Thursday, 22 February 2018

Chuckles Film Challenge-Hatton Garden

 

I've always been a film fan and enjoyed nothing better than curling up in my bed with the lights out and some junk food. That changed when I became more interested in reading and in the last five years I've barely watched anything new at all. Now I think I need to motivate myself for watching films by doing an actual year long challenge and trying to get them watched!

I actually have two films to report on today, both based on the real life heist at Hatton Garden, where a group of old time robbers decide on one last job to make them rich but of course it goes wrong. There is a third film about it coming out later this year but I picked these two up cheap and watched them back to back.

1) Hatton Garden: The Heist 
Following the lead up to one of the biggest robberies of the century, Hatton Garden The Heist watches the journey of Brian Reader, John Collins, Terry Perkins, Daniel Jones and the mysterious Basil throughout the audacious heist.  

Starring Michael McKell, Sidney Livingstone, Robert Putt
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5953854/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

The plot in this book suggests that the mysterious Basil, who has yet to be caught was the colleague of gang leader Brian who set up the whole plan. He is portrayed as being the real brains of the operation, the only one who wore a disguise and covered his face when he passed security cameras, and the one who took his share of the loot and vanished straight after the raid. He was known only as Basil and nobody seemed to know his real name. The other characters come across as not being very smart, especially Danny who acts like an arse all the time and doesn't seem to take any of the planning seriously. In fact the men seem to spend more time joking about sex, swearing non stop and acting like idiots than planning a proper heist. If they were like that in real life, no wonder it went wrong. One thing I did like was the detail after the raid, showing how the police were watching them prior to their arrest.

It was very slow to get going. After 30 minutes there was very little about the planning and during the drilling of the holes into the vault, we had dreadfully arty shots of the drill going in at the same time as a couple were having sex outside the building. I found that totally stupid and it added nothing to the film. The camera work was also shaky at times and it was clear that this was a cheap cash-in film with some questionable acting. It wasn't great and I had expected something better.

2) The Hatton Garden Job 
In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area, was burgled by 4 elderly men. The total stolen may have a value of up to £200 million, the incident has been called the "largest burglary in English history."

Starring: Larry Lamb, Clive Russell, Phil Daniels, Matthew Goode, Stephen Moyer
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5351458/?ref_=tt_rec_tt 

This film differed considerably from the first one I watched and I actually enjoyed this one. In this Basil is a younger man recruited by the Hungarian Mafia to assemble a team for the raid, with the Mafia providing them with a way in. Basil recruits old friend Danny who puts together a Dads Army of a team to do the heist. The cop who last jailed Basil is retired but working for a gangland figure who wants something from the vault and Basil is to get it for him. The acting in this was far superior as was the script and the overall entertainment.

There is a lot of detail on the planning stages of the raid which I liked. A heist film should show the planning and the heist in detail the way Ocean's Eleven does. This film does delve into the interactions between the robbers and shows the corrupt gangland world that the men operate in. The heist itself was well done, showing all the details of how things went wrong and what they had to do to rescue the situation. The one thing that was a little disappointing is that it finishes with Basil making his escape, and we only get a minute about how the other men were caught. I'd have liked to have seen the police operation rounding them up afterwards. That extra fifteen or twenty minutes would have been good. Overall I liked it enough to buy a book about the raid.

Book Review: Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb


They say you can't get to Heaven without passing through the Eternal Rest Funeral Home. And no one gets into Eternal Rest without passing muster with Elvis--the basset hound who's convinced he's the reincarnation of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Brewing up a big ol' pitcher of Mississippi mystery, Peggy Webb's delightful new series is as intoxicating as the Delta breeze.

Normally, Callie Valentine Jones spends her days fixing up the hairdos of the dead, but when the corpse of local, prominent physician Dr. Leonard Laton goes missing, it's bad for business. So Callie and her cousin Lovie (Eternal Rest's resident wake caterer) have no choice but to go in hot pursuit of the recently embalmed, last seen bound for Vegas by way of downtown Tupelo.

