Competition Time: Brand-Spanking New Kindle eReader

Many moons ago, on a newsletter far far away, I promised a couple of Kindle eReaders to two of my followers.

I’ve decided to run two competitions – the first of which will be through Facebook, taking place……NOW!

The prize? The new Amazon Kindle eReader (in either black or white). After some thought I’ve decided to open this prize up to all countries. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Read more

A Gluttonous Feast of Free Books

As a relative newcomer to Instafreebie, I recently stumbled upon a facebook group where genre-specific authors batched their books together to run promotions.

Sounded like such a good idea that I decided to join the Science Fiction and Fantasy campaign, organised by Dean F. Wilson which is running from the 14th-20th of November. Read more

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – Good Omens (Book Review)

good omens books cover neil gaiman terry pratchettOpening Line(s): It was a nice day. All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet.

Book Cover Blurb: Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.”

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea… Read more

Stella Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm (Book Review)

cold comfort farm stella gibbonsOpening Line: The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of the influenza or Spanish plague which occurred in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living.

Book Cover Blurb: When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. Read more

Joseph Heller – Catch-22 (Book Review)

61k33tu1calOpening Line: It was love at first sight.

Book Cover Blurb: Set in the closing months of World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

His real problem is not the enemy – it is his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

If Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions then he is caught in Catch-22: if he flies he is crazy, and doesn’t have to; but if he doesn’t want to he must be sane and has to.

That’s some catch…

Genre: Classic Fiction/Humor Read more

Books That Choke

6210847346_96b079c434_zREADING HABITS CHANGE over time.

Moby Dick, considered a classic work of literature, would struggle to get published today.

Why?

The novel oscillates between daring adventure on the high seas, to a lengthy discourse on whale species, how to procure the oil from blubber and other trivial information only useful to a seaman or aquatic anoraks with a penchant for mammalian facts. Read more

Episode 3 of #Reid2Write – Richie Allen talks Alternative Media and Waking Up

THREE YEARS AGO at a wedding, I bumped into a friend.

He was always considered a black sheep of his family, a little odd but very entertaining with some of his oddball views about extra-terrestrials, shady Government officials and shapeshifting humans.

The kind of person you’d be selective about introducing to others. Read more

Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird (Book Review)

to kill a mockinbird book review harper leeOpening Line: When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

Book Cover Blurb: “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee‘s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Read more