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Kindle Haul #1

I’ve brought a load of Kindle books since my last haul so I’m not going to go back to them, rather I thought I’d have a an hour looking around at Kindle books and I can write this blog post at the same time, so you really are getting my very first impressions as I make the decision to buy and download a Kindle book.

As for physical books, I’ll do a mini catch up haul of those and just show you a selection I got since my last haul post soon – telling you about all of them would be simply too much! Then we’ll be all up to date.

You may notice that a lot of my Kindle books are free or cheap – if you’re wondering how to find free and cheap ones, I have a blog post about that right here. Be sure to check that out!

So lets get started!

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Although I’m a little disappointed that this says “real story” and yet it’s fiction – just drawn from the authors experiences as a child in the Amish community, I’m still finding myself wanting to read this book anyway. I would much rather read a true real account in a lot of respects but the fact that the author has the knowledge to write accurately about the Amish way of life does help.
I can’t help but be fascinated by the different ways people live their lives and see the world.
I absolutely love documentaries like this so thought this was definitely worth a read – if only to learn a little more about the human experience and how it differs from person to person.
It’s only 192 pages so not all that big of a read so it shouldn’t take too long to get through and hopefully it will be a nice break from my usual reading habits.

I Think I’m OK by C S Kenny
This book has quite mixed reviews but mostly because it has a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes, which I can totally understand as I’m a bit of a grammar Nazi myself but reading the synopsis of this book which is about the author looking back on his childhood as a “problem child” it’s clear that although there maybe spelling mistakes the author is writing exactly how he would tell you the story in person. It’s very personal to him.
I think – I hope I am right in thinking that a lot of editing would really take away from the charm of this genuine man telling his story.
Either way I look forward to reading it and finding out.
H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection. (With Accompanying Facts): 62 Short Stories and 5 Novellas. by H.P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection

H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection. (With Accompanying Facts): 62 Short Stories and 5 Novellas. by H.P. Lovecraft
I’ve only read a few H.P. Lovecraft short stories before as horror isn’t really my thing usually but what I have read of his, I did enjoy.
So I thought I’d give this a go, as you get the biggest collection from this version at the cheapest price (£0.77) – not to mention it says it has facts and I love me some facts.
Perhaps this will serve me well for the Halloween season, we shall see – I don’t very often read something especially for this time of year but perhaps a few short stories from this will go down well.
As I said though I’m not really a horror fan, I have a far too active imagination and it doesn’t mix well with horror. So if I go quiet, I’m probably still hiding under my duvet.

Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb is one of the authors I really want to get into but just haven’t yet. A case of so many books so little time I’m afraid, but I will read one of her books one day. This caught my eye as it’s currently free on Kindle, so naturally I snatched it up.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This is one of those books that seems to keep showing up everywhere and everytime I see it I pick it up… but then put it back down. There’s something about it but I just couldn’t seem to fully commit myself to buying it.
Then I read ConfessionsofaBookGeek’s Review and I started to think that maybe this book really was worth reading.
I still had to a read a few more reviews on Amazon UK to convince myself fully but I finally took the plunge and brought this book.
I’m not sure why I’m so hesitant but hopefully it will prove me a fool for being so undecided and be a fantastic read. I know this book is gaining quite a bit of momentum in the YA community so hope it lives up to the hype.

The Unicorn Crisis (The Hidden Academy Book 1) by Jon Rosenberg
Ever just be scrolling through Kindle Books and something just catches your attention? This is what happened with this book.
And then I read the synopsis – it’s fantasy with humor, perhaps even a bit along the lines of Terry Pratchett – which is right up my street.
Hopefully this will be a fun read.

Other Kindle books purchased at this time – Ethan Wright and the Curse of Silence by Kimbro West, Peter: The Untold True Story by Christopher Mechling, Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy Book 1) by Adrian Howell

What was the last eBook you brought?

Book Review: The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft

For Christmas I got a Waterstones giftcard and as well as getting a few books I wanted, I also decided to pick up The Colour Out of Space by H P Lovecraft (the Penguin Mini Modern Classics version, which contains 3 short stories).

I’ve been meaning to read some Lovecraft for a while but wasn’t sure where to start – so this book of short stories, I thought was a good taster into his work. I’m also not usually a big horror fan so I also wasn’t sure I wanted to invest a lot into a genre that I wasn’t familiar with.
The three short stories it includes are The Colour Out of Space, The Outsider and The Hound. I’ll be talking about all three.

The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft
The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft

First up is The Colour Out of Space a clever blend of science fiction and horror. One man, recounts how a large piece of countryside and farming land came to be known as “the blasted heath” after a meteorite crashed to the ground was found to contain a globule with strange properties and a colour that has never been seen before.
The terror builds very slowly at first whilst scientists work away at figuring out what’s going on, but it snowballs as it dawns on everyone that they have no idea what they’re dealing with and the fear of the unknown sets in.
We then get more personal with the people living closest the the crash site and how it’s affecting them – the strange things they see at night and experience within their own home.
The descriptions of events is very deep, but any details about what came from the meteorite are purposely left very thin on the ground – making your mind wander of it’s own accord.
This short but very affective story really did give me the creeps.

