Will Work for Nuts by Matthew Cole

This is an entertaining book that allows people to arrange for certain wildlife, and the occasional pet, to take park in stunts / experiments. I would say most of the stunts require quite a lot of patience and some have a need for wildlife in your back garden. Teaching your goldfish to play football certainly looked interesting as shown by the video here. I have seen the squirrel stunts played out on TV, but most of the other ideas are all new to me. I have to say I can’t imagine myself entering my local wood with a battery powered drill! Read the book to find out more about this.

I would recommend this book as a stocking filler at this time of year and I believe it will entertain and amuse, dare I say, quite a few nature loving men, as I don’t see many ladies wishing to race slugs over razor blades. It’s written in a very humorous way and will lead to a few chuckles, but I would have liked a few more cute animal pictures, however I feel it’s a book more suited to the practicalities of playing out the stunts. One fact I did learn along the way was that if another woodlouse happens upon an upturned woodlouse he will help flip his pal over. It’s good to know even the bugs help each other out!

Overall an enjoyable fun book!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd is the last boy of Prentisstown, who is shortly to become a man. Only men live in Prentisstown as the women have all died, and it’s an uncomfortable place as everyone’s thoughts can be heard by everyone else, otherwise known as ‘Noise.’

Todd’s parents are both dead and he’s been brought up by Cillan & Ben. Suddenly he finds himself being ordered from his home as Cillan and Ben feel it’s no longer safe for him. He takes with him Manchee his talking dog and takes off into the swamp, where he meets Viola, another orphan. They are destined to travel together on a hunt for Haven: the safe town! At the same time they are the hunted by the men of Prentisstown who will not let him just leave and Aaron, who has only recently become a man is also on their trail.

Great, dystopian, young adult novel, but I believe is suitable for us oldies too! It’s a real page turner! I haven’t read a story of this genre in a long time, but enjoy it I most certainly did. Its drama all the way through and just as you feel all will settle down the pace accelerates again. Every time I picked it up I found it very hard to put down. It’s a dark read and all told from the view that Todd has on his world. I thought the characters are all well drawn and I adored Manchee, the dog, and his funny ways. I was really sad to finish the book, with an ending I wasn’t expecting, but was very pleased to learn that this is only the first book of a trilogy. I can’t wait for more!

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Bookmarks are great!

Nothing better than choosing a new bookmark to print out and I’ve found some really lovely ones. Check out the links:

Birds, flowers and cats
Cool Cats
John Fisher bookmarks
Really cute bookmarks
Jan Brett
Dogs and cats

Tuesday Thingers

Today’s question: Series. Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?

I have found that I do read series of books, although sometimes not in order. I am in the process of reading Harlan Coban’s Myron Bolitar series and also James Patterson’s Alex Cross Series, both of the crime genre. Sometimes in the past I’ve found I start out enjoying the books, but after a while they can begin to seem a bit less interesting; I used to read Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventure novels, but couldn’t read one these days and I also used to read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I also enjoyed Wilbur Smith’s Sean Courtney novels. I suppose it started in my childhood as I read Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood tales, Famous Five, Secret Seven and also the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. If I happen to fall upon a book I really love and it’s part of a series I am automatically drawn to the others. These days trying to fit them in with other reads can be the difficult part. I suppose I collect them as well as read them, but I can sometimes be convinced to part with them.

I most certainly do use LT for it’s series feature. I think it’s great to keep a track of what I’m missing! It’s then just a case of finding time to track them down!

Aberrations by Penelope Przekop

Narcoleptic Angel Duet struggles with her disability. It means she can fall asleep at no notice and she also suffers with cataplexy which can leave her body asleep, but the mind still awake. The book shows how difficult life can be for Angel as she has to rely on others so much, but she meets 2 new friends: Tim & Kimmy and she tries to overcome her narcolepsy by using a drug of the non prescription type. Throughout the novel Angel is on a mission to find out about her mother who apparently died whilst giving birth and her father is unable to discuss this with her as the pain appears too much for him. He has a new relationship with Carla, who is a down to earth lawyer and try’s in her way to help Angel, but Angel is not ready to accept her help.

A great novel; I loved this book. It was an amazing emotional journey with true depth and I felt it gave a real understanding of the characters. We see people in their true colours; warts and all, including Mac who is married, but at the same time is having an affair. One can’t but help warm to his character, but it left me uneasy at times as I felt by liking him I was almost condoning his adultery. Even though we did not know his wife to any great degree in the novel, she was still a valid person and did she deserve this? However this is what happens in life and it’s not all pretty colours and this novel shows the dilemmas in life very well; people are fallible, but this doesn’t make them totally bad. I also began to question if the illicit drug that Angel took for improving her narcolepsy would actually help and if it did I wondered if there was any clinical testing being done with regards to this; leaving me with research to do.

This novel was great for getting me to think; it had a wonderful flowing story, was written in a very effective way and also had me connecting emotionally to the characters. I couldn’t ask for more.

I highly recommend this book.

Aberrations Book Trailer

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Mailbox Monday – 20th October 2008

make avatarIt’s always exciting to arrive home from work and have a parcel or two awaiting for me as I never quite know what to expect. This week I received three books through the mail, all set in Scotland:

  1. Pitch Black by Alex Gray – (Review Copy) A crime novel set in Glasgow by a Scottish writer. This will be my first book by this author. Website here.
  2. A Snowball in Hell by Christopher Brookmyre – (Review Copy) A satirical crime novel by another Scottish writer. This, again, is a first by this author and is one I’m really looking forward too! Website here.
  3. Banquet for the Damned by Adam L. G. Nevill – a competition win from the Book Club Forum. A novel set in Scotland; this is a chilling occult thriller. Website here.

Thank you Bookish Ruth!

I’ve just received my lovely new signed Tess Gerritsen Keepsake bookmark from Bookish Ruth. I really love bookmarks; but it’s strange because they can be so simple and yet as they hold that special place in your book they’re very important. I certainly would not dream of bending down the corner of a page to mark my place as I find that disrespectful to the book!

Also included from Ruth was a bookmark for Melissa Walker’s new book: Violet in Private. I’m not sure that it’s the type of book I would read, but then I always wonder if I might be missing something, but we can’t read everything can we!