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There are two sports that I loved to participate in. They are both great and very different as well.
The first one I will talk about is Tae Kwon Do which I came to in my 20s and reached Green Belt. While not that high of level I feel that I accomplished a lot doing this.
I learned to defend myself if I needed to. I also learned what I could do as I suffered from knee issues and I figured out how to work through the pain.
The second sport is the one that is in my heart the most. That is gymnastics and I both love to watch and loved to participate in it.
My favourite event to participate with was floor and then parallel bars and rings. Each for different reasons.
Floor was all about the skills you gained and there was a lot of flexibility involved.
Rings was all about strength both in upper body and the need to have strong wrists.
Parallel bars were favourite for me as times because you had the greater chance to be good at it as you have two bars side by side.
As a person who watches my favourite is uneven bars and the reason for that is simply the cadence of the routine as well as the beautiful release moves.
When I was younger I loved watching Disney animated movies that were based on fairytales. Early on I knew that these weren’t the standard and that in fact originally they were much darker.
One of my favourites was Aladdin which for me was such an intriguing premise. The middle East was also something I enjoyed learning about.
Twisted tales is an interesting take on these old tales that are what if’s. Those types of stories are what makes me get excited alternate history or so.
The author has a nice style which allows you to feel that even though the books are longer it’s like reading a easy quick read .
I am enjoying the story and I don’t see a huge amount of changes from what I recall from the Disney movie. I think that it was great to see the many sides with more details then the movie showed.
After getting about a quarter of the way throihj the book that’s when it diverged from the original tale and made it a lot more interesting.
Reading this I can picture Aladdin and Jasmine as well as Jafar and even genie and Iago. Also in the voices which makes this book even more funny.
I think the twisted tales was a great idea and the fact that you show the characters in different ways makes things great.
This is always a hard question to answer as there are hundreds of thousands of books that come out every year.
The Stolen Heir by Holly Black. I am a fan of her style and of course it’s hard as well since some of her books have been less than stellar for me but I always give each of her books a chance.
Episode 13 by Craig DiLouie. Reading the information this would be right up my alley ghost hunting reality show and it is horror which makes this sound very intriguing.
The Bandit Queen by Parini Shroff. This book sounds great
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins again this just sounds like it would be a great read.
Queen of Thieves by Breezy Marsh. Historical fiction and this is from a time frame that I love reading and it will be different since it’s not the same style.
All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham . Cold cases just are my thing and I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict. Historical fiction is great and this does sound amazing.
Cold People by Tom Rob Smith. I love a good science fiction and this is more of a dystopian style and it sounds like it pushes things which I like.
The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth. Reading the blurb this sounds like it would be an interesting read and potentially triggering for some.
Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling. It is an interesting story idea and it’s based in my home country.
Zero Days by Ruth Ware. Love her writing or hate it she is iconic with her stories and she has a lot of amazing stories.
The Only One Left by Riley Sager. I am a fan of the author as they write the best psychological thrillers so this is just something I want to get.
The Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Canas. Horror and vampire work is just my thing
There or course are many more including Mercedes Lackey who is always releasing books each year which especially her Valdemar series are always anticipated.
This book is the start of a very emotional trilogy all about the character Vanyel. What is really interesting is that the main character is gay which is one of the first in fantasy I have seen. It is very progressive book.
Vanyel is the character that you hate and love all at the same time. He is a rich entitled spoiled brat who doesn’t understand his own worth. He grows throughout this book becoming a top character.
The Valdemar series is a top of the line series and this one is no different and is one of the earliest of the series. One of the most iconic characters in the series as well and probably one of the only ones who you see as a jerk and then a saviour.
The story is a coming of age story that deals with the heralds. A group of magical individuals either real magic or mind magic. They are the be all and end all of the kingdom and are the most trusted of people that could ever be.
This story rocks your faith in it a little as it shows the not so good side and what can happen when someone with close family ties and a dependant personality gets corrupted.
It has some great characters that you fall for easily. My favourites are a good part of the story are the lifebonded pair Mardic and Donni. These are minor characters overall but was such a great character.
The fun of this is that these characters all make guest appearances in future books and are part of the main reason this series has been successful.
A brand new cast of characters to the best piloting group in the Galaxy.
This books starts one of the best star wars legends series and does it with an almost completely new cast of characters.
The story is about the reforming of the famed squadron with Wedge Antilles as the commander for the squadron.
The characters while some aren’t that memorable as they never focused heavily on those characters those that they did focus on were amazing.
Wedge is a legend and while you don’t know much about him from the movies this brings out a lot of information about him and his life that was previously undiscovered territory. He happened to be one of my favourite characters overall and has been in a lot of books and not just this series.
Tycho Celchu the executive officer who you learn can not be trusted by the new republic. His way of handling all of his issues is with grace and poise.
