Review: Walking with a Joystick


2 stars

Read from September 30 to October 30, 2020.

Synopsis: 

Arjun, a young man, doesn’t know what he wants from life. He seeks spiritual wisdom for seeking the answers and happiness. Arjun realizes that his mind is not pure, so he isn’t worthy of ancient wisdom. Arjun decides to purify his mind so that he becomes worthy of achieving the ancient wisdom and divine powers. This starts the spiritual journey of Arjun. In his quest for ancient wisdom, Arjun meets many wise masters. He seeks answers to various important questions of life from them. With the help of practical examples and small stories, these wise people help Arjun in getting free of common human weaknesses. Arjun goes past his weaknesses and purifies his mind and heart. These teachings from Yoga and Psychology are useful for everyone to resolve the troubles caused by jealousy, ego, attachment, religion and discontentment.

Arjun, in the guidance of various masters and wise friends, learns to overcome his weaknesses. He learns discipline, contentment, and how to go past his ego. He becomes capable of seeing the reality in the midst of all illusions. Arjun becomes aware of the difference between love and attachment. He understands how to bring unconditional happiness in life and see it separate from pleasures. All this training makes his heart pure and mind calm.

Here Arjun represents a modern confused man who wants to achieve the material pleasures and spiritual wisdom both. The readers will relate themselves with the questions of Arjun. Author firmly tells that readers will find the solutions of their own problems too. Be ready to be a part of Arjun’s spiritual journey.

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Reblog: Crime Fiction Round-Up: September-October 2020 — Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog


The year is running away from us fast and more than ever I’m finding that there are never enough hours for all the good books I want to read. This round-up sees me checking out a book that I have read and need to review, a book on my desk that I need to get…

Crime Fiction Round-Up: September-October 2020 — Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog

Review: While the Bombs Fell


2 stars

Read from 30 August – 11 September, 2020.

Synopsis: What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.

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Review: Dying on the Streets


Dying on the Streets by E.M. Swift-Hook
3 stars

Read from 6-13 August, 2020

Synopsis: A young woman turns up dead on the streets of Viriconium but before Dai Llewellyn can investigate he first has to prove it is actually a murder.

Join Dai and Julia as danger stalks their steps in an alternative modern day Britain where the Roman Empire still rules.

Bookish Things: 78 pages. The cover is simple but works with the story. This is book #8 in the Dai and Julia Series but can be read alone.

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Review: Passing Clouds ~ A winemaker’s journey


Passing Clouds by Graeme Leith

3 stars

Read from 1 – 4th July, 2020

Synopsis: Graeme Leith-electrician, Italophile and jack of all trades-joined Melbourne’s theatre collective at Carlton’s famously innovative Pram Factory theatre and said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was: Graeme Blundell, Jack Hibberd, Max Gillies and many others produced over 140 new Australian plays in ten years.

Like many of his generation, Graeme left suburban Australia in the 1950s, bound for London and Europe. After a stint in Britain’s atomic weapons industry he rode his Lambretta scooter to Perugia in Italy, where he had his first taste of ‘ethereal’ wine and fell in love.

But Graeme had also fallen for the idea of making wine, and in the mid-1970s he and his partner Sue Mackinnon established Passing Clouds, a vineyard in Victoria’s Spa Country that produced award-winning wines from the beginning.

Then tragedy struck. In 1984 Graeme’s beautiful and talented daughter Ondine and her boyfriend David vanished en route to the South Coast of New South Wales. Ten days later their ute was found in Kings Cross, where it had been abandoned by their killers.

Heartfelt and heartbreaking, humorous and hilarious, Passing Clouds tells of a life fully lived-a life embracing the experience of fatherhood, of triumph and disaster, of joy and tragedy, of ingenuity and sheer hard work and, above all, an unquenchable optimism. Continue reading

Review: The Gate Guardian’s Daughter


The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson

3 stars

Read on 28th of June 2020

Synopsis: The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them.

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable.

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