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A Culinary Photo Journal: A Decade of Traveling for Food, Cooking and Culture By Nathan Gray – Book Review

The other week a copy of A Culinary Photo Journal: A Decade of Traveling for Food, Cooking and Culture By Nathan Gray arrived in the post.
I won it on the Goodreads website.
It is a photo book packed full of food photos. What I find particularly pleasing about this volume is the fact that the intro and captions are very short. No waffle (pun intended), just interesting food related photos.
Best viewed when you’re not hungry.
8/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall

BETRAYED by Jacqui Rose – Book Review

I won the book Betrayed by Jacqui Rose via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is a very good fast paced read. When I first got the book I thought it was going to be a romcom/chick lit style novel, given the authors name, but it was a pleasant surprise because it is a London gangland novel with a strong storyline based on child sex abuse. While it is an unpleasant subject, this novel deals with it well, and it is a gripping read. Having said that, the ending is a little weak, and there are a few flaws in the novel, but none the less an enjoyable read.
My only real niggle with Betrayed by Jacqui Rose is the almost ‘nouveau riche’ use of product names like Gucci, Aston Martin etc. These I found gauche and unnecessary to the storyline.
I would be happy to read the next novel by Jacqui Rose, which is a definite thumbs up!

Rating 7/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £1143.50 (from 1st September 2013).

The Consultant by Liam Muir

I won the book The Consultant by Liam Muir via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
Grrrrr. This novel is set in England and Scotland but it is written in ‘American English’ it is very annoying for a native Englishman reading it in England. Having ‘Police cruisers’ ‘Sidewalks’ ‘Back-Up lights’ etc. in England and Scotland is just plainly wrong.
I’m a big fan of this genre of novels but sadly not a big fan of The Consultant by Liam Muir. Americanisms aside I felt the story was lacking in depth and pace. I only managed to get half way through it, before calling it a day. This is Liam Muir’s first novel, so a lot can be forgiven and I hope his future output is of a much higher standard.

5/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £917 (from 1st September 2013).

The Rich, the Poor & the Foolish by Paul Liburd

I won the book The Rich, the Poor & the Foolish by Paul Liburd via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is a interesting little book from Paul Liburd and while I do not agree with all the arguments used for being ‘Rich’, it does make some very valid points for the ‘Foolish’ and ‘Poor’. It would make a good little read for those starting out in life and thinking about being self employed/entrepreneurial. If you are older and already fall into ‘Foolish’ and ‘Poor’, then you will need a lot more then this book to kick start you on the way to a better life.
P.S. If Paul Liburd reads this little review, I hope he likes the fact I’ve taken a book given to me for free and turned it in a possible way to make money by including and Amazon advert for the book in the review.

6/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £852 (from 1st September 2013).

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang – Review

I won the book The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwangn via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is a charming little book, and a very touching story. As the book title may suggest, it’s about a hen. It is an allegorical tale, so each reader will take something different away from the story. The author, Sun-mi Hwang is from South Korea, this book is an English language translation.
7/10

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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £850 (from 1st September 2013).

Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon

I won the book Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is not a book I would buy for myself. I’m not the target audience, being a middle aged man. That said, I did find it interesting, and liked the recipe idea at the start of each chapter, and the notes pages in the back of the book. I read about 1/3 of Love, Lies and Lemon Pies and liked the idea of it. I’m sure young females would really enjoy reading Love, Lies and Lemon Pies.
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £845 (from 1st September 2013).

The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah (Culver Valley Crime)

I won the book The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah via a giveaway on the Goodreads website. This is a cracking murder mystery from Sophie Hannah. It is very well written and with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages. What I liked about it was the wit, humour and the fact the main ‘good’ characters all seemed slightly slightly neurotic. A very entertaining read.
7/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £840 (from 1st September 2013).

The Terrorist’s Daughters by Brian Arthur Levene

I won the book Emperors Once More by Duncan Jepson via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
It is a paradox. I liked this novel, but at the same time I did not.
The reason I liked this book is hard to explain, I can only say I found it interesting, and gripping.
The reason I did not like the book is because it read like a Famous Five novel by Enid Blyton, with two girls going on an adventure by escaping Pakistan and ending up in America via Dubai and Mexico. The storyline is very improbable and far fetched.
While the writing style of The Terrorist’s Daughters may read like a novel aimed at teen girls, the content is not. It deals with incest/child abuse, terrorism, drug addiction, human trafficking etc. It is an adult themed novel, but written like a Children’s adventure book. Perplexing.
Even more perplexing is the fact I would be happy to read the next installment.
6/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £825 (from 1st September 2013).