Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Death By Black Hole...No Thank You.




Learning about the space has never been such fun. The author's enthusiasm for all things cosmic comes shining through in this book. As a person that has a passing interest in black holes, quasar and other stuff like that. This book provides a great crash course in all things spacey. I now feel a little bit smarter but I am also now in awe of the scientist t past and present that seek to unravel the secrets of our universe. 

The book is cut up nicely into sections dealing with individual subjects. I did find it a tad annoying that the authors amusing explanations of certain things repeated throughout the book. This to me tarnished this otherwise great read. I particularly liked how he pulled apart common misconceptions like the sun rises in the east and set in the west. Overall this is science delivered in a way us commoners can understand without dumbing it down too much. As for the title I for one am not in favour of meeting my end this way.

3.5 Stars

Friday, 25 October 2013

A Solid Debut

 

A great debut novel by J.J Marshall that delivers one hell of a punch. He paints a world that is dying as the ozone is depleted. Humanity has reached to the stars for its salvation as the refugees of earth clamber for the limited spaces in various space stations and moon bases. A group called the board control the fate of humanity and they are planning to cut their losses and abandoned earth and all that remain on it to their fate.

Here is where the story picks up pace as a small home grown terrorist group get wind of the boards plans and set about exposing it as well as trying to wipe out the board. The story builds up into an ending fitting of any Hollywood blockbuster. Throughout the story the main characters of the book are expertly fleshed out by the author. Their strengths and weakness suck you into the story and hold your hand tightly right through to the end.

Like all good openers to a series this book promises so much more in its next instalment. Let’s hope it delivers because it is shaping up as a fantastic serious.

4.5 Stars



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Ready Player One....Hell Yeah!!!!!


Before I start this book review I have a confession to make, it is a secret my wife would like to remain hidden.  I am an avid gamer and have been since I can remember. When I first met her I was in the midst of a World of Warcraft addiction and my favourite t-shirt had /AFK plastered on the front of it. With her help I am now over 5 years free of WOW and going strong. So please keep that in mind as I start this review... now where the hell has my PS3 controller gone to.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


This book rocks it never stopped surprising and entertaining me from the opening chapter to the end. The author spins a tale that had me staying up late many a night just to read a little bit more. As well as creating a world that is not much of a stretch to believe is around the corner. He pays homage to the history of the humble computer game as well as to their forefathers the never forgotten book driven RPG games such as Dungeon & Dragons. I was like a kid in a candy shop as I was taken for a stroll along memory lane as games, films and TV shows are bought up in the story.

The story is where the book hits a home run. A world where fossil fuel and real jobs are rare. Most of humanity lives in a virtual world called Oasis the ultimate social networking and MMO all rolled into one. It is in the Oasis the story runs rampart, we have our hero, a quest and an evil corporation trying to change and corrupt the Oasis forever. This book is for anyone who was bought up in the 80's or has a passing interest in gaming or anything geeky. Even if you do not fit these categories give this book a try and prepare to be entertained.

5 BIG Stars and the LBR Tick of Approval


Saturday, 19 October 2013

The History Of Goody Two Shoes

Meaning

Someone who is virtuous in a coy, smug or sentimental manner.

Origin

This phrase derives from the title of the nursery tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, which was published in 1765. The authorship of this is disputed. Oliver Goldsmith is the name most commonly associated with it, although the evidence that claim is largely circumstantial and is based on the fact it is considered to be in Goldsmith's style and that he had previously undertaken the ghost-writing of somewhat similar stories for cash rather than as a named author. 'Anonymous' is probably the wisest choice when naming an author of this book.

The story itself is a re-telling of the Cinderella story, which itself is an example of the Christian teaching that diligence reaps its reward in Heaven - what later came to be called 'jam tomorrow'.

'Goody Two-Shoes' is the name given to a poor orphan - Margery Meanwell. She is so poor as to possess only one shoe and is so delighted when given a pair of shoes by a rich gentleman that she keeps repeating that she has 'two shoes':

"She ran out to Mrs. Smith as soon as they were put on, and stroking down her ragged Apron thus, cried out, 'Two Shoes, Mame, see two Shoes'. And so she behaved to all the People she met, and by that Means obtained the Name of 'Goody Two-Shoes,

By virtue of hard work she makes good and marries a wealthy widower - thus mimicking the Cinderella theme of virtue being finally rewarded.

