Book reviews, Children’s fiction, Comedy, YA fiction

The Purple-Bellied Parrot by William Fagus – Book Review

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Discover … The power of the ‘HhhuuuUUTTT!

’Ever feel you are living the wrong life? Ever feel another life, your should-be life, is out there waiting for you, if only you had the courage to …Do you like tinned pineapple chunks? Have you answered yes to any of those questions? Then follow the Purple-Bellied Parrot on a rip-roaring, globe-spanning adventure packed with unforgettable characters. His quest to live his should-be life.

It Begins: In the sterile apartment of a city executive with unruly nasal hair where the Purple-Bellied Parrot cannot even do the very thing he was born to do. It Ends: On the shores of a distant land after an epic journey which tests his courage, his ingenuity and the bonds of friendship — to the limit.The Purple-Bellied Parrot is a spell-binding, life-affirming tale, with the power to evoke laughter and tears from readers 11-100 years old. (Parental Note: contains occasional mild imprecations.)

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MY REVIEW

Oh my, this broke my heart a little.

It’s the story of the Purple Bellied Parrot. His sad life life in cages where he can only just spread his wings, let alone fly.

Even the Spuggies (house sparrows) laugh at him, but he wants more, he wants his best life and so the adventure begins.

I love the humour in this, it will make you laugh out loud at times, but then there is sadness too, that will cause tears…..his poor little foot for a start!

Will the little parrot reach Brazeel? Will he have friends to talk to? Will he learn how to sing?

Beautifully written and full of emotion too. It really will appeal to all ages young and old…..plenty of poopy moments too. The handy notes at the back of the book explain the birds, language and slang.

Brilliant, funny, moving and thought provoking, one to rival Johnathan Livingstone Seagull. I loved it.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2NABN3n

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The publicity-shy William Fagus lives in a remote location in an upturned fishing smack with a parrot and sundry antique musical instruments and carpentry tools.

The redoubtable Mrs Lush, his cleaning lady and confidant, is his most frequent visitor.

William Fagus’s biography, of uncertain origin and dubious veracity, is available here: http://www.williamfagus.com/fagus_biog.html

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Comedy, Crime thriller

Merde And Mandarins (Kind Hearts And Martinets #5) by Pete Adams – Book Review

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A Defence Secretary shooting. The collapse of the Home Office Secretary. London’s high-ranking civil servants are being targeted, and DCI Jack Austin is drawn out of retirement. 

When his wife is kidnapped, inept savant DCI Austin leads the rescue mission while trying to solve the recent mystery, and discover the motives of the master conspirator.

Racing towards the chaotic conclusion, can he find solace in a welcome retirement, and uncover the supreme Machiavellian plot?

 

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MY REVIEW

Number 5 in the Kind Hearts And Martinets series.

Jack Austin and Mandy are married, he’s retired and enjoying life in their madcap way.

However, the Banana boys, Keef, Jeremy and Brains, would be gangsters and so hilariously dumb. They are working for a serious criminal who has a plan to kidnap Jack’s beloved wife, Mandy……things are going to get messy.

With senior civil servants, the mandarins, being targeted, the plan being to destabilise the government…but why?

When Mandy is kidnapped, Jack comes out of retirement!

This has its serious moments in a clever, twisty plot, it is utterly hilarious- the randomness of Jack’s habit of mixing up his words and his nicknames for everyone really will have you laughing out loud.

Will Jack and Mandy finally retire? I hope not as I love this odd, mismatched couple and their bizarre, madcap lives.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

About Pete Adams:

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Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

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Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pete.adams.9256

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets/dp/1686656793/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571128530&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Merde-Mandarins-Kind-Hearts-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07S9BJ6L4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=merde+and+mandarins&qid=1571128910&sr=8-1

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Merde-Mandarins-Pete-Adams/9781686656798?ref=grid-view&qid=1566372440893&sr=1-21 

Book reviews, Comedy, Science fiction

Doing Time (The Time Police) by Jodi Taylor – Book Review. @joditaylorbooks @headlinepg @annecater #RandomThingsTours #DoingTime

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Published in Hardback by Headline 17/10/19, £18.99

Introducing The Time Police, the brand-new series by international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor – an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary’s series. Perfect reading for fans of Doctor Who, Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde.

A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity – and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history.

And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.

Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future – their own.

This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew – arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything.

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MY REVIEW 

As a fan of Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St Mary’s I’m so excited at this spin off new series by her.

Jane, Luke and Matthew are new recruits at the Time Police…

Jane is quiet but thoughtful and has joined up after smashing her grandmothers seagull.

