thing on her mind is to have a replacement child in the middle of an EMP crisis.

My issues with this book centres mostly on the decision making of Gordon before and during the crisis. For a man who is a prepper, why would he not invest in an old model car that would run in the case of an EMP frying the computer components in his newer car? How did he expect to get his family from San Diego to Idaho without a working car? It makes little sense. He seemed to be relying on there being a disaster other than an EMP instead of being ready for anything. Instead he then has to rely on Jimmy to ferry him around in his car to gather up final supplies which he really should already have. Why did he not have the water tank already in his gear after telling Seb all about it? When it is clear that they are in danger, they spend too much time packing again which leads to disaster so why weren't they ready?

Gordon's family are also pains in the neck. His five year old is a whiny kid who of course has no understanding of an EMP, but I can't understand why Gordon promises to fix the TV for him when he knows fine that he can't. It's not exactly a smart thing to do. His wife doesn't seem to grasp the situation, questioning all of Gordon's decisions and doing a lot of whining about what she thinks they should do. I don't know how Gordon put up with her going on at him all the time about giving their supplies to the community. Jimmy's wife Simone was a similar character. In fact the female characters were all annoying and clueless. Don't even get me started on the HOA chairperson Mindy, local busybody and bitch who makes it her life's work to cause constant trouble for Gordon instead of working with him.

My frustrations with the characters and the decision making of the characters did have an effect on my enjoyment of the book, I admit it. I was also extremely frustrated by the ending of the book and what the author did with a few of the characters. What I did like was the overall plot, the well written tense action sequences and the way the community worked mostly for the common good. It did have a lot going for it in plot and writing and of course each book has a gorgeous cover. By the end though, I was left wondering if I could put aside the things that bugged me like the idiot female characters and Gordon's continued bad choices, to continue on with the series. In the end, I decided not to continue with the sequels.

Read December 2018
3 stars.

Book Review: Surviving America's Collapse by William H Weber (Last Stand #1)


John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country’s electrical grid. With most electronics, communications and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy.

For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John’s years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

Mixing tons of useful prepping tips into an action-packed story, Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse is a must-read for any fans of survival fiction.


My Review:
John Mack is a prepper and former soldier who is working as a general contractor. He lives with his estate agent wife Diane and his children Emma and Gregory. He has tried to prepare for everything without telling everyone what he is doing, including a cabin to go to if things get messed up. When the EMP hits, his priority is to get to his family and bring them back to the safety of the street, where they can plan their next move. Do they stay and try to help those around them to prepare themselves or take their chances on the road to the cabin?

John has been getting ready for years so I admit I was surprised when he decides not to take his family straight to the cabin as soon as the power goes off. He knows instantly what has happened so it seems strange to me that a prepper wouldn't take advantage of the few days lull before the panic and violence start to set in. Instead he decides to stay for a few days to help his neighbours Al and Missy get organized. Prices quickly rise in the shops as food starts to run out so John tries to get the people in his street to accept what is ahead and band together as a small community to look out for each other. They start to think how they are going to get food, water and medical supplies and of course deal with security. I liked seeing the people working together and listening to John's advice rather than the 'I don't believe you' angst that can appear in these apocalypse books.

By blocking off their street, it gives them better security and they can only watch as neighbouring streets fall to the armed gangs. There is a moral issue here that is nicely explored. John's street are safe and getting supplies in to sustain them but when neighbours from other streets flee the violence and look for sanctuary, do they let them in? If they do they can save them from the uncertainty of the new society and the local dangers forming, but would that risk the people on John's street if extra people come flooding in? Would their supplies stretch to allow them to help? Should they take these people in? It was an interesting dilemma that the author handled well, and a question that many preppers think about when they do their disaster planning. 

Cain is a psycho drug lord who sees the apocalypse as an opportunity to rule the area and he starts to attack the people in the nearby area, taking anything of value that they have and destroying their homes. The people run for their lives and look for sanctuary but will John and his group take them in or turn them away? Cain's eye soon falls on this street who are not fleeing and as he plots to destroy them, it is up to John to try and find a way to save his community. It is always fun when the survivors of an apocalypse have to deal with these life and death situations and this book certainly ramps up the pressure when Cain comes into the equation.

