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  1. It is really good, as Viccie says its a real page turner. It just gets in your head and you find yourself rooting for her to get away from him. But what I liked best was that it wasn't written in chapters as such it was the series of diary entries, the date and what happened on that day, so you'd get a day from when she was with him and and the bad stuff followed by a present day entry, so you follow her into her downward spiral of being controlled by him to the final abuse scenes where she nearly dies and then intermingled with those the broken woman and the daily struggles she has living in fear and how she slowly starts to heal and get strong again.
  2. This was another ‘freebie’ read from Amazon Prime Reading, it was in the recommended for me bit which put me on my guard a little, but I clicked on it and read the blurb and I was interested enough to give it a go, I mean it was free I wasn’t losing anything other than time should it be crap. The words ‘obsessive thriller’ drew me in and I’m glad it did as it was so good. The general jist is a Catherine is a young girl, young, free and single confident and outgoing and she likes to party, not looking to settle down she enjoys the single life of going out clubbing with friends and having casual sex. Then she meets Lee a mysterious man who is working as a doorman of a club, after the initial meeting he starts showing up at places she frequents like the gym etc and they get talking and decide to start seeing each other. Now Lee isn’t what he seems and although you know exactly what is going to happen as the books starts with the trial transcript where he is being tried for attacking Catherine, the full extent of his character considering what job he does and how he uses that to his advantage is quite shocking. It is written in an interesting way, like a series of diary extracts, and it jumps backwards and forwards through time from how they met and throughout the period of their relationship to the present and showing how Catherine is now in the present day, and it is heart wrenching to read, she suffers from extreme OCD and PTSD and lives in fear, you read how she has her compulsive rituals just so she feels safe and how if she feels she doesn’t do them correctly she can get stuck for hours repeating the same ritual. You read how certain things trigger massive panic attacks and how she lives with that on a day to day basis and how it affects her life. As the story progresses you gradually see the more controlling aspects of the relationship with Lee and how he manipulated her friends into thinking he was wonderful and she was the crazy one, to the point where one of her friends actually testifies against her in the trial, and in the present day extracts how she meets someone and she seeks help for her mental illness and becomes a stronger person. So as the story progresses you see how she changes from the bright and confident girl she was at the beginning and how she was beaten down to the point of welcoming death and in the present day how she lives in a world dominated by fear and rituals until she slowing starts to fight back and becomes strong again and it’s an interesting juxtaposition. It is astonishing well written and very clever as you read it you empathise with her and the physical abuse scenes are quite horrific and graphic but the way it’s written you feel her emotions from the initial disbelief and fear and anger that he is doing this through to acceptance that she is going to die and almost wanting death to happen to release her from the hell she is in. Not only that though when she believes he is back and is stalking her and she is trying to tell people that she thinks he is back and stalking her, the way it is written gives you that very small element of doubt that she could be imagining it, through the fear of what she previously went through and although you desperately want to believe that he is back and you know that he probably is and that she isn’t losing her mind through fear, but there are also plenty of reasonable explanations to the things she has found as evidence which just for a moment makes you doubt. I don’t want to give away what happens in the end but it is a truly chilling story of psychotic obsession and its aftermath. If you like stories which are twisted psychological and mess with your mind then this definitely fits the bill.
  3. Introduce Yourself

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  4. Favorite Song?

