In Conversation With…The Beardy Book Blogger – Again. The @OrendaBooks Launch Event…thing.

Hello followers, casual readers and unfortunate passers-by who cannot locate the ‘back’ button fast enough or have particularly slow computers that haven’t responded to the pressing of said button. You may as well stay and read this now you’re here. What’s the worst that could happen?

So, hello to you all and welcome to another instalment of “In Conversation With…”. Last time we spoke to The Beardy Book Blogger himself. He was an idiot, but a pleasant enough idiot, I guess. You can read that here, if you’re feeling particularly masochistic.

Of course the more observant readers amongst you will know that *drum roll please* I am The Beardy Book Blogger! I know right? So why did I interview myself? Well, I explained all that in the previous post so hop off, have a gander, and then return to this point here.

I’ll wait….

Hello again. All caught up? Amaze beans.

So why am I doing this again? Well…

The other evening I went to a Thing. What Thing was this? It was a book launch, but not any old book launch, oh no! This was a dual launch for Steph Broadribb’s Deep Blue Trouble and Johana Gustawsson’s Keeper, both published by Orenda Books.

How did it go? What happened? Who did I stalk, er, talk to? Why didn’t they call the police? Well, I sent myself, The Beardy Book Blogger, off to find out and this is what I/he/we experienced…

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A Non-Bookish Post: A Polite Fundraising Request. @malarianomoreuk @malarianomore #malaria #malarianomore

Hello to you my lovely, lovely followers.

Now, before you all turn away in disgust, I know that this isn’t a bookish post, but this is MY blog, so, ner and so forth. All the same, I realise I’m taking a chance with this one; after all, you follow me for reviews and other bookish shenanigans, but if you read on I’m sure, or at least I hope, you’ll understand why.

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The History Of The Book – A Complete And Factual Account. Part 2.

In Part 1 we discovered that it was during the Stone Age that books were invented, but they were inscribed directly onto the walls of the cave and so were not portable. Although the use of animal skins became popular the Ice Age put paid to them as people needed the skins to keep warm and survive. Thus it was, and thus it were, and thus it did, that books vanished for an age. Eventually Bronze Age person rediscovered them and, using the newly invented and infinitely shinier bronze, books were rediscovered and enjoyed by many. But then the Iron Age came along and messed it all up as books moved on to the much less shinier, duller and way more heavier iron. These books were so heavy and wordy that they had to be pulled along by horses which, being new themselves, only the rich could afford. And thus, again, books fell out of common use and into the hands of the rich. Bloody iron age, spoiling stuff for the low people. The more enterprising of them took to scratching stories into the mud, but they were invariably trampled over or dug up and smeared over straw bales to make houses with.

And so Britain was stuck in a bookish rut. The Iron Age dragged on, and books were dragged about, for what seemed like 1000’s of years. That was until the Romans turned up. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves a bit here.

Let’s backtrack a tad and see what the Egyptians were doing book-wise, shall we? No? well, tough.

And so, onto..

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Medium Wave – Rose Zolock @rosezolock @rararesources @caffeinenights #blogtour #MediumWave

Hey there peeps and welcome to my stop on the Medium wave blog tour. I hope you enjoy my review and, indeed, the book. My sincere thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for this opportunity to shout about Rose’s book. So, onwards….

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Author: Rose Zolock (@RoseZolock)

Publisher: Caffeine Nights

Where to buy: Amazon UK; Book Depository

The light shifts, subtly at first, but then, as if your peripheral vision begins to constrict, the light narrows more and more until only a pinprick remains. panicking you grasp for the lights as a penetrating cold envelops you and a voice in your ear whispers “we are here….we are blurrrrbbbbbbbb”:

“Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show `Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.”

‘This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’ Continue reading “Medium Wave – Rose Zolock @rosezolock @rararesources @caffeinenights #blogtour #MediumWave”

‘In Conversation with’….The Beardy Book Blogger. Who?

Mooching around the blogosphere I have noticed that one of the most popular post types seems to be the Blogger Q & A. Now, I’m not well known enough yet to be invited to take part in one of these things, and I am actually much too shy to ask to be invited when one asks, so I thought why not do one of my own. Me interviewing myself.

So I messaged myself.

I waited. No answer.

I messaged again. Then I remembered that I probably wouldn’t answer quickly as I’d be too busy procrastinating over whether the request was genuine or some scam or other.

So I checked out my blog, thought it looked ok – well, it looked daft if I’m honest, but that’s ok because I do like a bit of daft – and I replied.

I got back to myself surprisingly fast with the following questions, or more of a rambling chit chat, which I now present to you.

Enjoy and maybe you’ll learn something about The Beardy Book Blogger 🙂

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The History Of The Book – A Complete and Factual Account. Part 1.

When I sat down to think about what kind of post I could write for my blog I was a little stumped. What I asked myself, what, I asked myself again in case I hadn’t heard myself, could I possibly write about that would be meaningful, insightful, intelligent – make a statement?

Then the light bulb came on.

It wasn’t an idea that came to me, it was just the timer switching the light on, but it did illuminate my bookshelf and the books upon it. Looking at them I thought, “where did all of these books come from? What is their story? What is the history of books?”