I liked John as a main character, and the way that he decided to try and help the people on the street. He had no idea that these people were going to be so quickly threatened despite the preperations they were making and he feels he cannot abandon them, despite the danger it places his family in. I'll be first to admit that my plan would be to get out to the cabin as soon as I realised it was an EMP, perhaps asking Al and Missy to come along to save them from what is coming. Waiting until the collapse is complete does endanger his kids so John in my book made a few questionable choices but of course that was the point of the plot, exploring the choices that he has. I did enjoy watching him struggle with the choice. The one character I really detested was his whiny daughter Emma. Yes I get that an EMP would be tough for her but she was annoying and her rule breaking shows that she learned nothing from her dad.

The book had very mixed reviews but I was pleased to actually enjoy it. It was a typical EMP disaster plot so it was familiar territory to read about. I have the rest of the series waiting for me which I hope to finish soon.

Read December 2018
4 stars.

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) Book Recs 
Verushka shares more books with us.

2) Book Review-The Pit List Murders by Renee George (Barkside #3)
Barb goes cozy mystery with a helping of dog!
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2019/02/smooshie-saves-day-pit-list-murders.html 

3) Book Review-The Hiding Place by CJ Tudor
Erica looks at a book I want to read!
https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-the-hiding-place/ 

4) Book Review-Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Rockton #4)
Carole looks at a new sequel.
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2019/02/review-watcher-in-woods-by-kelley.html 

5) Top Fifteen Books From Last Five Years 
AJ shares her choices!
http://ajsterkel.blogspot.com/2019/02/discussion-15-best-books-ive-read-in.html 

6) Organize Your Stockpile Chaos
Daisy helps get your clutter and preps sorted!
https://www.theorganicprepper.com/doomsday-hoarders-6-ocd-hacks-to-organize-your-stockpile-chaos/ 

7) Plants To Repel Insects And Bugs
Rich gives plant advice.
http://www.askaprepper.com/plants-you-should-grow-around-your-house-to-repel-insects-and-bugs-including-termites/ 

8) Book Review-The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Verushka looks at a YA mystery.
https://editingeverything.com/blog/2019/02/13/the-cheerleaders-is-the-story-of-a-sisters-search-for-a-truth-she-isnt-ready-for/ 

9) Book Review-An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Barb looks at a snowy thriller.
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2019/02/not-best-place-to-relax-unwanted-guest.html 

10) Book Review-Watcher In The Woods by Kelley Armstrong 
Greg looks at a mystery thriller.
http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/2019/02/watcher-in-woods.html 

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Book Review: Future Lost by Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock #3)


It’s been a year since Elena and Adam were first recruited by Aether Corporation and six months since they destroyed the accelerator, finally putting an end to Project Chronos and their involvement with Aether. Now they’re trying to move on with their lives. Elena’s in college and Adam is working on making genicote, his cure for cancer, safe for the public.

But genicote has become a dangerous fixation for Adam. He’ll do anything to figure it out, and when he goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help with the cure. To Elena’s horror, she discovers that Aether has created a new accelerator. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future to find the fix for his cure, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock and time travels once more.

This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.


My Review: 
This is the final book in the Future Shock trilogy and I really enjoyed all of them! 

It is a year since Elena's first trip into the future and six months since she rescued the people who are now her friends.They are vigilant in case Aether is still following them but CEO Vincent appears to be keeping to his world. Elena is taking no chances and is making sure that she, Zahra and Paige are getting training at a gun range so they are ready for anything. It is Adam who is creating the most worry for Elena by dropping out of his studies to obsessively seek to perfect the cure, causing fractures in their relationship. When she confronts Vincent about secret meetings with Adam, he is forced to admit that Adam insisted on a solo mission into the future-but he never came back. Elena now has to confront her fears and go into the future again to find him.

The future that Elena finds is unlike anything that she has ever seen before and she realises that Adam has been changing the future due to his poor decision making in their present. Now she has to rely on help from Future Selfs to not only rescue Adam to fix things back in the present, but to see how she can stop this horrific future from ever becoming a reality.I wasn't sure if the idea of constant time travel would get old as the books continued but I was pleased to note that every single visit to the future is different because of little changes in the present that don't look important. It seems strange to think that something simple like trying to get to a cure quicker than you originally did so you can save people, can end up killing billions around the world. I loved seeing all these different timelines and changed futures through the books.