Luke, arrogant and thoughtless is the son of a very wealthy man and has been forced to join, by his dad,  after the Tannhauser incident !

Matthew, well known to St Mary’s due to a family connection, is very, very quiet and a magnet for bullies at times too.

Together they make up Team 236, ‘the weird team’ and so the fun begins.

Time travel is illegal, so they are tasked with stopping all amateurs and their home made machines, or big business with theirs…..they visit Mr Plimpton to stop lottery fraud, they visit Egypt to prevent a tomb raid and even to Rome….

There’s murder, betrayal and the sometimes brutal old school Time Police slaughter. But can this misfit trio bring the changes needed, to show a little compassion and common sense?

Full of humour with some real laugh out loud moments….I can’t say what as it would spoil a real geek moment, but totally brilliant.

The characters are so very likeable, even the over confident Luke and there’s even a visit to St Mary’s too. A thoroughly entertaining read and I’m already looking forward to see what they get up to next.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

 

https://amzn.to/2J9RKLr

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Jodi Taylor is the internationally bestselling author of the Chronicles of St Mary’s series, the story of a bunch of disaster-prone individuals who investigate major historical events in contemporary time. Do NOT call it time travel!

Born in Bristol and now living in Gloucester (facts both cities vigorously deny), she spent many years with her head somewhere else, much to the dismay of family, teachers and employers, before finally deciding to put all that daydreaming to good use and write a novel. Nearly twenty books later, she still has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up. 

Book reviews, Comedy

Effin Birds by Aaron Reynolds – Book Review. @aaronreynolds @EffinBirds @unbounders @annecater #EffinBirds

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Have you ever looked a bird dead in the eye and wondered what its thinking?

With Effin Birds, the most eagerly anticipated new volume in the nobel avocation of bird identification, you can venture into nature with confidence.

This farcical field guide will help you identify over 200 birds, but most importantly, for the first time in history, it will also help you understand that these birds are thinking.

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MY REVIEW

OH MY, this is one of the funniest, sarcastic and oh so relatable book of nonsense I’ve ever read. 

Full of fowl language and just hilarious. 

This is beautifully illustrated, with vintage illustrations of the birds, even including some stunning Audubon pictures too.

I can see this being used as memes everywhere as so many resonate with life, work and dealing with stupid people….I love it.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials, and a free copy of the ebook. (I also own a copy via sponsorship on Unbound). This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

You can buy a copy here:

 

https://amzn.to/2MPKkOi

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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AARON REYNOLDS is a humourist, professional speaker, and the man behind the @EffinBirds and @swear_trek Twitter accounts.

 

Book reviews, Comedy, Police procedural

Ghost and Ragman Roll by Pete Adams – Book Review. @Peteadams8 @NextChapterPB @damppebbles #GhostAndRagmanRoll

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His French honeymoon continually interrupted by a series of misdeeds, DCI Jack Austin returns to Portsmouth to find the missing link.

When an ambitious new detective infringes on his territory – and his ego – Austin resorts to illogically effective tactics to protect those that matter most. 

With a corpulent gangster gone missing and a banker murdered in Paris, can Austin reveal the perpetrator and bring him to justice?

 

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MY REVIEW

This is #4 in the Kind Hearts and Martinets series by Pete Adams. It can be read as a stand-alone but you are missing out on a lot of fun and mayhem if you haven’t read the other 3.

DCI Jack Austin or Jane as he is known to friends and foe alike, is on his honeymoon in France. He’s finally married Mandy (Detective Superintendent Amanda Bruce).

They are approached by various men of different agencies with tales of murder, conspiracies and of course spooks. From the murder of a banker, to the abduction of a hotel manager….how are these linked?

With Jack’s madcap humour, his habit of mixing up words and frequently speaking his thoughts out loud there are many laughs, but underneath is a social and political commentary…

Will Jack get through a case without being shot this time?

As always a thoroughly entertaining police procedural that makes you think. 

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Pete Adams is an architect with a practice in Portsmouth, UK, and from there he has, over forty years, designed and built buildings across England and Wales. Pete took up writing after listening to a radio interview of the writer Michael Connolly whilst driving home from Leeds. A passionate reader, the notion of writing his own novel was compelling, but he had always been told you must have a mind map for the book; Jeez, he could never get that.

Et Voila, Connolly responding to a question, said he never can plan a book, and starts with an idea for chapter one and looks forward to seeing where it would lead. Job done, and that evening Pete started writing and the series, Kind Hearts and Martinets, was on the starting blocks. That was some eight years ago, and hardly a day has passed where Pete has not worked on his writing, and currently, is halfway through his tenth book, has a growing number of short stories, one, critically acclaimed and published by Bloodhound, and has written and illustrated a series of historical nonsense stories called, Whopping Tales.

