SERIES


BOOK REVIEW: SEVENEVES

TITLE:  SEVENEVES AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson BLURB: What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, […]


BOOK REVIEW: SHERLOCK HOLMES vs. CTHULHU

TITLE:  SHERLOCK HOLMES vs. CTHULHU AUTHOR: Lois H. Gresh BLURB: A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains of the deceased, along with a bizarre sphere covered in strange symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and […]


BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN GODS

  TITLE:  AMERICAN GODS AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman BLURB: After three years in prison, Shadow has served his time. But as the days and hours until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before his release date, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

TITLE:  THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS AUTHOR: M.R. CAREY BLURB: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of […]


BOOK REVIEW: OMENS

TITLE:  OMENS AUTHOR: KELLEY ARMSTRONG BLURB: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when […]


BOOK REVIEW: MR. MERCEDES

TITLE:  Mr. Mercedes AUTHOR: Stephen King BLURB: The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and ploughs through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more […]


BOOK REVIEW: SAPIENS

TITLE:  SAPIENS AUTHOR: YUVAL NOAH HARARI BLURB: One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a […]


BOOK REVIEW: FRANKENSTEIN – THE SERIES

TITLE:  FRANKENSTEIN – THE SERIES AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ BLURB: From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE FIREMAN

TITLE:  THE FIREMAN AUTHOR: JOE HILL BLURB: Nobody knew where the virus came from. FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian […]


BOOK REVIEW: STALLO

  TITLE:  Stallo AUTHOR: Stefan Spjut BLURB: Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims that he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE WHITE ROAD

  TITLE:  The White Road AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It’s a case that nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil — […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE TREES

  TITLE:  The Trees AUTHOR: Ali Shaw BLURB: They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves. Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE KILLING KIND

  TITLE:  The Killing Kind AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: Nobody wants to believe that Grace Peltier committed suicide: not Curtis, her father; not former US senator Jack Mercier; and not private detective Charlie Parker, who has been hired to investigate the circumstances of her death. But when a mass grave in northern Maine […]


BOOK REVIEW: DARK HOLLOW

  TITLE:  Dark Hollow AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: A young woman, Rita Ferris, and her little son die at the hands of an unknown killer, and the past and present collide violently for Charlie Parker. Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the hunt for […]


BOOK REVIEW: HEART SHAPED BOX

TITLE:  HEART SHAPED BOX AUTHOR: JOE HILL BLURB: Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his […]


BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF THE LOST

TITLE:  CITY OF THE LOST AUTHOR: KELLEY ARMSTRONG BLURB: Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend Diana’s ex has found her again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll […]


MEANWHILE…#3

This is what I’m getting up to lately… Reading: I’m reading two books at the moment. The first is the latest from John Connolly Game of Ghosts and the other is for work Professional Development As Transformative Learning (!) by Patricia Cranton. Watching: Coming down from a staple diet of DC and Marvel […]


BOOK REVIEW: EVERY DEAD THING

  TITLE:  Every Dead Thing AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, and tormented by his sense of guilt, former NYPD detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. But when his ex-partner asks him to track […]


BOOK REVIEW: NORSE MYTHOLOGY

  TITLE:  Norse Mythology AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman BLURB: In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and […]


BOOK REVIEW: BRYANT & MAY-PECULIAR CRIMES

  TITLE:  The Bryant & May Series AUTHOR: Christopher Fowler BLURB: Arthur Bryant and John May are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit, London’s most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second World War to investigate cases that could cause national scandal […]


PICTURE MIX #1

Here is a new crop of photos from Instagram that caught my eye. Hover on each one to see who the photographer is and where to find them and scroll down to read why I like these terrific photos. AndyHud lets his love of Blackpool, UK, shine through in each and every […]


MEANWHILE…#2

This is what I’m getting up to lately… Reading: I’m reading two books at the moment. The first a thriller I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. The second a very interesting book called Quiet by Susan Cain. Both are on my #BigBookChallenge list. Watching: As well as the usual gogglebox fodder I’ve been watching […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA OF SHADOWS

TITLE:  The Sea of Shadows AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong BLURB: In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE GREEN ROAD

