The Soul of Nemach

* * * * * * 6/10

Scott Butcher

download (1)A story set in the 40’s, where the threat of Nazi invasion is palpable. Nemach and Humphrey must outwit the bad guys and stop them interfering in the filming of a movie that could aid the war effort.

It’s a nice little comedy which at times feels a little under-written. I got the impression that I had picked the book up mid-way through a series. Being a short book, there wasn’t much time to get to know the characters so they came across as being a little one-dimensional.

Even so, it’s not a bad story and could be an excellent series if the author gives it a little more attention.

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Coldheart Canyon

* * * * * * * * *  9/10

Clive Barker

download (1)Todd Pickett has a face-lift that goes horribly wrong, and has to go into hiding until he has recovered, in the hopes that he will recover. The perfect hiding place is found in Coldheart Canyon. The beautiful house and grounds are neglected but liveable, and although are not to Todd’s usual tastes, he is quite happy to stay. It isn’t long before Todd finds out why Coldheart Canyon is so lost to the world, however.
This one was read in just a few days. I wasn’t sure about it to begin with, having started at the start like you do, about a canyon. It didn’t take long to get right into the story though. The the celebrity name-dropping made me smile, but at the same time made the book much more real and was much easier to get into the plot.
These are not people I can relate to, with problems that I am faced with and at no point was there an attempt to ‘normalise’ these super-stars for me. This was much appreciated.
Where I was disappointed is in how much story happened after the story ended. Everyone except the dead got their happy-ever-after, everything worked out well and it was as glittery, shining and fake as the people the book is mocking. In a way it was the perfect ending, but it went on for a little too long and felt a bit like the author was uncertain of where to stop.

Braunschweig

I have a new favourite place. So many pretty things, so much good food – I recommend the Pupasch, yes that is a picture of a farting arse – and so much shopping! I found the most perfect pair of shoes ever.

 

 

Next time, I’ll stay for longer. And I’ll probably buy the shoes, too.

Holiday! YAY!

After a whole lot of bother, working and saving, I finally managed to book my first holiday abroad since I was a teen. Excited!

We’re going to Germany, visiting friends ❤ so I’m practising my German and doing terribly at it. I can say:

Der Kuchen gehört mir

Which I’m not convinced has the same ring to it as ‘The cake is mine’, but I think it’s enough that everyone will know that the cake is not theirs.

We’re only away for a few days this time, since we left it way too late to book any longer off work. Next time, I’ll plan more in advance but this was a last minute, we finally have enough to pay for it kind of thing. YAY!

Those little tiny shampoo bottles are so cute.

Chicken Boy – Books

* * * * * * * * 8 / 10

Frances O’Roarke Dowell

I had to buy the book called Chicken Boy. How can you not buy a book called Chicken Boy?

I was only a little disappointed it wasn’t about a chicken-boy hybrid monster that terrorises all who get in its way.

Tobin is a young lad whose mum has died, dad isn’t quite able to fill her shoes and Granny is not quite all there. He’s failing at school and has little hope for a future, until he meets Henry. Henry likes chickens.
It’s a story of friendship, having faith in your friends and in yourself, aimed at 11- 13 year olds.