Pete describes himself as an inveterate daydreamer, and escapes into those dreams by writing crime thrillers with a thoughtful dash of social commentary. He has a writing style shaped by his formative years on an estate that re-housed London families after WWII, and his books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; his most cherished review, “made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think”.

Pete lives in Southsea with his partner, and Charlie the star-struck Border terrier, the children having flown the coop, and has 3 beautiful granddaughters who will play with him so long as he promises not to be silly.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteadams8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pete.adams.9256

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Ragman-Roll-Spectre-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RSYDC32/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570027489&sr=8-1

Amazon US:

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Ragman-Roll-Spectre-Martinets-ebook/dp/B07RSYDC32/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ghost+and+ragman+roll&qid=1570027733&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Book reviews, Comedy, Family drama

XYZ by William Knight – Book Review. @_William_Knight #XYZ #LoveBooksTours

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From a former Guardian and BBC writer, and author of The Donated, comes a hilarious story of mid-life crisis, family, technology, and coping with the modern workplace.

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?  
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MY REVIEW 

Jack is a software engineer, he’s 55, old school.  He has a new job at Sweet, a tech company full of bright young things….all emojis and a language he barely understands.

His marriage has fallen apart, he lives in a small flat….his daughter Em is his only real contact. She’s pregnant and this really makes Jack think about life. 

He also has a son, he’s a furry, and lives his life as a bear called Geronimo….Jack has had trouble accepting his sons choice but after meeting Vasi, he has a change of heart and wants to mend his relationship. 

The company has a turnaround and needs old dinosaur Jack’s input…the emoji’s have to go!

This is full of humour but also about acceptance, love and family. A fun, entertaining read.

Thank you to Love Books Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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William Knight has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC, among many other publishers. He is a journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand.

A graduate engineer, he’s chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag design, and was eventually wired into technology in 1989.

By 2003 his non-fiction was being regularly published in Computing newspaper in the UK, and he has since written about the many successes and failings of high-technology

The Donated (formerly, Generation), his first novel, was conceived from a New Scientist article in 2001 and was ten years in development. Subsequent novels, XYZ, Foretold, The Fractured, will be available, he says, “Sometime in the future. Hopefully not as long as ten years.”  

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2ZWuO7O

 

Twitter Handles 

@_William_Knight

 

Hashtags 

#LoveBooksTours 

Book reviews, Comedy, Thriller

Dead Clown Blues by R. Daniel Lester – Book Review. @RDanielLester @ShotgunHoney #DeadClownBlues


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Carnegie Fitch, once-upon-a-time drifter and now half-assed private eye, has a sharp tongue, a cheap suit and dog-bite marks on his fedora. Yes, that’s just how he rolls through the downtown streets of Vancouver, BC, Canada, aka Terminal City, circa 1957, a land of neon signs, 24-hour diners and slumming socialites. 

Fitch gets the case of a lifetime when he gets caught up in the death of a janitor with a checkered past as a circus performer and a stash of ill-gotten gains. And since nothing attracts the moths quite like the glow of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, he will cross paths with a series of lowlifes and nut jobs, including a gang of criminal clowns, a femme fatale with beaucoup daddy issues and an off-kilter circus elephant named Mary with a taste for human fear. 

See, Fitch has always dreamed of the big score, the buried treasure, the duffel bag full of cash. Because that’s fat city, the place to be. Easy money. The good life, where the whisky flows like water and you never get a bill. But what if nothing is as it seems and chasing the dream means getting knocked silly not once but twice and ending up in a hospital bed, pissing blood after being repeatedly kidney punched by a psycho clown with no moral compass? 

And what if that’s not the worst that will happen? 

What if Fitch is forced to dig through his past to sort out who he is and why he is and just what the hell he wants out of this loopy thing called “life” anyway. 

Well, then Fitch’d have a serious case of the Dead Clown Blues.

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MY REVIEW

Carnegie Fitch is a Private Eye…he has an office, even if the phone isn’t connected.

One night he offers the janitor, Jim, a whisky….after 3, Jim is drunk, he steals the rest of the bottle and off he crawls. 

Later, Fitch hears, Jim had left his office, stole a car, drove through a circus big top and crashed into a lake and drowned. At his funeral Fitch sees a group of mourners in black suits and full face clown make up……..

The Dead Clowns want the money …what money you ask? The money Jim was said to have….but if he didn’t have it, the clowns don’t have it….so who does?