Bror Jace is one character I love to hate as he is very cocky and seems to push people away. He is a spoiled brat from a hugely rich family that deals in bacta.
Erisi Dlarit is a beautiful lady but she is also a pilot and she much like Bror is a spoiled rich kid who does whatever she wants. She doesn’t rub people the wrong way like Bror does but some of her attitudes just make you want to lock her i to her room.
Corran Horn is again one of my favourites as while he does have the cockiness he doesn’t abuse people and shows that he trusts and respects his squadron members and will do whatever it takes to save them. He as well is on multiple books and when you get to know the character he stands out so much
Nawara Ben is a twilek. Generally before I read this series twileks were criminals or worked as dancers for the criminals like in Jaba Palace. This shows a different side to them and you find out more as the story goes on. Remember this was before the clone wars cartoon came out or rebels so you didn’t know the culture at all and this pushed that culture and showed what it was all about.
The book is the first one a series that really mad me love star wars even more. The fighter squadron also made me love roleplaying fighter pilots as well since they can be so diverse.
I am Canadian and I have wanted to since I started blogging to feature more Canadian authors. Doubly so I wanted to feature the different cultures of Canadians and this one also is part of that as the author is indigenous..
When I first started reading I felt very sorry for the author as it seems that he wasn’t given the opportunity to learn of his Crew Ancestry. He had to learn about that side of his culture later. He was a mixed race part of the Cree Nation and part of a European culture. He felt that he was different but not part of either culture.
Seeing the way he was different and how he was treated at a young age with racist and ignorant comments you can feel for him and no wonder he was confused.
The story is sad as the young David had no real friends and seemed to struggle with his life. I think it’s a poignant book that shows what it was like out west during the 70s and 80s and 90s, how much things are still messed up with the way we view those who are Indigenous including the bad stereotypes.
One of the lines that really had me thinking was “I love being recognized as an Indigenous author by my colleagues and by Indigenous kids who might be inspired by what I accomplished, but one day I want to be recognized as a great author, not as s a great indigenous writer, which seems to imply that the measures of excellence are different between the two”
This got me thinking and really puts perspective on my reasoning for reading his work. Yes I am Canadian and want to read great Canadian writers and to hone my craft like they have. I also wanted to read and learn about the culture that European culture tried to stamp out. It is not a bad thing to learn from past mistakes and to learn from them.
It makes me proud to say that this book isn’t a great Indigenous story but a great story. The fact that the author is Cree doesn’t really enter into the equation of what a writer is. It is nice to see more diversity so that we may learn.
I finished this book very quickly and I am impressed. The writing was very clear and concise as well as showing a lot of parts of Indigenous people and seeing his culture through the eyes of his father.
The first in a trilogy that shows the story of Karal. Karal is a young man who is shoved into high life at a royal court in another country.
This story is sad and has a lot of parts but also brings with it a great as story arc of a young man coming into his own as nd finding himself in the midst of some most dangerous situations.
The main characters in this book are very important and I love to see the growth.
Andesha is from a culture so different and also his background which is talked about in the Mage Winds Trilogy. He is such a great character that you see so much growth in over the first book.
Natalie is a great side character who does a lot to support the main characters. Though she is a support character she really makes me like her a lot by her confidence and the way she holds herself.
Ulrich was my favourite in this book and really helps so many. I do wish we had seen more of this amazing character as well since he has the heart of a healer and the power that makes him an amazing protector. The perfect mentor for your Karal.
Karal is very unsure of himself in a lot of situations and is trying his best to survive the coming storm both with his friends and a great and powerful evil that comes forth. He grows the most in this book. He is a marvel to watch as he proves to himself just how good he is and how he will succeed.
From world leading expert on chemical weapons Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE and author of Chemical Warrior ‘A brilliant marriage of fact and fiction’
A colonial-era thriller set against the background of big power conflict. The ultimate timepiece tinderbox of sun, sex and spies.
Kuwait 1960. With Soviet backing Iraq plans to invade.
Gordon Carlisle lives in the expat community of Ahmadi with little to worry about other than when to next don his dinner jacket.
Following contact by an MI6 agent everything changes.
Even marriage to his beautiful new wife Anita breaks down as he becomes a suspect in a chain of deaths in the Protectorate.
Ian Fleming’s time in Kuwait is recorded at first hand as Britain prepares to meet the Iraqi forces head on with Operation Vantage.
Growing up during the time when Iraq invaded Kuwait I remember the tension of that time and this is what Themis book feels like. I can feel the tension that the characters were feeling and could sympathize.
The characters themselves I am not fully into as much but I do enjoy the story. Generally I am more into the character building more so than story building but in this case I feel the story is pushing this into a better read.
I see a relationship that seems to be in problems at times but it isn’t like most. The woman seems unhappy with Kuwait and the man seems to be more thinking of the politics than anything else. The stress is very real for them.
