Book Reviews

Fowl Play by Jay Spencer Green

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What da cover says:  Ladies’ man Josiah Joshua Jordan King is a rising star for the Trafford Titans in the new and wildly popular sport of Chicker. But he’s also a professional hitman and union buster on behalf of the league’s management. With the European Championship final against Barcelona looming, he gets wind of a filthy commie plot to scupper the whole shebang. Can he lead his team to victory while neutralizing the Reds, or will his dreams of international glory be thwarted by a faceless conspiracy that threatens civilization itself?

A mutant cross-breed of Rollerball, The Wicker Man and Chicken Run, Fowl Play is satirist Jay Spencer Green at his weirdest and most outrageous, a laugh-out-loud dark comedy in which the headless chickens are not confined to the farmyard.

What I says: Jay Spencer Green’s third novel is one impressive story, part sports novel….part dystopian….part sex diary….part thriller. Jay’s biggest strength in his writing is his characters, they are always well developed and easy to love, the two stand-out characters here at Jo and the mighty mighty “Stumpy Sue”. Jo is our narrator, MVP of the game “Chicker”, assassin and connoisseur of women…and their knickers. Stumpy Sue was bloody brilliant, 11 year old girl with one hell of an attitude, I am certain she will one day grow up to have a dragon tattoo.

I’m not gonna say too much about the plot as it will give too much away, you’ll have to read the blurb to find out more. Jay’s humour is there throughout the whole book and also included are glimpses of his paranoia.

One thing I think is missing from the book is the rules of the game Chicker…How am I going to start my Chicker training without knowing the rules?

All in all another brilliant read.

4_stars

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Rubberman’s Cage by Joseph Picard

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What da cover says:  Lenth grew up in a lie. Apparently there’s more than five people in the world. Four Brothers live their lives in an enclosed habitat as directed by the silent Rubberman above them. When they disobey, they get shocked. This is normal. It always has been. but when a Brother dies, they learn of death. When he is replaced by someone new, they learn they are replaceable. When the ceiling above the ceiling cracks open, Lenth plans a journey beyond the known universe: A third floor. Up.

What I says:  This was one awesome adventure, first time I had heard of this author, I was initially attracted to the title, “Rubberman’s Cage” sounds a bit kinky, right up my street….Unfortunately that isn’t the case, instead you get a very good dystopian novel, I got as much enjoyment out of it as I did out of 1984 and Brave New World.

It is going to be tough to review this book without giving anything away but here goes.

Lenth lives with his 3 brothers and above their cage lives the Rubberman, he controls their lives, tells them when to sleep, wake, shower, eat, exercise and work. That is his life and that’s all he knows. Until one day he sees somebody in the roof above the Rubberman’s room and everything changes.

It did take me a while to figure out what type story this was going to be. I thought it was going to be funny as on the first page you get instructions on the language (honour has U in it and z is pronounced Zed and not Zee) there are moments to make you chuckle but for most of the time it is quite moving as Lenth starts to learn and evolve.  Lenth’s learning is a major part of the story, it is very cleverly written, how he gradually begins to pick up new words and starts to develop his own independence really makes you love the character and you can’t help but cheer him on.

The great news there is going to be a second book, I will def be getting a copy to read… and I will also be watching the movie\TV series as there has got to be one.  I highly recommend this book, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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Gnomes

Tis the season

Well the weather is starting to warm up here in the UK and it seems the Gnome hibernation is over. I was out and about yesterday and they were everywhere.  Here is the first sighting of the year….

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It looks like the Gnome Scientists have been working on their disguises over the winter, Astro-turfed hats?  It is now no longer safe to walk past gardens with fake lawns anymore.  Pretty sure those two at the bottom are up to no good, the makings of a Molotov lantern and a corpse-barrow?

Time to get the Gnome guns out and give them the once over.

Book Reviews

The Lightning Stenography Device by M.F. Sullivan

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What da cover says:  The first marketable thought to text device is released for public consumption in 2031. That same year, author Cassius Wagner will have a seizure. At least, that is what the novel says: the novel to which he awakens in fragments one morning after a late night of writing. This novel. Terrified to have a prophetic manuscript unfurling at his heels, his desperation to evade his fate prevents him from considering that his lover and editrix, Katherine Beauvoir, might be wrestling with a destiny of her own. Told in four psychedelic parts which peak with the fable of a sublingual Huntress as she fights to save her King, THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE blurs the speculative fiction and fantasy genres to explore the fabric of literature, and the boundaries of reality.

