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The Brigstone Man By Anne Hammerton


“The story is slow to gather momentum but rises to an unexpected rousing finale with a few astonishing twists that I didn’t see coming.”

The Brigstone Man follows main protagonist, Sally Wincott, a thirty something career woman who is forced into hiding when her father, a well-known anthropologist is murdered after discovering something of prodigious historical and religious significance. Sally lives in fear that the men who murdered her father and his team are trying to find her and kill her for the information her father gave to her in his papyrus about the Brigstone find. However, regardless of the threat and disruption it has caused her over the last eight months she is determined to delve into the mysterious secret by travelling to various parts of the world only to discover that she is the only living person remaining that knows the life-changing discovery.

Overall, I found the story to be engaging and full of mystery and I look forward to reading more of Hammerton´s work in the near future. The only reason I cannot give this book a five-star rating is I felt some of the dialogue was forced and a little too formal. With regards to the writing style I found it pretty impressive, despite a few ´tell´ rather than ´show´ scenarios which could have been mastered better.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

A Classical Fairytale Shaped into A Modern Day Narrative.


By Stacy Juba

“Fooling Around With Cinderella is a wonderful and exciting start to what promises to be the first in the Storybook Valley series.”

The story follows Jaine Andersen, an overworked, loyal and yet undervalued heroine, who is taken advantage by her sisters. Jaine is in desperate need of a change as she has been laid off from her job in a medical centre and applies for a marketing role at the local amusement park where she used to visit as a girl. Jaine manages to convince the general manager, Dylan Callahan, with her great ideas for the amusement park and Dylan offers Jaine a marketing position in November, when the park closes for the season, but in the meantime he manages to charm her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer.

I admire the way Juba takes on a classical fairytale and shapes it to a modern-day narrative. Overall the story and its charm are still in tack, it is just wrapped differently.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

Enter The Monkey: By Prince Rasta


Enter The Monkey is a memoir of one man’s search for happiness and self-discovery in a dream adventure around the world.

Prince Rasta opens his diary from the age of five to the age of twenty-seven for the world to see. The reader is invited into his world to share his emotional journey from been a young boy who is weighed down with insecurities, to a young man who gains precious insights in to some of life’s most basic questions.

I would like to applaud Prince Rasta in being so defenceless and honest with his feelings and expressing his thoughts so openly, as I suspect some people will either love it as a source of inspiration, or hate it as self-indulgent blah blah blah. I found the book to be truly inspirational and think it will help many people on their own personal journeys towards fulfilment.

My Ranking: 4 Stars


4 Star Review: Pilgrim By Terrence Atwood


Pilgrim is a revolutionary Interplanetary Exploration probe that will be sent to a newly discovered planet in our solar system. Its mission is to seek out extraterrestrial life. However, after a few minutes after launch Pilgrim malfunctions and crashes down to earth as several members of the military beforehand have altered the probes mission. 10 hours in to its original mission Pilgrim carries on with its tasks to explore the planet’s surface, navigating through any terrain, cutting through any obstacle that gets in its way and most importantly trying to seek out new life, while simultaneously eradicating all life forms by dissecting them, breaking them down to atoms so it can transmit the data back to earth.
Catherine Tennison who is a planetary scientist that helped design and program Pilgrim unexpectedly loses her fiancée Chad, as Pilgrim kills him in cold blood before the launch. Catherine is unaware of the militaries secretive security device that they have installed into Pilgrim and goes in pursuit of Pilgrim along with Walt Macken, to try and stop it however, the tables soon turn as they soon become the hunted.
The military can’t shut Pilgrim down; they can’t bomb it, or even get near it in its wake of mass destruction, despite their best efforts. Catherine soon teams up with the military against her better judgement to check if there is a flaw in its design, or a glitch in its programming to save the world as she knows it from Armageddon. The biggest question is will she succeed, or will it be end of humanity as we know it?
Highly recommended reading for Sci-Fi fans. This author is clearly one to watch out for in the future and I look forward to reading more of his work. I would have personally like to have seen more character development with Catherine and Walt to add more substance to their desperate plight and hope in the next instalment this small issue will be addressed.
My Ranking: 4 Stars

4 Star Review: The Simulations By John Forelli

This delightful, comical and highly entertaining story starts when the Ray Ality, the main male protagonist goes for a job interview. Ray has high expectations as he is fresh out of college with new ideas about statistical formatting and is excited at the prospect that he will get to use his advanced technical skills in a company that uses the latest software. However, he is soon informed that his duties will be beneath his abilities and accepts the job anyway as he feels it a fair price to pay to start his professional career.
A few days later Ray, greets the Delilah again, the friendly and extremely attractive receptionist and is introduced to the rest of the team he will be working with. He perceives these new co-workers as a strange bunch of people. First Ray is introduced to Tom, who works in Human Resources who tries to lower his starting salary and takes an instant dislike to him as Tom clearly states that Ray wasn’t his preferred choice for the position. Secondly, Ray is introduced to his new cubical partner, Jordan, who listens to classical music and drinks red wine. The rest of the team consists of a woman called Margie, who has a distinctive limp and airs her loud, profound and profane rants out daily on the telephone with her husband that Ray finds very disturbing as she is situated in the next cubical. There are several more strange and eccentric characters he can’t quite work out and ends up befriending Bob, who works in the server room number 42. Bobs sole wish seems to be chomping down on Cheetos, playing the Sims, while smoking weed and eating junk food. Ray finds Bob a welcomed distraction away from his repetitive and mundane tasks he has to perform on a daily basis. In an attempt to win Delilah’s heart over they start to rip data from Delilah’s social media accounts to get the metadata they need to put into her new file. The servers can hack in to all her private messages, email, text messages etc, so it will provide them with a perfect information avatar. Bob combines the source code for the Sims and Eclipse and uploads all of Delilah’s information and pictures to the program and uses it to create her Sim in order to run a number of simulations for Ray to try out. However, the simulations become repetitive as Ray becomes more and more absorbed with the oculus virtual reality headset and is unable to distinguish between two different realities.
Will Rays and Bob’s attempts win over Delilah, the receptionist’s heart? And if so, at what cost?
Highly recommended reading for virtual reality fans that have a sense of humour and enjoy a plot with plenty of twist and turns.
My Rating:
4 Stars

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My Review: Rhymes From Today’s Mind By Luke Daniel & Seriah Sargenton

This is a compilation of eleven short rhymes. Luke Daniel and Seriah Sargenton are philosophical poets, who write a number of slant rhymes, imperfect rhymes, near rhymes, oblique rhymes and off rhymes. These poems are about a number of topics such as love, nature, Mother Nature and the destructive nature of human beings. The poets have used a variety of poetic methods that help to enhance and shape their poems. One of my favourite poems is “Gold Digger” as it is fully charged with raw emotion and the use of some profanity surrounding the negative impact of a relationship that has come to an end.
In conclusion, Luke Daniel and Seriah Sargenton write about a wide range of concerns while applying poetic methods such as human beings destructive nature, smile and personification giving each poem a meaning in its own significance in the world of philosophical poetry.
My Ranking:
4 Stars

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Highly recommended philosophical poems!