The Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange

Perpetual Motion ClubThe Perpetual Motion Club by Sue Lange

Description from Goodreads

Welcome to the high school of the future. The glee club is full of rock stars, the brainy kids hack permanent records, and the basketball players are as conceited as the cheerleaders. The walls are ablaze with six-foot-high logos of the hottest junk food, software, and clothing brands of the day. The popular kids are sponsored by Abercrombie, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay. You, on the other hand, can’t even get a return text from Clearasil. Your best friend is a witch, your boyfriend a twerp. Your geometry teacher hates you and your mom is gleefully counting down the days until graduation. Guess it’s time for another hit of iHigh.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I found this book to be a very easy and enjoyable read. It gave an interesting view of life at a futuristic high school, where technology, communications and in particular computer programming are the main focus, all through the eyes of the main character Elsa. It is the story of a girl, a free spirit, bucking the norm, then falling for the high school basketball star, Jason, who appears to be almost oblivious to her existence.

I found the characters interesting, especially Elsa, and in particular her relationship with her best friend May and her mother Lainie.

Elsa is not interested in joining the high school science club, despite the advice of family, friends and teachers. She wants to start her own club, ‘The Perpetual Motion Club’, (PMC), and proceeds to do so enlisting the reluctant aid of her best friend May, and Jimmy, the boy that has always loved her from afar.

When the remainder of the PMC seem to abandon Elsa after Jason comes to stay, having been accused of a heinous crime that he did not commit, they bond and he helps her with the PMC, recruiting his former basketball team mates and their cohorts. Elsa helps prove his innocence and they remain friends when he leaves. The original PMC members return and successfully complete the now far different objective of the PMC.

In this future world inanimate objects speak to you, everyday items such as tables, sinks, and refrigerators ask you what you want, give you instructions, and wish you a great day. Many of the things in this world are an exploded and exaggerated version of the sorts of things that are on the fringe now, become commonplace. It is a future that is not far from imagining. Technology has even been adapted to allow the experiencing of a natural high by earbud.

You should decide for your self whether this book is ‘slice’ or ‘macabre’. I highly recommend it and have no doubt that you will find it ‘slice’ too. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you had better read the book.

This review is based on a Review Copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

UK vs. US Spelling

Originally hailing from the UK I just had to reblog this great post on the differences between UK and US spelling

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I was writing a short piece in Microsoft Word and a squiggly line appeared. I knew the word was spelled correctly but Microsoft was telling me otherwise. I quickly realized Word was trying to make my character American. No! Word, my character is British and his vocabulary shan’t be spelt differently.

So what type of spelling should you choose? Well, if you do not have a specific style guide that specifies what you should be using, I recommend knowing your audience and staying consistent. If your audience is mainly American, you may come off trite if you are using the British spelling; or, if you are looking to write for a broader community of people than I recommend using the UK spelling. Whatever you choose to use, it’s best to stay consistent.

Top 15 of my Favorite Vs. Spellings

UK to US

  • Aluminium → Aluminum
  • Artefact → Artifact
  • Colour →…

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The Sixth by Avery Hays

The SixthThe Sixth by Avery Hays

Description from Goodreads

Welcome to the gaslit, cobblestoned streets of Paris, 1910.

Florbela Sarmentos, 21, knows what she wants: art, romance, and to free her father from the prison of Portugal’s despotic King Manuel II. Born in Lisbon, educated in London and at a painting academy in Cherbourg, France, the cosmopolitan Florbela moves to Paris and takes up residence in the wildly bohemian enclave of La Ruche, there to pursue a creative life.

Some of the yet-to-be-discovered artists living in her building are Diego Rivera, Amadeo Modigliani and Marc Chagall. By day she paints, and by night she attends parties with the residents of La Ruche, who introduce her to collectors and creative spirits in Paris’s fabled Sixth Arrondissement. Along the way, Florbela attracts several hot-headed admirers, two of whom become so inflamed with jealousy that they become each other’s deadly enemies.

But Florbela’s fledgling artistic and social life is soon eclipsed, when she can no longer escape the political shadow of her father, a Portuguese writer imprisoned in Lisbon for criticizing the corrupt monarchy.

Florbela tries to find news of her father through Portuguese political exiles and sympathizers in Paris — with alarming results. When she contacts a friend of her father, Professor Almeida, he turns up dead, killed by an assassin from the pro-monarchist society Ordo Crucis Incendio — the Order of the Burning Cross. Professor Almeida’s dying words lead Florbela to a secret, encrypted painting that might save her father and overthrow the king. Now, Florbela is the assassin’s next target.

