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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls - Anton DiSclafani

 Normally like most men I would judge this book by the dust jacket and move on, far too girlie for me. The blurb tells me it is that it is for fans of The Great Gatsby, so that would be me. I was quitely surprised and moved by the storytelling in this debut novel by Anton Di Sclafani.

The story takes us back to 1930s America in the midst of the depression and that how it touched some families, but the underlying theme through out the book is of a very modern girl turning for a girl to a young women. It shows her voyage of discovery from being a Florida girl to a young women with the complication of hormones, boys and family.

Thea Atwell our protagonist is sent in to exile from her home for the first 15 years of her life as a punishment and in disgrace, and she has been sent to The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls in North Carolina. It is only as the story opens up do we learn of the disgrace that she has brought up on herself and her family, taking the blame for what had happened between her twin brother and her cousin.

As she learns about her role in the tragic events in her family for the first time in her life she has to fit in to a social strata of wealthy girls, which like today is ordered by money and beauty but throw in to this story equestrienne prowess. She learns about herself and her needs which while conforming she does not want to fit so easily.

The story covers her year at Yonahlosse and her yearning to go home. Into the mix brings new friends, new feelings, teenage crushes and above all family.

A wonderful story. told well and you are willing the best for Thea. A totally engrossing story that even us males will enjoy.

The Big Book of Flight - Rowland White

 

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Ok hands up - but who wanted to be a pilot when they were a kid??? Come on guys there was not just me! Admittedly I went as far as being a plane spotter collecting all their registration numbers with my Civil Aviation Marking book underlining them as I saw them. Age and sense hits you and you realise you will never be the top gun and standing at an airport to collect aircraft regs passes and you would rather be in the departures lounge heading to the beach.

 

Looking enviously at the aircraft still does not go away, wishing you were better at maths and sciences remain – oh what could have been! All those snippets of information, you used to collect, and memorise, but have now forgotten mainly through age. Worry no longer the book is here – The Big Book of Flight is here for all us old anoraks and those people who just love aircraft.

 

This is a wonderfully illustrated book with histories of aircraft, some of the famous fliers. The book is worth it just for the illustrations and guides alone everything else is just an added bonus. You even learn that Flat Rock Scorpions have been sent in to space – why? I do not know but it is a fun snippet of information for a trivia quiz.

 

This is a wonderful book for anyone with an interest in flying or even for the general reader, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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The Big Book of Flight - Rowland White

 

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Ok hands up - but who wanted to be a pilot when they were a kid??? Come on guys there was not just me! Admittedly I went as far as being a plane spotter collecting all their registration numbers with my Civil Aviation Marking book underlining them as I saw them. Age and sense hits you and you realise you will never be the top gun and standing at an airport to collect aircraft regs passes and you would rather be in the departures lounge heading to the beach.

 

Looking enviously at the aircraft still does not go away, wishing you were better at maths and sciences remain – oh what could have been! All those snippets of information, you used to collect, and memorise, but have now forgotten mainly through age. Worry no longer the book is here – The Big Book of Flight is here for all us old anoraks and those people who just love aircraft.

 

This is a wonderfully illustrated book with histories of aircraft, some of the famous fliers. The book is worth it just for the illustrations and guides alone everything else is just an added bonus. You even learn that Flat Rock Scorpions have been sent in to space – why? I do not know but it is a fun snippet of information for a trivia quiz.

 

This is a wonderful book for anyone with an interest in flying or even for the general reader, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

The Darkness The Gift That Keeps Giving

The Gift of Darkness - V.M. Giambanco

 

Detective Alice Madison has only been in Seattle PD's Homicide Unit for five weeks when what will be the biggest case in Seattle's recent hits her and her partner Detective Sergant Brown and a very rough Christmas for them both.

This book is a well written story that also gives the back story along the way without it hindering the plot and storyline, they blend together easily, even a fool like me can understand. The book has all the ingrediants of a whodunnit sending you up blind allies and bringing you back down again. When you think you know the who, you are pointed in another direction and you do not really discover the who and the why until the end of this gripping story.

The book opens with a gruesome murder that is clearly a message to someone, and the answer you think you have does not really alter and when it does it comes as a massive surprise. The author has made sure that you need to read the next chapter because you feel as if you are missing something.

But before Alice Madison can really conquer this case she has to tackle head on an unsolved crime 25 years before. When she solves that she has some of the why, when the back stories come together and become clear you get the who then when you think you have all the answers there is a delicious twist in the tail.

A wonderful crime murder mystery - see if you can get the why before the last chapter!

Fantastic Woven Story

If this were a video game it would carry an 18 rating as the violence on the pages holds back no punches. The imagery that the book uses in Sword & Scimitar is so good and historically accurate.

 

The book is based on the Turk/Ottoman seige of 1665 on Malta, even though the story starts 20 years prior with the exile of the hero Sir Thomas. Who then spends the next 20 years as a mercenary and living on his estate in England. Until his retirement is shattered by the summons to defend Malta. Before he leaves he is summoned to London by Cecil and Walsingham and given a squire and tasked to a duty to retrieve or destroy an item that could ruin England.

 

This is an enthralling read about love lost, regained and lost again. A man who was single found he was a father and discovers his son.

 

This is a wonderful book, historically correct and a fantastic read.

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

 

 

What a fun book full of humour and most men can at least recognise various aspects of themselves.

Professor Don Tillman is looking for a wife and as a scientist comes up with a questionaire to find his perfect partner. Tillman could be described as having Aspergers and he has his routines and can be obsessive about them. To me he sounds quite normal, but that probably says more about me!

He gets waylaid by a PhD Student Rosie who is everything he doesn't want in a partner, a smoker, vegetarian, a drinker and a late - arriver. 

Through a project he gets involved with Rosie who manages to change his perspective of his world view. She does the impossible and manages to change some of his ways. I am sure a number of women out there would love to be able to change their partners habits, and if he is a male probably for the better.

This is a fun book where I am sure you will be able to recognise traits of various people you know. It also goes to show that those of us single men can change - sometimes even for the better. Just don't use the book as an instruction manual.

I am happy to recommend this book - give it a try as it is fun.