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I had some good years writing content for carra-lucia-books.co.uk and then more funny things for theferkel.co.uk. I decided to ditch both and go all-in-one.
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Part cyberpunk, part post-colonial noir, full-blown weird: telepaths, implants and aliens in a future Nigeria? I’m sold. Rosewater is a fine blueprint upon which future science fiction stories should be written.
BLOOD: Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Spread on paste of cornstarch, cornmeal or talcum to dry. Brush away. CHEWING GUM: Rub with ice until gum flakes off. COFFEE & BLACK TEA: Stretch stained fabric, pour boiling water from 1-3 ft. above. EGG: Sponge on cold water (never hot!). FRUITS: Sponge with cold water.Continue reading “Stain Removal Guide – Guide to removing of common stains”
I taught you to fight and to fly, what more can there be? Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.Continue reading “Shadow of the Hook 10 (Urban Fairytales) * Erik Shoebach”
Since the war ended, Japan’s economy has grown rapidly to the point where we’ve lost any sense of crisis and material things are all that matters. The idea that it’s wrong to harm others has gradually disappeared. It’s been said before, I know, but this really brought it home to me. What happens if you raiseContinue reading “Underground by Haruki Murakami”
With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past. When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting toContinue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke”
They went off the grid. Their secrets didn’t. For readers of The Secret History and The Immortalists comes a novel about the allure–and dangers–of disconnecting. Today is the anniversary. I will be hauntingly aware of it, an old delicious burden, all day, nursing it along, sipping from it as if from a hidden flask. It seems unreal, though, hereContinue reading “We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach”
It’s the End of the World as We Know It … Nava has come a long way from being a hot mess flying solo. She’s now one of the major players on the chessboard, leading the charge against a witch with dark magic, a power-mad rabbi, and the impending apocalypse. Friends will die and secretsContinue reading “The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Burn (Nava Katz Book 6)”
Germany, 1945. Mia, a nineteen-year-old girl, is sent by the OSS to find Wernher von Braun. Her mission: stop the Russians getting hold of Germany – and the world’s – foremost rocket scientist. Von Braun is suspicious. And so he should be. For Mia is no ordinary girl. She only looks human. And helping theContinue reading “A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT by SYLVAIN NEUVEL”
Consider this. If your world resembles the world of our distant ancestors, then imagine that once upon a time you were sailing on the ocean and you bumped into a sixth or a seventh part of the world, some kind of Atlantis, and there you found unheard-of labyrinth-cities, people soaring about in the air withoutContinue reading “We * YEVGENY IVANOVICH ZAMYATIN”
Humans are idiots. He should know—he was born a human. And if things continue the way they are, he will die a human.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1716777/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Six rules. And listen up, because I don’t know if I’m going to be able to tell you this again, okay?These are from my father.Number one. If you like something because you think other people are going to like it, it’s a sure bet no one will.Number two. Most doors in the world areContinue reading “People Like Us – The 6 Rules”
Allie Whitman and Connor Norman loved making the devils of the corporate world pay. Now, it’s their turn. And the price could be their lives. “I didn’t have a choice. I didn’t.” That’s what Allie Whitman tells herself every night as she lies awake. Sometimes she even believes it. But mostly she knows deep downContinue reading “When The Devil Whistles * Rick Acker”
WONDER IS A blasting cap. It is an emotion that goes off with a bang, shattering settled beliefs, rattling the architecture of the mind, and clearing space for new ideas, new possibilities. Wonder is often thought of as a peaceful emotion, a sense of resounding inner quiet. Of course we would associate it with silence. The world always assumes an eerie hush after an explosion.
Awe is TNT for the soul.
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Maya Angelou I only heard about this book when I watched the Netflix series with the same name. That was heartbreaking to say the least and when I saw it was based on a real story, a real person whoContinue reading “Maid * Stephanie Land”
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction published by Night Shade Books in January 2008, edited by John Joseph Adams. The anthology includes 22 stories, plus an introduction by the editor. According to the anthology’s official web site, “Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toContinue reading “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS”
An alternative history with a strong feminist twist, perfect for fans of Robert Harris’ Fatherland, Christina Dalcher’s Voxand the dystopian novels of Margaret Atwood.
The Pop Cops’ prophets preached that Outside could only be attained after a person’s life ends. And only if the person worked hard and obeyed Inside’s laws. If a scrub was worthy, his inner soul would travel to Outside while his physical body would be fed to Chomper. Most of the scrubs believed this Pop CopContinue reading “Inside Out – Maria V Snyder”
Read here: https://www.wattpad.com/633821684-of-mobsters-and-men-wild-a-n Stefano Vanzetti. You’d have to be living under a rock if you grew up in northern Boston and didn’t know who he is. He’s the heartthrob of every Italian girl in my neighborhood, the man who’s probably had your daughter roll through his sheets at least once, the devilishly handsome mysterious manContinue reading “Of Mobsters and Men: WILD (Book #2) by L.A TehPeaceMaker “
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