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Bookworld Book Club #Giveaway

I’m so happy to share a giveaway supported by the wonderful people at Bookworld. I’m a big fan and have purchased from them many times so this is extra exciting for me considering what great books they have offered up for one lucky winner. This will be of particular interest to those who are part of a book club. Australian entrants only, sorry everyone else.

These four novels are all crime-fiction a particularly popular genre at the moment. For those not in the know there is a Bookworld book club promotion where you can nominate your own book club to be book club of the month and receive the clubs next read. May I suggest these crime reads for future consideration.

Jaye Ford

Miranda shrank away from him, arm pressed to the driver’s door. ‘What’s your name?’ ‘I’m already dead. That’s my name now. That’s what they called me. I’m Already Dead.’ Journalist Miranda Jack is finally attempting to move on from the death of her husband by relocating up the coast with her young daughter, Zoe. Then a single event changes everything. On a Monday afternoon as she waits at traffic lights, a stranger jumps into her car and points a gun at her chest. Forced to drive at high speed up the motorway, Miranda listens to the frantic, paranoid rants of Brendan Walsh, a man who claims he’s being chased and that they’re both now running for their lives. Two hours later her ordeal is over in the most shocking fashion. Miranda is safe but she can’t simply walk away – not without knowing the truth about that terrifying drive. As a journalist Miranda has always asked questions. But this time the questions are dangerous – and the answers might get her killed…

Linwood Barclay

Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. Terry’s wife, Cynthia, is living separate from her husband and daughter after her own personal demons threatened to ruin her relationship with them permanently. Their daughter, Grace, is rebelling against her parents’ seemingly needless overprotection. Terry is just trying to keep his family together. And the entire town is reeling from the senseless murder of two elderly locals. But when Grace foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they have all been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown. For there, they will be reconnected with the man who saved their lives seven years ago, but who still remains a ruthless, unrepentant criminal. They will encounter killers for hire working all sides. And they will learn that there are some things people value much more than money, and will do anything to get it.
Caught in a labyrinth between family loyalty and ultimate betrayal, Terry must find a way to extricate his family from a lethal situation he still doesn’t fully comprehend. All he knows is that to live, he may have to do the unthinkable…

Fredrik T. Olsson

Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realisation that soon there won’t be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke’s new novel begins in West Texas in 1934, and the story begins with a fateful encounter between the narrator, Weldon Avery Holland, and the notorious Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker – a meeting which ends with the sixteen-year-old Holland putting a bullet through the windscreen of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Weldon’s education in the evils that men – and women – are capable of continues as we move to the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank. Weldon and Hershel survive the executions of the wounded by the SS and escape on a freight train deep into Nazi Germany. There, they stumble into an extermination camp deserted by the SS, and discover among the stacked bodies a young woman named Rosita Lowenstein – the second woman to change Weldon’s life. Weldon goes all the way to the Elbe River in the war’s brutal climax, but afterwards he is determined to find Rosita – eventually tracking her down in Paris, where they get married.
But Hershel has also found gold in the dross of conflict, claiming to have discovered the secret to the Tiger tank’s indestructibility, its unique welding process – and on their return to the States, it looks as if the two friends have not merely survived; they’re going to be rich. But as the two form a pipeline corporation and enter the oil business, they are about to encounter – amidst the super-rich of Huston – levels of greed and cruelty they thought they had left far behind in the blood and horror of war.

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Thanks movies for book recommendations

World War Z is a movie coming out based on a book. Shocking! You know Hollywood and their original ideas….. Yeah.

I have that book by the way and have decided to not watch it but read the book instead. Very rare that the movie is better or just as good as the book so I’ve decided to wait if it should be all that and a bag of chips then I’ll watch it after hearing all the hype once its on dvd. If not then no loss still got the book.

Sometimes however you hear about a book via a movie. So many movies are based on books that you don’t even realise. Die Hard anyone? Not many know its based on a book. It is. The one that I want to see and read thanks to a movie trailer I saw on IMDB is The Wall. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t.

The Wall

I will be checking this one out. What do you all think? Plan on reading – seeing it?

A series, to begin or not to begin? That is the question

I have a love hate relationship with series. I enjoy them of course and get excited that I get to enjoy a character again and again. I hate however waiting. I know I’m not the only one in that. The anticipation is of course the point by the author and the publishing world. To get you hooked, to get you to buy not just the one book but the whole series, to leave you chomping at the bit to get your hands on the next book. Harry Potter. Do we remember what happened when those came out? The lines at midnight for the release in particular of the last one, I know I was there with a couple hundred other people.

