Sunday, 29 January 2017

Not For Everyone

This book is not going to be for everyone...hell it's not even going to be for the majority. I have to admit I struggled through the first chapter but this is more due to a recent addition to the family more then being squeamish.

But I am glad I stuck with it as I was rewarded with a story that was engaging if not very disturbing. It has been a while since I have read a simple good ole Satanic Cult story. This one is disguised as an exclusive all Girls School that has a surprisingly high pregnancy rate.

The story develops along well but I found the finish felt a bit rushed to me. But that the only quibble I have about this book.

3 Stars

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