Friday, 30 May 2014

"Strangest Tales " {30.05.2014}





London's Royal Palaces are still some of the most visited places in England. A great deal of their official histories are well known. But London's Strangest Tales: Historic Royal Palaces reveals the bizarre, funny and surreal events and episodes that have occurred over the centuries on the grounds of these beautiful buildings. It gives an alternative history: from the wandering inebriated zebras at the Tower of London, the cricket ball that probably killed a king, and the mystery of Kew's disappearing mosque. This is a wonderful collection for anyone with an interest in the history and heritage of our palaces and in London life generally. 

"The Blieberg Project " {29.05.2014}




Are Hitler’s atrocities really over? For depressive Wall Street trader Jeremy Corbin, absolute truths become undeniable lies overnight. He finds out his long-lost father is dead and boards a plane to Zurich with a Nazi medallion in his pocket, a hot CIA bodyguard next to him, and a clearly dangerous Mossad agent on his tail. What was his father investigating? Why was his mother assassinated? Can the conspiracy be stopped?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

"How to draw " {25.05.2014}




Discover how to create realistic drawings of dogs, cats, and horses with this easy-to-follow guide. Written and illustrated by a noted creator of art instruction books, the manual emphasizes the importance of capturing your own distinctive vision to reveal the subject's special characteristics.Clear, step-by-step illustrations demonstrate how to start by placing basic shapes in proper relation to each other. Further advice explains how to fill the general shape and portray the animal's essential nature by observing its moods and behavior — from a dog's playfulness to the relaxed grace of a sleeping cat and a horse's quiet dignity.

Friday, 16 May 2014

"Like Bogie and Bacall "



Want to take a trip back to the 1940s, when Tinseltown was glamorous, decadent, sexy, and violent? Then don't miss The Studio Kill, Charles Fleming's great new noir novel about John McClellan, head of security for Continental Pictures. An ex-cop for the LAPD, he spends his days and nights hushing up the sexual peccadilloes of actors and studio honchos, not to mention their rampant use of drugs and booze. Now our hero has his hands full with a Red-baiting Congressman who wants to bring the studio down, the murder of a famous director's wife, a columnist who will do anything for his next big story, and a sexy girl screenwriter who might be the love of his life—or the death of him.

My thoughts : Gripping and very atmospheric .
points if you can name the song the post title comes from ! ;D

"The Lawhill Story"



During the long gone ages of maritime history many ships of sail and steam have captured the imagination; one of them was a sailing vessel named Lawhill, a four masted barque which after being built at Dundee in 1892 lasted right up until 1957.




Splendid color illustrations by a distinguished painter and teacher highlight this volume of practical instruction in the foundations of art. Perfect for intermediate-level and advanced artists wishing to take their work to the next level, this manual combines detailed anatomy studies with guidance in the principles and practice of perspective and the art of composition.
Author Stan Smith interprets the traditions of European art from the Renaissance onward, providing step-by-step diagrams that develop students' understanding and familiarity with concepts and techniques. Technical and expressive qualities receive equal emphasis. In addition to its value as a source of instruction, this book also functions as an essential reference.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

King Arthur and his knights. {15.05.2015}




Readers of all ages will thrill to these timeless tales of chivalry and romance at the court of Camelot. Based on Thomas Malory's classicLe Morte d'Arthur and influenced by the poetry of Tennyson's Idylls of the King, Sir James Knowles's renditions of the ancient legends offer an enchanting account of how a boy who drew a sword from a stone came to rule over a kingdom defended by a brotherhood of knights.
Louis Rhead's evocative black-and-white illustrations, inspired by Celtic art of the sixth century, add depth and resonance to these retellings of the Arthurian myths. The stories range from Merlin's earliest prophecies and the young king's encounter with the Lady of the Lake to the adventures of Sir Lancelot, the quest for the Holy Grail, and Arthur's final battle and voyage to Avalon.


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Dante {14.05.1014}






Why does Dante describe the Inferno as a real place? What secret society did Dante belong to? What was Dante's connection with the Knights Templar? What was his secret connection to militant Islamic sects?
Jonathan Black, author of the international bestseller The Secret History of the World, uncovers the real-life stories of Dante and The Inferno. Here you will find hidden codes, passageways under the streets of Florence, mad monks, mind-bending drugs and terrifying underground rituals. Together they contain all the elements of a great thriller - greed, murder, obsessive love, betrayal - and they reveal a 2,000-year-old conspiracy: to rule the world.
This ebook short is perfect if you want to understand the mysteries that inspired Dan Brown's novel Inferno, or as a standalone initiation to one of the great turning points in occult history.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Musing Mondays {12.05.2014}




Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My musing :

I have noticed some odd things reecntly ,  Ebooks with the pages Left to Right ? 
Open a paperback or hardback which way do the pages go?
I know on Kindle and iPad that can go any old way but not a good idea to confuse the readers.
Another thing i've encountered is non responsive ebooks . That it so not good.
Particularly with Netgalley , it means i can't review the book .

Just my thoughts . 


Thursday, 8 May 2014

King's Throne







A woman living in secret, hiding her true nature...
Gina is a medical doctor in New York City. What nobody knows is that she’s also tiger-shifter royalty, living in exile. Keeping her secret has kept her safe, but all that is about to change.
An injured soldier who heals in a way that makes him more than he ever was before...
Mitch is injured and out of the action. He wakes up in a strange place, with a beautiful woman. Normally, not a problem, but this woman is special. She’s a white tiger and daughter of the lost tiger king. She’s too good for the likes of him, but there’s an undeniable spark of attraction drawing them closer and closer.
A love that will make the very earth tremble beneath their feet...
When evil challenges, Mitch will fight to keep Gina safe. A harrowing journey to the side of a living volcano brings secret knowledge and a power none of them ever expected. Will it be enough to prevail?
Only victory will keep his lady safe. And only victory will allow Gina to claim the man she truly loves.

My thoughts : I really enjoyed this book and will be TBR ing this author .
Had me turning pages right the way through .

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Roses {03.05.2014}






When soprano Marta Hendriks finds a bouquet of red roses in her dressing room after a performance, she's surprised as well as charmed. The card only says "Roses for a Diva." And as miles and performances rack up in her globe-hopping career, the bouquets continue to mysteriously appear. 
But then strange things start happening in her private life. She's certain someone has been in her apartment, breaking her most treasured possession. After calling in private investigator Shannon O'Brien, Marta is shocked to discover her entire life has been invaded. 
When one of the other stars in a Roman production of Tosca is murdered, everyone realizes the situation is more dire than they had imagined. Who Marta's stalker? What does he want?
And where will he stop?