Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A Strange and Precious Book - Review

I love this book. It constantly surprised me with plot twists that are unique and unexpected.The main characters, Annya and Finn, are from different dimensions and times. Annya is an everyday young woman living on our present day planet Earth. A place we all know well. Finn is a man-child from the 23rd Century, and 5th dimension of reality, where everything is wondrous and strange.

Annya is on holiday and on the brink of starting a new romance with Simon, a photo-journalist. Simon is sent away on some secret and mysterious mission. Annya's world comes crashing down when Simon goes missing in this unknown war zone. She begins to see things that aren't really here, like the amazingly beautiful young man who saves her from drowning. Is she losing her mind...or is it all part of a greater plan? You'll have to read for yourself and find out. ;-)

It's hard to define a genre for this book. There is romance, drama, humour and action. The writing style is casual, like an everyday conversation, but the story matter is anything but simple or casual. Freud would have a heyday with young Finn's most unique puberty experiences in a 5th dimension reality! Esme Ellis has an artist's eye for description, very sensual and evocative. You not only see her landscapes, but feel the hot winds on the island, smell the exotic foods and sense the chemistry between the romantic connections. I chuckled at the humour of Finn's complex reality, felt the nauseating horror of war with Simon and pondered the mysteries of life with Annya. Very different, very thought-provoking.I highly recommend this book. 

Esme Ellis was born in Sheffield. She studied at the Royal College, London. She was on the brink of a brilliant career as a sculptor, when a paralysing illness struck her down. But Esme's life story was merely about to take a startling new direction, proving that miracles do happen.

You can read about that in her autobiography -"Pathway into Sunrise."

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Book Week Scotland

The Scottish Book Trust have announced their plans for this year's Book Week Scotland. This is "a week-long celebration of books and reading", from Monday 24 – Sunday 30 November 2014.

During Book Week, people of all ages and of all walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Guest Post ~ Paper burns at 451ºF and Kindle at just 140ºF

A guest post from fellow bibliophile, Srinivas Shastri of Shastrix blog.

Paper burns at 451ºF and the Kindle at just 140ºF

From the Guardian: Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds
A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

Felt the same some time back.  From Kindle a Kindred Spirit:
Another thing i worry about is how well i can recall the stuff i read on the Kindle.  Due to the monotonous look and feel (except, perhaps, for a change in font), i find that i can't remember material that well.  But with a book, there are more cues, in terms of where it is located such as:

* Left- or right-hand page
* Location within the page (top, middle, or bottom)
* The look of the page itself.

Note: Kindle burns at 140ºF:  goo.gl/K1udZ6

Monday, 16 June 2014

Review: Pathway into Sunrise


Every now and then you stumble on a book that changes the way you view the world, life, or yourself. Those seemingly lucky accidents that come your way through a gift or a glance at a shelf in the library, a cover that catches your eye in a book store. Pathway into Sunrise, for me, is one of those books.

Esme Ellis shares her life story, from her childhood in Sheffield to her adult life in London and the South, with open candour. It's not not simply the fascinating story of a woman choosing the non-conformist life of an artist and sculptor, it's her personal journey from youthful good health through a terrifying illness that almost consumed her. A journey of becoming a wounded healer.

You could read for the insight into the problems faced by someone with a legitimate disease (ME) that was not accepted as being real at the time. You could read it as a self-help book, giving useful insight into the creative ways the mind and spirit can be used to heal the body. Or you could read it as a most amazing conversation between a Spirit being and the woman he takes care of. Because this book has a co-writer, who adds comments and insights as well as entire chapters. A most unique co-writer - Esme's Spirit guide.

If you don't believe in Spirit guides or anything esoteric, don't worry about it. Neither did Esme, until she was left with no other explanation for what was happening to her. It would be a shame to skip his sections, since they are full of warm humour and loving advice, but the book is vastly worth reading for Esme's sections alone. For the courageous story of how a remarkable woman coped with nearly dying and having her life plans and career completely torn apart by serious crippling illness to finding her way back to health and sunlight once again.

Sculpting Life out of Darkness...

You find out more about Esme Ellis, her other books and art, on her website here

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Bookaholic Heaven

This week, a fellow author sent me a book to review. I can't wait to do that, but before I do I want to talk a little about the place she bought and sent her book from.

Not only do they sell a huge variety of rare and second-hand books online, but they also have a real premises with a cafe! What could be more heavenly than that?

If I lived anywhere near Avon, England I'd take a trip to browse books and have a meal.    

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Book Snatch Interview: Michelle Frost

Book Snatch Interview: Michelle Frost:      

I was born and grew up in Africa. Then I married a Scot and moved to the far North of the world. That colours my writing. The o...

Monday, 17 March 2014

Wishing Themselves to New Forms

Superb video talk by one of my most favourite authors - Ray Bradbury. He talks about media, life, love, religion, preventing the future and what makes a writer as well as what makes GOOD writing. 

Awesome, wise and funny.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring Cleaning

Books Uncaged is getting a make-over for Spring. New colours, new banner and a new layout. :-)

The new banner will also be up on our Facebook page, along with this one...

There's also the new free bookmarks page.