Hard Case Crime Wishlist…

Hi Everyone,

After reading The Colorado Kid and noticing that the publisher was ‘Hard Case Crime’ I decided to have a look and their website and see what was available. I couldn’t believe how many books I found! They all feature beautiful retro artwork and have such cool names. As with most books I would buy them on the kindle but at a starting price of around £5.50 , there is no way that I could get the haul that I truly wanted. Here are a few that I have vowed to treat myself once I have cleared some of my to read pile.

  1. False Negative by Joseph Koenig –  This author has won award for his fiction before and this particular one is about a journalist running an article on a beauty queen. In true noir style we can call imagine how that turns out..
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  2. Murder is my Business by Brett Halliday – This is part of the Mike Shayne mysteries. Shayne is a private eye and this time he has been hired by a millionaire  – it is ten years later and he runs into the millionaire’s daughter. No good can come of this… Mike Shayne had starred in more than seventy novels and numerous TV shows and movies. murder is my business
  3. House Dick by E Howard Hunt – this looks amazing. As you can probably tell by the title this is about a hotel detective working in a Washington Hotel. This particular author went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. And Richard Nixon is quoted as saying ‘This fellow Hunt… he know too damn much.’

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There are so many I am interested but I would be writing all day. Have you read any of the Hard Case Crime books if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Flashback Friday – The Princess Diaries

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Hi Everyone,

I have decided to do something a little bit different for the blog. I am going to be going back to my childhood book loves and reading them again – or trying new material from these authors. I will still continue to love my crime and horror but I want to see if the tone is appropriate for the age group etc

The first book I started with was the Princess Diaries and I just read the first one – there is a whole series.

These were some of my favourites. Mia Thermopolis is 14 years old and lives with her scatty mum in a Manhattan loft. She has a normal live until she finds out she is a Princess.

Read this book reminded me very much of my teenage self Mia is extremely self absorb and emotional. She is scared to assert herself and is totally in love with Josh Richter the best looking boy in the school. Her best friend is Lilly and she has a TV show on public access TV. This book is fun and fluffy and although there are some hints of sex and innuendo in there it is not inappropriate. Some of the scenes are actually genuinely really funny.

This book allows girls to fantasize about being a Princess in a normal setting.

Due to the references this is probably not appropriate for children below 12.

Format: I own this on the Kindle

Pages: 234

Goodreads Score: 3.7 (I scored it a 4)

Book Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Hi Everyone,

I am sorry to follow up with another Stephen King book review so quickly but I have a huge backlog of books I need to review and this is one of them.

Colorado Kid is one of Stephen King’s crime books and also happens to be a novella. I like both the his books with a crime strain and also his shorter books. I was so excited to read this one as it had been sitting on my kindle for ages.

This story follows Stephanie who is currently interning at a small paper and she is talking to the two owners/editors. They begin to tell her a story about how a man was found washed up on the beach and noone had any idea where he had come from or how he got there. Some deduction at the time meant that they discovered the man’s name but how he got there was still a total mystery.

I liked this. It had a noiresque feel to it, which I can really connect to. It does not finish all wrapped up like a number of crime books and that made me like it even more. This includes some of the slight glimpses into the future that Stephen King does so well and again (like in The Cycle of the Werewolf) he manages to scale his descriptive work back. This has encouraged me to discover more of these titles and I think the next stop for me is Joyland!

Format: As always for me Kindle

Approx Pages: 184

Goodreads Rating : 3.18 ( I gave this a 4)

Merry Christmas!

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Hi Everyone!

Today is just going to be short post as this is my favourite day of the year I have lots of presents to open and food to eat. I hope everyone is having a great day and we should all look at what we should be thankful for. Things I am thankful for:

  • My boyfriend – he makes me really happy and treats me like a princess I could not ask for a better partner.
  • My Beautiful Home – I have lived here now with my boyfriend for two and a half years and it just holds so many happy memories.
  • My Job- I genuinely love what I do and cannot wait to get further in my career.

What are you thankful for? Merry Christmas!

