Monthly Archives: April 2011

[woman]Life From Scratch – Melissa Ford

A post-divorce book about how one has to redefine oneself when a big part of their lives fall apart. Though I think that everyone who has gone through a breakup of a long relationship can find herself in this character.
A book about growing up when you are supposed to be grown up.

This is what Amazon(UK) says about the book:
Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn’t even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong? She dives into the culinary basics. Then she launches a blog to vent her misery about love, life and her goal of an unburnt casserole.To her amazement, the blog’s a hit. She becomes a minor celebrity. Next, a sexy Spaniard enters her life. Will her souffles stop falling? Will she finally forget about the husband she still loves? And how can she explain to her readers that she still hasn’t learned how to cook up a happy life from scratch?
I thought about reading the book since I found it interesting how they would have pulled off the book and blog parts of the story but in the end I feel like it doesn’t really add as much but only gives quick time jumps so there is no need to put some aspects in the story itself. Nicely done but it is kinda bland.
The first thing that came to mind while reading is that I keep thinking of the main characters brother to be Harrison the brother of Tru from Tru Calling. I don’t know why, cause apart from both of them being slackers and always dropping by to much on their siblings food they don’t really have much in common. This didn’t really put me off as I did like Harrison and I also like Ethan.
The story of a woman trying to get her life back on track after a divorce is done over and over, especially these days but I think this story has a good point. If you used to define your life by your relationship and didn’t really have much of your own you will fall down deep. Rachel has a whole life but realized she needs more after her divorce. She does one thing that will set her apart from the girl she used to be when her parents took care of her and the woman she was when she was married, she learns how to cook.
Her Mum despised cooking and saw it as something no emancipated woman should ever do as others could do it for them and her husband made enough money that they could go out or have take out every night. Now that she took the year off from her work to find herself, she can’t go on living like that and decides that it might be a good way to both do something “rebellious” and make her money last.
Life from scratch follows Rachel in her struggle to learn how to make eggs, rice and all sorts of other things and at the same time get back into dating other people. She goes trough ups and downs and her insecurities about her own life when she compares it to all the other people she knows makes this story very catching.
A lovely womanly style of writing and a very “feel good” story. Every woman asks herself how others run their lives seemingly so easy and Rachel grows to the point where she grabs life and decides that instead of looking at other peoples lifes she will now make her own destiny.
And I think she accomplices that.
Life From Scratch on Amazon(UK) and Amazon(US)
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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in reading, review, woman


[gay] Caged – Sean Michael

As I mentioned in a previous post this book is not as fast paced as some of this other work but it makes up for this by being very strong in language.

This is what Torquere Books says about the book:
Palin leads a well-ordered life, needing peace and quiet after spending his days working as an information broker, reading minds for money. Which is why Tigre seems like such a strange choice for him as a lover.

When Palin sees vala Tigre in one of his mindreading forays, he knows he has to have him, despite the fact that the man has been created for two purposes; fighting and pleasure. Together they build a new life, one of pleasure and pain, of love and discipline. When life threatens to tear them apart, they fight to keep the home they’ve created, even if the obstacles they must overcome are within as much as without.

Sean sets up a great story in a futuristic place where the rich live in large towering buildings overlooking the slumps. Palin, the main character is an information agent, someone who trades information, not regular information but information from someones mind. In one of the transactions the price the client, a friend, pays is a picture of a man he might have interest in. Palin wants the man immediately and goes down the tower to pick up this amazing man, a slave.
The whole book is built around how Palin tries to both befriend and stay the master of the slave, Tigre. This is all built on a very unstable, slow growing friendship between the two.
The bdsm in this book is part of the external struggle between master and slave but also the internal struggle of the slave and the master in their own lives.
 Where roughness was part of sex and the characters in Bite and Bitten here bdsm is part of a bigger structure and there are a lot of times where sex and bdsm are separate from each other. They might come from a play but it fills a different need than the soft and tender sex they have in other parts.
I loved how all the aspects of the book fit together nicely and are done with great precision.
Overall a book that people that love more kinky works should have read.
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in gay, reading, review


[gay] Bitten – Sean Michael

I’ve not finished one but three books the past couple of days. Two by Sean Michael and one by Melissa Ford. I sat down and decided that I wanted to finish all my books that were over 50% read already, there were 5 to start with and only 2 left now.

The first one I finished was Bitten, the sequel to Bite about which I wrote a review before.
I did not think it was possible but this book has more wolves, more hot sex and a lot more action.

This is what Torquere Books says about Bitten:

Anton has lost almost everything he holds dear: his apartment, his life in the city, and his long-time friend and butler, Jackson, who has been kidnapped by a rival pack. The one thing he still has is his lover and mate, Greg, who is learning to be a werewolf, even as they try to put their lives back to rights.

