Book 6: Shotgun Gravy (Chuck Wendig)

I’ve changed my mind about e-books. If I hadn’t had the opportunity to download this for free, I would never have read it and, boy, would I have been missing out. The thing that striked me the most is this book is brutal, straight down the line, almost aggressive in style. It’s like I’ve stepped into a typical private detective story, “she opened the door, her eyes hit me like a loaded Kalashnikov…” or something, only much, much better than that.  Yet, it’s about teens. But then for lots of kids childhood is tough as shit. And I do love to see the downtrodden and bullied get their own back a little.

Also, in my eyes, the sign of a good book is a great squid simile and this book has an awesome squid simile.

6/10 – I’m going to read the other three in this series too.

Book 5: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Whaling (Gideon Defoe)

Look, just because they’re not proper grown up books doesn’t mean I’m not meeting my quota. Also, I am reading a proper grown up book too which I will finish because it’s the fifth in the series of four medieval murder mysteries and I love them. My problem is that it’s over 700 (proper grown up size) pages long, so it will take me a little while to finish.

I laughed out loud several times during this book, had to look up “Sapphic”, am now very curious about whether the origin of “cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey” is really true and I might look up keel-hauling. I might not. It sounds nasty.

Edit: 9/10 – as below.

As if I need an excuse for a picture of Cap'n Jack...

Book 4: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (Gideon Defoe)

And surprisingly I am not behind in my endeavour (yet). Mainly this is because I am reading very short books and not a full length novel in sight (not technically true, I have loads on my table here).

This is an excellent book for non-taxing escapism if you are wanting an evening off, say, studying for an MSc. Both funny, engaging, with the odd fascinating fact snuck in (even some chemistry related) and not just for the kiddie winkies. I can’t wait for the film!

There are several in the series, guess what I will be reading over the next couple of months whilst I finish off my dissertation.

No, not War and Peace…

Edit: I was so excitied I forget about marks out of ten! 9/10 – purely because I have to call it a kids book.

Zeitgeist Eins

Guten Tag!

There will still be some random posting that serves no purpose other than to give you an insight into my weird life in or not in The Village where I live. I do have a story to write up too. My general idea is to write a story around every element in the Periodic Table. We’ve already had Carbon (C also being the Chemical Symbol for Carbon) and the next will be, well, you’ll see.  I’m not doing them in any kind of order!

I discovered this website the other day: It looks most interesting. I particularly like the Geek Bras.

There’s a wonderful exhibition at the British Museum at the moment called “Out of this World”. It’s all about Science Fiction books. I’ve been about 5 times but sadly don’t think I’ll make it again (I was a bit naughty and got the Doctor Who TARDIS picture you see in Carbon Copy from there.) I urge you to check it out if you’re in the London area. The last time I went I wrote down a list of about 50 books that I want to read which I will list here, I think, in due course. As good a place as any. You never know, I might even get into book reviews.

Here is another photo I shouldn’t have taken at the British Library:

It's a Giant Squid....... ARGH!

Bis Bald!


Be excited, go on!

I am. I am very excited because this is my new, imaginatively named, blog.

This is where I will post comedy, stories and amusing stuff that I have either written or seen. I can’t promise that the comedy will be funny but I can promise that I will think it is. The stories may well be science fiction, if I can throw a bit of comedy in there too, I will. Sometimes the stories will not be funny, hopefully intentionally. I do not apologise for this.

If you have stumbled across this blog and have enjoyed something then please let me know. Comments are welcomed. 

Oh! And I chose the theme because the squiggle in the top left (as you look at the screen) looks a bit like a giant squid. There may also be more about the genus Architeuthis.

I can tell that you are just chomping at the bit to see more. You won’t have to wait long.