In Vegas, Callie and Lovie hit the jackpot when they find the dearly departed inside a freezer owned by his showgirl mistress, Bubble Malone. But their luck runs out when Bubble decides to join her man in the afterlife. With the poisonous Laton family tree providing plenty of rotten suspects, Callie, along with some help from her basset hound, Elvis, is determined to crack this case--and have a killer singing "Jailhouse Rock" in time for her next haircutting appointment.


My Review:
I decided to read this one for two reasons-I love Elvis and his music, and because a dog that thinks he is Elvis sounded totally adorable. There was nothing wrong with Elvis the basset hound. It was the assorted human cast that I just could not stand.

Callie is our MC-southern hairdresser, about to be divorced and does make up for the dead in the family funeral home business. She is obsessed with her appearance, which I can sort of understand in her chosen profession, but she is such a dumb vacant airhead that I wanted to slap her. She is divorcing her ex Jack and fighting him for custody of Elvis the basset hound, and moans about how much she hates him. So when Elvis goes missing, instead of looking for him like a normal person would, she calls Jack, rides off on his motorbike and goes off to have sex with him. If there is one thing I hate, it is a ditzy female who can't physically resist one look from the bad boy ex. Ugh. Where is your self respect and restraint???

Jack is an arrogant ass who I instantly disliked and I hated how weak Callie becomes every time he is around. Callie also drove me mad by yet again giving her gambling addict mother more money to squander and then trying to justify it this 'one last time'. Cousin Lovie just jumps on every man she meets including the grief stricken relatives of the funeral home clients. She was another horrible example of a dumb woman who can't function without a constant supply of men in her bed. The funeral home clients were all obnoxious too. Even the basset hound can't stop talking about sex with poodles.

I read a few chapters and it was just all about sex between characters I hated and sex for the dog. I found this very dull, and thought the authors attempts at constant humour just came across as more annoying that anything else. Honestly, I wasn't even that keen on Elvis. I can't say that I liked anything about the book and this will end my moseying into the realms of cozy mysteries! Too much miss and few hits for me!


Read February 2018
1 star 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Chuckles Chat #57 Decorating Your Blog

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

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This week I'm looking at the way we decorate our blogs.

My blog is set up to be how I like to look at it as I am there more than anyone else! I like my blog to reflect my likes and my personality, and I think I've been able to do that. I used to have Count Von Count as my profile photo everywhere I went and it was only when I became aware of the harsh penalties for copywrite that I changed it. My dinosaur profile photo has been legally taken from free usage site Pixabay instead.  

I used to have dramatic fantasy art on my blog that depicted the kind of books I read but I took them down for copywrite reasons. I've replaced them with Game of Thrones banner designs from Pixabay. I like the decoration and it lets any casual visitor to the blog see that I love it! I also have a cartoonish Harry Potter figure just underneath that which all Harry fans will also easily spot. I'm always happy to chat on those two subjects! And I'm a devoted Hufflepuff if anyone was wondering! I like badgers and it suits my personality!

I display my blog awards at the bottom of the blog but this is mainly for my reference. My memory is really bad as to which I've done or not done so it's easier to have them in one place instead of searching for them. If I'm nominated for an award I already have, if the questions sound like fun, I'll still go ahead and answer them, and I do like book tags. I like questions that are more book related or maybe about favourite things. I don't do the ones that ask about your social media activities, ones where you have to pick a pile of characters from books and draw them out of a hat to pair against questions. If the questions don't suit me, I pass on it!

I have my virtual pets lined up on the right margin as well and I always love just feeding them for fun. However the stupid player that you need to do that is forever playing up and not working so they don't always appear, which is a shame! Take a moment to scroll to the very bottom of the blog where Count Von Count is ready to sing the counting song to you! This is actually very funny as someone has uploaded the video and bleeped out the word 'count' which makes the song suddenly sound very rude!

I have a few Goodreads related items there as well-displaying what I'm currently reading, my progress in my Goodreads Reading Challenge, my site activity, my favourite book quotes. It's a bit of added info for any interested blog visitor to see what I have been doing. I also have my twitter feed displayed. I am trying to be more active on Twitter but I don't always have the time to spend there!