Determined to get Jackson back, Anton finally approaches the werewolf pack that’s his to lead by right, but that he’s largely ignored. They agree to help him, but Anton has to embrace his inner wolf to work with them, and to help Greg come to terms with what he is.
Meanwhile, butler Jackson is trapped – hurting and beaten – praying for rescue that looks wholly unlikely, even as his time is running out, while Greg is convinced he’s going crazy, fearing he’s hearing voices that won’t go away.
As pack Alpha, it all falls to Anton to keep his people safe, but there are forces at work that even the strongest werewolf might not be able to overcome. Can Anton keep his friends safe and save his beloved mate from the voices that call to him? Find out in this sequel to Sean Michael’s best-seller, Bite.

After Greg got kidnapped in the last book this time another member of Antons family gets kidnapped, his always strong and grounded butler Jackson.
Anton, the Alpha that he is, wants to get him back immediately but his Alpha Bitch Andrea makes him see reason. A member of the pack is already close to Jackson and might be able to get him out…
More, a lot more sex scenes, not just one but we have two couples hitting it off this time. A lot of growling and biting going on, and on top of that, more Greg pushing all the right buttons to get Anton over the edge. I love how he keeps “fighting” Anton just to annoy him. It makes for a lot of great edgy scenes.
But it is not just about all the amazing sex but the story keeps your attention with fast speed language and sentence structure. When you start reading you will have a hard time putting it down.
The best thing I think was reading this during class or while wandering around uni, it gave everything a bit more edge which is lovely and definitely worth it.
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in gay, reading, review


Ideas on cheaper reading

After hanging around different places on the net for a while I have seen a couple of questions pop up about ereaders and ebooks. Some or more technical and I won’t go into those but some others I find to be interesting as they have more to do with our outlook on books and not per-se with ebooks.

Cost of ebooks
Samples/trying out small pieces
Lending/giving away/sharing

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in cheap reading, ebooks, epublishing, reading


[horror] Bone Machines – John Dodds

It’s been a while, but like I promised last time I actually finished a book. Though not one I have posted about yet. It’s a book I found through Smashwords, which I always find a great place to pick up new books.
It’s a bit out of my comfort zone but I loved it!
A creepy killer, a charismatic artist, a cop, a journalist, gay men and a lot of woman, all part of the same play.

This is what Smashwords has to say about the book:
They suffer for his art… When a number of women are reported missing in Glasgow, the spectre of a previous spate of unsolved disappearances in the city rears its head. Journalist Ray Bissett is drawn into the case when his daughter joins the ranks of the missing. And ambitious police detective Tom Kendrick won’t let Ray forget a terrible incident from his past.
I have a love hate relationship with horror books and movies. I’m a real scaredy cat but at the same time I can’t stop watching or reading.
Well, I loved this book. I read it in a short span of time, barely putting it down to do other things.
The group of main characters are very interesting to read about, they all have their own little quirks and problems but at the same time they were bound by an awful faith.
I caught on pretty soon what was going on and what was going to happen, but at the same time I wanted to keep on reading to find out how it would all end. The plot is very well played, the murderer is sexy, interesting and pulls you into his own little world, I could not stop reading because I so badly wanted to know what he would think of next.
The pace was very well done, tight and enticing. The words chosen to describe every scene is very well done and brings up great vivid images. Although sometimes sentences are worded a bit awkwardly and there are a few inconsistencies but not enough to bother me particularly, it’s not much, just here and there.
The book introduces a lot of interesting themes, some more gruesome than others but at the same time they are all linked together until the end of the book. No theme is left untouched.
One thing that did bother me a bit is that they never catch the guy. I felt a bit let down by it. I love it when a book is a finished piece on it’s own especially horror stories.
Overall I loved the book. Loved how it works out and really like the killer.
You can get the ebook through Smashwords, the paperback through Lulu and the audiobook through podiobooks.
Also you can find Johns weblog here.
Happy reading!
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in horror, reading, review


Odd count Peyote / Oneven peyote – Tutorial

On a beading forum I frequent someone asked what our techniques for odd count peyote were. This is a technique a lot of people have problems with. Some of us make long or shorter tours back into the beading work to be able to go on beading. This is one of the longer ways of doing this. I use a way I myself find a lot simpler also because I usually make bracelets that are just 5 to 9 rows thick and I find the touring back into the work doubles the time I need to make them. I use this simple and effective method to make my odd count works, though I find that the finished pieces are a bit stiffer than would for even counts.
Op een kralenforum waar ik vaak kom vroeg iemand welke techniek we gebruiken voor oneven peyote. Dit is een techniek die veel mensen erg lastig vinden. Ik weet dat er veel mensen zijn die terug weven in het werk om vervolgens op de juiste manier uit de bovenste kraal te komen, zoals hier te zien is. Ik gebruik een techniek die ik wat minder langdradig vind. Ik maak vaak armbandjes die maar 5 tot 9 rijen groot zijn dus heen en weer weven is bijna dubbel het werk dan wat nodig is. Ik vind de techniek simpel en effectiever voor oneven peyote, alhoewel het eindproduct iets stijver word dan een even peyote.
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in beading, tutorial