    I recently was challenged on social media to post my top ten favourite albums of all time and it was much harder than I thought and it got me thinking that my album selection didn't bear any resemblance to some of the songs on my playlist, and in turn that got me thinking about this post and I decided to revisit it, as I came to a conclusion that I did have a favourite song of all time, it was a song which I have always loved and which over the years I have acquired numerous covers of and love every single one. That song is 'House of the Rising Sun' originally an old American folk song also known as Rising Sun Blues and I have covers by Bob Dylan (which I think is my favourite out of all the covers I have and which is sung from a female point of view as the lyrics are closer to the original folk song), other covers of the song I have are by Geordie, Joan Baez, Frijid Pink, Krokus, Sinead O Connor, Nina Simone, Five Finger Death Punch and of course The Animals, which is the best known version. (All these covers are on youtube). Bob Dylan version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3s238szZk Joan Baez version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD80eZ6Gxz0 Nina Simone version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCuu5fOEB3Y Sinead O Connor version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUIsFUfxgqw Geordie version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPab0qMd-V4 Krokus version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDnldWUup_I Frijid Pink version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US9lRkeW-m0 Five Finger Death Punch version: (although the actual song doesn't begin until about 1:47 into the video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXYIxJScSik The Animals version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A-4VGfx5lU The earliest recorded version out there is by Leadbelly and I have tried repeatedly to find a copy of it I thought I had succeeded on youtube but it turned out to be a female singing it and not Leadbelly as stated. I noticed that the thread has also moved on to Christmas songs, now I hate Christmas with a passion so a lot of the songs I consider favourites for this time of the season are more anti christmas songs and as such can be a bit offensive but this one is my favourite 'mainstream' Christmas song Fairytale of New York, by The Pogues & Kirsty McColl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8
  5. What was the last album you bought?

    Generally speaking I don't tend to buy full albums now, with the advent of digital media I can be selective and just buy songs I like, however having said that I do tend to buy full albums from my favourite bands and this year I have been quite spoilt with the release of two in quick succession, back in March I got 'Firepower' by Judas Priest (although technically I didn't buy that as it was a mothers day present from my son, but I made it more than clear that I wanted it and was going to get it, he just beat me to it), 'Family Tree' by Black Stone Cherry (although technically my husband bought that for himself and I just downloaded a full copy for myself once he had bought it) and the other week I bought and downloaded the full 'And Justice for None' album by Five Finger Death Punch.
  6. The Crown

    My husband recently took the unilateral decision to subscribe to Netflix and after I'd finished ranting at him with words to the effect of do we really need any more tv channels, I took a look and gave this a viewing. I am big on history and to watch the points in modern history come to life like the Suez Crisis and President Kennedy's visit to London before his assassination were a treat plus I have heard many of the stories which are portrayed in it before, such as the dodgy period when Prince Philip was sent away on tour and the rumours of his infidelity, and the colourful lifestyle of Tony Armstrong Jones - I don't know if they will carry that on and show just how vicious that doomed marriage became in the next series. I was particularly impressed with the performance of John Lithgow as Churchill, when I first saw he was portraying Churchill, I just couldn't visualise it (probably because my only other experience of him was in the American TV comedy, Third Rock from the Sun and in a film where he played a serial killer).
  7. Lucifer

    Apparently Fox has cancelled it which has caused a significant uproar on Social Media with numerous groups appearing on Facebook and #savelucifer tweets on Twitter, I have to say I am gutted by the announcement as it was rapidly becoming one of my favourites. I have heard that there was an episode which had been recorded with Neil Gaiman appearing as God and they are trying to get that aired in some way even if another series isn't picked up by another network.
  8. Patrick Melrose