Last year I decided to add the snowflakes effect drifting down over the blog posts. It looked really nice but I wanted something that would last all year and be decorative so I went looking. I finally found this lovely colourful fireworks effect which is fun! When it works...

What do you like to decorate your blog with and why? 

Game of Thrones Gossip #56 Arya Stark

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts!


Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie are still headed for Riverrun when they are found by the infamous Brotherhood Without Banners, who insist on taking them to their base for the night. The initial plan is to let them go the next day after feeding them but things go wrong for Arya when she hears the voice of The Hound who has also been captured. She tries in vain to sneak past him to the door but he spots her and gives her identity to the Brotherhood, ensuring that the three friends will not be leaving after all.


Hot Pie is offered a job at the inn as a cook and he gratefully takes the chance to get away from the war and bloodshed and have a sort of normal life again. Arya and Gendry are then taken to see the leader of the Brotherhood, Beric Dondarrion, the man that was sent by Ned Stark to kill The Mountain. As the men discuss the fate of The Hound, Arya angrily accuses him of killing her friend Mycah, the butcher boy. Beric declares that The Hound must stand trial for his crimes in a death duel with Beric in front of the Lord of Light who will judge him. To Arya's shock, Beric is killed by The Hound and The Hound is equally shocked when red priest Thoros of Myr brings Beric back to life in front of their eyes. The Hound is declared innocent and free to go to Arya's fury and she tries to take the law into her own hands.


Gendry tells Arya that he won't be going with her to Riverrun, that he wants to use his smith skills to help the Brotherhood protect the ordinary people instead of fighting battles for lords. Arya protests, feeling that her own wolf pack is being destroyed but Gendry says he could never be family to a noble lady. Dispirited, Arya is also angry at the prospect of being ransomed back to her family. Thoros says that Beric, out of respect for Ned, he's like to just send her home without charge but they need their gold to continue fighting the Lannisters. Beric explains that The Mountain killed him on that mission and Thoros brought him back, as he has done on many occasions. Arya asks if a headless man can be brought back and Beric says he wouldn't wish his life on anyone.

Melisandre's sudden arrival changes everything. The priestess is shocked to see the power that Thoros has and then buys Gendry from them. Arya declares her to be a witch and when Melisandre looks at her, she is startled by what she sees. She tells Arya that there is darkness in her and that she will kill many people. Arya turns her fury on the Brotherhood for selling Gendry who wanted to be one of them. When there is a delay in going to Riverrun, Arya decides it is time to run away.


Arya does not get far and is taken hostage by The Hound who has been lurking around the camp rather than leaving as was assumed. Arya is sure that he is taking her back to Cersei and makes an attempt to kill him as he sleeps. He is not asleep and tells her he'll give her the chance to do it but will kill her if she fails so she stops. As she sulks The Hound tells her that he saved Sansa once though she doesn't believe him. Arya is surprised to hear that The Hound is not taking her to King's Landing. He is taking her to The Twins where her mother and brother are attending her uncle's wedding. After stealing a farmer's cart, they drive to The Twins where they find the wedding celebrations in full flow.

Both Arya and The Hound quickly sense that things are not right, and the howling Grey Wind knows it too. As she tries to reach the wolf he is murdered by Frey men as Freys and Boltons attack the drunken Stark men who are drinking to Edmure and his new bride. The Hound locates her and a horse to get them to safety, grabbing a Frey banner to allow them safe passage away from the castles. Her last sight of the place is when she sees Grey Wind's head on Robb's body, paraded cruelly amongst the laughing men. They soon come across a campfire where four Frey men are talking about the part they played in killing Catelyn and Robb. Arya approaches the camp in the guise of seeking food and takes the chance to kill one with a dagger while The Hound kills the others for her. The Hound is surprised to discover that Arya took it from him and asks if it is the first man she has killed.

Arya has now taken her first step down the road of bloody vengeance.

Can't Wait Wednesday-Days Of Panic


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

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This week-Jack Hunt



When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive?

