The Sunday Post 29/9/13


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Last week on the blog:

I reviewed Amelia Greys Fireside Dream. I am also Giving away a paperback copy!
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I also reviewed "A Street Cat named Bob" You can see the review by clicking below

Received for reviewing: 

In the post

From Netgalley

Life got in the way this week so I didn't have much time to read this week. Hopefully I'll have more time next week. I'm working on a new blog design. Something a little funkier than the one I'm using at present.  I'm also receiving a package from O'Brien press next week so I'm very excited about that :)

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Review - The Reluctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft


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An ARC was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

Rules of the Gastronomic Society

Rule One
All members must be fellows of St. Jerome's College, Oxford.

Rule Two

All members must ascribe to the gastronomic principles pronounced by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Rule Three

The Faculty must hold a dinner of gastronomic significance in the eighth week of each term.

Rule Four

Each member must invite one guest per dinner and ensure that their guest presents a new dish to the Faculty.

Rule Five

The Faculty must ensure that no dish is served more than once with the exception of a truffled turkey, which is to be served each year at the Michaelmas dinner.

Rule Six

A member of the Faculty is elected for life unless they breach rules one, two, or four.

Rule Seven
'The Shadow Faculty will remain in existence until the University of Oxford inaugurates an official Faculty of Gastronomic Science.

Arthur Plantagenet is dying. Dilated caridiomyopathy and there isn't much the doctor can do. Rather than wallow in self pity Arthur see's this as an opportunity and decides to take his doctors advice quite literally:

"My only advice is that if there is anything you haven't yet tasted I'd suggest you try it soon. I don't know how much longer this heart of yours will keep ticking"

Some of the dishes include Fugu (Also known as the blowfish), Beaver tails, Witchety grubs and horse meat Wellington. The feedback is mixed. Arthur decides that the gastronomic society needs to tackle the ultimate taboo, cannibalism. Or Anthroprophagy, as Arthur prefers to call it. This experiment will not just be for mere taste. It will be for society.

"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star"

Seeing as Arthur wont be around for much longer he decides to offer himself after death in the name of gastronomy and spends his remaining time pickling himself with various foods and alcohols. To improve the flavour of course. 

The climax is surprising, shocking and funny all at the same time. A very important lesson is learned:

"For all our superiority, humans cannot compare for flavour with a mere pig or humble crustacean. So moral's apart, one shouldn't eat people on the grounds of sheer good taste"

This book was bloody brilliant. One of the best I've read so far this year. I loved the gallows humour and the eccentricity of the characters. If your looking for a humorous quirky read then take a bite out of the reluctant cannibals!

Sláinte! (an Irish toast)


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Review - A street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen


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Bob is intelligent, loyal a truly special creature. James takes pity on Bob, saving his life when he could have left him to the streets. In return Bob provides James with the unconditional love and affection only a pet can provide. bob accompanies James on busking trips in the center where they encounter everything from kindness to cruelty.

One thing that did put me off was James' whining about his childhood. Apart from moving around a lot he didn't actually seem to have it that bad. His decision to run away, becoming homeless and addicted to heroin isn't really justified. The repetitive wallowing makes it a little hard to feel sorry him. I'm not a complete asshole but I have a fairly low tolerance for repetitive writing. 

If you can get passed the writing you'll find a heart warming story of how we can find friendship in the most unexpected places. 

If you are interested you can find James and Bob on Twitter: @streetcatbob


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Review and Giveaway - Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements


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They say one of the most stressful things you can do is move house. It ranks right up there with finals at university or say, breaking up with a long term partner. I can see why. If someone told me that I'd have to pack my entire life into a few boxes and cart it off somewhere else I'd probably have a meltdown, and I'm a fairly organised person!

Amelia and her boyfriend Jack decide that they have outgrown their poky one bedroom flat. The need a home. After a few minor hiccups they stumble upon a beautiful cottage. It's a fixer upper, sure but nothing they cant handle right? Wrong. 

While Amelia becomes one track minded in fixing her dream home she becomes oblivious to the cracks forming in her relationship with Jack. They are no longer the most important thing in each others lives. The only thing that matters is the perfect shade of paint and being able to afford the perfect bathtub. Abby did a pretty good job here of representing the emptiness of a relationship that's broken down. 

The morale here is that its not objects that make a house a home, its the people in it. I could definitely relate to the problems presented in this story given that Ireland has just suffered through the worst bursting of a property bubble in history.

The design elements of the novel were wonderfully descriptive and it was very easy to envision the masterpiece that Abby tried so hard to create.

