Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Surface Detail by Iain M Banks

What a fantastic book I really loveed this.

It's a fun and exciting book. The full review is on you can follow the link on the righthand side of this page to read it.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Valentines Day

Well Valentines evening was fun.  Not the actual day, that was work as normal but I / we have a very nice evening afterwards.

The evening involved a couple of cute, and very fluffy movies surrounded by food. We started with raw oysters and half of a Chorizo Fougasse bread. Followed by watching Love Actually. Then main course, Steak, chips, asparagus, and cheesy cooked oysters. Followed by Notting Hill, and last but not least were strawberries covered in melted chocolate, with meringues and ice cream.

Books, well I must admit to curling up on the sofa when not eating in the evening and not touching a page of a book.  I did put some books on my new bookshelf at lunchtime when I dashed home from work.

 OK. I would have added photographs, except for the fact that when I click on the images link on the bar above it comes up with an error page not found!!  I really should sort out a flickr account and just link to the images on there.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Another Bookshelf plus Doctor Who confession.

Well we now have yet another Ikea Billy bookshelf.

I've just about run out of space to put bookshelves but we have managed to squeeze another one in. So, downstairs we have 4 x 80cm bookshelves, each with six shelves full of hardbacks. In the spare room upstairs there are now 5 x 80cm and 1 x 40cm bookshelves. At least half of the Bookshelves upstairs have had 4 or 5 extra shelves put into them to put in extra paperbacks, so finally I have room for all my books.

I have also spent a lot of time this weekend listening to the audiobook of Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds read by John Lee. A good book, one of my favourites, so listening to it has been good fun.

EDIT: My mistake, one of the bookshelves downstairs does not have hardbacks on. It's got my Doctor Who collection on it, virtually every story on audio cd's, video's, laser discs, DVD's and Blu-Ray. As well as all the BBC EDA and PDa books, no room for my target books, or the few Virgin books I have.

Thursday, 10 February 2011


I'm thinking about getting some rescue/ex-battery chickens.

3 seems a good figure for enough eggs for two people.

My neighbour has loads of cats, wonder if I need a cover on top to keep em safe from the cats. I might be insane but I think they will be nice to look after.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Domain move

I've now moved my blog to which seems to make sense as it matches my twitter name, and it's a name I've used on the Internet for a while.

Now I need to come up with a slightly artistic logo to stick on the site.

I've been out in the car quite a bit over the last couple of days, so I have managed to listen to a lot of Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds on audiobook. In homage to this, we have watched Moon and 2001 tonight on Blu-Ray.

Oh yes, I must say the puppy of the day today a silver labrador looks so cute. He can come and live with us and our chocolate Labrador if he wants.

Also I need to confess to being an idiot. I did not spot the section to create unto 10 extra pages on the site. So I actually created 4 blogs and linked them and had to play to give them all the same look. It's a lot easier now I can just create the extra pages.

Friday, 4 February 2011

WorldBook Night - 5th March


Now I have to come up with some way of giving away the 45 copies I have of The man who came in from the cold on World Book Night. Anyone else near Loughborough giving away books as well?

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

2nd February

Read a few more books.

I quite enjoy flicking through a few Crime novels.  I'm currently going through Jo Nesbo's books.  I've read three so far and am enjoying them.  Slightly longer than I expected, but still good fun.  They are not earth shattering, but they are a fun read.

I seem to have rather a lot of books on my list of books to read at the moment.  Which is good, but also means I seem to end up ignoring my better half and my dog to much, as i'm buried in a book.

Maybe I should just stop working then I would have enough time to read... I guess one of the troubles with this plan is that i would end up loosing my house, so if I had to carry all 2000 books around with me that would be awkward, oh, and I would have fun trying to find places to charge my kindle.

Talking about Kindles' I still love mine.  I've got about 30 books on it now, not a lot, but as only one of them was below £1 and a couple were about £10 it's not to bad.  I think I must be paying around £4 for an eBook.  I still find it frustrating that you can buy a new hardback book for less than the cost of buying it on Kindle it just does not seem sensible to me.

Hardback books i've got to read.  The second Mark Charan Newton book, the latest Tad williams, and Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.  It's a tight run contest between reading the Joe Abercrombie book and the Mark Charan Newton book next.  I'm also part way through reading The Snowman on my kindle from Jo Nesbo.

Of course, how could I forget I also have Darkest Hour the second Age of Misrule book by Mark Chadbourn to review. I'm getting that on my kindle. So that will be fun to read as well... Jo Nesbo might have to wait for a while before I finish Snowman.

Well onwards and upwards.  See what life has to come, etc...