    I watched the first episode and was instantly hooked, I've not read the books so I was coming into it with no preconceptions or any clue as to the plot. After the first episode my husband said he didn't like it, he said it was weird, but I persuaded him to stick with it as I was convinced something terrible had happened to him for him to be behaving the way he was, and the way his addiction was portrayed was epic we have now got to episode 3 which we watched last night and it seems he has replaced one addiction for another, but its so good, very compelling - due to the clearly excellent writing and the stellar performance of Benedict Cumberbatch
  9. First Grave on the Right, Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past The Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave after Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, The Curse of Tenth Grave, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, (The thirteenth and final book is due to be released in January 2019) As you are all probably aware, I have an inclination towards fantasy/paranormal themed books, so when I was made aware of the Charley Davidson Series of books I knew I had to have a little look! This 12 book series (the final 13th book is due to be released in early 2019) has kept me occupied now for the past few months, yes I have lost sleep... a lot of sleep! This is due to the fact I have been thinking I’ll just see what happens next, only find I’ve done an all-nighter or close to it not going to bed before about 4/5am (something I wouldn’t recommend doing, but these books seemed to take over and I just had to read a bit more). The general premise of the series revolves around Charley Davidson a young girl who works as a private investigator and helps out the local police department and in particular her uncle who is a cop in that police department with her unique talents. She is a grim reaper, a portal to the afterlife, the dead come to her to cross over, or not as the case may be because if these people have died they give her information to find their killers before they cross – hence her rather spectacular record of solving homicides. Her family know she has unusual gifts but is unaware of the full extent of them. Her stepmother is afraid of her and as such has rejected her all her life which as a result has made her relationship with her sister strained but she is incredibly close to her father something which also seems to piss off her stepmother somewhat. She is an extremely likeable quirky character who makes you smile and sometimes laugh out loud with some of the things she says and does. As the books continue though we gradually find out that she is much more than what she appears to be. We learn that she remembers her own birth, her mother was her first customer, so to speak as her mother died during childbirth and crossed through her, she also remembers a dark forbidding figure standing over her after she was born, as she grew up this figure always seemed to appear when she was in danger, when she was abducted by a paedophile as a small child he appeared and severed the spine of the paedophile but not leaving a mark on him, and at other times during her childhood he appeared when she was in danger, she nicknamed this figure ‘Big Bad’ and it was the only thing she was truly ever afraid of, but seeing the spirits of the departed will do that to you. It is a complicated story with a core of well written, interesting characters, it has many layers and the revelations keep coming as the books continue, and the story unfolds and builds. Unlike many other long series of books, this one is consistently good and there isn’t a weak book in the series, yes some of the revelations are mind-blowingly incredulous but it is fantasy and this series more than lives up to that title.
  10. I have recently watched a film I had originally seen for the first time last year, it is a film which gained a large amount of notoriety due to the fact it's leading male character had his bit out on display in one scene. I am of course talking about Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Cary Mulligan. I am glad I watched it again as I saw things I missed the first time around (in the story). I think it is a very dark thought-provoking film which explores the human psyche and how people cope with their inner demons which have been created by their past experiences. For those who haven't seen it, the story focusses on two siblings a brother and sister which something unspeakable has happened to, the man played by Michael Fassbender uses sex as a coping mechanism and he lives his life in a controlled and ordered way with strict routine, when his sister played by Carey Mulligan arrives and descends on his carefully ordered world we quickly see that she is the polar opposite of him and she blows away his carefully constructed order and as a result his life starts to spiral out of control. It is never revealed what has happened to them but enough hints are dropped to allude to the fact it is something vile and terrible. This film shows how differently they cope with the same past, it is a detailed exploration into poor mental health and coping mechanisms which in this case are unhealthy and destructive and the effects that has on the two people concerned, namely they feel better for the for moment but afterwards feel the shame of what they have done, hence the name of the film. As I said this film gained notoriety due to the full frontal male nudity when Michael Fassbender's bits were shown n all their glory in one scene as he went for a pee I personally think that it was not necessary to the story and was probably only added for shock value which is sad as the story was strong enough without resorting to cheap tactics like that..
  11. I remember reading this a few years ago and enjoying it, although my memory of it now is quite hazy. I have just bought American Gods and that is going to be the next read I will say I have not been disappointed by a Neil Gaiman book yet, although I think my personal favourite has to be Neverwhere. In fact, I think I may have a Gaiman fest and have a re-read of the books I have along with my new purchase
