The Upside of Over (not exactly a book review)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Permalink

I was planning to sit down and write one of my usual (exceedingly eloquent and learned) book reviews, this time of The Upside of Over by JD Barrett, but realised much of what I wanted to say is really not about the book, but about the notion itself.

Given I already inject far too much of myself into my reviews I figured I’d touch v.briefly on this book – which I enjoyed – a well-written and easy read – perfect for a sunny day at the beach or when cocooned under blankets in a cold house with rain falling outside…. but really talk more a little about the concept:

That sometimes what feels like the very worst thing that could happen to us, is – in fact – the best.

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three-half-stars

Shanghai Nights

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Permalink

I’ve delayed writing a blog post about my recent trip to China and Japan (and boat cruise which took me between the two countries).

Initially I wasn’t sure if I just needed time to process it all myself. But… it then occurred to me I just couldn’t work out ‘how’ to structure the post. There was no logical story arc in my mind.

A day-by-day account would usually work, except the days on the boat kinda blended into each other – in a nice way.

Another friend suggested I just go with the brain dump I’d started… which was tempting. Instead however, I’m giving you some combination of both.

Starting with our time in Shanghai.

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Weekend in Brisvegas

Monday, June 4, 2018 Permalink

Unlike Weekend AT Bernie’s my weekend in Brisvegas (aka Brissy / Brisbane) involved no dead bodies. It did however, include catch ups with some very old and dear friends and family as well as some lovely food and booze. Oh and there was a revelation or two thrown in for good measure.

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Book review: The Outsider by Stephen King

Sunday, June 3, 2018 Permalink

Stephen King is a very gifted writer. I suspect I – and many others – have been distracted over the years by his plots and quirky / endearing /  just pure evil characters… that it’s easy to forget how effortlessly engaging his writing can be.

It was something that struck me most in his new novel, The Outsider, which is predominantly centred around new character and local cop Ralph Anderson, although King later introduces Holly Gibney – who regular readers met in the Mr Mercedes / Finders Keepers / End of Watch series.

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three-half-stars

Book review: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Friday, June 1, 2018 Permalink

There’s something unfortunately timely about this book, which centres around a mass shooting in the US.

Although Nora Roberts sticks to what she does well – romantic suspense wrapped in personal drama – here she also explores the impact of such an event on the survivors, and lasting effect it has on their lives… both good and bad.

Tragedy doesn’t necessarily change us. More often, I think, it brings out more of who we are – or were – all along. p 214

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four-stars

Taking stock – May 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Permalink

I’ve been pretty slack on the non-bookish blogging front lately. Hell, I’ve been slack on the book blogging front as well. It’s partially on purpose. As I’m struggling to sit at my home computer during non-work hours I’ve cut back on my reading so I don’t get behind in my reviewing, which in turn has lead to 2-3 nights a week allocated to television. And yes, my life is the epitome of #firstworldproblems.

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The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Permalink

I read Jessica Knoll’s popular novel, Luckiest Girl Alive when it was released in 2015. I enjoyed the book but HATED the lead character. I mean, we were supposed to dislike her but it almost became a case of me disliking her so much I just wanted to be done with her and the book.

Knoll’s new release again mixes it with contemporary and popular culture as it’s based around a reality TV show – Goal Diggers – which appears to be a mash up of Real Housewives of whatever and Shark Tank. Either way you know you’re in for some faux and real: bitchiness; friendships; and rivalries, as well as some posturing and pouting added for good measure.

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four-stars

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Sunday, May 27, 2018 Permalink

“I’m just gonna read for a bit tonight cos I’ve got an early start tomorrow,” I said as I opened The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. I’d add the hashtag…. #famouslastwords but you can guess what comes next.

Yep. Me finishing the book while drinking wine and alternating between caramello koalas and little triangles of processed cheese, while ensonced in my warm bed at my mother’s for hours after my intended bedtime. *

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four-stars