Saturday, 7 September 2013

Red hand gang, Men cry alone, Zom-B, The Sick rose

The Red Hand Gang – Walter Otton
Warm and caring is not how to describe “Red Hand Gang” Take three friends, a very long charity walk and you’ll have a recipe for crude jokes and a lot of reminiscing. Men love football, curries and some are partial to the odd pint! These three blokes are no different and are having a midlife crisis. Where are their lives going? What have they achieved? Interesting, gritty, honest and not for the easily offended. 3 out of 5.

Men Cry Alone – Philip Paris
One in four women and one in six men will suffer domestic abuse. A statistic from the Home Office during their British Crime survey 2011. Violence is all around us, on the news, films and more shockingly in our homes. This book is breaking the taboo of how men can suffer violence from their other half’s. Ashamed of the stigma, these men cry alone. A wake up call of what goes on behind closed doors. 4 out of 5.

Zom-B – Darren Shan
With likes of “The Walking Dead” being commissioned for its 4th season, the zombie genre is as popular as ever. “Zom-B” has a dark comedic edge to the traditional tale. Slow to start, but takes off with twists that will enthral and leaving you wanting more. A good thing, as this is the first book in a series of others to come. The end is particularly shocking and not in the way you would usually think. 4 out of 5.

The Sick Rose – Laurie Mellor
England is broken. A term we hear too often for my liking. Laurie Mellor delves into England’s past, wanting to dissect where we went wrong. Was there abandonment by people toward their God? Was it man’s evil nature? Or was it the sixties in general! Mellor has gone to great lengths to give evidence why we are broken, but no real solution as to how we can fix England. Fascinating and full of hard truths. 3 out of 5.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Iron Ship – Ewan Corlett

The Iron Ship – Ewan Corlett

The HMS Titanic has been hailed as the ship that “changed the world.” To my recollection it did not have a great track record; it only lasted a few weeks! When I began to read “The Iron Ship” I was astonished to learn that the SS Great Britain is still around today, you can even board her, 170 years after she was built! Designed by Britain’s most prolific engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the SS Great Britain was the world’s first great ocean liner. She was launched by Prince Albert and called “The greatest experiment since the Creation”
The SS Great Britain was the first iron steam ship to cross the Atlantic in 14 days, unheard of in its day. The iron ship went all over the world bringing passengers and cargo to the ends of the earth flying under a British Flag and showing the Britain did in fact rule the waves.
Dr Ewan Corlett, seems to have produced this book under a labour of love, it is packed full of beautiful paintings of the ship, close ups of its ground breaking ingenious designs, like the screw propeller and mind blowing facts!
I was hooked when I picked up “The Iron Ship”, charmingly wrote, full of passion and awe with great respect given to a ship that changed sea fairing for a hundred years, and to think that you can have parties, meetings and even get married on board today is fantastic.
The story of the SS Great Britain sounds unbelievable, from its “birth” to near-death experiences, being moored on the Falkland’s and the plan to restore her to glory. Text-books need to written like this! A real life floating museum, more stories than you can imagine and they are all true! 5 out of 5.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Unstoppable The Incredible Power of Faith inaction - Nick Vujicic

Unstoppable The Incredible Power of Faith inaction - Nick Vujicic

Think you've had a rough day? Try being in Nick's shoes. Well for one you can’t, as he does not own any because he has no feet, and did I mention he does not have any arms as well!

However, Nick skydives, surfs and has been to dozens of countries around the world and has spoken to millions of people.

From being a total medical surprise to his parents on delivery day, Nick has combated bulling, depression and immense physical obstacles to become a fantastic public speaker where he recants stories from his life. Using humour he explains to his audiences that when curious kids come up to him and ask what happened, Nick whispers with deadpan sincerity “Smoking”

I found this book really grounding and through Nick’s experiences they put everything you might be going through into perspective. Curiosity brings you to Nick but his warmth, demeanour and actually, very much his humour, makes you want to stick around.

Nick takes us into his world to tell us that whatever is thrown at you, you can deal with it through the power given by God's grace.

Nick reveals “Life has value and is a gift to others, and that no matter the despair and hard times, God is always present”

In the book Nick describes how he met his wife, talk about clich├ęd! Nick was speaking at an open-air event and their eyes met over a crowd! Unbelievable. What’s more astonishing is it that it took them months to finally admit their feelings and Nick eventually bit the bullet. Well if you don’t ask you don’t get! Nick and his wife were married in February 2012.

Thoroughly recommended for everyone. See Nick’s disability make waves in your life. Unstoppable is incredible, awe-inspiring and extremely up lifting. 5 out of 5.

ISS - David Baker

International Space Station Manual: An insight into the history, development, collaboration, production and role of the permanently manned earth-orbiting complex (Owners' Workshop Manual) – David Baker

Haynes have gone beyond producing detailed manuals for Ford Cortinas and Renault Cleos. What we have here is an in depth analysis of the biggest and most expensive creation that man has ever made! (Approximately $100 Billion!) Not just an observatory, science lab and spaceport but the ISS is a vision formed by the international community, uniting under a common goal of exploring the world around us. Gorgeous detail along with beautiful and breathtaking pictures. 4 out of 5.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

12-21 – Dustin Thomason

The Mayans predicted the world would end on the 21.12.12 if you are reading this after that date, they were wrong! The balance of medical knowledge and ancient prophecy marinates well in 12-21. Page turning is rapid along with the twists and turns. The pseudoscience does divulge enough to grip the reader. However, it feels like we have heard this before, but there is nothing wrong with another deadly-virus-driven-apocalyptic-book, is there? Will the human-race survive? 3 out of 5.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Anomaly – Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin

Anomaly – Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin

Introducing, the longest full-colour, original graphic novel ever published. Set in the year 2717 where most humans live on off-world colonies. It’s massive at 3600 pages. Endorsed by Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott, you know you have got something good in your hands. Turn on your Internet enabled smart phone; download the augmented reality app, point it at the book and the characters literally lift of the page! Bit expensive, but a good investment. 3 out of 5

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Back to the future, Blondie, Spectrum and the Goonies. What have they in common? The 80’s! The geek chic decade is littered throughout this book. The year is 2044, and a 1980’s obsessed multi-billionaire has died and left his fortune to anyone who can solve the clues hidden within a virtual reality game which everyone on the planet plays so as to escape the reality of a dying Earth. It’s Willy Wonka meets The Matrix. 4 out of 5.