This is pulp fiction at its best, there’s violence, drama and dark humour and even a femme fatale….great fun and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you to R.Daniel Lester for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review. 

Book reviews, Comedy, Domestic noir

The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael Paul Michaud – Book Review. @MichaelPMichaud @BOTBSPublicity #TheIntrovertConfoundsInnocence

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THE INTROVERT CONFOUNDS INNOCENCE continues the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

With his life disrupted by an unscrupulous work colleague and a bully at his son Toby’s school, things go from bad to worse when his neighbor’s abusive boyfriend goes missing, plunging the introvert into the center of a murder investigation.

Increasingly hounded by a meddlesome detective, and with his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
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MY REVIEW 

The Introvert, our unnamed protagonist is now living with Donna and his 4 year old son, Toby and of course his dog Molly. 

He’s got a subscription to a child psychology magazine that is helping him to try and make sense of children’s minds, but he also uses it when thinking of people and how they behave, or how he thinks they behave. The introvert, thinks a lot!

He and Donna have a neighbour, Hayley who has a dog called Mr Muggles. When he sees her being rough with the dog, his thoughts turn dark…..he really is strong on animal rights.

When Hayley’s boyfriend abuses her, and comes to the introverts home to wait for her to come home….there is an altercation and some cleaning up to do….

When Josh is reported missing, an English detective begins investigating, with an odd accent and way of speaking, confusing the introvert at times. Is he under suspicion?

With young Toby being bullied at school, the introverts thoughts begin to get dark ….but can he resist making Timmy red and open? 

This is a dark, bizarre and humorous tale,  that will make you cringe but laugh at the same time….totally unique and I can’t wait to find out what happens next….

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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I am an American-Canadian citizen, a criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books). I have a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washington & Lee). I have won awards for both my community service and my work as a criminal prosecutor. I am a member of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers. I also strive to maintain a strong social media author presence, including at facebook.com/michaelpaulmichaud, and have made regular appearances on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks. I am an unabashed and unapologetic zealot of Twin Peaks. Literary influences are primarily Orwell, Dickens, Vonnegut, Dostoevsky.

 

I was inspired to write The Introvert after reading Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky) and The Stranger (Camus). It has been likened to Dexter and American Psycho meeting Office Space and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I also consider it the most unorthodox of animals rights books. Every dog lover should read them.

 

Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPaulMichaud/

The Introvert Book Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheIntrovertBook/

The Introvert Confounds Innocence Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheIntrovertBook2

Twitter: MichaelPMichaud

Instagram: MichaelPMichaud

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-michaud-04439311/

Goodreads page for The Introvert:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32808811-the-introvert

Goodreads page for The Introvert Confounds Innocence: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44490433-the-introvert-confounds-innocence 

Book reviews, Comedy

#Sonnets by Lucien Young – Book Review. @LucienDYoung @unbounders @annecater #Sonnets

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‘I thought I could, with verse iambic, pry

Some sense from nonsense, and our modern scene

Depict and mock, while using “thee” and “thy”

In pages fit to rest by thy latrine.’

 

Shakespeare’s sonnets are among the great achievements in world literature. Alas, the immortal Bard never used his command of iambic pentameter to explore such themes as porn, Snapchat and Austin Powers.

#Sonnets is a collection of hilarious and inappropriate poems complete with illustrations of Elizabethan RoboCop and Snoop Dogg in tights. Musing on everything from Donald Trump to Tinder, comedy writer Lucien Young offers a Shakespearean take on the absurdity of modern life.

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MY REVIEW

Where do I start?

#Sonnets is just that, it’s a small book but packed with 167 sonnets. The subjects range from Kim Kardashian, Walter White, Darth Vader, John McClane through to Donald Trump and even Christmas. It’s laugh out loud funny too.

 A small example of the Sonnet titled Christmas is :

“No angel shall i’pon the tree install

I shall not groove to Slade or to Mariah”

 

Full of humour and irreverence with great illustrations too. This is something you can dip in and out of and will always find something to make you smile. Totally unique.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here 

 

https://amzn.to/2nX9l1N
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lucien Young is a comedy writer who has worked on various TV programmes, including BBC Three’s Siblings and Murder in Successville, as well as authoring three humour books, Alice in Brexitland, Trump’s Christmas Carol and The Secret Diary of Jeremy Corbyn. 

He was born in Newcastle and read English at the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the world-famous Footlights Club. @luciendyoung

Book reviews, Comedy

Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it. Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?
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MY REVIEW 

Barnabas Tew and his assistant Wilfred have arrived in a strange place…..they were heading for Midgard or Egypt, but as they couldn’t decide which, as they used the Cenote, they were thinking of different destinations and so arrived at neither.