After an EMP obliterates the nation's electrical grid on New Year's Eve, it's not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers; a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict must forge a connection in order to stay alive.

When they realize the danger is far greater than they expected, they must embark on a perilous journey out of the city.

Days of Panic is book 1 of an EMP, post-apocalyptic survival thriller series. It's a powerful, action-packed story about the ones we leave behind and the risks we must take to survive.


OK, it is an apocalypse book,  it's an EMP which is my favourite disaster, and it has a dog on the cover! What more do you need? This book is out now so I need to at least sample it.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Book Review: Dark Days Troubled Times by Matthew D Mark (#2)


Months after an EMP, Electromagnetic Pulse, strikes the country, Roger Haliday continues to fight for survival along with his friends and family. With the rogue militia under control they now face new dangers. The people around them and throughout the country are dying of starvation and illness. They are taking desperate and deadly measures in order to survive. Gangs are terrorizing cities and suburbs as they move through them searching for food, water, and supplies. With the gangs committing atrocious crimes along the way, the now lawless society leaves regular citizens to fight for their lives.

Throughout the entire nation the government and military struggle to take control of the country. Word rapidly starts to spread that their agenda may not be as innocent as it appears. Rumors abound that they may have been responsible for the attack, and they are fighting amongst themselves. With cities burning, people dying, no law, no help, no future and no hope, the country is indeed experiencing troubled times.

This sequel brings you closer to the end. This book is not only loaded with action and adventure, but suspense and drama as well. If you're a prepper or survivalist you'll love the military style guerilla warfare, the tips, tricks and gadgets. If you're just an apocalypse reader, you'll love the insight into human behavior after the SHTF. 


My Review:
Roger is becoming concerned that the next challenge is going to be in the form of raiding parties moving further out from the cities and he reaches out on the radio to get a sense of what is going on. He reaches Adam, who is holed up with prepper friends in a defended property near where Alan lived, and Adam reports that a big gang has moved into the vicinity. Bruce and his family are self sufficient in the woods and close to a military base that Bruce wants to keep an eye on. Dennis is also watching the military getting moving in his area. Roger is able to get a picture of what is happening thanks to their information.

The first task is to bring Roger's ex wife Linda, her partner Mike, Mark and Lisa and their parents Linda and Bill from their farm just outside town back to the safety of the cabin. As they are planning the operation, an armed group have moved into the area and butchered one of Bill's cows. It is getting too dangerous to stay so Roger leads a group to remove them and their supplies before it turns into a gun battle. But even as Roger's group arrives, it is clear that the raiders are not going to let them leave without a fight and it turns into a brutal reminder of what the world now is. Roger is also trying to persuade Rob and Brad to move everyone into the safer environment of the town to stop those on the outskirts becoming targets. A gang moving into the vicinity of the town and Roger is on edge and decides to set up a few tree barriers on the road to add security for his group nearby. With the raiders attacking houses and stealing supplies, it is time to teach them a lesson and save the local people.


People are suffering, especially those on outlying farms or stuck in the city. Jimmy is a former veteran who was already living on the streets when disaster struck. His attempt to take up residence in an old theatre is about to be thwarted by one of the gangs that Roger is going to be tracking. Tim is beaten and left for dead as raiders snatch his daughters Wendy and Kate. Steve and Peggy have to try and defend their farm from attackers. Even in the safer area near Brad's town, people are being killed and robbed of their supplies as ruthless gangs move in.

The military are moving into the area, encouraging groups like Roger's to become a policing force to take down the bad guys in the area while they establish a base at the airport. At first there seems to be good cooperation between them with Roger and Brad receiving more supplies and weapons to fight the bad guys. Rob is excited to see the military and starts to relax his guard which makes it harder for Brad and Roger to persuade the townspeople that the danger from the gangs is still real and they need to take their guard duty at the roadblocks seriously. However, Roger becomes concerned about the military wanting to control supplies and issue ID cards for local people, along with new military roadblocks. Can their allies really be trusted?  