Reality Star Fiction… Books from Unlikely Sources

Hi Everyone,

I bought Lauren Conrad’s Beauty earlier this year and found it to be amazing help when it came to makeup techniques. As a result I went onto her blog and noticed that she also had a fiction trilogy – one that I have since read a number of reviews on. Here are some of the ones I have since noticed and I may be interested in:

  • The Kardashian’s Dollhouse – This has been out for a couple of years now and a number of my friends bought this at the time. I have read the first few pages on Amazon and it actually seems to be quite decent. This has a beautiful leopard print cover. Reading the blurb this does seem a bit cheesy for instance the sisters involved are called Kamille, Kassidy and Kyle. They are deeply loyal and beautiful too. This may turn out not to be my type of thing at all, but I think it could be a fun read. dollhouse
  • Lauren Conrad’s The Fame Game – I have read some great reviews of her work and after reading Beauty I would be very interested to read some more. This follows on with a character called Madison Parker from the Candy books that she also penned. This looks like a chic easy read that could sit quite comfortably next to the Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes in my collection. famegame
  • Katie Price’s Crystal – There are a number of books created by Katie Price but they are actually written by a Ghost Writer this is a fact that to her credit, she has never hidden. There are a number of books that feature different women with different names coming from various gems. These books have had huge success here in Britain and every book she brings out has great success. This may be the first one I purchase.crystal

What do you think? Would you read a book by any of these reality starlets?

Book Review: Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

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Hi Everyone,

If you have read this blog before you will be aware of my love for Stephen King. I just have one issue with his work – his books seem to be too long and strung out. Sometimes irrelevant details are added  and the stories can take a long time to get off the ground.

This why I wanted to try a novella.

This book follows the story of Tarker’s Mills a small town in Maine where every full moon someone is being found killed. There is a joke throughout the town that there is a Werewolf but soon this joke starts to look very real. Later on in the year and a local disabled boy has taken some fireworks out into the back garden when the werewolf comes for him. Quick thinking means that the throws a firework in the beasts face as and a result the creature loses an eye. There is just one person in the town wearing an eye patch and it is hard to believe it could be him committing these murders…

This book is almost a horror and crime mixed in one and it is nice to see that Stephen King has not swayed from his typical setting (I kind of like the small town in Maine stuff). The books’ chapters are set up into months and there is great a funny afterword written by the author.

His usual descriptive flair is present here but it is scaled back, the reader can really enjoy the story without being bogged down by the details. I believe this is book number 11 I have read by King and it is the only one like it. This book would be great to read around Halloween and I don’t think it is too gory or scary for 11+ children.

Probably my favourite thing about this book is that the one person quick witted enough to not be killed by the werewolf (and to ultimately stop him) is the young boy in the wheelchair. This is not done in a patronising way either. I would certainly recommend it to people who are new to this author or the genre in general.

Format: Kindle ( I have something like 56 Stephen King books on there!)

Approx Pages: 128

Goodreads Rating: 3.58 (I gave it a 5)

Book Habits Tag!

Hi Everyone,

So here is another tag that I stole from a variety of Youtube videos – I just love doing them.

Ok so let’s begin.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I do yes, this is normally on the sofa in a kind of lying down position. Sometimes I may also sit on the bed to read.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? I don’t often read tree books anymore but when I do, it is definitely a random piece of paper. As much as I would love one of those beautiful leather bookmarks that some people have I would just lose it,
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages? I can stop reading at any time but I generally prefer when I have finished a chapter or when I get a certain  number of pages.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Yes normally I like to have a huge cup of tea to keep me going I will also read quite often when eating my lunch at work.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? I can’t really have TV on when I read it just distracts me too much. I also watch shows that I need to concentrate on quite a bit such a film shows or documentaries and I don’t want to miss something. I love to listen to music quietly whilst reading though.
6. One book at a time or several at once? I can only read one book at a time if I read two or more it just confuses me and I don ‘t know where I’m up to.
7. Reading at home or everywhere? I take public transport to and from work so I often read then and also I will read at my desk during break and so on.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? No, never.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I like  a book to stay looking nice and new as long as possible. Inevitably thought the spine is going to break or the corners of the book are going to curl, I just don’t want to rush that process.
11. Do you write in your books? No. When I was school I used to as the notes help me figure things out. Now I read for pleasure so I don’t need to.
12. Who do you tag? Everyone!