I enjoyed seeing a lot of the same characters again. I liked the new people that were introduced during the second book and was pleased to see that they were back in surprising ways in this one. It was nice to see Wombat again! I find that character so interesting! The character that I'm really enjoying is Vincent. He is a lot more complex than I expected him to be and it was fun to see several different versions of him through the plot. I must admit that I really could shake Adam at times. He has obviously learned nothing from trying to rush the timeline in book two and this time his mistakes lead to catastrophe.

This time, the future ahead is as grim as Elena could imagine and the story touches on a future apocalypse with mutated infected people, and survivors banding together and trying to survive. When Elena discovers how the apocalypse begins, she knows she has to do whatever it takes to prevent the terrorist attack from happening to ensure that everyone she loves will have a future. I liked the change in direction from the saving themselves in book one, rescue missions in book two to the trying to save the world issue in book three. It added new layers of interest to the series and I very much enjoyed each adventure.

I like that there is no complicated science to bog down the story. I don't need to know how the time travel works, just that it does, so it was good not to have pages of tech to plough through. This is a story about how every little decision we make can change the future in so many ways, as well as being about relationships and doing what it takes to keep loved ones safe. I'll check out wht else the author writes to see if it would suit me as her storytelling in this trilogy was very enjoyable.

Read November 2018.
5 stars.

Chuckles Cover Love #113-Lana Popovic


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

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 love the stunning use of colour on this cover and the sequel isn't bad either!

Friday, 15 February 2019

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!
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I'm so glad that this week is over. It has been so stressful! I was at the doctor for my 2 monthly checkup and blood tests have been arranged for me on Monday, which is something to dread. I'm trying not to think about it right now. The nurses at our GP surgery are terrible at taking blood! Then for the first time in about 15 years, I was at the dentist on Thursday. The guy was very nice and understanding about my fears but I do need a lot of work. It'll take a couple of months to sort it all out and I'm dreading it! But it needs to be done so I need to try and deal with it all. Great fun! I plan to relax today and watch Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge with my dad as we both love it!
 
As I was brave enough to actually go to the dentist, I decided that it was a good excuse for a few booky treats! I've ordered a few audio cds of my favourite books which will be featured this week and on next week's roundup as they arrive. I've ordered a few more things for use in my kitchen-soft rugs to keep my feet warm when I cook in winter and new chopping boards. And I actually managed to deal with a spider this morning without running screaming for my dad! I've decided that with all the dental work my dad and I need that a change of diet is required. We plan to move from junk food to healthier snacks and from red meat and pies to fish and fruit which is easier to eat. I'm looking up recipes online that I saw on Masterchef that are simple so we can try new things as well. I wish losing weight was as easy!
 
DOWNLOADS 
 
 

AUDIO CD
 
 
 
MISC
My chopping board set! They are smooth so easy to clean and they are flexible so you can fold them over and easily control the food straight from board to saucepan!
 Chuckles Blogging World
 It has been difficult to keep up with everything this week because my focus has been on getting book reviews done. I fell a few days behind with comments on my blog but I am back on track. I had to choose my priorities for blog visits with time being shorter but I got there in the end.

Book Reviews
 
Russell James-Cavern of the Damned

Carolyn McCray-The Shayu Situation

Gerry Griffiths-Cryptid Zoo

Jeff Menapace-Wildlife Reckoning
 
Chuckles Retro Reviews: Elizabeth Briggs-Future Shock

Elizabeth Briggs-Future Threat

Regular Posts
I went Around The Blogs looking for good posts to share with you all. Cover Love looks at Linda Coggin, Top Ten Tuesday features ten loved animal and monster sidekicks and Books From The Backlog is Slow Burn.
 
Chuckles Cover Love
 
Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday

Books From The Backlog
 
Discussion Posts 
 
Chuckles Chuntering

Book Challenges
 
Tackling the TBR
 
Reading Challenges Update 2

Book Review Backlog Challenge
 
Special Posts 
none this week
 
 Films & TV
I finished up watching Masterchef US so I'm up to date with that. I've already seen all five seasons of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge but my dad hasn't so we're watching that in the afternoons while I blog. I'm also watching the last season of Masterchef Australia, which I love! Next up is Top Chef US!
 