This book really is the perfect autumn read. Once you settle down by the fire on a cold evening with this book you wont want to move!


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The Sunday Post 22/9/13


The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the caffeinated Book Reviewer

Last week on the Blog I reviewed:

This week I received:

In the post:

From Netgalley:

Have a good week and as always thanks for all the views and comments!

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Review - The Polaris Whisper by Kenneth Gregory


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An ARC was provided by Blackstaff Press in return for an honest review

Fantasy, as a genre has always intimidated me. The stories always seemed so long and complicated so when this came through the letter box I sort of gulped! 

I don't have much to compare it too but I found it very hard to stick with this one. I was gruesome wars, deaths and raids. It started out well. I loved the mythology and was hoping for more but everything just seem to teeter out. I found the timeline very hard to get to grips with and the flitting between characters made it very hard to invest any real emotion in any of them. 

This book may appeal to hard core fans of the genre but to appeal to a wider audience I think further editing would be needed.  


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Feature & Follow Friday 20th Sept


Hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read

This weeks Question:

Q: What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them?

Wow that was a long time ago. It took me ages to remember but I loved the Puddle Lane books. I used to read them every night before bed. I actually still have them all in a box in my attic!  

My favorite Characters were the Griffle & the Gruffle. 

Another Favorite was Beatrix Potter of course. Especially Gemima Puddle Duck.

Ahhh the nostalgia :)

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Review - Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch


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An advanced review copy was provided by The Book Depository in return for an honest review

"People aren't people. They are animals, brutes, blind and stupid following endless needs they know not of what origin. And all the rest that we place on top to make us feel better is a delusion. The price of life is the burden of your own weight and some people are better off without it.

I wasn't really sure what to make of this it at first. It sort of reminded me of The Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge. It has this whole "is it often the polis do be callin here" feel. That is not meant as an insult in any type of way.

It shows how frivolous actions, or even the lack of them can have enormous consequences on life as we know it. A fatal accident leads to a typical game of cat and mouse that leads Coll from one hell ( Ireland in the 1800's) to another (The American frontier). Behind him every step of the way is the rugged, terminator like Faller. 

"Everybody's done something, Faller said. It's just a case of who decides"

I found him to be the most interesting character in the books even though I found his ruthlessness a little one dimensional.

"The Fact Remains is that you're afraid of dying. If your heaven was paradise and the life ever after you'd be in a rush to get there"

I'm still not entirely sure of the motive behind his incessant trailing. I read through the first few pages again and couldn't see any obvious mention of family ties?

This isn't a novel that speeds along. I found it a little tedious at times but the imagery is wonderful and almost every piece of text is quotable in it's own right.  


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Review - Wasted by Marya Hornbacher


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Marya said herself that she didnt enjoy writing this book. I'm not sure this is the kind of book anyone "enjoys" reading. It's a cold, hard dose of reality. I could safely say that anyone who has ( or possibly hasn't) had any kind of mental illness would feel the same. It's like looking in the mirror first thing in the morning. We know we won't like what we see, but we do it anyway.

Its an honest account of her struggles with her self worth. She sugar coats nothing and more than once talks about the pride she felt when people expressed concerns about her weight. 

I possibly didn't like this book because I saw alot of myself in Marya . Everyone has times that they'd rather stayed buried in the past along with the feelings that came with those times. I could relate to the feelings of perfectionism, the rules we make because that's just the way it is, the quitting without warning just because you can't be the best at everything you do

I had heard that this book was seen as the bible for alot of anorexics and I can see why. She explains in detail how she fooled doctors into thinking she weighed more than she did and how she dealt with the chronic hunger among other things.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is, has or even might potentially suffer from an ED. If you are interested in the emotions behind eating disorders and the people who suffer from them then you'll find interest in this.


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Giveaway Winners Announcement!


The winners are :

Dabin Han
Chasity Brewer

An email is on it's way to you now with further information. Please make sure to check your junk mail as sometimes emails containing the word "winner" get marked as spam.

A huge thanks to everyone who entered. I really appreciate the support. Stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

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Feature & Follow Friday 13th Sept


Feature and Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.

This weeks Question:


This was one of my favorite books as a teenager. I think the Edge Chronicles would make an amazing series of films. I would love to see all those creatures brought to life. 

The old cover is nicer but I can't find a good enough quality pic.

I think Freddie Highmore would make a good Twig? 

Jeremy Irons as Cloud wolf

Elle Fanning as Maugin (The Stone Pilot)

Christopher Lee as the professors of Light and Darkness (bit obvious but still)

Couldn't find a better image of the professors.

So what do you think??

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