So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Book of July;The Tower of Babel by G.T. Anders

The Tower of Babel (Vaulan Cycle)

Exciting, new, fresh, a complete suprise!

Having been asked to review this book, I was looking forward to a dip into Science Fiction  being a child of the Asimov generation, but not having read much SciFi for years.

A dying world, where a new Tower of Babel is being built.  A hero who is an artist and a sort of  mystic and a  call to go back to complete a mission.  What’s going on?  I’m not going to tell. Suffice to say, this is a book with a plot that is fulfilled in all the literary ways.  It has drama and great suspense, and it’s unique.  The words of the hero Austin is often more poetic than prose. G.T Anders has experimented with new ideas with prose, and they work, they aren’t intrusive, they build this fantastic, sad world. There are monsters and mysteries and bad baddies and a narrative that spoon feeds you nothing. No long-winded explanations, you have to work at it like the characters but you are carried along.   The ending is beautiful in it’s technique and the final divine love that comes through.

Amazing.  This book needs to be picked up by a Publisher.  Now.


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Oh no, she’s not created yet another blog has she?

I’ve been having such a blast with reading my Kindle and book reviewing and entering new competitions and finding so much stuff to blither about, I’ve gone and re-created the Book review blog as there was such a backlog building.

This time, I’ve stuck with WordPress as it works not like some I could mention!  There will be some repeats but also updates and I’ll use both to unashamedly plug my own stuff!

Here’s the address;

http://booksandanna.wordpress.com/


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Chik-Lit for Foxy hens


 

I am loath to write a negative review, but was so disappointed by this collection of short stories, I feel I must.  The title had me expecting something funky for ladies who are technically a bit too old for the real Chic lit generation.

I’m afraid I didn’t get into past the first few pages of the third story.  Those I did read seemed formed from a wealthy, complacent ideology (I could do a literary analysis of why I think this, but don’t think I have any insomniacs reading this).  I try to be aware of my own as I read and of course this coloured my reaction.  However, the first story just didn’t work, the man who walks into the heroines life is unbelievable and that a dying man would accept his man as his replacement (that’s the presumption), just didn’t gel.  Likewise  in the second story when a woman is going to leave her unfaithful husband and then sleeps with him for several weeks before she leaves, even setting a date to go,  just didn’t read plausible. In her new life,she conveniently takes up with the help. This and the unbelieveably unfaithful husband had me binning the book before I got any further.

I didn’t need to know about the writer and their achievements before  I read their story either – that smacked of self-satisfaction.

This was such a chance to write some funky love stories but it was all the dreary round of divorce/death and meeting  a second love , what a shame. I  do apologise if I did miss something new and original and funky, but I think not.

Lady writers, being in love in your forties and fifties doesn’t always involve infidelity, death and angst.  Think and get our of your boxes!


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Drew in Blue by J.M.Kelley – book of the month!

I never read other book reviews or even about the author before I read a book, I want as few preconceptions as possible, and not to absorb other people’s ideas.  And sometimes too much information isn’t needed! It’s funny though, often when I go afterwards to learn more, others back up my views or I’ve guessed correctly about the author.

In this case, Drew, the main character had me wondering whether the author was male or female because apart from a few stereotypical bits, SHE had got the male viewpoint really well which is often difficult.

A single guy coping with a baby – and the picture you get of Drew at the starts bodes no good.  As you get to know him, you find his mother died young and he was in foster homes; this makes you expect him to be a waster. Well, he is of sorts but he is also a talented painter.  Drew’s coping with his son Nick is so well depicted that I was there as he tried to feed the baby and cope with the sleepless nights. I did half expect Nick’s mother to try to reclaim him but she didn’t. Such an obvious device would have spoilt the book.

Like so many main characters, he is completely oblivious to his real feelings for Kris. This is such a common factor in main characters that I’m beginning to see it as like the Shakespearean fatal flaw over all humanity; take Ted in Ted’s Island for example. Throughout literature, the heroes eyes are opened to the true love/enemy at the last minute.  So I guess I should just get used to it.

I loved this flawed man who through being a father moves to adulthood and maturity. Drew will be one of my favourite characters for quite a while!


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Changing direction

The little house in Tyrol that started the dream

I’ve been wittering on about the new job and being at home and stuff, and trying to keep myself open to everything that God wants me to do, and things are happening -albeit slowly.  The most important is that voice that has been saying maybe its time to make some money out of all of this blogging and writing.  Since I’ve been doing book reviews, the readership has shot up, and this may be a way forward -such hardship, having to read books!   It seems I can also earn from adding advertising  for a certain well know international website as  well.  So why not, if it doesn’t work, well, it just doesnt work!  I’ve done a certain amount of proof reading and critiquing, so I could offer this for people.   My degree in English might finally have some use.  Trouble is, I will have to create a new Blog as this one can’t carry the advertising, I’ll keep you informed!

It was my dream when we saw the very first house in the Tyrol. To have a place where I could write and read and paint (painting’s a while off!), and have retreats for people. I still have my idea for Austrian riding holidays, which could be do-able.  I just need God to give us some of his money to buy the flat next door or the one upstairs to make it into a B&B or Guesthouse, then perfect!   Then the therapy work wouldnt need to be such a bread winner for me, and maybe I’d then be able to have a dog, or a horse…………..


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Tom’s success

Another view of the house from Tom

I fully admit that I’m staggered by the number of downloads of Tom.  As I write its over 1,400 – maybe in the next few days I’ll actually get some stars and feedback!    So many people have my book!  Mostly in the USA as expected.  I hadn’t really been thinking about the money, until my brother pointed out how much I’d have made if this was sales.  I hadn’t even gone there till then.  The greed monkey then pointed the figure out, and it would mean I wouldn’t need to look for another job this year.

Until then, I’d just been rejoicing.  Some time ago when I was desperately trying to get published, I offered God all the profits from the book, just so it would be published, and that stood.  I did ask God when all this was in the offing, what should I do but had no clear direction,  so I just priced it and left it. I was also thinking with it going out free, how this would satisfy us both.  Now I keep on dreaming of earning enough from Tom to live.  Then I think of how God has prospered us since we’ve been here, we’ve never been so financially secure, we have more than enough. I just think of having the extra to print Tom in hardback and pay for our trip to the UK this autumn. It’s my guilt with Dave working so hard and me not for once that’s driving me.  Then again, as Andrew Wommack says, let your inaginaton pray for what you want.

At the moment, I only have a vague idea for a new book, but I do have a collection of short stories, which surprisingly I find still a lot available and popular on Kindle………………