Regardless of whether the military can be trusted, Roger does agree that the gangs need to be dealt with. Adam's people are about to face off with a group bigger than them and they are concerned that they might not survive, and consider the use of Roger's old house as a bug out location. Roger and Brad know of three target areas near them-a trailer park, an apartment complex and another apartment block. With these areas cleared, they will be safer and can extend their territory boundary outwards which the military can then guard. It should provide longer term security but they have to risk their own people each time.  

There is a lot of action in this book as Roger's people take the fight to their enemy, leading to many exciting battles. It keeps the intensity of the first book but the danger seems to be ramped up in this one as desperate people on all sides do battle. There is the side story where the military are helping people but at the same time are introducing things to control the population which aren't popular. Are they restoring order for the American government or are they part of the military uprising that caused the EMP in the first place. At the moment it is hard to decide and that will obviously happen in the third book. 

I'm still very much enjoying the book even with my frustration at the attitude Roger sometimes displays. I guess I can understand that his stress levels are high and he feels real responsibility for keeping everyone safe, so he is bound to get angry when others don't live up to what is expected from them. I very much like Brad and Mark, and I hope we see more of Adam, Dennis, Jimmy and Bryce. 

Read February 2018
4 stars

Top Ten Tuesday-No Longer Interested In Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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This week's topic is books I'm no longer interested in reading. This was hard so I picked ten books I recently deleted and said why I did it.

1) J Armand-The Immortal Coil
This was recommended to me and I loved the cover though the blurb was a bit vague. I recently found out that it is M M romance which I never read so I'll give it a miss. Before someone has a go, I'm not anti-gay. I think there should be more gay MCs in mainstream books and I love the gay romances in my favourite soap Corrie. I'm just not interested in M M books.

2) Richard Jeffries-Arachnosaur
Big mutant spiders! I wanted this! But a recent review I read indicated that the book was full of locker room sexual comments and sexism and had a distinct lack of spiders. These two elements have put me right off reading the book.

3) Steve Alten-Vostok
I was very disappointed in Meg-melodramatic personal relationships, slow, petty female characters and a hapless MC. Looking at his other books, there seems to be the same formula going through all of them so I won't read any more.

4) Jovee Winters-The Sea Queen
I admit it, I loved the covers of this series so much that I downloaded this one. However it is clearly a romance based paranormal book, and I just don't read these kind of books. It was kind of pointless to download it really!

5) Carrie Fisher-Postcards From The Edge
Having read and not enjoyed her three memoirs, it has made me want to delete this one from the e-reader. I might get round to watching the film some day as I love Meryl Streep as an actress but I no longer want to read the book.

6) Robert Jackson Bennett-City of Stairs
I was tempted by people talking about how beautifully written it was and the rich world building but on checking reviews I think it would probably be too slow for me if it takes a third of 452 pages to really get going and I'd probably DNF it.

7) William R Hunt-Brothers
I love apocalypse books and I downloaded a sample of this one. but I didn't like the MCs-one was cold with no personality, the other was an idiot and the plot involved inviting an armed stanger to your safe compound when one of you doesn't trust him. Pass!

8) Matthew Goodwin-UKIP
I like these political books covering the campaigns and elections but recent reviews seem to suggest that there is a lot of voting data and statistics which I'm less interested in. There is still a chance that I might change my mind if I can get it cheap though.

9) NR Hairston-Cursed Magic
Basically I downloaded this because it was free but I've found it hard to find details about the plot with two vague reviews on GR. It didn't tell me anything useful so I probably won't bother with it at the moment.

10) Thomas E Sniegoski-The Demonists
I bought this years ago and always put off reading it. It gets good reviews but after reading a detailed friend review, I'm starting to think it might contain too many things that are not my favourite things in UF, paranormal and horror.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Chuckles Retro Reads-Dark Days Rough Roads by Matthew D Mark (#1)


A normal day at work turns into a man’s worst nightmare when the country is plunged into dark and dangerous times within a matter of minutes. He needs unconventional skills and resources to mount a daring and deceptive plan to retrieve his daughter who is away at college. He’s hundreds of miles away and it seems like thousands. It’s a trip he planned for, but a trip resulting in some unexpected and deadly events as chaos grips the country.