And then it came to me…..

Why don’t I write a post about my bookshelf? How shiny it is in the lamp light. How the grain really brings out the books? But then I thought, nah, that would be too totes emosh for everyone to read. So I thought on, and then something that I thought earlier came back to me….

Now, I’m no histographer, but I do know what the internet is, so I thought, how hard can it be to research and write a complete and concise history of the book-ed word? Well, I tried and discovered a ton of interesting facts that I just had to share with you all.

And so, I implore you to read on and found out wot I did find out as I present to you, in several parts-yet-to-be-decided…

THE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE HISTORY OF THE BOOK

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Death Of A Diva – Derek Farrell

 

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Such a glamorous book deserves an equally, um, glamorous photo of me holding said glamorous book. And no that isn’t a cigarette behind my ear; it’s a small fairy, I think.

 

Author: Derek Farrell

Publisher: Fahrenheit Press

Where to buy: Fahrenheit Press; Amazon UK;

 

Sitting in her makeup chair, eyes staring lifelessly ahead, the diva is dead. Her sequinned dress glittering in the light cast from above; the little pools of reflected light sparkling across the paper held tightly in her hand. The policeman carefully prises it out of her grip and unfurls it. It reads “The Last Will and Blurb of Lyra Day”:

“Danny Bird is having a very bad day. In the space of just a few hours he lost his job, his partner and his home. 

Ever the optimist, Danny throws himself headlong into his dream to turn the grimmest pub in London into the coolest nightspot south of the river. Sadly, everything doesn’t go quite as planned when his star turn is found strangled hours before opening night. 

Danny becomes the prime suspect in the crime, and then the gangster who really owns the pub starts asking where his share of the takings has gone… it seems things are going to get worse for Danny before they get better.” Continue reading “Death Of A Diva – Derek Farrell”

Keeper – Johana Gustawsson @jogustawsson @orendabooks #Keeper #TheBeardyBookBlogger #TBBB

I really wish I had the gorgeous paperback to show you, but I don’t, so here’s the tiny, grey scale Kindle version. It reads the same, but it ain’t as sexy. Nope. Phooey. 😦

Author: Johana Gustawsson (Translated by Maxim Jakubowski)

Publisher: Orenda Books

Where to buy: Amazon UK; Book Depository; Foyles

“MURDER! MURDER! There’s been a murder!” the anguished cry echoes through the stinking, fog heavy streets of London. A policeman appears, blowing his whistle as you strain to see what is causing the commotion. There, lying in the filthy street, is the eviscerated corpse of a blurb….

“Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.
London, 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.
Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?
Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down.”

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Ragdoll – Daniel Cole @daniel_p_cole @trapezebooks #ragdollbook

 

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Author: Daniel Cole

Publisher: Trapeze Books

Where to buy: Amazon UK; Book Depository

 

The detectives approach the object hanging ominously before them, swaying slightly in the breeze from the cracked window. Cautiously they reach out to turn it around to face them. They put their hands to their mouth stifling the rising bile as ……the blurb is revealed……

“ONE BODY. SIX VICTIMS. NO SUSPECTS.

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them.

With six people to save, can Fawkes & Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?”

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My Little Eye – Stephanie Marland #MyLittleEye #BlogTour #Bookbloggers #bookblog #StephanieMarland @trapezebooks @crimethrillgirl

Well hello there lovely people. How are we all? Fine? Excellent. Welcome to my blog and to my stop on the My Little Eye blog tour. My sincere thanks to Alex (@alexxlayt) and to Steph for inviting me to pop my blog tour cherry with this book – exciting. So, without further ado….

 

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Author: Stephanie Marland

Publisher: Trapeze Books (Orion imprint)

Where To Buy: Amazon UK ; Book Depository

Hey you! Yes, you, reading this post. No, not you, nosey bugger. Clear off back to your business. Yes, you….oh for pity’s sake….yessss, you, come here! Closer. I have a little secret to tell you and I don’t want the whole world to overhear me. I can trust you right? Coolio: here it is……Stephanie Marland is also….no, no I can’t tell you. I can feel the heat of this revelation from here. Oh, what’s that? A bag of Cadbury’s chocolate buttons? Well, that’s different. Ok, Stephanie Marland is actually…..drum roll…..Steph Broadribb, author of the most excellent Lori Anderson series, Deep Down Dead and Deep Blue Trouble. Ta daaaaaaaa! *glitter gun*

*spits out glitter* Wait….what? What do you mean you knew that? Oy, where are you running off to? Come back here with those chocolate buttons…..give….me….butt….ons….! Bastard. Ok, well, clearly they knew this little secret, but I’m guessing at least some of you didn’t, so I shall continue (sans chocolatey goodness).

But, suddenly the lights go off! A figure, unseen, grabs you from behind. A cloth smothers your face as you inhale the familiar scent of…blurb:

“Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?

A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.

As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in to their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.

As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think…” (I’ve deleted the last bit of this because I think it’s a bit too spoilery and it’s my blog, so, ner *pokes tongue out*)

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