30.5.15

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 7/10

This is the first book of a trilogy.
Crime/Thriller
My rating: 7/10
Basically, you have a guy named Blomkvist running a magazine/journalistic company; he hires an aloof, antisocial, secretive girl named Salander to work in his office and they develop a bit of a strange romance throughout the story.
Bear with the story line for a while, it will definitely pick up pace.
Salander turns out to be a computer whizz, and very handy at digging up info on people they are reporting on; she’s had a rather unfortunate start in life, and the abuse she’s suffered seems to bring out a bit of a sadistic side of her.
Blomkvist winds up working on a private investigation for an old wealthy man named Vanger. Vanger’s heartfelt wish is to discover the ‘truth’ about what happened to his missing niece, Harriet Vanger. The police had searched and investigated her disappearance many years ago – reaching an inconclusive verdict, nobody seems to know what happened to Harriet.
Salander teams up with Blomkvist and together they unravel a very disturbing thread of Vanger family history, risking their own lives, and eventually discovering what really happened to Harriet.
Apparently the second book “The Girl Who Played With Fire” is even better than this first book so I’m keen to get reading it ( I have books 2 and 3 on standby).
I wondered whether to buy the dvd for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo since I didn’t see it at the cinema. On second thoughts, I don’t want to spoil the images I’ve already built up of characters, so I’ll wait until I’ve read all three books before watching the films.

26.4.15

The Dreadful Judgement by Neil Hanson

The Dreadful Judgement by Neil Hanson 
This is a detailed and in parts graphic, telling of the backdrop and story of the Great Fire of London, a must for anyone interested in this piece of history. It is helpfully written in the style of a novel to help make it easier to follow.

1001 Home Remedies. Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Problems by Readers Digest

1001 Home Remedies. Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Problems by Readers Digest 10/10
A very useful and detailed resource indeed.

Book Review: Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus 10/10

Book Review: Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus 10/10
This really is a 'different sort of book', beautifully illustrated and gently written, a story of hope, optimism, motivation and light at the end of the tunnel; narrated through the eyes of a caterpillar who becomes a butterfly.

This is a lovely book for any shelf, quick to read but I'm sure you will stop and ponder on each page, thinking about the message and meaning being conveyed.

I'd also strongly recommend this book as an ideal gift for anyone, but especially anyone who is feeling down or struggling to get through a rough patch so to speak.

Book Review: The Mozart Conspiracy by Scott Mariani 8/10

Book Review: The Mozart Conspiracy by Scott Mariani 8/10
If you like Dan Brown books, I think you'll like this as it's in the same vein. Lots of suspense, action, mystery, chase, and unravelling conspiracy throughout.

Book Review: The Cattle by Greg M. Sarwa 10/10

The Cattle by Greg M. Sarwa 10/10
I really enjoyed this book and wish it was longer or part of a series of books.

The Cattle is a conspiracy action packed thriller that moves at a fast pace, it opens with an edge of your seat type of scene and continues on this path throughout.  Themes include 'a powerful few trying to control the masses,' using advanced technology. This is not a book that drags on, in fact it's quite short in length so easy to read in a day.

Book Review: Beach Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones 7/10

Beach Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones: 7/10
What drew me to this book was the fact that it is based on real life events, so I though it would be a bit like watching reality tv (through a book). I love holidays so thought this would be an ideal fly on the wall type of book. It was ok, it felt far more ficticious than I thought it would and didn't really go into much detail about the characters - perhaps the characters were made up while the themes in the story were pulled from true accounts.

An easy and light hearted read.


Book Review: 7 Myths of Working Mothers by Suzanne Venker

7 Myths of Working Mothers by Suzanne Venker
This book challenges today's norms around career women, working women and family structure. An interesting examination of motherhood from a rarely talked about perspective, one that many would probably argue is outdated and politically incorrect.  An interesting read for all, and a great means to refec.

Book Review: Mutant Message Down Under and Mutant Message Forever by Marlo Morgan 10/10

Mutant Message Down Under and Mutant Message Forever by Marlo Morgan 10/10

Tip: Read Mutant Message Down Under first.

If you are interested in real life accounts of westerners going into the outback and living the real aboriginal life you will love these books. Marlo Morgan's books will make you reflect strongly on how simple nature and life can be, and how far removed we are from many of these simplicities. I will definitely read these again as it's been a while but I remember feeling like I'd been taken on a very real journey through these real life stories.

It's amazing how in tune the aborigines are with the earth and the weather, making use of their highly tuned senses - fascinating.

The books are written as a novel would be written - in a story-like way but they are not fiction.

Enjoyable and very educational.

I'll probably come back and update this review again once I've re-visited.

Book Review: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 9/10

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 9/10
A good old classic from Dan Brown, by far my favourite from him, and as usual the book is way better than the film (if you haven't seen the film, read the book first).

Plenty of conspiracy, twists, fast paced, edge of the seat kind of story set against the backdrop of the Vatican and advances in science.

Book Review: Your Health At Risk by Toni Jeffreys Ph.D 10/10

Your Health At Risk by Toni Jeffreys Ph.D: 10/10
This book looks at various aspects of health, challenging commonly held notions and beliefs with alternative perspectives. This book will encourage you to question your attitudes and convictions about what is harmful to health.



Book Review: The Damage Done by Warren Fellows 8/10

The Damage Done by Warren Fellows 8/10
A shocking, horrific account of a man's real experience in a prison in Thailand, let it be a warning to anyone thinking of messing with drugs, especially in a foreign country. The prison systems are not as humane as they are in the UK!!

Book Review: Live Wire by Harlen Coben 6/10

Live Wire by Harlen Coben:  6/10
If I'm honest I expected a lot more from this story, more thrills and conspiracy etc...as it built me up to expect this, but I read it in one day and it kept me engrossed. The end of the story takes a few slightly unexpected (but not jaw dropping twists), so on the whole, an ok read. Bought from a street seller whilst on holiday for £1.36 so not a bad deal!