Author: Engrossed Reader

Groke

WOTD – Groke

Groke is a word for our times: “gaze at somebody while they’re eating in the hope that they’ll give you some of their food”. This old Scottish word needs to come back into everyday usage. I’m looking forward to doing my bit by using it soon #wordoftheday

Sunflower - post malone

Single – Sunflower by Post Malone ft Swae Lee

Sunflower by Post Malone, featuring Swae Lee is a beautiful song featuring on a jam packed soundtrack full of songs that you want to hear again and again. It’s from 2018, I’m sure you’ve already heard it and if not, why not? Either way, stay where you are and watch the video here.

Loving a book to death, or when you used to!

I loved Mills and Boon as a tween/teen and avidly consumed this sub genre of romance novels on a frequent basis. So much so that they were battered beyond recognition. Now I look at that time and think, why don’t I read that genre as much now. Why are some of my old favourites out of favour?

Human by Death

Album – Human by Death

Human by Death is one of the few albums that with no hesitation, I listen to from beginning to end. It flows as a story being told, a mood that develops and equally as individual songs that make you sing along with, nod your head to, then mosh because it’s inevitable and necessary. If you don’t get it, that’s perfectly fine. However don’t dismiss the music without giving it a listen

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Words, Words, so many delightful words

Who isn’t fascinated by words?
If you’re ambivalent about it then this post if for you. Hopefully my enthusiasm will rub off and you will find one or two that you like.

A brief introduction to why I like words so much and which ones are taking my fancy. Hint – the more obscure the better!

Godless - Mute Cat Chronicles - Book 2

Review – Godless by Derek Porterfield

Godless by Derek Porterfield, picks up directly where Book 1 of the Mute Cat Chronicles ended. We pause for a moment and then are flung back into this ripping yarn about resistance in a techno-religious city. When power corrupts who will take a stand?

Gargoyle Hall - Araminta Spook, Book 6

Review – Gargoyle Hall by Angie Sage

This is my first introduction to the book series Araminta Spook who is a Chief Detective of her own detective agency. She’s funny, intuitive and decisive. Perfect for this role. Do join her on this new adventure to find out what mysterious happening are occurring at Gargoyle Hall. You’re in for a treat if you do.

Single – The Spell of Mathematics – Deftones

The mood they create in their songs is an all encompassing atmosphere which surrounds you in a bubble. Deftones goes heavy, pulls in melody and Chino Moreno’s high notes, juxtaposed with the low, gives you a distinct blend of amazing. Plus, when you delve into the lyrics, well it’s a revelation: these guys understand, they get it, they know.
The Spell of Mathematics is all that and more.

Review – The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

There are many things to like about The Memory Police, the narrative structure, the well drawn characters and world building. Another aspect that I can’t let go unsaid was the delicate way information was revealed. I didn’t realise just how chaotic the island was until I (the reader) was invested in the story and found myself, like the islanders equally wounded by this calamitous place. But its thought provoking insight into the power and relevance of memory is what lingers and will not be easily forgotten.

Review – Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

One of the sisters killed their father but who did is the question as they both have motive and the evidence implicate both.
Fifty Fifty takes us through the point of view of the defence attorneys and the killer.
Got to say that the killer is pretty hardcore. Other people are stepping stones to her overall objectives. Lives, many lives are expendable.
Formulaic but engaging nevertheless.