Book Tags/Blog Awards 
none this week
 
Currently Reading/Up Next 
I'm reading SM Wilson's third Extinction Trials book. It is taking a while because I'm pretty tired at the moment but I'm enjoying it. Next up I'm going looking for dinosaurs!
 
 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Books From The Backlog-Slow Burn


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 https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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. 


A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried. People are frightened. But Zed Zane is oblivious.

Zed needs to borrow rent money from his parents. He gets up Sunday morning, drinks enough tequila to stifle his pride and heads to his mom’s house for a lunch of begging, again.

But something is wrong. There’s blood in the foyer. His mother’s corpse is on the living room floor. Zed’s stepdad, Dan is wild with crazy-eyed violence and attacks Zed when he comes into the house. They struggle into the kitchen. Dan’s yellow teeth tear at Zed’s arm but Zed grabs a knife and stabs Dan, thirty-seven times, or so the police later say.

With infection burning in his blood, Zed is arrested for murder but the world is falling apart and he soon finds himself back on the street, fighting for his life among the infected who would kill him and the normal people, who fear him.


I read the first book back in April 2014 and really enjoyed the fast pace and the characters. I really must read the whole series at some point soon!
 

Book Review Backlog Challenge


These are the books I read in 2018 but never got a review done for before the end of the year and I really do need to write them as I read some of these books back in August! I want to be no more than a few weeks behind, not half the year! I've written the date that I read them and when I finally review them I'll mark that too!

Progress update: Only a few from last year to go! I'll be done with them this coming week and then I can move on to January's reviews!

1) Vivian Shaw-Strange Practice (read Aug) (reviewed Jan 19)
2) Cynthia Hand-My Lady Jane (read Aug) (reviewed Jan 19)
3) Rajan Khanna-Falling Sky (read Aug) (reviewed Jan 19)
4) Orlando A Sanchez-Tombyards & Butterflies (read Aug) (reviewed Jan 19)
5) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's Big Trouble (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
6) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Steals The Show (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
7) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Rocks The House (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
8) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty In The Underworld (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
9) Carrie Vaughn-Low Midnight (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
10) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Saves The World (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
11) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's Greatest Hits (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
12) Martha Wells-Rogue Protocol (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
13) Martha Wells-Exit Strategy (read Nov) (reviewed Jan 19)
14) Michael Bray-Feed (read Sep) (reviewed Jan 19)
15) Rick Chesler-The Tank (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
16) Chris Jameson-Devil Sharks (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
17) Greig Beck-Fathomless (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
18) Jamie Hutchison-Black Spawn (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
19) Carolyn McCray-Shark Station Nyet (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
20) Carolyn McCray-The Shayu Situation (read Sep) (reviewed Feb 19)
21) Curtis Richards-Halloween (read Oct) (reviewed Jan 19)
22) Russell James-Cavern of the Damned (read Oct) (reviewed Feb 19)
23) Gerry Griffiths-Cryptid Zoo (read Oct) (reviewed Feb 19)
24) Jeff Menapace-Wildlife 2 (read Oct) (reviewed Feb 19)
25) Anne McCaffrey-Dinosaur Planet (read Nov) (reviewed Jan 19)
26) Anne McCaffrey-The Survivors (read Nov) (reviewed Jan 19)
27) Christopher Brookmyre-Bedlam (DNF Nov) (reviewed Jan 19)
28) Elizabeth Briggs-Future Threat (read Nov) (reviewed Feb 19)
29) Elizabeth Briggs-Future Lost (read Nov)
30) William H Weber-Surviving America's Collapse (read Dec)
31) G Michael Hopf-The End (read Dec)
32) James Wesley Rawles-Patriots (DNF Dec) (reviewed Jan 19)
33) Valerie Anand-The House of Lanyon (DNF Dec) (reviewed Jan 19)
34) ML Brennan-Generation V (DNF Dec) (reviewed Jan 19)
35) Dean Koontz-Icebound (read Dec)
36) Sue Fortin-Sister Sister (read Dec)
37) Benjamin Percy-The Dark Web (DNF read) (reviewed Jan 19)
38) LD Goffigan-The Beast of London (read Dec)
39) Amie Kaufman-Illuminae (DNF Dec) (reviewed Jan 19)
40) Tom Harper-Zodiac Station (read Dec)