#AudioBookReview FAHRENHEIT 451 by RAY BRADBURY

ABOUT THE BOOK

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

MY REVIEW

Wow!! I listened to the audio version of this, narrated by Tim Robbins, and if there ever was a perfect bit of casting, then this was it! I was hooked on his every word!! It just brought it all to life so vividly and made for a perfect reading/listening experience!!

It’s always been one of those books I’d heard so much about but had never picked up and it was worth the wait! The setting and content made it all feel very relatable in 2019 with books being burned and people being controlled of what they were told,the short attention spans of people and the constant lack of free thinking or joy!

Guy is one of the fireman whose job it is to track down books and burn them! But his way of thinking is changed when he meets the wonderful Clarice, a young girl who questions everything, notices the little things in life and pines for life the way it used to be -the way shes’ been told about. And this begins his journey to find out more of why life is being so controlled and what he can do about it.

I found this book to be terrifying, brilliant, breathless and extremely profound. The use of Tim Robbins to bring it all alive was just the icing on the cake so can highly recommend the audio version! Loved it!!

★★★★★

#BookReview #PaperbackPublicationDay A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER

Delighted to share my review again on PUBLICATION DAY for the paperback edition of this stunning read.

Here’s a little more about the book to get you in the mood!!

“My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.


He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.


I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.”

Published by Orbit

‘Epic in scope, enthralling, and full of human warmth’ M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts

‘You’ll remember A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World long after you finish reading’ Peng Shepherd, author of The Book Of M

‘Truly engrossing . . . brings hope and humanity to a cold and scary world’ Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks

‘This un-put-down-able story has everything-a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs’ Kirkus (starred review)

‘A story that is as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking’ Fantasy Hive

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk  £7.89


whsmith  £6.47

waterstones  £8.99

MY REVIEW

Imagine living on a remote island with only your parents, sister and 2 dogs – there’s nobody else left in your little part of the world as the number of people is increasingly low as the birthrate has fallen dramatically.  This is the position that Griz is in – hearing stories of life in the lands beyond but never able to go there.  That is until someone steals his beloved dog, and his only thought is to jump in a boat and follow!  It just showed the bond created especially when your world is so uncomplicated and focused on those around you.

As Griz explores deserted towns and cities we get a real feeling of just how different the world is – Griz can only imagine things we took for granted and it’s brilliantly told as Griz speaks to us in each chapter of what life must have been like in our ‘crowded world’.    Griz is extremely brave in taking on this pursuit and just shows the lengths we’d all go to save those most important to us – be they human, or animals!

The innocence of Griz is the main thing I took from this book – – his wonder at hearing birdsong, wondering what life was like full of noise, cars, even seeing animals in zoos.  Being so remote on the island with his family, everything new he sees while exploring is a revelation and his time opens his eyes to a different way of seeing things .

It’s difficult to really say much more without giving away too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the world of Griz and loved the twists and turns that awaited him and me as a reader! A book that takes you on a dark but memorable journey!

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#BlogTour THE WAREHOUSE by ROB HART #BookReview #RandomThingsTours #TheWarehouse

Delighted to be the latest stop on the fabulous Blog Tour for THE WAREHOUSE by ROB HART.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for the copy of the book and allowing me to be part of the tour to share my thoughts!

ABOUT THE BOOK

THE WAREHOUSE

ROB HART

HARDBACK / 15th AUGUST 2019 / £12.99 / BANTAM PRESS

‘TO BEAT THE SYSTEM, YOU NEED TO BE INSIDE IT’

An immersive dystopian thriller set in an America addicted to consumerism; gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the nation, and an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Rob Hart has taken our current reality and transformed it into a terrifyingly recognisable future.

Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future. Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.

As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place.

The Warehouse is brilliantly devised and fantastic world-building. Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.

Perfect for fans of The Circle, The Martian and Ready Player One.

EARLY PRAISE FOR THE WAREHOUSE

‘The Warehouse is an inventive, addictive, Crichton-esque, page-turning, near-future dystopian thriller about a corporation ruling over every aspect of our late-capitalism lives. While I hope Rob hasn’t been sent back from the future to warn us, we should heed him regardless.’

Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“The Warehouse is an absolute thriller. Using wit, insight and masterful story-telling, Rob Hart has written a riveting tale that reflects on the state of humanity and where we might be heading. Be prepared for the unexpected and to look at our world through a new, twisted lens.”

Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

“On the surface, The Warehouse is a thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level, but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a terrifying cautionary tale of the nightmare world we are making for ourselves—where our reliance upon e-commerce giants is turning them into malevolent entities more powerful than government.”

Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

“Fast-paced and unputdownable, thrilling and ominous, The Warehouse is a terrifying object lesson of a story that will haunt you each time you see a box on the front step—and yet make you wonder what colour your shirt will be, one day.”

Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Wake of Vultures and Phasma

“I loved The Warehouse, although and because it made my blood run cold. The world Rob Hart creates is what our world could be by this time next year. Watching these oh so human characters try to cope, even thrive, in their new normal makes one alternately hopeful and despairing.”

SJ Rozan, author of Ghost Hero and Absent Friends

The film rights have been sold for a six figure sum after a five-way auction to Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard set to direct, fresh from the Star Wars: Solo movie.

· Book rights already sold in 15 territories and counting and a major publication in the States. This is going to be the book everyone is talking about in August. 

· Rob decided to write the book because of this news story – the tragic death of Maria Fernandes who suffocated in her car whilst napping between her three shifts a day at different Dunkin Donuts stores.

PURCHASE LINKS

hive.co.uk  £10.25

whsmith  £9.35

waterstones  £12.99

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rob Hart has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, a commissioner for the city of New York and is currently a publisher. The Warehouse is his first standalone novel.

MY REVIEW

Imagine a world that’s plagued with consumerism and gun violence and where climate change has altered the way people live – sounds a little too like reality now doesn’t it?! In The Warehouse we get to see in even scarier detail a world where the impacts of the way we live and shop have taken their toll and it is not a pleasant outlook for us all but it makes for a scarily realistic and fascinating story that had me hooked from page one – and now vowing to do all I can not to let this horror become our reality!

In this world the ‘Cloud’ reigns – it’s an online retail giant and it pretty much controls every aspect of your life! It pays employees not in money but in credits – they are in charge of their accommodation, who they mix with, the media – everything you could ever need is supplied by them so surely everything should be wonderful?!  I can’t think where the ‘inspiration’ for this idea came from……

Paxton finds himself becoming an employee of The Cloud, the company who destroyed his business, as security and meets Zinnia who joins at the same time but seemingly has her own reasons for wanting to be there.  There seems to be a connection between them as people but you’re still left wondering if she is using him for his inside knowledge to help her get what she wants.

The detail the author goes into about the working days and the control that The Cloud has over each employee is staggering and scarily believable!   And alongside the story of Paxton and Zinnia, we also hear the point of view from the creator of The Cloud – Gibson – who explains why he created this ’empire’ and how he saw his dream come to be.  He seemed to start up with good intentions but then you get the impression that he just went a little power crazy!

There’s a great mix of dry humour and darker tones throughout as you note the similarities to certain ways of our world and the control elements that certain businesses have put in place, and that the public are seemingly walking blindly into! The wearing of watches to track each employee and can only be taken off at night to recharge, the docking of credits if you were late or ill or lost your watch, taxes and housing costs taken straight from your wages by them…. it’s all portrayed as making your life as simple as possible but the reality is much scarier!

  I loved the little sub plots running through the story and the similarities of the world we live in now were just frightening!   A disturbing but brilliant read!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour #BookReview A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER #FollowGriz @Tr4cyF3nt0n @CharlieFletch_r

Hugely delighted to be the latest stop on the wonderful blog tour for A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy Fenton for allowing me to be part of it and putting it all together for us to share!

Here’s a little more about the book to get you in the mood!!

“My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.


He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.


I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.”

Published by Orbit

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

WHSmith

waterstones

MY REVIEW

Imagine living on a remote island with only your parents, sister and 2 dogs – there’s nobody else left in your little part of the world as the number of people is increasingly low as the birthrate has fallen dramatically.  This is the position that Griz is in – hearing stories of life in the lands beyond but never able to go there.  That is until someone steals his beloved dog, and his only thought is to jump in a boat and follow!  It just showed the bond created especially when your world is so uncomplicated and focused on those around you.