Ophelia drives me nuts so much the way she acts and what she keeps on pushing for. It seems like she just wants to ruin everything for Gordon. Doesn’t want him to have a life or his love.
The book seems to have very many rude or obnoxious people. It makes the story a bit more endearing to me.
The mystery part wasn’t overly huge in the story. I found that it was more the after thought to the whole overall story.
For me this was great book and had so much to offer readers especially as stories to. The only item I would say wasn’t my norm was the characters they didn’t really have me feeling anything strongly.
The writing style was also very good and I would definitely read this author again. I can’t thank the author as well as Anne who organized the tour for this wonderful opportunity
Private investigator, Bob Blundell, is asked to undertake a seemingly routine surveillance operation at Featherstone Manor. Claudia Pennington believes her husband, Eugene, is having an affair, and she wants Bob to catch him in the act while she’s away in Africa.
But Eugene is not the only one up to no good. With his psychopathic nephew, Reuben, running amok in his own warped fantasy world, Chef’s heavily pregnant wife, Wassana, displaying episodes of feral behaviour and the baby appearing to talk inside her womb, and Eugene’s sister, Nancy, resentful of her brother because he inherited the manor, Bob finds much more than infidelity lying behind the drab stone walls of Featherstone Manor.
A Womb with a View is a chaotic, comic tale, underpinned by revenge, greed, and betrayal.
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He’s published 12 books to date, and his 13th, A Womb With A View, will be published 19th Jan 2023
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.
Mark tilbury is the master of twisted crime and I always enjoy his books as the anticipation is almost worth as much as the book. He writes such horrific scenes and still makes you feel that he can tell a great story.
Bob Blundell is a new character and he always looks like he uses the old scout addage of always be prepared. The character felt that he was maybe a little rushed but that is the character and he really made you want to like him.
The back story was very interesting as Bob being a former police officer who was disillusioned after what had happened and left and set up his private investigation business. I think that this shows a very good idea as there are many real life examples that do this and I love the realistic approach that this author brings. Even if it is a common item were the PI is a former cop this felt unique.
I have to laugh even though it’s not that funny about the nature of him and his fantasies. It just had me laugh out loud as it just reminds me of some videos I watch about toxic mother in law’s and I just hit me as funny. Again it isn’t really funny as such but just makes you giggle with his dream or fantasy for his mother in law.
You can tell a great deal from a person by how they treat those who are not as well off as them or animals. We see the way Bob treats his dog and you can see that he is a good person and loves his family and his dog is part of that family. I like the fact that the story does feature animals as well since I love seeing what mischief they get up to or what their owned claims they do.
The story isn’t really like the others I have read from this author and it doesn’t have the twisted aspect that I usually expect. However that doesn’t take away any enjoyment from this book at all. In fact it enhanced what I already felt about this authors books and it shows how versatile he is. What a great thing to see as I love that none of his stories really resemble the others.
I am enjoying the humour that has been injected and the pop culture references. I also love the fact that they poke some fun at the kids of today vs the generations before. It is not the haha laugh out loud funny but it’s quite entertaining. It just seems very appropriate as it is something that always is coming out about each new generation. The when I was young type of comments.
The main female character Claudia is not what I would want to have either as a wife or a person that I was working for. She seems too distrusting and that would drive me nuts. The fact she doesn’t trust her husband and is using another person to get what she wants seems bad to me. Now she has cause but it still irks me.
Eugene I dislike from first meeting but I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s his attitude or what he is doing to his wife. Even if I don’t like her I still feel sorry for her.
Rose is probably my favourite character as she is just so weird and warped which is just the character I find most interesting. It has to make you laugh especially with what she did.
The master of the twisted stories has done it again but this time in a completely different fashion. He has went away from the ultra twisted stories which have capitvated me since the first book of his I read. This time he interjects humour into his book and doesn’t have near the penchant for death and destruction. It is great when you see an author put out something each time that you aren’t expecting well other than a great read.
For me it is a close race to of this book is my favourite or not. It probably comes in second but it was so enjoyable but wasn’t quite as dark as what I am used to.
The only one to really creep me out is Rueben who just reminds me too much of psychopaths and not sure whether it is his nature or whether the family dynamics is what caused his abberant behaviour.
Wassana is very strange and very feral. I don’t really know about her and she just seems out of place at Featherstone manner. She is married to the chef who is interesting and seems a little ptsd.
I missed doing this yesterday but Robert Bryndza publication day in his latest Kate Marshall book The Devil’s Way.
I love this authors work and was first introduced to him when he was writing the Erika Foster book.
Recently I was surprised with a signed copy of this book. I want to thank the author for always being so supportive of my blogs. It is authors like him that have made me love this community of bloggers and authors.