My mother was reading the series and she, my dad and I went out before midnight, then when the time came bought our copy. I hadn’t started reading the series then so I kept giving death glares to people sending physic death threats that if anyone spoke out loud a spoiler I would hurt them in severe ways.

When the time came I read the Harry Potter series one after the other. I read them when I had access to all the books without having to worry that I would need to wait a year or more for the next one. My mother is a peculiar woman. She loves reading she’s where I get my love of books and reading from. Thanks Mum. She however has been known to borrow a book from the library only to discover that it’s the third book in the series. An annoying thing to happen for sure. She of course will want to read the whole series so we’ll then go out and buy/borrow the books.

Just recently my mother read Avengers Angel by Heather Killough-Walden, the first in a series. She saw it at the library, borrowed it read it and liked it. Read the rest of the series of course. Off to the library we go. While there I find the third book but the second can’t be found, says it’s in but the librarian can’t find it either possibly lost. We’ll put it on hold for you. So we leave and forget book three right? Wrong. This is what I don’t understand. She wants to read the third so its here at home and she’ll read it without having read the second book. This would drive me crazy. I can’t watch a movie or read a book out of order it would make me nuts she however will do it and has more than once I may add. Why? I don’t get it. Why read books in a series out of order, library only has the fourth book available, I’d wait she’d borrow read it and go back when the third was in.

How do the rest of you feel about series? Love them hate them? Want more stand alone or more series? Would you read a series and bounce back and forth or do you have to read it in order? Do you wait till they’re all out or read as they come?

The Book of Paul by Richard Long review

You know how creepy some books can be. You read it and feel like the author just had a very entertaining time mind fucking you. The Book of Paul is that book. Richard wrote it just so he could say yeah I hit that in the eye with a damn harpoon. It’s so seriously out there and yet so smart, brilliant and disturbing.

The Book of Paul

I wondered while reading it if he was a serial killer or something because I couldn’t imagine how one could come up with such horrors and not have body parts in the freezer. Having said that there is tenderness within. Questioning what it means to be a person good, bad, nature,  nurture, religion the occult and so much more.

The Book of Paul is written in a very readable style. It has characters easily related to and even those who freak you out such as Paul you’re curious about and want to know more. Want to know everything in fact.

Rose and Martin are character who sucked me in, their pain made me sad. I wanted them to be happy and have a good life, to go back and undo the horrors done to them. Made up characters that you care so much about, that is when I know I love a book; when it does that to me.

I’m profoundly disturbed by Richard and worry about his brain. What goes on in there that just …    whoa!

Whatever issues he needs to lay on a couch and talk to a shrink about his talent is bloody insane. Brilliant and total genius. This is a must read.

 

“Everything you’ve ever believed about yourself…about the description of reality you’ve clung to so stubbornly all your life…all of it…every bit of it…is an illusion.”

In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure “beyond all imagining”– an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will…and attaining eternal life.

When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book’s occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.

The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul’s clutches and Martin’s destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul’s sinister legacy. Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn’t be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe–the Maelstrom.N

A best-selling novel, The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

Westlake Soul by Rio Youers review

ChiZine publications have been extremely generous with me, sending me many great books for review not to mention wonderful content to share with you all. The first of theirs that I have read is Westlake Soul a fantastic well written novel that I am pleased to have as my first post of the year and a review no less.

Westlake

 

Have you ever read a book and been so impressed with what the author has done that you totally are at a loss as to writing an appropriate review. Westlake Soul is quite the character. As the story is told exclusively from Westlakes’s point of view we get to know him quite well.

Westlake is a good man but Westlake is trapped inside himself. The once active man surfer champ who has it all a family, money and a beautiful woman who loves him and he too loves, now he is in a vegitative state. He drools on himself he has to be washed and has his adult diapers changed, he now depends on others to care for his body. His mind however is more active than ever. His head injury resulting in him being a genius superhero. He can travel the world in an instant all on mind power. He knows things and can now even communicate with the family dog the only one who knows he’s still in there and not just an empty shell.

What does a superhero who can do anything but get his mind and body back into sync do when time starts to run out? When his arch nemisis ( what every superhero has one ) Dr. Quietus comes for him, can he find a way out. This is a powerful impressive story, character focused but story rich, deep, witty, charming and highly entertaining.

This story is original, the characters Westlake obviously in particular is so well written and he Westlake makes this story. It is one that simply must be read.

All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag…” Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can’t move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus – a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life – of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover… to slip his enemy’s cold embrace before it’s too late?