Monthly Archives: March 2013

Review of H10N1 by M. R. Cornelius

H10N1

Two reviews in one day! No I haven’t been reading them both at the same time, I just hadn’t got around to writing this review.
I downloaded this book for free following a recommendation. My attention was grabbed immediately from the beginning. How the few overcome adversity. H10N1 is a deadly flu virus, with no vaccine to counteract it. People either died horribly from the virus, or they never became sick in the first place. There was no in-between, no eventual recovery. The story follows two people who escape the city and are living through the catastrophe and how they manage to survive. They meet up with looters and gangs, having to continually defend their property and their vehicle. The story seems to fizzle out about half way through and I lost interest, which is a shame because it had the makings of a very good story.

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Latest Review – Far Cry by John Harvey

Far Cry

This is my first taste of John Harvey. The book is a recommend from the book club I belong to. I must say I liked it and would definitely read another of his books. All the characters are believable, especially the character of DI Will Grayson. Ruth and Simon’s daughter, Heather, is asked to go on holiday to Cornwall with her best friend and her family. They decide to go to France for a few days on their own and whilst there receive a call that every parent must dread – their daughter is missing. The friend is found alive, but their daughter is eventually discovered dead in a disused mine shaft. Was it an accident or not?

Fast forward quite a few years and Ruth and Simon are divorced, their marriage couldn’t cope with the strain of losing their only daughter. Ruth has remarried and now has another daughter. One day the two of them bump into Simon in the street and he tells them he lives close by. Then Ruth’s daughter Beatrice disappears on her way home from a music lesson. Is history repeating itself? Drop a recently released child abuser into the mix and you have the makings of a very good plot.

I didn’t see the necessity for the one sex scene, it didn’t seem to tie in with the rest of the story.

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Saturday Photo

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Photo taken on Burgh Island in Bigbury Bay, Devon. Burgh Island has close links to Agatha Christie. The setting was used for both And Then There Were None and the Hercule Poirot mystery – Evil Under the Sun. It is accessible by foot at low tide or a sea tractor when the tide is in.

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Good Friday Quote

A quote for Good Friday – Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. — by Douglas Adams.

How many people have you tried giving some advice to, only to be met with a blank stare? Or even worse someone saying ‘I have already tried that – it didn’t work!’

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Review of Paper Dreams by Phyllis J Burton

Paper DreamsPaper Dreams by Phyllis J. Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite a predictable story and an easy read. It starts in the 1950’s with an illicit love affair. Then switches to Katie, a young woman being callously dumped by the man she thought she would marry. She is distraught and goes to stay with a cousin in Cornwall, where she meets Stuart. It is love at first sight. Katie is asked to catalogue a collection of old books at Epton Hall, a huge old mansion house that has fallen into decay. The old lady, Marjorie Hapsworth-Cole, has recently passed away after having lived there for years with just a housekeeper for company. Marjorie’s husband Gerald and their two sons died in mysterious circumstances many years ago, presumed drowned in a boating accident; no bodies had ever been found.

A nephew of Gerald’s, being the only heir, was thought to be in line to inherit the property, that is until Katie discovers a hidden letter and birth certificate in the attic of Epton Hall. From then on, the drama unfolds.

It is well written and holds the reader’s attention. A bit drawn out in places, but I enjoyed reading the book.

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Saturday Photo – Challaborough Bay

Poppies at Challabrough

Beautiful poppies on display at Challaborough Bay in Cornwall.

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Spring Equinox

March Equinox

There must be some powerful force present whenever our Tai Chi group celebrate Equinoxes and Soltices. We salute the sun and the sun shines down on us! It was a magical experience as ever. Today, however, it is wet and miserable. To see more photos of our group visit: http://www.charmouthtaichi.co.uk. The photo above is taken from March last year. No up-to-date ones at present.

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Eighth Book Review – Safe House by Chris Ewan

Safe House by Chris Ewan was a thoroughly good read. Wasn’t sure at first whether I was going to get into it or not. The story was based on the Isle of Man – nothing much happens there I thought apart from the annual TT Races. How wrong could I be! A local plumber becomes embroiled in a complicated plot involving his sister who supposedly committed suicide, a mystery girl who vanished and a female private investigator hired by his mother. The story was intricately woven into everyday life on the Island.

This is my eighth review for the Mad Reviewer Challenge. Only four more books to go and it is only March!

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Seventh Book Review

This is the seventh book review for the Mad Reviewer’s Challenge. I am now more than halfway through my agreed amount of twelve books.

Island Passage by Sherry Hartzler

This book was chosen to take away on holiday. I found it a very easy read. The story has a mother/daughter relationship running through. The main character Francine,is devastated when her husband leaves her for a younger model, so takes her teenage daughter and runs to her mother’s island holiday home, which conjures up all her happy childhood memories. The relationship between Francine and her mother is strained, so unbeknown to her, her mother calls on Francine’s best friend Claudia to come and stay, while she herself disappears back to the mainland, only to return towards the end of the book with a surprise of her own!

Francine gradually realises how much happier she feels and is free to make her own decisions, live her life as she chooses, especially when an old flame turns up on her doorstep.

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Saturday Photo

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I am thrilled with this particular photo. It was taken from the rear window of a 737 on a beautiful clear day. Almost the whole of the island of Tenerife can be seen, towered over by the majestic snow-capped Mt Teide – what a spectacular view. I feel very priviledged to have seen it. It makes a great background picture on my laptop, bringing back memories everytime I log on. I hope you enjoy the scene as much as me.

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