Secondly we have The Outsider which is much less creepy. The story (which is very short) begins with an individual who is trapped in a rather run down castle and has been for as long as he can remember, he plans his escape but things aren’t what he imagined on the outside.
This really is rather trippy. An optical illusion of a sad fairy tale, with a very sad moral reasoning.
It’s rather short (even for a short story) so I was left wanting a little more to happen, more detail, more information but I was rather fascinated by the world or plain Lovecraft had created.

Last in this little book is The Hound – a story about grave diggers so hungry to own treasures and things thought lost long ago, that they even steal the “forbidden Necronomicon”. From that day on, they are haunted and hunted by a hound – leaving them scared and paranoid.
The characters in this one are all rather intense – whether they are greedy, elated or paranoid – you feel it with them 100%. You can’t escape it because they are such highly fueled emotions.
Their desperation in the end is what really gets the horror going as they realise there is only one way to stop being haunted.
This definitely has that all out intense, on going terror feel to it. The hound is a constant threat, never leaving them no matter what they do or where they go. It’s a great short story, that could be reworked into a novel quite easily but the ending to this short form is probably much more emotive.

Overall this book is a great buy – it cost me £3.00, is a fantastic quick read and it’s been a great introduction for me into Lovecraft’s work which I will definitely be delving into more.
Highly recommend it to anyone who wants ease their way into some H.P. Lovecraft, or who isn’t sure if they’ll like his work.

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I first picked this book up and read the back cover in a book shop, then put it down again without buying it. Only to find myself back at the shop a week later looking for that exact book – I admit it, I was curious. Who are these peculiar children and why are they so peculiar? It has peaked my interested more than I first thought, and so I brought myself a copy.

 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is the story of sixteen year old Jacob who sets off from his home in Florida for a small island off the coast of Wales chasing the stories his grandfather told him when he was a boy.
He arrives on the island (father in tow I might add) to search for an orphanage which his grandfather had been in when the war started and which he’d told Jacob a great many stories about and only a few months ago shown him photographs of his friends there.
But there was something not right about the children in the photographs, something peculiar and maybe dangerous.
Jacob is disappointed to find the big old house which was the orphanage is in ruins – but have the children gone or died? Or where they still here on the island?

I’ve seen this book shelved under Childrens Crime and Thriller, Horror and Paranormal but for me although all those things do play their part – this is also very much a fantasy book. However it’s nothing like I’ve read before.

The ideas and storyline in the book are quite unique and so even though I’ve read a lot of fantasy and dipped my toe into horror and thrillers – I never knew quite what Riggs was going to come up with next. What the next chapter would bring and I certainly couldn’t second guess the answers to the questions that I had.

At the beginning of the book – particularly when Jacob begins to consider leaving for Wales – I was starting to think, this is not believable. There’s no way any parent of a sixteen year old is Jacob’s state would let them go half way across the world on some crazy mission. This book does after all appeal to an adult audience – so there is more work to be done than a parent magically agreed. Luckily Riggs does an excellent job of ironing these issues out.

I really was expecting some sort of big reveal; like “TADA!” you’re on the island and all is explained. No. Not at all. Everything is kept very mysterious. You’re spoon fed information so delicately that you’re kept in the dark, in suspense for 95% of the book. It’s only when you get to the end that all those tidbits fall into place.

Character development is quite slow but I hardly noticed the lack of it to be honest, I was so caught up in the storyline, mystery and descriptions.

I honestly did not want the book to end – I wanted to know more, see what happens next and just have more to read. As I understand there will be a second book – the speculated release is sometime next year and so in a way, I can now see why there was little character development – it’s a fantastic story on it’s own, but you definitely get the feeling that this is only the beginning. I would think more character development will come with the sequel now that all the foundations are in place.

I for one will be buying the second book. I loved this one. I’d recommend it to anyone. You definitely get a lot more than you bargain for as the synopsis doesn’t do it justice – it doesn’t even tell you 1% of what’s going on in this book. There’s definitely more than meets the eye here.

Book Review: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is a classic, I confess that I had never read before and upon seeing the mere 88 pages which this story is told upon; I thought I knew the story. Doesn’t everyone? Jekyll and Hyde are the same person and the result of some lab experiment.
Whilst this is true, I found out there was a lot more to this story. The book follows a lawyer – Mr Utterson as he slowly gets dragged into the affairs of his dear friend Doctor Jekyll via the appearance and behaviour of Mr Hyde. With growing concern for his dear friend Mr Utterson tries in vain to get Doctor Jekyll to open up about what is weighing on his mind. Unfortunately this is only met with answers of riddle proportions and the Doctor withdrawing more and more.

On the surface this book is a Victorian horror story with Hyde being a mixture of religious satanic fear, a circus freak and a night stalking murderer.
However – particularly in the last chapter – it is evident that it is about so much more. About scientific advances – and the fear of them, about drug use, the contrast between good and evil – and how one cannot exist without another. It’s about a man’s struggle with temptation, his conscience and curiosity.

For a mere 88 pages – there is a lot packed into it and I suspect one would have to read it more than once to pick up on all the themes coming through.

It took me a couple of pages to get used to the archaic language – not so much the words, but the sentence structure but it’s not overly different and it’s certainly not difficult to read once you’ve read a few pages.

It’s a quick but deep and enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it and I actually think it would make great material for a literacy essay – I certainly know I could write a lot about this book.