Tuesday, 9 February 2016

REVIEW - What If? by Randall Munroe


Title: What If?

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: John Murrays

Release Date: 24th September 2015

Source: Own Copy

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.


Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion

So have you ever asked yourself the following questions?
  • How long could I safely swim in a pool of spent nuclear rods?
  • How much space does the internet take up?
  • Could you build a periodic table?
  • What would happen if your DNA vanished?
  • What if everyone in Britain started paddling on the coast, could we move?
What do you mean "no"?

To be honest I don't think I have ever thought about any of these either but there are some crazy people out there and Randall Munroe, once he stopped laughing (some of these questions are a little bonkers!!) uses this book to patiently reply using science fact and stick men.

This is an enjoyable read with quirky cartoons and you know what?, I actually felt like I learnt something too! Which is always a plus in my book.

Randall literally takes these crazy questions, breaks them down and explains the science stuff behind them whilst using not too technical a language for us non science types!

Plus the best part? There is a dinosaur chasing a stick man on the cover, that in itself is a reason to buy it!



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BIZARRE BOOKS #19 - Liberace, Your Personal Fashion Consultant by Michael and Karan Feder


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!



Holy cow, no cats? Yes no cats this week!

But I think you will agree Liberace is fabulous and a wonderful choice for this week.

So I am always in the need of a style overhaul, too much black and grey dominate my wardrobe.  

I need sequins and feathers and leather and lycra, all in day-glo colours maybe with a bit of feathering too and a shitload of glitter too just to be on the safe side.

If, like me your wardrobe is stuck in a rut, reach out and embrace the fashion genius of Liberace!


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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Sunday Post #37 - 7th February 2016

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!



So how was everyone's week? 

In sunny Scotland the weather is still dismal but it is winter so really shouldn't expect anything different.

So you may remember last week I read Cinder, which FYI I loved. Like love love love loved, I am always suspicious of hype, which of course does surround the Lunar Chronicles in bucketloads.  But the hype was right, it was so good.


Anyway I started reading Scarlet and am a couple of chapters in, really enjoying it but then a great package landed on my doorstep and basically fucked up my reading plans (but in a good way)!


This arrived on my doorstep....


And I was all ....


But to appreciate this book I thought I had better re-read the last two books Red Rising and Golden Son because my brain will struggle just a little to remember what the hell happened with all those characters but Darrow I remember and I want to see how this story ends.

Anyone else read Pierce Brown's series?


Have a good week everyone!


God I slacked last week and was meant to review Cinder but as usual stuff gets in the way.






Yep I will do my best to go on and on and on about this during the coming week!




How young do Mulder and Scully look!!!!!?

The new X Files starts on Monday and I am looking forward to it! It scared me to death the first time round, it had better do it again!



I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find 
out more!


BOUGHT FROM AMAZON




 KINDLE FREEBIES (MAY NOT BE ANYMORE!)



NETGALLEY HAUL

NOTHING

 SENT BY PUBLISHER



Let me know if you have read any of them!




Happy Sunday!


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Saturday, 6 February 2016

REVIEW - A Wrinkle in Time (Graphic Novel) by Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson


Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

Publisher: Sqaure Fish

Release Date: 1st May 2015

Source: Own Copy
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs-Who, Whatsit, and Which-the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery Award - winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in fifty years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. 

Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favourite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.
Ok I have never read the original non illustrated version of this classic tale but in the last year I have started taking an interest in graphic novels and this seemed like a good choice.  I have always wanted to read it and it was full of cool illustrations.

The story of Meg and Charles along with their friend Calvin is a thrilling and also it is an enchanting read.  It very quickly casts it spell and before you know it you are a hundred pages in. 

I blame the eyes myself, the illustrator Hope Larson has done an amazing job and each character, most especially Meg has the most expressive eyes, really beautiful to be honest.  It is illustrated in blues and blacks to tremendous effect.

Now I am presuming that you may have read the original but like me if you haven't, it is the story of a girl and her younger brother plus their friend who find themselves travelling through time and space to try and find their father.  Along the way they meet some unusual characters and see some incredible things but they never lose sight of what they need to find.

A wonderful read which I am planning on re-visiting with a read of the traditional version.

Have you read this and if so what did you think?




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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #18 - Fashion Cats by Takako Iwasa


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


Yes it is another cat book!

I could literally just do cat books for the forseable future, cats seem to be comedy gold, I don't trust them but that could be why I have a dog.

Some of us like to dress up our pets and the wonderful Japanese always go that extra mile.  

Fashion cats features some supermodel pussy cats in haute "cat-ure" for your enjoyment and for a prime position on your coffee table!

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Sunday Post #36 - 31st January 2016

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!




Hello! How are you all, right non blog life out the way first, family are fine, work is fine, weather is shit.  

Right now I have that out they way I want to talk about this.


I started reading Cinder!

Yes, that's right, even my dog (meet Fern!) loves it and even though I am only three quarters of the way through and I love it.  I am totally having what I believe is called fangirl feels!!

It is well written, it has awesome characters and I want my own little android like Iko.  Such sass from someone so metal.  Reminds of my favourite robot Bender but without the alcoholism and kleptomania.


However I have a couple of worries/questions....

What if the next books are awful?
What if the next books are awesome and this series ruins every other book for me?
Is the Lunar Chronicles the most instagrammed book ever?

Any hoo, I love it.  Plus the whole moon thing has me curious.  The bad queen woman has just came to Earth and she seems a total bitch so I can't wait to see what shit she creates plus there are spin off books which hopefully will bring some background info to me.

Anyway it is great, I wish I had read it years ago!


Have a good week everyone!













I love my Funko collection and they have some create collections coming up notable Clueless and Battlestar Galactica!



I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find 
out more!


BOUGHT FROM AMAZON



 KINDLE FREEBIES (MAY NOT BE ANYMORE!)

NOTHING!!

NETGALLEY HAUL


 SENT BY PUBLISHER


Let me know if you have read any of them!



Happy Sunday!


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