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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Hi folks and welcome to Book Club for May.  This month is a mystery/crime book and I just have to say there are some gory descriptions it.  DH would never read it as he does not like the descriptive bits and he would never watch “Bones” on TV for that reason!!!  If you can get past that then the book is really great.

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Robert Hunter is an LA Detective with a bad case of Insomnia (I know how he feels).  Their latest case is a serial killer whose victims come from various legal and police backgrounds but with no link they can find and he is creating sculptures left at the scene of the crime.  Robert and his partner and a detective from the DA’s office need to find the killer fast before they drown in sculptures and body parts.

I haven’t finished it yet but I am hooked and cannot put it down.  I have been reading this when I have been waking up at 2.30am and it is amazing how many chapters you can read at that time in the morning!!!!!  However I am very tired by 4.00pm that day!!!!

You can get it on all platforms from Amazon.  I have read quite a few of Chris Carter’s books now and he is a great story teller.

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DH is in and out all weekend so I have a few errands to run in the morning and then I think I will do some Spring Cleaning and also some quilting, so a little bit of everything!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

There are many, many book clubs and despite being any avid reader I have never joined because having talked to people who do belong to Book Clubs they tell me about the books they choose and they sound dreadful to me!!!!  I read to be entertained and escape not to be depressed and it seems that a lot of the Clubs choose “meaningful” books which I am sure would make me feel down!

Now to my question; should I always on my Monthly Friday Book Club only give you reviews of books I have enjoyed or should I tell you the negative about a book I have been reading? 

My reason for asking this is the book, below, I have just read and did not enjoy and to be quite honest feel it was mis-described!

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I had read an article about this book and it sounded wonderful.  James Pope-Hennessy had been asked to write the Biography of Queen Mary after she passed away and he spent years interviewing and speaking to friends and relatives about her.  Eventually his manuscript was put forward to be read by The Queen, it was approved and duly published.  However he had taken extensive notes and information which did not appear in the book and he said that they should not be published until fifty years after his death. 

So his notes about Queen Mary and her life were drawn together and published in this book.  From what I read I expected it to have details about her life which gave you a different view of her and some exciting bits of information which did not appear in the authorised tome!  It didn’t.  In fact every chapter is about Pope-Hennessy travelling and staying with the Royal Families of Europe and various aristocracy in Britain and being told the same thing that Queen Mary was reserved and quite formidable.  Therefore no new information than what was in the original.  The only slightly different bit of information was that she was actually in love with another man before she was betrothed to Royalty but nothing happened and that was it.

It was a great disappointment and in fact I did not finish it, which is not like me at all.  So I am sorry that this is not a good review but hopefully if this book had peaked your interest you may think twice.  If you did want to read it wait for it to appear in second-hand book shops for a fraction of the cost or for your local library to get it in i.e. don’t waste your money!!!!

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We, at home, had a fraught start to the day!  DH got up at 5.00am and how a shower and left to go to work.  Youngest got up at 6.30am to get a shower and then I was getting up when he realised we had no water!  He managed to get a stand up wash with what was left in the tank and that was it!  A water main had burst and so we had no water until 2.00pm.  At least it wasn’t Monday morning, I think it would have been worse then!!!

We have home jobs to do over the weekend including Spring  Cleaning our bedroom to get it ready for our new bed which is going to be delivered the week after Easter!  Can’t wait!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

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Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite of writers and although he does now write with someone else, he/they stay true to Mr Cussler’s original format and the books are very good.

This book is the twelfth in the “Oregon Files” series and sees the adventures of Juan Cabrillo and his partners trying to recover several stolen paintings which are being used by a Filipino Gang to fund their activities.  The gang is also on the trail of a deadly drug developed in the Second World War which enhances the person who takes it to extremes but then has a devastating effect when not continued.  Juan’s team, known as The Corporation, are traversing the Western Pacific in their very special ship, which looks like a down at heel freighter but packs a punch from its true identity hidden underneath the rust, to try to save lives, the paintings and remain hidden!

The action moves through the book without stopping and you really feel as if you are with the team trying to save the World.  If you like adventure books then this tick’s all the boxes.  As always it is on all platforms from Amazon.

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Sorry for lack of posts this week!  It has been “One of Those Weeks”!  I won’t go into everything which has happened this week needless to say that I have arrived at Friday with still lots to do, the days flew by and I did get lots of things done not always what I should have been doing!!!!!  Today I am trying to catch up on Home jobs as well as work and tomorrow we have friends coming for dinner.  It will be great to sit down for a few hours of peace and quiet!!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a fantastic weekend and I will be back on Monday as normal.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Forgot to Say….

March 2nd 2019 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

 

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I forgot to say on Book Club Friday yesterday that Molly, Treacle’s Airedale Sister in the US, and her friend Chimera are hosting a Dr. Seuss Day on Saturday March 2nd 2019.  Our Boys loved Dr. Seuss and their favourite was The Grinch.

Molly can be found at : http://northfordmaggie.blogspot.com/

Chimera can be found at : https://atcad.blogspot.com/

Mark your calendars now and go join them for lots of fun with Dr. Seuss.

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Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

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I have got behind with Matthew Reilly’s books so when I got my book tokens for my Birthday I bought his latest ones and so this is the second book I have read of his new ones.  It is a “stand alone” one not linked to his two hero’s but is, as all his others are, well written.  From the first page it moves fast and does not stop until the last page. 

