Sunday Post – 23rd December, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


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’s been another whirlwind week. I’ve been rushing around like a blue-bottomed fly getting presents wrapped, writing and sending off cards and organising the food for Christmas, which isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds, given that my son is vegan and we are vegetarian.

On Monday, I travelled to my daughter’s house to deliver the Christmas cards and pressies as I wouldn’t be seeing them over the Christmas break. I had great fun playing with baby Eliza, who is growing at a rate of knots. She fell asleep in my arms and once more I was swept with that painful wave of love which stops the breath in my lungs and makes each heartbeat hurt – a now-familiar sensation since the birth of my first grandchild. They’ll say something, or tilt their head in a particular way – and I’m suffused with that fierce feeling all over again. We went out for lunch together and then I made my way back home when Rebecca had to leave for the school run.

My son arrived on Wednesday and will be staying until after Christmas, which is a great treat, given that I don’t get a chance to see him all that often. Yesterday, I attended a lovely party where we sang seasonal songs around the piano and today, after we did the final supermarket run, we Skyped my mother-in-law, who is celebrating her birthday today. Other than food, I now have all the other Christmas chores completed – yippee!

Last week I read:
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe – Book 1 of The Salvagers series by Alex White
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction. Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses the murder of a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman named Boots.
I really enjoyed this magical, futuristic adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, recovering after a brutal pan-galactic war. There is plenty of action-packed mayhem, which didn’t prevent me from steadily bonding with the main protagonists.


Hurricane – Book 3 of the Hive Mind series by Janet Edwards
Eighteen-year-old Amber is the youngest of the five telepaths who protect the hundred million citizens of one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time a simple case leads on to something far bigger. This is a case where Amber’s team have to face the unknown and break all the rules they usually follow, while Amber has extra burdens she can’t share with anyone. She has a personal mystery to solve, and questions she wants answered, but curiosity is a dangerous trait in a telepath.
I’ve enjoyed this series from Edwards – but this is the best book so far. It answers questions about this world that have been niggling since the first one of the series, while the crime investigation provides plenty of tension and action. Review to follow.


There Will Be Hell to Pay by Benjamin Gilad
They say those who get deep into the Kabbalah’s mystical text of the celestial spheres can lose their minds. But one man discovers the celestial spheres are far from saintly. The man, Jack Merriman, is a Seer sucked into the celestial realm against his better judgment. He finds out Satan is a beautiful female with a keen sense of justice. Archangel Michael sounds just like James Earl Jones and the Cherubs fill the Celestial spheres with heavenly elevator music. But underneath, the Celestial Spheres are as political and incompetent as a big government agency.
This quirky paranormal investigative story has an interesting premise. I shall be reviewing it in due course.

My posts last week:

Review of Academic Curveball – Book 1 of the Braxton Campus mysteries by James J. Cudney

Teaser Tuesday featuring Hurricane – Book 3 of the Hive Mind series by Janet Edwards

Christmas-Holiday Gifts – Science Fiction and Fantasy for Everyone

Review of The Death Chamber – Book 6 of The Detective’s Daughter series by Lesley Thomson

Friday Face-Off featuring Hogfather – Book 20 of The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Review of How To Steal a Dragon’s Sword – Book 9 of the How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell

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

Friday Face-Off: Seasonal “Ho, Ho, Ho.” This is my favourite meme and Brittany nails it this week by featuring
How The Grinch Stole Christmas – which is your favourite cover?

Echo of Love This time of year is particularly tough on those grieving or lonely – and this beautiful, thoughtful poem reminds us of this…

How The Left Hand of Darkness Changed Everything by Becky Chambers The Lit Hub featured this wonderful article by one of our most talented science fiction authors…

Indian Tea/ Chai Walla(भारतीय चाय, चाई वाल्ला) This fascinating and detailed article includes videos and a history of growing and drinking tea on the Indian continent.

Things We Say Today Which We Owe to Shakespeare My blogging pal, Rae Longest reblogged this post. It’s a response to all those who claim Shakespeare is no longer relevant to modern life.

In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – have a wonderful holiday, whatever your beliefs and wherever you are…

32 responses »

  1. At the first of week, I was busy,like you, and all but finished. Then My Better Half came down with a violent stomach virus, which he shared with me” up until four in the afternoon, I wasn’t sure I’d make it. To make things worse, I fell hurrying to the bathroom, and ache like the dickens. Oh well, maybe by Christmas Day, all will be over.

    • Oh now! I’m so very sorry that you were so smitten! I hope you both feel a lot better very soon:(. Arnica is wonderful for easing buising btw – I swear by both the cream and tablets. Slather and swallow… swallow and slather until the bruising goes.

    • And what I meant to add – until my bossy side took over regarding advice on arnica – is that I do hope you have a wonderful Christmas together with lots of fun and relaxation, Rae. I don’t know anyone who deserves it more…

  2. I be so glad ye liked a big ship at the end of the universe. It has caught me eye a couple of times and I have been waiting for the review that would make up me mind. This be it. Thanks for the lovely post. Arrr!