But where are they? Well according to the green skinned, many armed couple 8n the same room, they are in Sindhu or India as the British call it….

They are tasked with rescuing Rama….which to this pair of argumentative buffoons, sounds simple….so off they go.

BUT, they meet a talking fish and due to a lack of respect, they are turned into fish themselves..! To be returned to human form, they have to rescue an earth cow and so this madcap adventure begins….

Can they rescue the earth cow? Can they also save Rama, the 7th incarnation of Vishnu…….does he want saving?

This is an adventure of two bumbling detectives who are best friends that bicker constantly….with bizarre talking fish and crabs in this joyous romp that will make you laugh out loud. 

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links

 

US – 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Enlightened-Cow-ebook/dp/B07VN5MT8C

 

UK – 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Enlightened-Cow-ebook/dp/B07VN5MT8C

 

Author Bio – 

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Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. 

Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan

https://twitter.com/columbkillnoon1

 

Book reviews, Comedy

Base Cowboys by Mark Farrer – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

BASE COWBOYS is a comic crime trilogy set in the Scottish Borders. It is the sixth laugh-out-loud book in the CULLEN series written by Borders author Mark Farrer and will appeal to readers of Christopher Brookmyre, Carl Hiaasen, Nick Spalding or Tom Sharpe. The book tells the stories of three amoral ne’er-do-wells, their unfortunate and accidental intrusion into Cullen’s life, and the imaginative ways he finds of ensuring (his) justice is done:

 

Dirty Barry

The first casualty of adultery is… the tooth!

Barry Sullivan is a sordid dentist who resorts to blackmail to keep his string of married women in line. But now Cullen has toothache – and a very different interpretation of the dental code of practice.

 

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Meet Billy – the fastest gun in a vest.

Billy is a geriatric slum landlord desperate to win first prize in a Country & Western gunfight competition. But his trigger-happy birthday celebrations provoke Cullen, and now Billy must pay. Will he meet his High Noon at the Grand Ole Opry or will he go out with a bang? Whatever happens, there’s sure to be fireworks.

 

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There’s trouble brewing…

Tyler is a teenage tearaway with the eyes of a serial killer. But when he decides to rob Big Paul’s local pub, he gets more than he bargained for. Will Tyler lose his bottle, or just get smashed? Cullen thinks he’s seen dead eyes like those before, and now he has a plan: he’s not bitter, he’s just a little twisted.

 

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MY REVIEW 

Base Cowboys is a book containing three novellas, all featuring the cowboy hat wearing Cullen.

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Dirty Barry

This novella is about a dentist called Barry (Beaver), who loves women….too much and is a pest to say the least…

It starts in a cheese store, he’s helping protect Archie from rivals, but ends up injured (this is just hilarious and full of cheese related puns)

“Archie let out a plaintive cry. “My Stinking Bishop!””

Cullen, needs a dentist and finds out the true nature of Barry……but Cullen has his own sense of justice and….goes a bit ‘Marathon Man’ on him….

I love the slapstick humour and it made me laugh out loud at times….the epilogue brings it all together too.

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Bronchial Billy

Billy Gillespie is a slum landlord..

Vincent wants to own the Grand Ole Opry…

Stinky Pete, lives up to his flatulent name…

More hilarity, sex and violence ensues……

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Pale Ale Rider

‘Trust the Soup’

This shows the darker side of ordinary people….a story of a child growing up without a father and ends up being just like him….

It still has the honour but a little more pathos than the previous novella’s in this volume, but still has laugh out loud moments….

“”I’ve slept with a Brazilian!” Tyler boasted. “OMFG!” Tracey shrieked in horror. “How many is a brazillion?””

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

About Mark Farrer:

Mark Farrer is the author of six comedy novels and novellas, each set in the Scottish Borders with a distinctive Scottish backdrop – whether salmon farming, textile mills, Rugby Sevens or the Scottish criminal justice system. His books are multi-stranded storylines involving larger-than-life characters, whose plans and incompetence inevitably exceed their wits. All feature an itinerant loner, Cullen, who lives off the grid and finds himself inadvertently drawn into someone’s crazy scheme, only for his own (very individual) sense of right and wrong to be offended. That’s generally when things start to go wronger.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mark_farrer @mark_farrer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markjfarrer/

Website: http://markfarrer.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Farrer/e/B074S4XMGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Base-Cowboys-Mark-Farrer-ebook/dp/B07V4744HM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=base+cowboys&qid=1562760339&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Base-Cowboys-Mark-Farrer-ebook/dp/B07V4744HM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=base+cowboys+mark+farrer&qid=1562760430&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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