Encountering friends and enemies along the way, the journey becomes a fight for their lives. With the help of both family and friends, they all hope to work their way towards a safe haven. A rogue militia group has a different idea in mind however. Teetering on the brink of a small civil war, drastic measures must be taken. Without technology, society begins to collapse. Without the basics to survive, people change. Without rule of law, it’s every person for their self. They have Dark Days and Rough Roads ahead of them.

This book is not only loaded with action and adventure, but suspense and drama as well. If you're a prepper or survivalist you'll love the military style guerrilla warfare, the tips, tricks and gadgets. If you're just an apocalypse reader, you'll love the insight into human behavior after the SHTF.


My Review: 
Roger is a prepper and is working at his local hospital when he recognises the effects of an EMP hitting the area. After quickly telling his co-workers what this means, he leaves, secures his property and goes to collect his daughter from college and check on his parents. Roger has a detailed plan that each of his family have agreed to follow in the opening days of the apocalypse to keep them safe and slowly bring them together. The final plan is to go to his summer property in a rural area but unknown to Roger, a brutal militia have taken over that town...

This is really a two part story. The first part is about the immediate aftermath of the EMP where everyone tries to get to survive and link up for safety. We follow Roger as he ensures his parents are safe, which is where his siblings and their family will head for over the coming hours while he focuses on getting to his daughter. He disguises his car as a federal vehicle in the hope of getting through any roadblocks and keeping people away from him but it proves to be a bad decision. He finds more danger as he closes in on his ex-wife's house as local thugs try to take control of the streets and bring terror to local residents.

We follow his parents Bev and Rich at their home as they anxiously wait for the rest of the family to gradually arrive, starting with daughter Elizabeth who is worried about her missing husband. Waiting for updates from Roger and for everyone to arrive is an anxious time. We also follow the fortunes of Roger's co-worker and newby prepper Dawn who leaves the hospital to link up with her sister Diana and mum Karen. They face immediate danger when a man decides he wants to steal a bike from them. What happens next will have implications for the women.

The book then moves on to the journey, which has plenty excitement of its own as the group encounter thieves who are happy to shoot Roger's group. This puts into perspective how dangerous the world has become. Their next encounter is with trigger-happy men on motorbikes who belong to a local militia. This militia are led by those with power in the town who want control of all the food supplies and are based at the airport. Anyone who does not cooperate with them becomes targets. Roger is about to start causing trouble with them as he has no intention of giving up any of his supplies and will fight rather than give in. Roger hopes to start a rebellion amongst the people to take back their town. It is going to be a long and bloody battle which they may not win.

I liked the first part which has the traditional prepper road trip to the safe place plot. It had good tension and plenty action to keep me happy, while developing the characters nicely on the journey. But the book kicks into high gear when they arrive in the town and Roger discovers that the militia are stealing from the local people and making life miserable. He is not the kind of guy who is going to put up with that kind of thing and he starts to explore the area to see what he can do about it. I liked the plot of making contact with like minded people and gradually coming up with a plan. It is all leading to an all out battle for the town which is pretty exciting to read. I really enjoyed the plot development in this book which kept me guessing what would happen next.


First Read-January 2017
5 stars 

Around The Blogs With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out. 

This week! 

1) You Might Be Considered A Domestic Terrorist If This Law Passes
Check out this development and take the test to find out if you are one! I am, I scored 5!

2) Book Review-Semiosis by Sue Burke
Mogsy looks at a sci-fi stand alone book
https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/15/review-semiosis-by-sue-burke/ 

3) Renee George 
Author Renee George visits Booker T's Farm
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/author-renee-george-visits-farm.html 

4) Book Review-Lost Girls by Angela Marsons
Crime thriller with missing children
http://samsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/lost-girls-by-angela-marsons-thoughts.html 

Sorry, haven't been online much this week as I had a weekend off for getting stuff done around the house. Hopefully a bigger selection next week!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Chuckles Cover Love #64


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

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This week-Rookie K-9 unit by various authors!

It's just time for cute dogs! I love one and six the best!