  12. The Night Huntress Series of books is a set of seven novels and a novella detailing the story of Cat Crawfield a young girl who hunts vampires. She has been told all her life that vampires are evil and have no place in the world and need to be eradicated. The first twist in the story is that she herself is ‘half vampire’. She is unique, a rarer than rare phenomenon, after her father – a newly turned vampire allegedly raped and fed from her mother. Due to her heritage, she can pick out vampires who can blend in with humans and she lures them out and then kills them, this plan has been working well for her until she meets Bones, a wily, ruthless and strong vampire who she comes across, she is unable to kill him and they form an unlikely alliance as he isn’t so different from her, he is a Bounty Hunter who tracks down fellow vampires with a price on their heads and kills them. A grudging respect grows and eventually they fall in love, and he shows her that not all vampires are evil, but there are other aspects of this story which are unique and nothing like I have ever read before, for example, the top-secret government-funded military facility which knows about the existence of vampires and other supernatural creatures and has pretty much the same attitude as Cat’s mother towards vampires until Cat is manipulated and blackmailed into joining them and she gradually shows them another way. It is an original and refreshing take on the traditional vampire story and the usual rules don’t apply either, in these stories, Cat discovers that most of the rules surrounding vampires are myth, for example Vampires can go out in the daytime, but they are weaker in sunlight and prone to getting sunburnt, new vampires actually pass out at dawn until they acclimatise to their new status, in these stories vampires are not averse to garlic and can eat normally but generally choose not to as food is tasteless to them and they only do it to ‘blend in’ with humans. Vampires can enter your home without being invited and wooden stakes aren’t fatal. The only way to kill a vampire is decapitation or a silver stake to the heart – but which has to be twisted to be fatal, something which Cat uses to great effect to get information out of vampires, as they become very accommodating and docile with a silver blade pressed into their hearts and the slightest movement could finish them. There is also a hierarchy of vampires, which is explained, the older the vampire the bigger the aura, (a kind of manifestation of their powers which alerts other vampires of who they are dealing with) but a vampire can cloak their aura so they appear to be weaker and newer than they actually are. Also the older the vampire the more special powers they can acquire, for example, mind reading, flying, telekinesis etc. A Master Vampire is a vampire who has sired his own line and at the bottom of the heap are masterless vampires who have been turned and abandoned or whose sires have then died they are vulnerable to being abused by other vampires unless they are welcomed into the line of another master. I personally think it’s a cracking series, the characters have depth and layers and the vampires are portrayed as ruthless and manipulative and even the love story has an edge to it and many surprising moments not to mention a compelling storyline, there is a dry humour which runs through the stories and yet there are also some incredibly moving moments and of course a fair amount of blood, killing and gruesomeness. Each novel is a complete story but there are references to things which have happened previously and each book seems to start to set the scene for the next book to come so they could be read individually but to fully understand what is going on it is best to read them in order. From this series came a number of spin-off novellas and a spin-off series surrounding other supporting characters, which I have also read and I would strongly recommend that anyone who likes these stories to give them a go. The Full set of novels (in the reading order) are: HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE AT GRAVE’S END DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE ONE GRAVE AT A TIME UP FROM THE GRAVE and the novella I read is called HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, which (I think) fits into the timeline either before or after One Grave at a time
  13. Free to read Websites - good or bad?

    Oh, I'll take a look at that, these websites are different, you actually read the story from the website and don't download them (not that I would want to).
  14. I stumbled across a website called 8novels (I'm not putting the full website address as I can't actually remember it) where there was a collection of novels which had been uploaded on to the net to read for free, now to begin with - is this legal? Secondly, is this a good or a bad thing? I'm not sure where I stand on this, I have to say I had a quick look and it didn't look very promising, it was full of ads and that always makes me a little bit wary in case you click on something accidentally and activate some kind of virus. Then what it had on offer wasn't too brilliant, the first book on the 'hot series' list was Fifty Shades (say no more!) which kind of put me off, but I did a bit of digging and found there were a number of these sites out there which have pretty much the same variety of books on offer to read for free, but some had some reasonably decent titles on offer amongst the tat - all stuff which I have personally previously read but also stuff which I have also enjoyed. Has anyone else seen or used these sites?
  15. By the way, on the subject of free books does anyone else use 'Prime Reading'? I stumbled across it by accident only the other day so not sure how many titles are on there or the quality of the stuff they offer, but for a first dip in the water the first book I picked was off the scale, good.