What I says:  Wow, what an epic book. Before you start this book I highly recommend reading MF Sullivan’s first novel “Delilah My Woman”, that book is linked to this one in little ways and having that knowledge of the first book makes those links more effective. There are four parts to this novel and each one manages to stand well on it’s own. Part 1 is about the creation of the device and discovering what it can do. The device is called the Lightning Stenography Device (Or LSD for short), it’s a headband you wear and it transforms your thoughts into text, a new form of writing. It is found that the device will write whilst you are sleeping…and that is where parts 2 and 3 kick in.
Part 2 follows Cassius, a renowned writer and his denial of the device and eventual acceptance. Part 3 follows Kitty, also a writer, who has already accepted the device but now is denying what it can do. There is much discussion of God, consciousness and whether anything is real or just God’s imagination. It is incredibly intriguing and whilst reading this I am working my way through The Brothers Karamazov at work, similar thoughts on God and I’ve gotta admit that this beats Karamazov hands down.
Then as we reach part 4, for this reader at least the LSD really starts to kick in. Kings and Queens and Witches and talking Animals and all kinds of madness. It took me a while to figure out what is going on, it is one of those things open to interpretation, each reader is going to come up with their own opinion of what is going on and that is the genius of this book. I don’t know if I’m correct but part 4 was very similar to Dante’s Inferno, travelling through the afterlife to get to paradise.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, even though at times it felt above my head, still taking things slow helped me keep up. If I were to be picky I do have one problem with the book, the jump between parts 3 and 4 is not smooth, it does feel like you are starting a brand-new story, a better link up would have helped this reader.
Top writing from a very talented author.

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Big Thanks to the author for sending me a signed copy, very very awesome of her.

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Zebra

Stunning piece of art

Chaotic Shapes

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Finished the drawing last night.

Never really know what to say or explain after a drawing. I’ll do my best to explain this one.

At the beginning of creating this piece of art, like always, you never know what the final product will look like. You can have ideas and use your imagination.

But however, if you give up on something, nothing will be achieved. This drawing was quite fun to create in the process.

Before making a drawing I have no idea, or plan to what’s next to create. It kinda happens in the moment. I look through pictures and focus on certain things.

Looked through 100’s of pictures and usually there’s one that catches my eye.

This one caught my eye and I sketched this one. It’s as if the drawing lured me in and I didn’t choose the drawing. This life happens to you and everything is…

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Book Reviews

The Miracle Adjuster by Simon Campbell

miracle adjusterWhat da cover says:  The thing about the truth is; it doesn’t get out much…

Colin Jekyll is an ‘Events Manager’. And a liar. Colin’s real name is Frank Canon, and his real job title is ‘Reality Enforcer’. And the lies don’t stop there; they only get bigger.

Canon works for the Agency, protecting the status quo. A multilingual lone wolf with an unreliable history and a fear of flying, Canon covers up continuity errors; those inexplicable events most other people call ‘miracles’. He adjusts outbreaks of clairvoyance and drunken weather, weeping statues and spontaneous dancing plagues before they become common knowledge, and before people begin to panic, because people’s faith in consensus reality needs to be enforced.

Fortunately for Frank and the Agency, most people are naturally suspicious of the truth.

What I says: This book has to be the funniest thing I read in 2016, it’s incredibly zany, it does remind me of Dirk Gently’s series, in fact if Douglas Adams was still around I reckon this book would get his backing. The story is complex, I’ll admit I didn’t get all of it, to fully understand every plot twist and plot hole then it is going to take a few more readings. One thing I always find funny is repetition, if a joke keeps getting mentioned again and again then I’ll laugh louder each time, this book does that a lot. As I said the plot is complex but if you pay attention you’ll be able to keep up, there are some well developed characters too, Rashid the lovable Terrorist was my favourite, his introduction into the story was the highlight for me. A lot of work and research has been put into coming up with theories that are believable and my favourite was the explanation of why you’re not allowed to smile in your passport photo, it makes so much sense to me now. A sign of a good book is if I have to tell people bits and pieces from it and with the angry looks my wife was giving me I must have been doing this a lot.

Coincidentally, whilst reading this book a lot of unexplainable things were spotted by myself in the news; “Donald Trump elected President” “Sunderland AFC won two premiership games in a row” “A woman has been banned from all UK cinemas for taking a dump in the pick n mix” and “A woman in Wigan gives birth to a chimp” It’s certainly a crazy world, so maybe this amazing book could just possibly be true!

5_stars

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