  3. I’ve recently gone vegetarian (well, pescaterian) myself and my cardiologist sings the praises of veganism regularly, so I can relate- although I’ve had a surprisingly easy time of it (and now wish I would have done it years ago). And glad to hear you son gets to spend some time home- hope you have a wondetful holiday.

    Merry Christmas!!

    • So glad you have found it so beneficial, Greg:). It’s made a huge difference to my energy levels – until recently when my high blood pressure made a dramatic entrance… But I’d hate to think what it would have been if I was still eating meat!

      Thank you for your kind good wishes and I hope you, too, have a happy, peaceful holiday.

  4. Such a truly beautiful description of your feelings of love, Sarah! Innocents tend to bring that out in us don’t they:) Have a wonderful time with your family and a Merry Christmas.

    • Thank you, Laura – yes… you’re right – it’s their innocence and helplessness. Even when they’re a lot older, I still find myself in ultra-protective mode! Thank you for your kind good wishes and I hope that you, too, have a lovely Christmas and enjoyable time with your family:)).

  5. I’m so glad that you got to spend some quality time with Eliza and that you’ll get to have a nice long visit with your son as well. And yay for being done with Christmas chores! I just finished mine tonight as well and it’s such a good feeling. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Thank you, Suzanne:)). Yes – we had a lovely, relaxing lunch out for Christmas Eve with my sister – the fun with family has already started! I hope you and yours have a joyful, peaceful Christmas, too.x

  6. Oh so wonderful to have the family time. Babies are the best.

    I tried sweet potato soup with caramelized onions last night which would work but for us it needed more garlic and caramelized onions. Pretty much I think no recipe could have too much garlic or caramelized onions for us. I doubled the garlic already.but I am going to make another batch of the onions before we have leftovers because it goes in at the end after the rest of the soup is pureed. It might even need tripling.

    Enjoy your family and your holiday time. Merry Christmas. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Yum! That sounds tasty:)). I often put a small pinch of mild curry powder in my root vegetable soups to give them just a bit more flavour – but not sufficient to drown out the taste of the veg… Sweet potato soup isn’t one I’ve tried, though – must get on it!

      I hope you, too, have a lovely, peaceful break, Anne:)

  7. Wow. Thank you for sharing the link to Becky Chambers’ article on The Left Hand of Darkness. That’s one of my favorite UKLG books, and she really hit the nail on the head with why that book matters so much to science fiction.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas, by the way. It sounds like you’re feeling better and things were pretty much taken care of by the time this post went up. Christmas (or, rather, Round 2 of Christmas, since Round 1 was the week before, when my maternal aunts visited) was surprisingly relaxing. I went down to the Cape again to visit my parents for the long weekend, and apart from going out to celebrate my brother’s birthday, presents and a ham dinner on Christmas Eve, and visiting my dad’s sister (and other aunts and uncles) yesterday, we didn’t have much planned. Though I was still dead-tired and anti-food for most of today… but that’s what the day after Christmas is usually like, right? *lol*

    • Glad you had such a nice, relaxing time, Sara:). Yes – the tablets for my high blood pressure are really doing the trick and I am almost feeling back to my old self, which is marvellous. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to feel properly well!

      We, too, have had a lovely time – very quiet, which to be honest, was exactly what we needed!

  8. So here I am, trying madly to catch up with all your posts! Lol.

    SO happy to hear that you had a GREAT time with your grandkids!! You are SO LUCKY to have had kids and grandkids!! That feeling of overwhelming LOVE when you hold little Eliza….. Oh, I ENVY you!! ❤ ❤ ❤

    Well, you've DEFINITELY been a VERY busy Christmas bee!! I KNOW you had a WONDERFUL Christmas, surrounded by your family!! That's the BEST kind of Christmas to have!! 🙂 🙂

    WOW!! You read THREE books in ONE week?! I'm lucky if I can read one!! Lol. I have this habit of pronouncing words in my head as I read, and I can't seem to get rid of it. I think this is what slows me down. 😦

    I'm going to check out these three books you've mentioned. They look VERY interesting!! 🙂

    Those blog posts you've listed look GREAT, too! I'm especially keen on reading the one about Shakespeare. How ANYONE would DARE say that The Bard is no longer "relevant" to modern life is beyond me…..

    Thanks for sharing all of your WONDERFUL news!! Hope your New Year's Day was GREAT, too!! HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Maria. In the event, I didn’t see the grandchildren over Christmas as they were away for the holiday season – but I was fortunate enough to have my son stay over, which was a real treat as I don’t see him all that often. It meant we had a properly adult Christmas break, where we did exactly as we pleased – which was an unexpected treat:)).
      That said – I’m really looking forward to catching up with the grandchildren and hearing all about their amazing holiday.

      I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year’s Day was special. I saw the New Year in with my husband and sister and we reconvened this morning at the beach to watch the sun rise over the first day of the year, before adjourning to one of our favourite cafes for breakfast:)).

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