The Chinese have been developing a new kind of theme park with which they want to out-do Disney World and all their parks combined.  This has been achieved by a find of the Century, dormant dragon eggs, however they have not just hatched the eggs but also tampered with some of them and that is where their troubles start. 

As the cover suggests “Jurassic Park with Dragons” and I would add “Game of Thrones” but the Dragons are aiming for the Throne!!

It is a great read and can be found at Amazon on all platforms.

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Do you ever buy books because you like the look of them?  This is different of course to judging a book by its cover (although I have bought books because of their covers before now and found them to be very good).  However when we were in London before Christmas I saw this book in the bookshop and just loved it.

 

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Hannah Dale is an illustrator and her drawings can be found on pottery and kitchen wares but she has also included her illustrations in a book on British wildlife.  There is a picture of the animal and then a description of it on the opposite page.  They usually call these books “coffee table books” and I just love the whimsy of the drawings in this one.

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On a sad note Rosamunde Pilcher passed away on February 6th aged 94.  If you have never read any of her books then I can highly recommend them.  Her break through novel, “The Shell Seekers” was in fact her fourteenth novel but this book made her name.  The book is about character Penelope Keeling who relives her life in flash backs through the novel and her relationship with her adult children.

There is a follow-up novel to The Shell Seekers called “September” which I actually liked better than the first!  But that’s me! 

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and find some time to sit and read, which is what Winter is all about!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

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I read this over Christmas and Matthew Reilly is one of my most favourite authors.  Matthew is Australian and began writing when he was twenty-two with his first novel “Contest” which he self published before being noticed by Pan Mcmillan.  “Contest” was based in the New York State Library so I was instantly hooked, I mean a book about a library?!!!!!  He has now written seventeen novels and a handful of short stories.

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(from his website : http://matthewreilly.com)

He has created two heroes “Scarecrow” and “Jack West Jnr” and this book is one of the Jack West novels.  It does sort of follow on from the others but you can read it as a stand alone.

Jack West is visiting a top-secret base near his farm in Australia, the next thing he knows he wakes up in a cell with the door opening and an Ape of a man attacking him.  He realises that he is not in Australia and is now part of a contest from the Middle Ages and everyone else around him knows what is happening and how to compete and he doesn’t.  How will he get by?  If you don’t win or come high up then you are executed along with several hostages that mean everything to you, including Jack’s daughter!

It is a page turner and I finished the book in two days (which is what Christmases are for?)  If you like action and adventure that this book certainly has it.  I read his second book, “Ice Station” first and then bought “Contest”.  I loved Ice Station so much I gave it to Eldest to read (it is just up his street) and he then went on to read all of Matthew’s books! 

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One thing I did want to discuss here is when Authors who have had very successful careers but as they get older don’t want to be on the treadmill of producing one or two books a year, decide to then release books with a co-author.  I have found at least three of my favourite authors who have started to do this and the books are terrible! 

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The first Author who I found did this was James Patterson.  His early books were great but then I read this book with a co-author and you could tell that Mr Patterson had written every other chapter and the co-author the others and it was so disjointed and in fact poorly written.

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Very much to my disappointment Stephen King has also started doing this and I do sometimes wonder whether the co-author writes the whole book and then the known author just adds his name.  Well I read the book written by Stephen King and his son Owen King and really did not like it at all.  It made me realise how much I longed for the early Stephen King books which were just amazing and off the wall.

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The final author who has now started doing this is Wilbur Smith.  I am a huge fan of his work, I own all his books until his latest which has a co-author and so far everyone who has read it has said the same thing, not to Mr Smith’s standard at all.

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Saying all this the only author who has had co-authors for a while is Clive Cussler and he seems to have gotten it right with the co-authors who he has worked with. I have read several of his later books and they are still as great as his early books.

I understand the reasons why the writers do it but on the other hand I do think they need to find the right people, like Mr Cussler, so that their body of work does not suffer.  So far the Authors I have mentioned above I have not bought another of their books which are co-authored and don’t see me doing so because the ones I did read really were a disappointment.

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend, I am off to my sewing space over the weekend but will fit my reading in around it.

Happy Friday!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Matthew Reilly’s book based in a Library!!!! 

Monthly Friday Book Club.

Sorry this is a week late but as you can imagine at this time of year, I run out of hours in the day, days in the week!!!!  Anyway this book has to appear here for December as it is one of my favourites which I read every year, like Pride & Prejudice.

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You will all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge from films and TV programmes so I don’t need to give you a synopsis.  It is, in my opinion, the best Dickens book as it is a story of hope and no mater how many times you read it, you can’t help but be uplifted by Scrooge’s change of heart after being visited by the three Ghosts. 

I also think that the sentiment of keeping the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year is something we should all strive for. 

I also have a second book this month;

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Nigella’s cook books are written with a sense of fun and she shares bits of her life in her writing around the recipes, so you can actually read her cook books, not just use them.  I use her Christmas cookbook a lot at this time of year but also have used several of the recipes during the course of the year too.  The recipes are very easy to follow and if you do not like a particular ingredient you can change it and the recipe still turns out very well. 

I have really enjoyed my Friday Book Club, once a month, and hope you have enjoyed my suggestions.  I will be carrying on with this next year and have a whole bookshelf full of books to read which is one thing I will be doing over the Christmas holidays.

I hope you get lots of books in your Christmas stockings (Books are always on my Christmas list!).  Happy Christmas Reading.

Hugs, Susie xx

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