Rambling On Reads (Blog)

Review

Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek

Note: My pre-order finally arrived. Just under 2 weeks from release, which is reasonable, considering. Postage to Australia no longer takes a year, but it felt like it! Finished it this morning, so here are my thoughts. This book is a much a love story as it is a friendly introduction by someone passionate about… Continue reading Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek

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P is for Pteradactyl by Raj Haldar , Chris Carpenter , Illustrated by Maria Beddia

An appreciated gift from my husband, who enjoys a touch of silliness himself from time to time. A children's book for adults. Or maybe an adult book for children. Or for people that appreciate silliness and the intricacies of the English language and the way it had adopted and adapted words. Showcasing words beginning with… Continue reading P is for Pteradactyl by Raj Haldar , Chris Carpenter , Illustrated by Maria Beddia

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Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours : Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Minerology, Anatomy and the Arts by P. Syme

In ‘The Days Before Selfies’ if you wanted to record something your options were limited. You could describe it (which relied of a common basis of colour reference), you could hire an artist (of varying quality, and of course in oils if you had the money) or you could do it yourself with watercolour sketching… Continue reading Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours : Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Minerology, Anatomy and the Arts by P. Syme

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The Dungeoneers (series) by Jeffery Russell

Warning: This series includes exploding chickens, screaming mushrooms, kilt-wearing dwarves, disguised gnomes, a confused portergator, cake-eating-pixies and inventive cooking. The Dungeoneers are NOT Adventurers. Adventurers tend to have, well, adventures. Thud prefers to have his team get the contract done and return with as many limbs intact as they went in with and as much… Continue reading The Dungeoneers (series) by Jeffery Russell

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It Happened in a Flash: An Anthology of 64 Bite-Sized Stories

It was very nice to be included in another anthology by the students of Holly Lisle. Once again, it is free! So download and read away - Solve a mermaid's problem… Step off the edge of a roof… Dig up a grave at midnight… Take advice from a fortune cookie… Visit the last library… Meet… Continue reading It Happened in a Flash: An Anthology of 64 Bite-Sized Stories

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Running Blind / The Freedom Trap – Desmond Bagley

Even after all these years I still feel the beginning of Running Blind is one of the best in the adventure genre (exemplared by writers such as Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes) I have read. A simple delivery for a tired spy who wanted to be forgotten. A last job. Murder, mayhem, old enemies, betrayals… Continue reading Running Blind / The Freedom Trap – Desmond Bagley

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Unnatural Selection by Katrina van Grouw

First off: if you love the feel and weight of a well produced book, designed with paper that feels as if it will last and which escaped an artist press, buy this book. It is gorgeous to hold, and the pages have that wonderful slight stiffness and heft that somehow defines tactile pleasure for readers.… Continue reading Unnatural Selection by Katrina van Grouw