Wednesday, 31 October 2012

{Review} Breakdown - Katherine Amt Hanna

Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna
423 Pages
Published April 2011 by Createspace
ISBN13: 9781461093794

Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population, and the subsequent loss of much of the world's technology, Chris Price finally makes it from New York to Britain to reunite with his brother. But unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby and the horrors he witnessed as he traveled through a changed world have damaged him. He struggles to let go of his past, accept the healing kindness of those around him, and let love back into his life.

I want to read more books like this.  Period the end.

I really was going to end the review there, because this book was so perfect in ways I can't explain, but that would be boring and not like me to pass up a chance to ramble on about nothing to all twenty of you readers.

When I was in the eighth grade, I read On The Beach by Nevil Shute and LOVED it (this should really explain a lot of things about me).  

Also in the eighth grade, I dressed up as a refrigerator for Halloween.  My dad painted a box white, cut open a freezer door and a main door, and voila - costume.  Best costume ever, in every way except logistically.  I could barely see.  I fell down a lot (or got knocked down when people punched the back of my box - ha!) and would get stuck on my stomach and needed someone to pull me back up.  I couldn't fit through doors.  People asked me if I was an outhouse.  But the worst part of all was after we were done trick or treating and were headed back home in the truck, my beloved white box FLEW out of the back of the truck on the highway and got ran over by a transport.  

That story had nothing at all to do with this book, but I thought it was a good day to fit it into a blog post.

Anyway.  In eighth grade, I read On The Beach by Nevil Shute and LOVED it.  Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna really took me back to that experience.  Although the plots are very different (nuclear fallout killing the population slowly vs a plague that brought down most of the world as we know it), I found the world building very similar.  Reading about reverting back to spots with no power, gas rations, food rations, trading food and necessities on market days .. the absolute joy in finding something we take for granted right this minute, like coffee.  

The journey Chris takes to reach his family is a very solitary one, and even when he finds company, he's still a very solitary man.  The story isn't action packed, but moves with a calm grace as we slowly get to know Chris.  

All in all, I was impressed.  I read this book as an epub, but I would definitely purchase a hard copy for my collection.  

See?  Way more fun than if I had ended when I said Period, the end.  

Friday, 26 October 2012

Friday Favourites

First things first.  It's the freakin' weekend baby so let's have me some fun ...

Oh wait, I'm old and lame and quote R Kelly lyrics.  Fun for me means mixing my own drinks and finding my own entertainment.

Here's a perfect drink for a brisk Fall day - it's called Smokin' Apple, and it's basically whiskey and apple cider.  There's a few other frou-frou ingredients, but I'm all for keeping it basic.  Check out the recipe over on my Facebook page, and while you're there, like me because that's the only place I post cocktail recipes.

In need of a laugh?  Let's be honest, it's grey and cold out and the leaves are almost gone, the snow is just around the corner .. who isn't in need of a laugh this time of year?  Check out the hilarious goat video, and tell me you don't want one as a pet.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

{Review} The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

Ebook - 136 pages
Published July 2012 by Carina Press

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it's hard to connect with a man who doesn't seem to know she exists...

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it's not for a date--he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn't expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of "lessons."

Cami soon discovers Ivan's schedule isn't the only thing he likes to be strict about--he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She's shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation...

It's been awhile since I properly blogged.  I know.  I'm a bit of a flake.  I know that, too.  You wouldn't be the first to say it, and I'll bet you my last few fingers of whiskey that you won't be the last.  So let's just move on from how I tend to vanish for long periods of time (FYI, I do this in real life too, so don't take it personally) and segue right into this hot little ditty of a book, shall we?

I'm not ashamed to admit that I love a good romance.  And having grown up on the scandalous Harlequin's of the 80's (which are MUCH smuttier than most stuff now, by the by), I love me a good "smut book", as my Ma calls them.  

Hearing my Ma use the word Smut disturbs me more than what's written inside said books.

Anyway.  Sex and romance, me likey. 

When The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden popped across my reader, I almost rolled my eyes.  Having just finished a horrible "erotic" trilogy I won't mention by name that I hated (Here's a hint - I nicknamed it Fifty Shades of Snoozefests), I was dubious.  The onslaught of erotica/BDSM/sexsexsex books to hit the mainstream market since said Snoozefest had left me overwhelmed with average writing and boring characters.

Not this book. 

I fell in literal love with Ivan's geeky awkwardness.  I adored Cami's average girl vibe.  I found their interactions believable.  This author wrote about sex and BDSM in a way most (especially one) haven't recently - intelligently.  

At 136 pages, this was a quick, hot read, and it hit all the right spots.  Twice.

“In the National Geographic movie of my twisted mind, the lion had just leaped on the gazelle, pinned it to the ground and mounted it from behind. Apparently, the devouring could wait. I should point out that these little flights of fancy on my part often involved extremely improbable animal pairings. I blamed cartoons.” 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Guess who's back .. back again ..

Here's the thing - my "day job" is amazing, but it makes me INSANELY busy during the summer months.  Now that it's Fall, and shit is starting to slow down ... your favourite flakey blogger can get back in the groove.  

I'll give a proper update (and a whole shit load o'reviews) soon, but until then, let me leave you with this.

Think Spotify, but way better because it includes booze (clearly my priorities are still the same).  Type in what you're listening to, and BAM - it brings up what you should be drinking whilst you listen.  

Yeah, I said whilst. 

I typed in what I'm listening to, and the best, most appropriate answer ever came up.  Well, almost.  I think the best answer would have been whiskey, buuuuuuut I may be a bit biased.

(also, don't you love how my screen shot includes the window tab entitled "taking screen shots"?)