With the help of Armand, a dashing French rebel, Florbela fights to bring the secret painting to the Portuguese resistance fighters. It just might save her country… and her life.

I gave this book four and a half stars out of five

My thoughts:

This book was wonderful. I found it fascinating. I would definitely describe it as a page turner, keeping me fully engaged, wanting more, right to the last page.

I loved the beautifully presented accounts of Paris life at the turn of the twentieth century. I was enthralled by the wonderfully descriptive passages that revealed the creative and artistic lives of characters that were to eventually become household names, and of the region known as the sixth and its surrounding environs. My personal knowledge of the art world is severely limited piqued my interest in gaining a greater familiarity with these people and their world.

The main character Florbela Sarmentos, whose father was a revolutionary imprisoned in Portugal, was also a fledgling artist, struggling to find her place in the art world. It was a story of intrigue, romance and mystery.

The main premise behind the story was that of the revolution in Portugal, although this often seemed to take a back seat to her romantic liaisons with three different suitors. The discovery of a secret coded message that could aid the revolution and gain freedom for her father resulted in the  involvement of the freemasons in aiding in the translation of the code and ultimately in uniting two of her previously antagonistic suitors.

The action ranged from Paris to Portugal, with Florbela and Armand, the third suitor and her self-appointed protector, pursued doggedly by the legendary assassin Onca do Papa. Finally finding safety amongst the revolutionaries the story comes to a satisfactory conclusion, tying together the loose ends very neatly.

I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to others, especially if you want a story with romance, intrigue and mystery. The use of historical characters from the art world, not limited just to the artists, but also their benefactors, meant that I was able to learn a lot from this book, in addition to the sheer pleasure obtained from the story. Definitely a book I would recommend to others.

This review is based on a digital ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

She Enters the Room (Adult Content)

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So, this is my first ever attempt at poetry, and I am not sure that it can even be classed as poetry. However, what kind of lewd fucking Englishman would I be if I didn’t at least try to take advantage of erotica week. As poor as it is. So please be kind. I am not a poet, just terribly lewd.

She enters the room,
long mac and high heels,
Advancing,
With a mischievous smile

My special look,
in her aquamarine eyes,
One foot on my knee,
Oh, now I see

Leaning down,
she opens my fly
Such hungry eyes,
I nearly die

Tongue circled tip,
Nail traced length,
Lips surrounding me,
As she takes it all in

A look of emotion
Contrary motions
Head bobbing deep
Rewards that I reap

Mac open wide,
She sits astride,
Taking all of me,
Deep inside,

Filling her,
Stretching her;
Bodies binding,
Frantic grinding

Simpering,
Whimpering,
Writhing,
Arriving

A jerking release,
Explosions inside,
Clenching, wrenching
Discharging within

Eyes glazed,
One final spasm,
Milking me dry,
A climactic orgasm.

Happy Birthday, Pam

cakeToday is Pam’s birthday.

That makes today a most auspicious day. I wanted a way to wish Pam a happy birthday and to let her know that I hope it is a most special day and that the next year brings her much happiness. So happy birthday, Pam. Here are a few things I learned about having a birthday today (shamelessly stolen from random places on the internet, that I cannot even remember – see, I can admit my penchant for plagiarism).

Being born on the 18th September means that you are a Chief. You are the glue that holds people together, fighting for a common cause. You excel in both work situations and social gatherings.
As a chief you are a good leader and have the ability to inspire others. Crimson red is your power colour and a snowflake your symbol. You are all powerful in the month of September. Your strength of incredible emotional maturity is countered by a weakness that allows you to be worn down by accepting too many responsibilities.

So what  is a birthday?

It marks the anniversary of the day you made your appearance in this world and the start of that incredible journey we call life. It is a celebration of this fact for you and those special people that are a part of your life.

As each new year begins we can look back at the past year, at the new friends we have made, the new relationships and bonds that have been forged, our achievements, our failures. At our last birthday we may not have known some of the people that we now consider integral to our lives, as friends or lovers, or even just as acquaintances. We can also look forward to the new experiences that each additional year brings. Everything changes with time, and that time is marked by our birthdays.

Have an incredible birthday Pam. I hope that today is everything you want.

