Celebrating One Year of Blogging.


I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has followed my blog over the last 12 months. It is a year to the day since I started this site on WordPress, and without all of your support, it just would not have been worth it. While my stats aren’t amazing, I am content to say that so far I have published 139 posts, received 95 comments and gained 183 followers. I hope to double that figure over the next 12 months and I’m committing to getting further publications out there for you to read. I’ve also committed to reading more books this year and I will make an effort to improve on my reviews. If there is anything you would like to see more of on this blog, please let me know. I look forward to doing it all over again in the next 12 months.

Thank you!


Good Timber does not grow…

“Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the timber.”

– J.W.Marriott

Book Review – The Orc King.

The Orc King (Forgotten Realms: Transitions, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #17)The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Orc King is a classic fantasy novel about the search for peace amid the struggle for power.

The Bad Stuff: There are some over technical explanations within the fight scenes that detract from the story. Some long and clunky sentences.

The good stuff: The characters are well rounded and interesting. I also liked the magical weapons, the creatures and locations. The story is set in a well established world.

In my opinion, this is a great fantasy novel with Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, magic and magical weapons. What more could you ask for? This one gets 4 out of 5 golden bookmarks from me.

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Book Review – Irradiated.

Irradiated (The Tunnel Trilogy, #1)Irradiated by S. Elliot Brandis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Irradiated is about Jade and Pearl. Two sisters fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Pearl is different, she has a mutation. When Jade comes home to find Pearl missing one day, she sets out to find her.

The Bad Stuff: This is a dark world with some mean characters and yet for some reason I felt it was more suited to a YA audience.

The Good Stuff: This book is well written and has some good characters. The world is gritty and S.Elliot Brandis sure knows how to create a mean antagonist!

This is an original story with some great characters. The author has created a savage world and he has a way with words that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’m giving it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.

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Book Review – The Elements Of Style.

The Elements of StyleThe Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Elements of Style is a book for writers that provides information on the best style techniques.

The Bad stuff: I found the content a little dated, but other than that I really don’t have any issues with this book.

The Good stuff: There is a strong non fiction cover design. The book has some good tips and the information within has been tried and tested.

The Elements of Style is recommended by many writers and has been around for some time. It is definitely worth a read if you are starting out as a writer or want to improve your style. I’m giving this 3 out of 5 golden bookmarks.

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London’s Calling Via Distance (Author Interview with Allan Walsh)

Thanks to Kenneth Mugi for allowing me to share this via re-blog.

You Know You’ve Read…

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

– Paul Sweeney

Most people…

Most people simply do not get what they want, because they have no courage to believe they can achieve it.

– Vadim Kotelnikov

Book Review – He Was A Hero, He Shouldn’t Have Died.

He was a hero, he shouldn't have died (Genjitsu, #1)He was a hero, he shouldn’t have died by Kenneth A. Mugi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

He was a hero, he shouldn’t have died is a story about Kasumi, a young girl from an interracial family that has suffered at the hands of her abusive mother. Kasumi starts a new life after her mother walks out on her, a life where she makes friends for the first time and tries to overcome her anger issues.

The Bad Stuff: To be honest, I found this book slow to start. The ending seemed a little rushed and I was a little confused by Morgan’s character. He peaked my interest early, but never seemed to fill his potential. I think he could have played a stronger role.

The Good Stuff: While it gets off to a slow start, it is worth persevering and I enjoyed it once I got hooked in. The characters are very real and well developed, all with there own personalities and problems.

This is not a book for the prudish and I found it to be an interesting read with an original story that covers the taboo topics of sexual, emotional and physical abuse, bi-sexuality, violence, friendship and love. The story is left open for a follow-up which I would be interested in reading if it is ever produced. I give it 3 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.

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