Sunday Post – 10th September 2017


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

It’s been a mixed week. My rewrite of Miranda’s Tempest has stalled at just over 1,000 words added to the manuscript as all sorts of deadlines have been knocking on the door. We had a lovely time with the grandchildren last week-end, which was great as it is possibly a while before we’ll see them again.

It was Himself’s birthday on Wednesday so my sister, J and I went out to our favourite Chinese restaurant and once again had an excellent meal – a real treat as being vegetarians means that eating out can be something of a lottery.

Unfortunately, I’ve been laid low with a cold, which has really knocked the stuffing out of me. While I’ve not got much in the way of a blocked nose, it’s the temperature, aching joints and sore head and throat which is the misery. It’s meant that I’ve missed teaching Tim on Friday and the first rehearsal session for the filming on Saturday – and the way I’m feeling today, I don’t think I’ll be making the lesson tomorrow unless I feel a whole lot better, either.

Today is our wedding anniversary – we’ve now been married for 22 years, which I can’t quite believe… Where did all those years go? It was the best thing I ever did. At least Himself is having his annual leave at the end of this month, so hopefully we’ll be able to make up the fact that we’re having a very quiet day at home while I snivel and shiver over the computer feeling sorry for myself… Have a great week, everyone.

This week I have read:

The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker
Every dog has its day…
And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be. Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside. But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves…
I absolutely loved this one, despite the extreme language. Walker’s first person viewpoint of boisterous Lineker is marvellous and the story is gripping, shocking and tender.


The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.
It is beautifully written and the love affair is depicted with tenderness and passion. However, I wanted to shake Francesca till her teeth rattled.


Spellslinger – Book 1 of the Spellslinger series by Sebastein de Castell
There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.
Magic is a con game. Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.
This YA coming-of-age adventure is great fun and I loved Kellen’s character and the surprises that kept coming all the way through the story. And the squirrel cat is delightfully snarky, too.


Taste of Marrow – Book 2 of The River of Teeth novella series by Sarah Gailey
A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the damn that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its greatest waterway. Songs are sung of their exploits, many with a haunting refrain: “And not a soul escaped alive.”
In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they’ve become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law.
This novella deals with the aftermath of the previous book – and my firm advice would be that if you haven’t read River of Teeth then go and search for that book first. There is more mayhem and chaos as feral hippos continue to infest the river system, causing carnage wherever they go…

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 3rd September

Review of The Voyage of the Basilisk – Book 3 of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan

Teaser Tuesday featuring Spellslinger – Book 1 of the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Just Off the Path by Weston Sullivan

Friday Face-off – Everybody’s got haters but your city’s always behind you… featuring Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week and a bit, in no particular order:

Waterford Walls – the Sea – some more I make no apologies for including another post from with wonderful photographer

Monday Funnies – Piracy You’ll Enjoy Reading About… Have to confess – it was the cartoon about pilates that sold it for me. Now I’ve restarted my classes, I was howling with laughter at this one.

Running Out of Space Blog Tour – To be honest, I’ve included this just because it still feels very unreal and seeing my book cover online is thrilling. And terrifying…

Writer’s Music: Daniel Pemberton This is a real treat – Jean writes about how she uses music when writing and then provides some wonderful tracks. This album is certainly one I’m going to be acquiring.

Poetry: The Misunderstood Merman
I love this one – funny and poignant…

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

42 responses »

  1. Happy Anniversary, Sarah! Twenty-two years. I’m following on your heels. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th next July. 🙂 I am sorry though to hear you are sick. I hope that cold passes soon.

    I’ve heard such mixed thoughts on Bridges of Madison County. I am glad you enjoyed it though! I am not sure it is one I will ever try to read, but you never know.

    I hope you have a great week, Sarah. Feel better!

    • Thank you, Wendy for your kind good wishes – today has been a bit of a non-event, but that’s okay because Himself is here alongside and looking after me. As he does… While Bridges of Madison County is beautifully written, there were aspects of it I found quite annoying. I hope you, too have a great week:)

  2. Awe, Happy Anniversary! 22 years is amazing. You read some pretty interesting books this week. I like the sounds of Spellslinger. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.

  3. Sounds like a busy week with some fun things and some less good things too. I am sorry to hear you caught a cold :(. I hope you feel better soon. Glad to hear you had a great time with the grand-kids.

    I know exactly what you mean, as a vegetarian it can be difficult to find a restaurant that offers some good options. But it’s great when you find one that does :).

    I am so excited to be organizing a blog tour for your book! And I am looking forward to hear more about it! I hope you’ll have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lola! And I’m delighted that you are going to be alongside me during this current adventure – it’s a great comfort! I’m so impressed with your prompt and professional response:)) I hope you, too, have a great week.

    • To both Lola and Sarah: Should I contact Lola if I’m interesting in participating in the Running Out of Space blog tour? I’d love to have a chance to help Sarah in some way now that her book is coming out.

  4. Hope you feel better soon! And happy wedding anniversary! Sorry to hear it wasn’t the best writing week, hopefully that will clear up soon! And Chinese food- yum!! 🙂

    Taste of Marrow I skipped because I wasn’t enthralled by River of Teeth, but I don’t know, maybe I should give it a chance. After all, more hippo mayhem. 🙂

    • Hm… I’ll be honest, some of the issues I had with River of Teeth, I also had with Taste of Marrow for all the hippo mayhem. I do feel quite strongly this would have made a better novel.

  5. Happy BD to Himself. My Better Half’s BD is in February, the day before George Washington’s. He says sometimes (like working in the yard for me yesterday) he feels GW’s age! Sounds like you have the flu, not just a cold, Hon. The only book you read that I read as well, this past week was “Bridges.” Loved the movie with Meryl Streep even more. The theater I was in had an usher going up and down the aisle handing out Kleenexes. Hope this time next week you find yourself in tip-top shape! I put the Last Dog on my TBR list. Excellent reviews (as always).

  6. Happy birthday to Himself! And I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling poorly. There does seem to be a surplus of colds and bugs going around so hopefully you can get plenty of rest and feel better soon. I read Bridges of Madison County when it first came out and I do remember enjoying and wanting to scream at Francesca for multiple reasons! Have a great week!

  7. Happy anniversary, and happy belated birthday to your husband! 🙂 But I’m also sorry to hear you’re not feeling your best. So I hope you feel better soon, especially so you can enjoy some time with Himself during his annual leave.

  8. Oh boy. My book budget is groaning. I have got to check out The Last Dog On Earth. And I’m waiting for Taste Of Marrow to arrive in my mailbox. I had a blast with River Of Teeth. Come on…riding hippos! LOL Sorry you are feeling ill, Sarah. I hope you kick it soon and can get back to your writing. And to celebrating your anniversary. Congrats!

  9. Since I’m so late again, I choose to ignore all the more negative bits of your (long gone) week, and will focus on the positive ones, so that when you revisit this post, you’ll get to smile.
    Nice food at a Chinese restaurant sounds good! And happy anniversary! 22 years is stunning – I hope that you’ll get at least 20 more!

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