I received this book as a Review Copy for an honest review.
“Samuel Beauchamp has been dead for twenty-seven years, but that hasn’t stopped him from living…”
When Samuel Beauchamp dies as a young boy, he’s horrified to find that he’s not dead – that he appears to be existing outside of his dead body. As he comes to terms with what he’s become, he realises that he can occupy other people’s bodies and continue with his life.
The main bulk of the story follows Samuel as he has taken the body of a ‘bad sort’, cleaned him up and is just living day to day in 1950s New York, trying to fit in, even trying to have normal relationships with people. However, he is always on the look out for others like himself – a demon as he has read.
Will he find any kindred? Will he like it if he does?
I had no idea where this story was going to take me – and it often surprised me. And, as long as it’s well written, I see that as a good thing. There’s nothing worse than an ‘obvious’ story (unless you’re purposely reading some chick-lit for that very reason!)
Samuel was a very believable character – and very likeable. Especially for a demon! I haven’t enjoyed a demon since the wonderful Bartimaeus, of the trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.
On the other hand, the character of Elaine seems far less believable – and there are some rather risque parts that she’s involved in (just a little warning there!) – but it all comes good in the end when we find out WHY she is the way she is, and thus becomes believable herself!
I’ve never read anything by Michael Siemsen before, but I definitely will do again! Especially the book to which this is apparently a prequel – A Warm Place to Call Home.
I received this as a Review Copy for an honest review.
Alex Benedict is a hospital pharmacist whose personal life is about to crash into his career. His wife has terminal cancer and has just taken a turn for the worse.
Meanwhile, a fellow pharmacist has hung himself, shortly after a patient has died under suspicious circumstances – casting doubt over the deaths of some other patients.
Alex is then drawn into a chase to find a hidden treasure, knowing that finding it could be a matter of life and death.
I am really not sure what to make of this book. I’m not sure what it is meant to be. I assume it’s a thriller, but it’s far too soft a lot of the time, and the peril doesn’t feel very realistic. And then there’s some odd sort of sci-fi thing going on in it too. And also some kind of ‘National Treasure’ style short American history lesson.
For me, there were also too many ‘bibley’ statements made in it. Too much forgiveness, doing well to others, being at one with your maker, acceptance of fate. I want anger and emotion from my thrillers!
It wasn’t quite as bad as the awful Promise Me Eternity – although there are similarities between the two. It was confused, the dialogue felt stilted and the story flow and pace wasn’t quite right.
So, not exactly a book *I* will be giving a second chance, I’m afraid! (See what I did there?)
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As I have mentioned before, I did a couple of terms-worth of creative writing courses at City Lit end of last year, beginning of this.
I was excruciatingly nervous about this, having not written anything ‘creative’ for years – and definitely not being a college kind of girl. However, all of my fears were soon put to rest by our wonderful tutor, Bridget Whelan.
She was unfortunately unable to take our class for the second term, and I think the all of the students that had continued missed her a great deal.
For me, one of the best parts of Bridget’s classes were the exercises that she used to set within the lesson, to get our creative juices flowing – and I was especially pleased to recognise some of these in the creative writing book that she has just published.
The book is set into three terms, each consisting of ten lessons and gives not only tools and exercises to help writers work on their creativity, but also warns of some of the pitfalls.
I am in the lucky position of being able to ‘hear’ Bridget throughout the book – but I think her warmth, wit and genuine love of writing and writers comes across in every page. Bridget has taught many creative writing students, and I think you can really tell from her style that she’s enjoyed this, as above all it’s fun! And fun definitely helps!
This is a fantastic book for writers at any stage – whether you’re trying for the first time to get something onto a pristeen page, looking for a little inspiration or (like me) need to kick your arse into gear to actually write something when you thought your creativity well may have run dry.
As she says, this book will NOT enable you to write a bestseller in a weekend, win competitions or become a rich and famous novelist, but it will certainly help set you on the path, and steer you away from some of the more dangerous obstacles.
Just £1.70 for Kindle on Amazon, it is actually going to be free to download for 24 hours Monday 2nd December (tomorrow) from 8am. You can’t ask for better value than that!
I received Reality Boy as an Advance Review Copy, although it was actually published on 22nd October. I’ve not read any AS King books, and originally got it as I thought my daughter may enjoy it.
Everybody knows who Gerald Faust is – or at least they think they do. When her was five, his mother invited a TV crew in to document their life as part of a reallity show. The day the crew turned up, complete with the show’s ‘nanny’, was the day that Gerald started to have anger issues – and he has remained angry ever since.
So, twelve years later, Gerald is finally at an age where he is an adult and can start leaving his childhood and past behind – isn’t he? Can he ever shake the image that everyone has of him? Will Gerald ever be able to lead a normal life? Is there anything at all that could stop Gerald from feeling so angry?
First of all, my daughter read this on holiday and absolutely loved it – although, being a bit prim for a 14 year old, she was a little surprised that I let her read a book with some rude words in it!
I don’t know what I was expecting from it, but this wasn’t it.
I loved the way that King just drip-dripped Gerald’s back story. When we first meet him, we think that he was obviously a child with issues, that the presence of the TV crew had highlighted, and that his poor parents must have had an awful time with him.
As we progress through the book, learning more of Gerald’s side of the story, and some of the scenes that occured off-camera, we see that things weren’t actually how everyone remembers them being – and perhaps Gerald is owed a huge apology from the people closest to him.
Gerald was an immensely likeable character – and he became more likeable as the book went on. The more we learned about him, the more we understood the reasons behind his actions earlier on.
I’ve always wondered what happens out of camera-shot on reality shows, but, just like everyone else, I’m prone to make decisions about their character based on their screen time. It’s human nature, isn’t it? However, reading this book makes you take a moment, to ponder on what actually is ‘reality’.
So, yesterday I took The Girl out for some girlie time, and that started with one of our favourite things – afternoon tea (which I will blog about later).
So, there we were in a rather nice dining room, and she excused herself to go to the ladies room. When she came back, she was all excited.
TG: Mum, you just HAVE to go to the loo in here!
TG: No, you HAVE to. They’re REALLY swanky!
Me: OK, I probably will soon
TG: No. Honestly. Listen. Listen to your bladder. Your bladder is telling you “Go to the toilet”. Listen to your bladder Mum!
Me (standing up, defeated): OK. Where is it then?
TG: *reaches out and rubs my belly area* I’m not sure, just about here I think. *collapses into giggles*
Oh yes. She’s very funny my daughter. Quick too.