Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sympathy for the Devil


A very interesting and entertaining short read that delivers a very intriguing story. Satan's Plea is a letter from Lucifer as he tells his story of the story before the big man comes to clean house one final time. The narrative is very well constructed and.....well it has you feeling sympathy for the devil.

The Devils spin on some of the bibles stories is highly entertaining as is his spin on God's personality. I found myself disappointed when this book came to an end as I was just really settling into it. I suppose that is not a bad thing. All I ask of Nelson Lowhim is please sir can we have some more.

4 Stars

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Book of the Year 2017....Im Calling it!!!




First read of 2017 and I am calling book of the year done and dusted. After a huge last year from Nicholas Sansbury Smith this year is looking even better.
Trackers is completely different from anything offered by this talented author to date. This book is one of the best EMP disaster books I have read. The story is told in two narratives that entwine together the story a Nation under attack and a small town affected by the EMP and also in the midst of a spate of murders. As usual the characters in the story are well thought out and developed and this further enhances the narrative.
The author has managed to capture the feeling of all those great Cold War era stories when the end of the World seemed to be around the corner. The fact that Sansbury Smith has managed to deliver such a powerful read that is completely different to his others shows the depth of talent he possesses.
 
5 Very Big Stars

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Bread Clip

It's been a while but here is the return of the history of everyday items.


The humble bread clip we use them everyday with out giving them a second thought. But who invented this marvel of the modern world? Keep reading and discover the history of the humble bead clip.

The bread clip was invented by Floyd G. Paxton and manufactured by the Kwik Lok Corporation, based in Yakima, Washington with manufacturing plants in Yakima and New Haven, Indiana. Kwik Lok Corporation's clips are eponymously called "Kwik Lok closures".
 
Floyd Paxton was known for repeatedly telling the story about how he came up with the idea of the bread clip. As he told it, he was flying home on an airliner in 1952 and opened a bag of peanuts, whereupon he realized he had no way to reclose it. He rummaged through his wallet and found an expired credit card and hand-carved his first bag clip with his small pen knife. When a fruit packer, Pacific Fruit, wanted to replace rubber bands with a better bag closure for its new plastic bags, Paxton remembered his bag of peanuts. He hand-whittled another clip from a small sheet of Plexiglas. With an order in hand for a million clips, Paxton designed a die-cut machine to produce the clips at high speed. Despite repeated attempts, Paxton never won a United States patent for his clips. He did win numerous patents for the high-speed "bag closing apparatus" that made the clips, inserted bread into bags and applied the clips for the finished product.


The bread clip was developed in the early 1950s, because there was a growing need to close plastic bags on the packagingline very efficiently. Manufacturers, using more and more automation in the manufacture and packaging of food, needed methods to allow them to raise production volumes and reduce costs. At the same time a hurried population of consumers wanted a fast and easy way to open and effectively seal food bags—originally bread hence the name. The simple bread clip allowed for that. In addition, re-closability became a selling point as smaller families and higher costs slowed consumption, leading to a potential for higher rates of spoilage.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Chernobyl 1:23:40







Well it doesn't take a Nuclear Physicists to figure out the subject of this book. Andrew Leatherbarrow has obviously spent a lot of time researching this book and it shows in the quality of the writing.

Chernobyl goes hand in hand with Nuclear Disaster but how many really know more than the basics of this historic disaster. This book not only goes into the details of the meltdown as it unfolds but also gives a view of the history of nuclear power disasters as well as what happened afterwards.

What I really loved about this book is the authors story of travelling to Chernobyl to truly immerse himself in the subject matter.I recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in the Chernobyl disaster. This book is destined to become the go to book for those wanting to have a ver good overview.



4.5 Stars

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Meah

 
 
I have to be honest and admit it was the title of this book that grabbed my attention. It must be my hidden teenager hiding inside reaching out. Also any book with a "Extreme Horror" warning on it screams read me.

Sick Bastards was OK but I honestly did not find it that disturbing. Yes there are some sections of the book that makes you cringe but overall its rather Vanilla in the context of "shock horror". I found that Matt Shaw has a very easy style of writing that drives the story along at a nice clip. The actual story is entertaining with a very nice twist at the end.

There was enough in this book for me to line up another one of Shaw's books to give a go. If I did not go into this book with the promise of extreme horror I may have gave it an extra star.
3 Stars

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Moon Over Soho


 
This second instalment of the Peter Grant series continues on with the excellent tone set by it's predecessor. Moon Over Soho is a great example of Urban Fantasy writing at its finest.

We are plunged back into the world of PC Peter Grant and the folly as he continues to learn about the hidden world of magic and river gods that inhabit London and it's surrounds. The story continues with out missing a beat as we are introduced to some new creatures of the night with a hint Jazz as always in the background.

All males be warned though there are part of this book that will make you will wince and have some fairly awful nightmares for at least a month. Ben Aaronovitch is onto a killer of a series that I believe has some serious legs. Book three is on the near horizon for me.
 
4 Stars

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Life on the Road

 
 
Not the most stellar book title going on but something about this book grabbed my attention. Truck driving is not my normal subject of choice. But as my reviews have shown you are often rewarded when you move out of your comfort zone.

So was this book worth the gamble? In my humble opinion hell yeah I had a blast reading this book and I already have some more truck tales lined up. Spirit of the road tells the story of a middle aged rookie as he starts his new career as a interstate truck driver. It takes us through all the ups and downs of the industry as seen from the drivers seat.    

3.5 Stars