Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Last Light - Alex Scarrow

Alex Scarrow

I found this book in Sue Ryder of all places and it was signed so it is now one of my prize possessions and my favourite all time books!

I love Apocalyptic fiction, end of the world, viral disasters; you name it if the Human race needs to survive I'll be at the front stocking up on bottled water and baked beans (and probably knocking the local farmer on the head for his 12 bore) and boarding up the local pub as they have a cellar!
Think Sean of the Dead meets 28 Days Later meets Contagion and you'll be on my wave length...

Last Light

How much are you paying for your petrol at the moment? £1.37 to say £1.44 ish? That is if there is any in the pumps. Today watching the panic buying that has started and there is NO planned strike as yet, this book is more relevant than ever.
If you want to get your teeth in to an unput-downable, never want it to end book this is for you.

I am not going put any spoilers in this review as you need to read and realise just how reliant we are on 'Texan Gold' and how we just cannot cope without it.

This book starts with the main family of the story and the start of the sub plot which continues under the main subject right to the terrifying end.
After problems arise in the Middle East and Oil supplies start to run low the immediate effect is written out on the following pages through seven days of one families life and the people they meet during that fateful week.
Alex Scarrow has blown me away with this book it is a a must read for anyone and I mean anyone. I actually view it as more of a self-help book to know what to do when this does happen and it will.

When the world suddenly realises that the new world order and Peak Oil is at a crunch point the ensuing nightmare becomes an all too soon reality and with the UK only stocking food on a 24 delivery basis, water and food shortages begin very quickly. Public disarray, looting and murder become 'normal' and the main characters soon realise they have a lot more to lose than the electric lights....

I love this book, it is addictive and I am currently reading the sequel which I am enjoying as much if not more! Fantastic read and highly recommended. 8/10

Last Light
Published 2007

I have always read, I cannot remember ever not reading - my oldest sister, Tina gave me my first novel when I was 8; Cujo by a certain Mr. Stephen King and I was hooked. A horror fan through and through I went through as many James Herbert, King, Pan Book of Horror (remember them?) and various biographies that by the time I was 12 I was warped enough for there to be no hope!
 My early teens found my romantic side and I started consuming Danielle Steel. My bedroom was adorned in piles and piles of her books until I realised I could physically read no more as the similarities in each story became just too much! Virginia Andrews was next and I would dare any writer to come up with a better, more appealing hero than Troy! If you have read the Heaven series you will KNOW what I mean and if you haven't well you NEED to! I still love her books as they always have such a dark twist in the tale.
I moved back into the horror genre and that is where I basically stayed for years until I ventured outside and discovered forensic medicine so Patricia Corwell was next. Now I read anything I can as often as possible. I was lucky enough to win a Kindle before Christmas and I hate to admit it but I love it so much! To think of the weight I used to carry with me and now I have ten times the amount of books in my tiny handbag! I will never ever give up on paper based writing though there is just something about the smell, the print, how dogeared and loved my books become that they really 'belong' to me.

So as of late I have been reading a few different authors - My favourites at the moment are 

Adrian Dawson
David J Moody
Alyson Noel
Alex Scarrow
Mike Gayle
Justin Cronin

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Making family chores fun…(Or How to Motivate a Ten Year Old Boy!)

I live in a household that is not your average 2.4 family. There is me a 39 yr old SciFi loving, single ex Rock Goddess turned Mother and carer. My son, Evan-Eric a hyper, very intelligent 10year old and we both live in my birth home after retuning 6 years ago to live and care for my disabled mum who is 74. She has COPD and a heart problem, mentally still on the ball she gets extremely frustrated and cantankerous but I suppose that is understandable if the mind is willing but the body isn't....

I do 100% of the household chores - helped a little if Mum is feeling up to it she tries to wash up or tidy a little in the kitchen but mostly it is all down to me.

Evan is your typical male specimen! Unable to see anything unless it jumps out on him and screams 'here I am'! I have tried from a very early age to get him to notice things that need doing without being asked. He has always been in charge of the composting for our wormery and recycling the paper, plastic and tins for which he receives £2.50 per week pocket money. IF he notices anything and does the job without being asked then he receives a pocket money top up - bringing in the milk from the doorstep, tidying away the crockery after tea etc but it takes a LOT of effort for me to remind him! Why help when you can play with Lego?

So we have now got the PMA game -Positive Mental Attitude. We watched a documentary on TV about the way thinking reflects on your immediate space and he was so taken up with this concept he has now had 9 positive days at school in a row, he has looked at his sleep patterns and his diet and informed me that he is now a looking after himself!

Last night he helped around the garden without being asked and put rubbish away, sorted his play house out and basically was just so helpful I am actually wondering if he has been cloned by the Stepford son company!

I love doing housework with him, when he is actually in the right frame of mind he loves to do things where he can really see the effort that he has put in, last Autumn he spent 14 hours with me in the garden clearing it before winter and I think he talked of nothing else for 2 weeks afterwards.
I love to hear him talk so positively.

Making housework fun is one thing but when your children become older it also has to be they WAY they look at tasks and jobs and it has taken a long time for Evan to realise that I am not the only capable person in this house and house work is teamwork!

Me? Well my idea of heaven is turning on the music and iron whilst I boogie! I don't get pocket money for this but my butt enjoys it!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Today is a good day to start my blog as I was asked to attend the Fareham Shopping Centre to pick up a luxury hamper that I won from Boots as part of a Mothering Sunday Promotion on Twitter.

I have never been to Fareham before and I was really pleasantly surprised! What a lovely town, It sort of partly reminds me of Seaton and also Chichester with lovely old buildings mixed with the new but with a really nice layout.
First impressions were of how clean the town and shopping centre is, absolutely spotless. Airy and spacious it was instantly relaxing and lovely to wonder around.
It boasts the world's largest Debenhams department store and it certainly felt enormous.
My friend was good enough to drive me there so we had time to do ladies that lunch and two main meals with drinks came to £15.50 which is really good value, large portions and delicious food, the food court is well worth visiting.
Cleaners are constantly walking around and keeping everything gleaming - I'm so impressed!

I had to meet the representative from the Centre at 2.30 and then we met with the boots No7 girls and were photographed being given the hampers, unknown to me it was a selection of luxury items and a £50 No7 voucher which after a consultation I was able to spend on my recommended products!
I had a complete make up tutorial and Dawn, the consultant advised me on colours, product and skin care. She was really easy to talk to and was really informative and friendly! I ended up also buying a couple of extras but hey! it was a treat ;-)

So overall impression is the centre is fabulous and well worth a visit and I will definitely be going back for Christmas shopping. There was also a market outside the centre which we didn't really have time to full explore but has sparked my interest enough to know I will be back!

A picture of my amazing hamper is below, when the photos of the day are published I will post a link to the website!