#Sunday Post – 3rd June, 2018 #Sky’sservicesucks #Brainfluffbookblog


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

It should have been a relaxing, but productive half-term week and started so well with the grandchildren staying over until Sunday night – but on Monday we had a massive thunderstorm. The thunder cracked above us, shaking the house, accompanied by a bright flickering light that was gone in microseconds with the smell of burning air and an odd noise coming from the surge protectors. It was disorientating and frightening. Though the TV didn’t work, once we replaced the fuse, it was back to normal. But our internet was down… and it’s still down. Sky have been as useful as a concrete hanky. When we reported the problem, their diagnostics said they needed to send an engineer, but somehow the bloke on the other end decided a new router would fix the problem. He said it probably would be with us on Wednesday, given it was Bank Holiday Monday. It finally arrived yesterday (Saturday) after two more VERY expensive phone calls and once we set it all up – the internet is still not working and the engineer isn’t able to come out until Wednesday.

My dinky little laptop perched at the end of my sister’s dining room table frankly isn’t up to the job. It’s slooow and I’m used to my powerful desktop that pretty much does what I want when I want it… So I’m not commenting or posting much and I promise to catch up once I’m back online. Other than that, I have been trying to relax a bit – I’m conscious of feeling profoundly tired… We saw Solo on Wednesday and though the performances were great, I am disappointed that the story tends to up the stakes over issues that we know are resolved – lots of time with The Millennium Falcon being chased or under attack, when we already know she survives as the ship features in other films. I feel the script writers could have been smarter in creating tension for folks who have followed the whole franchise to date. I also had some book tokens and hit Smiths and Waterstones, coming away with an armful of books I’ve been lusting over for a while, which rounded off a lovely day out with Himself in an otherwise rather stressful week.

So grovelling apologies for not having been in touch much. I hope that normal services will shortly be resumed, though given Sky’s dire performance so far, I’m not holding my breath…

This week I have read:

A Quill Ladder – Book 2 of the Derivatives of Displacement series by Jennifer Ellis
Abbey Sinclair would just like to return to her physics textbooks, but the witches who just moved in across the street seem to be up to something, and one of them has offered to give her lessons in witchcraft. She also has to decide what to do with the instructions on how to save the world that seem to have come from her future self.

This enjoyable YA time travelling series continues to gallop forward at a real clip, with a very involved, twisting plot full of incident that doesn’t feel designed for a younger audience, despite the age of the protagonists. I’m thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to reading other books in the series.



Breach of Containment – Book 3 of the Central Corps series by Elizabeth Bonesteel
When hostilities between factions threaten to explode into a shooting war on the moon of Yakutsk, the two major galactic military powers, Central Corps and PSI, send ships to defuse the situation. But when a strange artifact is discovered, events are set in motion that threaten the entire colonized galaxy—including former Central Corps Commander Elena Shaw.

This is another excellent space opera adventure featuring characters I have grown very fond of during the previous two books. And it takes the story forward with lots of action and a dollop of emotional heft. Bonesteel’s characters really do ping off the page…



Drifter’s Alliance – Book 1 of the Drifter’s Alliance series by Elle Casey
One hand of cards and it’s all over but the crying…

Cass Kennedy finally gets what she’s been dreaming of for the past ten years: a drifter ship to call her own. All the sim time and battle training is going to pay off in spades as she sets her course for the future. She’ll be living on her own terms, not those of her father.

This space opera story is a strong start to what promises to be an entertaining, enjoyable adventure featuring a gutsy nineteen-year-old with more experience than she should have.



Child I by Steve Tasane
A group of undocumented children with letters for names, are stuck living in a refugee camp, with stories to tell but no papers to prove them. As they try to forge a new family amongst themselves, they also long to keep memories of their old identities alive.
Will they be heard and believed? And what will happen to them if they aren’t?

I initially thought this was a post-apocalyptic tale – and when I realised it was something far closer to home, it turned this adventure into a far more uncomfortable read, with a vital message. Required reading for all politicians everywhere. It won’t take long, as this is a short book with lots of easy words – and a difficult message that haunts me and will go on doing so…



My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 27th May 2018

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Flowers of Vashnoi – Book 14.1 of The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

Teaser Tuesday featuring Breach of Containment – Book 3 of the Central Corps series by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Friday Face-off – Clinging and invasive… featuring Forest Mage – Book 2 of The Soldier’s Son series by Robin Hobb

Sorry there are no blogs or articles to feature – but I haven’t had the luxury of browsing and visiting other sites… Have a great week and thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site – and I promise to get back to you as soon as I can!