As Griz explores deserted towns and cities we get a real feeling of just how different the world is – Griz can only imagine things we took for granted and it’s brilliantly told as Griz speaks to us in each chapter of what life must have been like in our ‘crowded world’.    Griz is extremely brave in taking on this pursuit and just shows the lengths we’d all go to save those most important to us – be they human, or animals!

The innocence of Griz is the main thing I took from this book – – his wonder at hearing birdsong, wondering what life was like full of noise, cars, even seeing animals in zoos.  Being so remote on the island with his family, everything new he sees while exploring is a revelation and his time opens his eyes to a different way of seeing things .

It’s difficult to really say much more without giving away too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the world of Griz and loved the twists and turns that awaited him and me as a reader! A book that takes you on a dark but memorable journey!

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#BlogTour Remember Tomorrow by Amanda Saint #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Extremely delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for this fabulous book that I hope you’ll all be eager to find out more about!. My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all!

About the book

England, 2073. The UK has been cut off from the rest of the world and ravaged by environmental disasters. Small pockets of survivors live in isolated communities with no electricity, communications or transportation, eating only what they can hunt and grow. Evie is a herbalist, living in a future that’s more like the past, and she’s fighting for her life. The young people of this post-apocalyptic world have cobbled together a new religion, based on medieval superstitions, and they are convinced she’s a witch. Their leader? Evie’s own grandson. Weaving between Evie’s futurist world and her activist past, her tumultuous relationships and the terrifying events that led to the demise of civilised life, Remember Tomorrow is a beautifully written, disturbing and deeply moving portrait of an all-too-possible dystopian world, with a chilling warning at its heart.

Publisher: Retreat West Books

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

About the Author

 Amanda Saint’s debut novel, As If I Were A River, reached #3 in the WHSmith Travel charts; was selected as a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month; and chosen as a Top 20 Book of 2016 by the Book Magnet Blog. Her short stories have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, twice appearing on the Fish Flash Fiction longlist and the Ink Tears Short Story shortlist. She runs her own creative writing business, Retreat West, through which she runs writing courses and competitions; and an independent publishing house, Retreat West Books. Amanda also works as a freelance journalist writing about climate change and environmental sustainability

MY REVIEW

It’s always a little too worrying when a dystopian story comes along that feels frighteningly possible, and that’s how I felt after reading this book! It captures the mood perfectly of just how easy it can become for people to stop thinking for themselves, and believing everything they hear and are told and how the consequences of this are devastating for those who aren’t so easily controlled, and I loved how this book really gets behind the ‘them’ versus ‘us’ frame of mind and makes it all feel a little too close for comfort with how things are in the ‘real world’ around us right now.

The story is told over a number of timelines – don’t worry, this isn’t as confusing as it sounds like it could be! – and follows the point of view of Evie who is being demonised as a witch, mainly by her own grandson Jonah, who at 17, seems to have become the self styled leader of the community and his word is treated as gospel in this future world which is bleak, dark and very evil.

Young people have no memory of how life was, so their perspective on the world is shaped by what they’ve seen as they grow up and that is hardship for all, lack of food etc, and their mistrust of the older generation who remember life before is clear for all to see in the way they are cast aside as using ‘witchcraft’ and how their suffering for the previous generations actions. Evie tries to talk to him but his only thought is to punish her so all she can do is run and count on the friendship of others to help her.

The story then goes back in time to see how Evie was when she was younger, and how she got together with Tom who was a protester against the evils of the governments of the world who they accused of destroying the world and environment for their own gains, along with putting out fake news… sound familiar?!  Her time with Tom really opened her eyes as a young woman but the innocence of youth can often mask the reality and soon Evie finds herself in a very difficult position.

We then get to see Evie later on in her life, as she deals with motherhood in a world that is ripping itself apart and turning people against one another and it is a sfascinating and scary journey that we go on seeing how easy people can sleepwalk into a world that just doesn’t seem to care.

With so many parts of this book resonating with society as it can feel nowadays, I loved the pace of this story alongside the message it was trying to share.  The character of Evie had a great voice for telling her side of things as she’d seen life as  it was and how much it had changed for the worst over the years.  I found the first half of the book to be the strongest with so much thrown at you that set the tone, but the second half still made for terrifying reading and gives you as a reader so much to think about – and worry about too!!

