The Sunday Salon – 28th September

The last Salon of the month again! I’ve received two books through the mail this week, which I was lucky enough to win from the Book Club Forum. They are both by the author Lucy Diamond and are: Any Way You Want Me & Over You. Reviews will be posted on my site when I get the chance to read them, however I have a few outstanding review books that I intend to read first. I have just reviewed the latest book Sugar-Baby Bridge here. I found this a very intriguing book and was surprised how it held me in it’s grip! I’ve just started another review book which is: Precious Cargo by Clyde Ford which is much more my usual genre. I’m looking forward to finding the time to finish it this coming week.

I was also lucky in winning a bookmark signed by Tess Gerritsen from Bookish Ruth. Thank you – I can never have enough bookmarks I almost love them as much as books!

Hope you’ve all had a great Sunday and I’m still looking for more book bloggers from the UK. If you know of any let me know and I’ll add them here.


Sugar-Baby Bridge by Brett Edward Stout

Brad Spicer is trying to find his identity after recently finishing his four year stint in the marines and in this novel we follows Brad and his thoughts after meeting in a gay bar with Ron, a wealthy older man. They depart from the bar together and then spend the next few days in each others company with Brad driving them around in Ron’s Mercedes and visiting various friends and relatives around California.

I though this novel was extremely well written and it’s very interesting following Brad’s thought processes as it’s written in the first person. Brad is in his early twenties and Ron is in his early thirties and they appear very different. I feel it would have been great to learn more about Ron in the book, as he was a man of very few words; however I suppose he wouldn’t have been Ron and it would have been a very different story if he had said more. Brad does try to encourage Ron to talk more, but I feel Brad thinks much too much as it seems at times that he can overanalyze absolutely everything and also he always appears to want to fit in everywhere and can try too hard, but then he is young!

Overall it was an enjoyable read, although a little different from most of my reading, but I would recommend it. I’m also interested in the fact that Brad’s life does not end here and there is more to come from Brett.

Interview with Brett here

Brett’s website



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Booking through Thursday – Most Unusual Book

From Booking Through Thursday:

What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight… whatever? What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?

And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?

I would say the most unusual book that I’ve ever read was of the fantasy genre, besides Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as it’s not generally a genre I would read. However quite a few years ago I ended up with a surprise book from a book club and it was Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony. I do recall that I really loved it at the time and because it was No 1 in a series I was determined to read the other 3 and yet here I am years later and I’ve still never read any of the others and I do wonder if I picked them up now that I may be disappointed. I can’t say that it really pushed me to read more fantasies either. Has anyone else read the Mode books? What did you think to them?

From Amazon: The first book in the Mode series, in which a man and woman from two alternate worlds face love and danger across time and space.

Cliffhanger by T J Middleton (Tim Binding)

Middle class modern England, quaint village by the sea with some lovely cliffs: here we meet Al Greenwood and his wife Audrey. This story is told from the perspective of Al. Initially we find out that Al has had enough of his wife and it’s time to be rid of her and he intends to do this by pushing her off a cliff; that’s the plan anyway! Another young lady called Miranda disappears at the same time. You’ll have to read it to find out how she fits into the story.

It’s a mystery and comedy rolled into one. Al is a very strange character; well actually everyone in this book is strange! Al loves his Asagi koi carp (Torvill & Dean) and finds himself in the company of a local policeman that can also see the finer side of fish! The neighbour Alice Blackstock, otherwise known as Mrs Poke Nose, seems like an old hippy at heart and when she makes stuffing to accompany the pork chops at a dinner party we can wonder what her secret ingredient is that means they take 10 minutes to chew through and why are they so irresistible? This book is really funny and one can’t help at times feeling a bit sorry for Al, but at the same time thinking he’s a selfish prize idiot. They certainly are a wonderful set of characters to follow and the tale of Kim out at night with a lady roaming the countryside had me in stitches.

It certainly feels like a right English romp and there is so much to find funny in this book and I would definitely recommend it as it’s a lovely read.

Guardian article here



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The Sunday Salon 21/09/2008

Two more books have arrived this week and again I wish to read them straight away. It would be lovely to find some more time to read, but this life business does tend to get in the way at times and soon I will have even less time as it’s Cross Country running season and as both of my youngsters compete it will mean quite a lot of travelling over the weekends to participate in these different events. I do love seeing them race and living their high and lows in the world of competing though so it’s definitely worth it.

The 2 books to add to my TBR pile this week are:

Stalking Irish Madness by Patrick Tracey
& Unspoken by Sam Hayes
I’m expecting a couple more books this week and so I will definitely see if I can speed up. I have almost finished Cliffhanger by T.J. Middleton (finished this now – review here)& will be considering what to attack next.

Have a grand Sunday everyone whatever you may be up to and wherever you are.

Booking Through Thursday – Autumn Reading

From Booking Through Thursday:

Autumn is starting (here in the US, anyway), and kids are heading back to school–does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?

It’s Autumn for us too in the UK. I find my reading to be pretty level throughout the year and I don’t believe the different seasons affect my moods for book, but then again I’ve not analyzed it. Now you’ve mentioned it I’ll have to keep a check and see if there is any pattern that emerges.

I would have thought for many people that autumn and winter could be better times for curling up with a book, but then summer (a proper summer with sun that is!) I can imagine many people reading more in the garden with their glass of vino!

The Art of Racing In The Rain – win a copy

Win a copy here!

Win a copy here!

Would you like the opportunityto win a copy of this wonderful book. It seems very popular at the moment. It’s up for grabs to celebrate BBAW and you can enter the contest at Planet Books.

Review here!

Good luck everyone!