23 responses »

  1. Sorry about all your internet problems😐 That is the worst, especially when you feel so out of touch with your usual online life. I hope things get back to normal soon.

  2. That’s so frustrating about the internet issues. I went round and round with our previous company for something similar but was luckily able to switch to another company. They’re not perfect but hopefully they’ll be better. I’m glad you enjoyed Solo though it is strange that they spent a lot of time building tension for story lines we already know. It seems like other things could have been explored. Have a great week and fingers crossed you’ll be back online soon!

    • Thank you, Katherine. Yes – it’s a huge relief to be back! Apart from the practical stuff, I found I really missed being in touch with the folks I blog with… Yes, given there were some really intriguing characters, I was a bit fed up they weren’t further explored, instead.

  3. It really puts you out of sorts when you lose your wifi doesn’t it – it’s a bit of a reality check, I don’t think we realise how much we rely on it until it’s not working.
    Hope it’s all resolved soon.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you, Lynn – yes, ‘nasty shock’ really summed it up. The bit I HATED was when Sky recommended we go online to get more helpful information about how to go about getting our fault fixed, when we had no internet…

  4. That sounds frightening to have the thunder so close and then your tv and internet weren’t working. And what a pain it took so much time and expensive phone calls to have it fixed. I hope your internet will be back soon. Good to know Solo was a fun movie, but I can imagine it does lack tension a bit when you know the falcon will survive anyway. That’s nice you got through some good reads at least this week. I hope next week is less stressful for you!

  5. Ooooof. So sorry to hear all the internet issues you’ve been having lately. And your lightning story reminds me of a nasty thunderstorm that wrecked havoc on my parents’ previous house. I was still living with them at the time, and one of my windows was cracked open enough for me to hear the lightning strike one of the lampposts that lined the driveway. It sent a power surge through the house that knocked out our electricity for over a day, “killed” one of our TVs, and damaged another so that the colors were off. I’ve been terrified of thunderstorms ever since then. :S

    Anyway… I hope your internet is up and running at your home again soon. Also, your thoughts on Solo seem to match up with the reviews I’ve been reading. I haven’t seen the movie myself… and to be honest, I think this might be the first Star Wars movie that my brother and I will skip.

    • Oh my goodness! That sounds absolutely terrifying, Sara – no wonder you are afraid. It wasn’t as dramatic as that – thank goodness, I was busy flinching from the thunder at the time (which I find rather scary) and there was just a blinding flash and the smell of burnt air – but I think we were very lucky.

      I did enjoy Solo – certainly more than Rogue One – but just not as much as I had hoped. Emelia Clarke was wonderful and I was a bit frustrated not to get more of her character, which was very intriguing, but I did wonder if they are going to produce another film continuing with Han Solo’s adventures – there was a sense by the end that it could be the case.

  6. Sounds so much like what I just went through. Except, while it did take 12 days to get a tech out to my house, he brought the new modem and also replaced all of the connections inside and outside and the filters. Now, it’s storming and lightning and I’m holding my breath it doesn’t go out again. I hope they get things sorted out, Sarah:)

    • Thank you, Suzanne! How kind of you. It’s lovely to be back – yes… they did drag their heels sending the router – and then I compounded the problem by somehow managing to reconnect the broken one instead of the new one!

  7. AAArgh! No! I’m so sorry about your router! That’s awful.

    I really need to catch up on all the Star Wars movies. I watched episode 7 when it came out in the cinemas and I loved it but I just fell behind on all the rest. I’ll eventually get there I hope. Solo doesn’t sound amazing… But hopefully I’ll still get something out of it when I get to it.

    I hope you’re back online soonest! Have a better week.

    • Thank you, Di:). Thank goodness I’m back online again – it is the worst feeling to be suddenly so out of touch…

      I did enjoy Solo, but I think I went in with expectations a tad too high. I look forward to hearing what you think once you’ve caught up. I hope you, too, have a great week.

    • Thank you, Rae – although all would have been well again this last week, if only I’d fitted the correct router first time around. *buries head in hands*

    • Thank you for your kindly sympathy. I have to say that the problems this particular week were caused by yours truly accidentally fitting the broken router, instead of the new one – and I STILL don’t know how I managed to do such a stupid thing!

  8. Oh no! It seems that your internet troubles continued way past what I anticipated. I can’t even imagine the hassle – we didn’t have ours for half a day and it was tiresome already.
    What also irks me is that the internet providers don’t take those “no internet” days off the bill. You pay for the full month, but they take their sweet time getting to you. 😦

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