Sunday Post – 26th May, 2019 #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 a very, very busy week – as is evident by the fact that I haven’t had time to post anything on my blog since last Sunday – other than the Friday Faceoff. This week it’s been allll about work. As the academic year speeds towards the close, a number of meetings regarding Tim’s progress all converged on this particular week. It meant I haven’t seen much of Himself, either – as this week he had Wednesday and Thursday off. We have half term coming up and I am looking forward to having a few days off just to catch my breath – and have the grandchildren to stay, which is always fun. Though predictably, the wonderful weather we’ve been enjoying is now fast disappearing.

I have now completed the first draft of Mantivore Prey which is a relief. I am going to take a bit of a break from writing until the summer holidays to give myself some time to focus on a major clean and declutter, which is desperately overdue…

Last week I read:
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson
American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China’s Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveler. Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything – on the moon, and on Earth.
This entertaining near future space opera was mostly great fun, though I thought the ending was a tad off if this is a standalone.


The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection narrated by Stephen Fry
The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumours of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry – who has travelled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, that Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . .
This whole series has been a complete joy to listen to – I’m prolonging the pleasure by listening to other audio offerings in between each of the books.


The Liar in the Library – Book 18 of the Fethering Mysteries by Simon Brett
Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven’t met for twenty years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn’t changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn’t been suspecting however was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. More worrying, from Jude’s point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the murder but to prevent herself from being arrested for committing it.
This delightful cosy mystery is great fun with an unexpectedly poignant ending. I love the fact that Brett has plenty to say about the state of middle England and library closures in amongst the murder and mayhem.

My posts last week:

Friday Faceoff featuring A Discovery of Witches – Book 1 of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Sunday Post – 19th May 2019

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

Odyssey Theatre Yep – this is me in proud mama mode. My son, Robbie, is busy rehearsing for this production of Loot which is running from 8th June-10th August.

#writerproblems: #characterdeath in #storytelling (Part 2: melting shoes and raising stakes) Once more, a cracking article from my friend Jean…

Why Starve Fish in Spas for Pedicures? How depressing – these poor fish are starved to force them to eat the dead skin on people’s feet…

Game of Thrones: A Song of ‘I Literally Can’t Even’ Kristen Lamb jumps into the controversy on the final series of GoT – what do you think?

Protecting Your Creative Mindspace This nifty article is very helpful if you are struggling with writers’ block.

Many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – I will catch up with you as soon as I can, so thank you also for your patience. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

32 responses »

  1. End of school is always so busy! Hope you have a relaxing break when it finally arrives. And how wonderful for your son! You should be proud😁

    • Thank you, Tammy – oh yes! I’m thrilled for him:)). And while I’m not exactly counting the weeks before the end of term – I will be thankful when the summer holidays come around!

  2. I’m very much looking forward to this half term break! My mum’s visiting so it’ll be nice.
    It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve stopped by your blog! I’ve been struggling to get back into my battle rhythm since my mini-blog break. :/

    • Lovely to hear from you, Nicci – and join the club about regaining a sensible rhythm regarding responding to comments, etc on my blog. At present, it’s simply a battle to keep to a regular schedule! I hope you, too, have a chance to unwind and relax:))

  3. I’ve never read Kim Stanley Robinson, but I’ve been curious as a number of his books have looked appealing. Sorry the ending of that one seemed a little off. And I’ll have to check out that Game of Thrones post- I’ve enjoyed seeing different perspectives on how such a popular show ended.

    Have a wonderful week!!!

    • Yes – I, too, have been fascinated to read peoples’ reactions, though watching the episode about how they made the final series, I now better understand why it isn’t longer.

  4. Summer’s almost here!!! We only have one more week till break, mercifully. My crew of pre-teens is getting more squirrely by the day. Best wishes with the end of your term, and thanks for sharing your journeys!

  5. The end of a school year is always so insanely busy! Hopefully you’ll be able to have a slower paced week soon. I have the Stephen Fry Sherlock Holmes and am planning on listening to at least the first story soon. I’m glad to see how much you’ve enjoyed it! Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Katherine. Ooo… I’m so pleased to hear you’ve got the Stephen Fry audio version of Sherlock Holmes and am very much looking forward to hearing what you make of it:))

  6. Oh my Dear Friend, what a lovely post. I went through a Sherlock Holmes “period” when I was in 9th grade, and The Hound of the Baskerville’s lifted the hairs on my neck in some scenes. Also, a couple of years ago, we saw a delightful comedic play at the local college, loosely (very loosely) based on the story.
    The Liar in the Library is one I will definitely look into. Is it a standard mystery or a cozy mystery? I am a pushover for either kind, depending on my mood at the time and/or my need to escape or be challenged.
    We have just today (Tuesday) come through the Memorial Day long weekend and need some time to get back into our “little routine.” Even we retirees need some structure. ha ha

    • Thank you, Rae:)). I think you would love Stephen Fry’s narration of the Sherlock Holmes collection – it’s a joy… The Liar in the Library is a cosy mystery, but it does have some teeth. Brett isn’t about to hold back about his opinion of genteel, middle class village communities in the middle of West Sussex (where he lives) and also has some pungent things to say about people who bemoan the loss of libraries, yet have got out of the habit of using them *turns red and shuffles feet*. It’s also great fun:))

  7. I wanted to congratulate you on completing the first draft of Mantivore Prey, but judging by the book’s cover on the side bar, I’m way more than fashionably late.
    I’m really hoping to catch up more so that I can see what you’re working now, but I can’t simply skip all those of your reviews that I enjoy to read…

    • Lol… no worries. I’ve finished the rewrite of Mantivore Warrior and am hoping to publish it during the summer. I’m also working on a shorter project inspired by the COVID-19 crisis AND I’ve started writing my first How-To book on Creative Writing on Characterisation. After stepping down from Northbrook College last summer, I’ve been going through all my notes and writing exercises. It’s going to be part instructional book, advising on the pitfalls to be aware of, and part workbook – with character attributes and checklists throughout to help when planning and writing the first draft. It’s going quite well…

      • That’s great news and idea! Years of your hard work will be available in a new form and for new “students”.
        I’ve been putting my creative writing-related insights on Medium, but I’m nowhere near your level since I’ve always been a self-taught kind of writer.
        I’m looking forward to the announcement of the books! 🙂

      • I’m really pleased with the book, especially that I managed to fulfil the brief I’d set myself of making it a handbook that would be useful throughout the writing and/or editing process.

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