Happy Birthday, La mulţi ani, Penblwydd Hapus, Zorional zuri, Penn-bloedh Lowen, Joyeux anniversaire, Feliz aniversario, Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Boldog születésnapot, Buon compleanno, Felix dies natalis, Sveikinu gimtadienio proga, Gratulerer med dagen, Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin, ¡feliz cumpleaños!, ad infinitum

The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer

Salinger ContractThe Salinger Contract by Adam Langer

Description from Goodreads

An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world’s most famous authors—from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B. Traven and J. D. Salingerto a sinister collector in Chicago.

Adam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide-ranging novel by the author of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a plot neither one of them could have ever imagined. There may be no other escape than to write their way out of it.

Adam is a writer and stay-at-home dad in Bloomington, Indiana, drawn into an uneasy friendship with the charismatic and bestselling thriller author Conner Joyce. Conner is having trouble writing his next book, and when a menacing stranger approaches him with an odd—and lucrative—proposal, events quickly begin to spiral out of control.

A novel of literary crimes and misdemeanors, The Salinger Contract will delight anyone who loves a fast-paced story told with humor, wit, and intrigue.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the authors style and found it very difficult to put this book down. I was always eager to know what was going to happen next, always wanting to read just a few more pages.

The plot was interesting and filled with suspense. The characters well rounded and very real. I loved the literary context of this book, and the way that famous authors were weaved in to this story of what was ultimately the escapades of a criminal mastermind.

There were always a few surprises for each of the main characters, in this cleverly written story. The big reveal kept me guessing right to the nice little twist at the end.

Told mostly from the viewpoint of the author, it was interesting how he was recounting a story that was being told to him. It was nice to understand his thought processes about whether the story being told to him was true, whether the character relating it to him was reliable, and ultimately good for the reader in determining the reliability of the narrator himself.

If you want a thrilling, well written, literary mystery that will keep you guessing to the end, then this would be a good book for you. I heartily recommend it. A most enjoyable read.

This review is based on a digital ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

154th Post

Just having posted my last ‘Collection Book of the Week’ post I noticed that I had completely missed my 150th post. Fuck! I was looking for that opportunity to mention this monumental landmark in my blogging adventure. I guess I must have missed it with my erratic posting schedule, and of course the excitement of WordPress informing of my four years of blogging. That however now seems a little sad that I have only just managed over 150 posts in that four years plus.

So a mini, very mini post here to mention the leaping of that 150th post hurdle. Long may it continue and I look forward to the 200th post.

Collection Book of the Week – Sir Percy Hits Back

Once again it would appear that I have been remiss in my blog duties and have not posted a solitary post for a week, not even a reblog. How the fuck can I expect to retain any followers, I do not know, (gratuitous use of the word fuck, I know, but I just had to use it at least once). I have also been neglecting my collection book of the week series, but fortunately found some pictures on my camera that I did not realise that I had with me. So for the joy and wonder of all I shall be able to make another post in this stuttering series. I hope that you enjoy it.

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This book is not especially valuable, but I found it at one of the first book fairs that I ever attended and really liked it. It has sentimental value for that reason and has been included here. The book is ‘Sir Percy Hits Back’, by Baroness Orczy, part of the Scarlet Pimpernel series of novels. I have always enjoyed the Scarlet Pimpernel story. Who wouldn’t? Disguises, rescues and pretending to be a fop and a dandy, whilst all the while being the hero that society is talking about. No, I am not talking about myself here. I cannot honestly say I have ever been accused of being a fop or a dandy, and I am certainly no hero.

So on with the details. I bought this book at a PBFA book fair in Chelmsford a few years back as I was beginning to start collecting books. It cost me the princely sum of £9.00, one of my cheaper acquisitions of the day. I just liked the look and feel of the book. It is amazingly light in weight, and the paper has a soft texture, browning at the edges, but without any real sign of foxing.

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P1000108 P1000106The dust cover is in reasonable condition, with a little loss at the top and bottom of the spine. All in all the book is in nice condition, a slight rolling of the spine is all. This book was published by Hodder and Stoughton Limited and is a seventeenth edition. First published in 1920, this edition was published in 1935, original price two shillings.

It was made and printed by Butler and Tanner Ltd of Frome and London. I liked the similarity of Frome to my surname, sad I know, but these little pleasures amuse me.

So, as I said, not especially valuable, but a nice book, that I am very pleased to have purchased. It would look a lot better on a shelf with others in the series, something I may have to consider looking into.

I hope this is of interest to the ‘many’ followers of my ‘Collection Book of the Week’ series. I will try to do better and keep this going. No doubt I shall return with some more Enid Blyton treasures for your delight and wonderment. For now, that’s all.

Comments as always gratefully received, unless they are bad ones, of course, and even then as long as they are lewd, I’m okay with it.