TITLE:  The Green Road AUTHOR: Anne Enright BLURB: The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness―a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them. Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS

TITLE:  The Book of Lost Things AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his […]


THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE – UPDATE

Okay so I’ve wracked my brain to come up with a list of books for the Big Book Challenge (see my earlier post for details). Given the fact I have two years to complete the challenge I’m sure some of these will fall by the wayside, but a good start is […]


WORD: VELLICHOR

The website World Wide Words gives credit to the creation of this recently coined word to John Koenig on his website The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig describes Vellichor as meaning – the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with […]


BOOK REVIEW: BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS

TITLE:  Bazaar of Bad Dreams AUTHOR: Stephen King BLURB: Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of Stephen’s finest gifts to the constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”   I’ve been one […]


THE BIG BOOK CHALLENGE

I’ve never been someone who rose to the bait of a challenge but when paparali.com challenged me to read (and review) 20 books over the next 24 months I couldn’t refuse. Having worked most of my adult life in adult education and principally adult literacy, I feel this is a […]


MEANWHILE…#1

This is what I’m getting up to lately… Reading: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. I’m a huge Connolly fan and think the characters that populate his Charlie Parker novels are amazing. This novel is more fantasy/fable type than supernatural crime drama like his other books. Just started […]


ENJOY!

I was lucky enough to have been on holiday in Florida in the early noughties when every shop assistant, waitress and person you met finished every interaction with a chirpy “have a nice day!”. When I say lucky I’m referring to the holiday and not the chirpy instruction as to […]


GETTING AROUND TO PROCRASTINATION

Now there’s procrastination and then there’s my brand of procrastination. Here’s what I mean: my Dad died almost two years ago and shortly after the funeral my two siblings and I spent a brief and miserable evening sorting out his ‘things’. He was monklike in his approach to possessions and […]


THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET

Little did I know when I suggested a Blogging Challenge from September to December that returning to work after the summer break would mean my brain would work to rule and refuse to let a single thought solidify enough to write a meme never mind a blog post. My “Things […]

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ALBUM UPDATES

Cork 2013 and People Watching Albums have been updated.

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ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER…..REALLY?

  The idiom goes “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and according to my late mother the next line is” but presence makes the love grow stronger”. Another nugget of received wisdom that appears to contradict itself, but does it? To begin with is fondness and love on equal footing? […]


DOODLES

I’m a Doodler. That’s it I’ve admitted it. It’s out there. I can’t say I like to draw because it’s not drawing – they aren’t good enough to be called drawings – and they’re rarely finished, but they do qualify as doodles. I’ll post them in a Doodles Album in […]


LE CHATEAU…DE JA VU?

Having just recently returned from France I had a stop-in-your-tracks-and-do-a-double-take moment last Saturday when strolling through Cork city. I looked up and spotted a bar called Le Chateau. My tiny mind took a minute or two to register the coincidence and make the dislocation disappear. Le Chateau had a plaque […]


ALBUM UPDATES

       The FRANCE 2013 and PEOPLE-WATCHING albums have been updated.


FISH & CHIPS – FRENCH STYLE

Fish and chips are, well, fish and chips, but if you’re in France and cooking an evening meal why not put a spin on the traditional and try them with La Difference. We used Ray for the fish, bought frozen and quite inexpensive in the local Auchan supermarket. The chips […]


ALBUM UPDATES

     The FRANCE 2013 and PEOPLE-WATCHING albums have been updated.     


COUNTRY ROADS

My old pal Denver is 12 years of age (84 in dog years) and despite the down at heel  look on his face – it’ll stop soon if you ignore it – he’s actually over the moon about going on his road trip today.   Unlike other migrating species he heads […]


RETAIL THERAPY

A public holiday in Ireland can leave a lot to be desired (at least during the day). When my daughter suggested some retail therapy in one of our biggest and best shopping centres I didn’t need much persuasion. Much to my chagrin I discovered many of the shops weren’t open […]


COFFEE IS MY FRIEND

Isn’t it funny how over time your needs, wants and preferences change? I used to think it strange when people would say they couldn’t get their day started until they had a cup of coffee or tea (and back in the day – a cigarette). Breakfast was always, and continues […]