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#BookReview Wolf Country by Tunde Farrand @EyeAndLightning

About the book

London, 2050. The socio-economic crisis of recent decades is over and consumerism is thriving.

Ownership of land outside the city is the preserve of a tiny elite, and the rest of the population must spend to earn a Right to Reside. Ageing has been abolished thanks to a radical new approach, replacing retirement with blissful euthanasia at a Dignitorium.

When architect Philip goes missing, his wife, Alice, risks losing her home and her status, and begins to question the society in which she was raised. Her search for him uncovers some horrifying truths about the fate of her own family and the reality behind the new social order.

Published by Lightning Books

Purchase Links

Publisher Website with 25% off and free P&P

hive.co.uk

waterstones

MY REVIEW

I think it’s a scary reflection of the times we live in nowadays when you read a book like this and you’re not left wondering ‘what if’ but ‘when’ this will become a reality – and that’s the clever thing about the way this story is written as there are already glimpses of the world we live in but just taken to the next degree, and it’s a truly terrifying prospect facing Alice and her family as they’re left to justify their ‘Right to Reside’ in a world that wants rid of those people who don’t ‘earn their keep’ – be they the elderly, the sick, the unemployed – and they are left to make a choice as to when they want to die as not to drain the resources enjoyed by the ‘Owners’ and the wealthy.

Life in 2050 is a seemingly simple affair – if you’re one of those working and thus qualify for the free housing, in separated areas linked to the type of job you do, and if you’re married with a family or single.  But most people know no better so they’re happy with a system that rewards them for making a contribution, and they believe the message from those in charge that the retired or sick are just a drain on society and are not worthy of wasting money on.  So their options is to move to a ‘Dignitorium’ where they will live out a period of time before meeting a peaceful end.  It tears families apart, including Alice and her family of her sister, parents and grandmother – it’s heartbreaking seeing how heartless some can be to their own families because they believe what they’re being told.  The elderly remember the world the way it was so only see this new system for how unfair it is and can do very little about it other than comply or go off grid.

When Alice’s husband Philip goes missing after a terrorist explosion, her life is blown apart, and changes beyond recognition.  It’s only then that she starts to see problems with the system and the more she finds out, the more horrified she is about the lies she’s been told.  

She’s also forced to seek out her sister, Sofia, who has a completely different experience of the way this world works, and when the sisters meet up you can’t help but notice how much hostility there is between them and realising how broken their relationship has always been.

I was totally transfixed by this story – horrified too – and it is a fascinating debut from this author.  It’s one of those books that really gets under your skin.  The way the residents are portrayed in their compliance with a system that we see as being so wrong, but they see it as a world with order and purpose and see no reason for why those in charge would lie to them.  A classic case of the ‘Divide and Rule’ way of life and it made for such a chilling and captivating read that I’m eagerly anticipating more from this author in the future!  

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My thanks to the publisher for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#BookReview Ice by Anna Kavan #RIPXIII

 

Getting out of my comfort zone at the moment and picking up those books that I’ve been too scared to pick up as I’m a big wuss!!  And it’s all thanks to ReadersImbibingPeril who are hosting RIPXIII, the challenge they host to get us to pick up scary books and have fun reading them!

I’ve had this book on my shelves for quite a while so have been reading it over the past few evenings! 

About the book

In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as the warden search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organization. There is destruction everywhere; great walls of ice overrun the world. Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair. Acclaimed upon its 1967 publication as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognized as a major work of literature in its own right. 

MY REVIEW

In this book you are never quite sure what is real! It is extremely surreal and nightmarish! You’re always feeling unsure of what you are about to encounter and that is what keeps you turning the pages.

The ‘chase’ works so well against the bleak background of the Ice bound world that the characters find themselves living in. The narrator is a man who becomes obsessed with this pale girl who he often glimpses but never seems to get close to. Is she real? Is he just mad? I think with this story it’s all open to interpretation and I enjoyed that uncertainty throughout. You could read into it what you wanted! There was no real plotlines to keep track of and you just went where the story took you!  

An interesting and unsettling read!!

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