People who were considered self-righteously or piously virtuous began to be called 'goody-goodies' from around the turn of the 20th century. There are a few examples of people's behaviour being called 'goody-goody' from 1896 onwards. The first example that I've found of someone being described as 'a goody-goody' comes from 1911 - in the Wisconsin newspaper The Racine Daily Journal, July 1911, in a piece with the heading A Goody-Goody:

"Philadelphia Press: Senator Lorimer according to his friends, is such a paragon of innocence and true goodness that what seems to be needed is a place where he can retire, safe from the world - and the world safe from him."

The childish exclamation of delight 'goody, goody' may derive from Goody Two-Shoes, although it could just as easily just be a form of 'oh good'.

Tha Lazy Book Reviewer Jr Has Returned

I have let loose the Lazy Book Jr on my blog yet again. I hope you enjoy his review and the change in font and size he insisted on.




Hold onto your wands magic lovers because this book is sure to blow your wizard hats off. The amazing adventures of Septimus Heap, Jenna Heap and the ever so hard to get rid of Simon Heap flies of the pages. The author describes a world where…. PEOPLE TALK TO GHOSTS… OMG… AND THERE IS ICE IN SUMMER. WHAT DA HELL! All in all this book is an absolutely amazing read for anyone who likes magic.

5 Stars

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Inventor Of The Windshield Wiper

Next on my quest to discover who invented the items we use everyday it is the turn of the Windshield Wiper.

Mary Anderson 1866-1953


You may have never heard of Mary Anderson, but you’ve probably used her invention thousands of times in your life!

One frosty day in 1903, Mary Anderson (1866-1953), a native of Birmingham, Alabama, was visiting New York City via a trolley car. She was trying to catch all the sights of the city’s crowded streets, tall buildings, and horseless carriages, but she had a hard time seeing them because of the snowy weather.

Mary noticed that the driver was also having difficulty seeing through the sleet and snow. Every few minutes, the driver would have to reach through his window to wipe the snow and sleet off the windshield by hand. Sometimes he would even have to stick his head out the window while driving in order to see! Forgetting about the sights around her, Mary started thinking about how the driver could stay warm inside the vehicle without worrying about the snow piling up on his windshield.

As soon as she went back home, she started working out her idea for the first windshield wipers. Mary Anderson envisioned a device that would attach to the outside of the car, with a long spring-loaded arm with a rubber blade. The driver could turn a handle from inside the vehicle to move the arm and wipe the snow off the windshield, without having to stick his hand out in the freezing weather.

Mary filed for a patent for the first windshield wipers in 1903, and tried to sell her device to several companies, who all rejected her invention. At first, people didn’t see the value of her invention and thought it would just distract drivers. Mary was ahead of her time; in the early 20th century many cars didn’t go fast enough to even need windshields, and outside major cities few people even owned cars. Car safety didn’t really become a priority until the 1950s (when safer breaks and seatbelts were invented).

Mary Anderson’s invention was forgotten, until her patent lapsed and others were able to copy her idea. By the 40s and 50s, when cars were much more common and affordable, windshield wipers were standard on most vehicles, and they’re now usually a legal requirement.


Sourced at AmazingWomenInHistory.com


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

When Your World Falls Apart



Tom Rob Smiths follow up to Child 44, while and enjoyable read did not hit the heights of his first novel. Our hero Leo finds his world collapsing around him. With Stalin dead and Khruschev bringing in a new order. Russia is as deadly as ever, but now the shoe is on the other foot.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold and this book delivers a cold cut smorgasbord of death and deception. The Secret Speech is a very enjoyable read but it did meet the expectations set by the first book.

3.5 Stars


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Gemini Syndrome Lux



It's been a long time since I have been so excited by a band or album, but Gemini Syndromes debut album Lux has me that excited I just might lose bladder control. It is by far the best album I have heard this side of the new century. Now don't expect album reviews to become a regular feature on this blog but I just have to tell you all how good this album is. Lux delivers on every track from the blistering opening track Pleasure & Pain to the last track Lux there is not one track on this album I want to skip. 

For me Gemini Syndrome has reached a perfect balance between fantasic heavy driving  rifts and powerful melodic driven rhythm. Aaron Nordstrom vocals are nothing short of brilliant. This combined with the tapesrty of music weaved by Rich Juzwik (Guitar), Rich Juzwick (guitarist), Mike Salerno (guitarist/backing vocals), Brian Steele Medina (drummer), and Alessandro Paveri (bassist) deliver a killer sound.  This album is for the hard-core alternative metal fans to a more mainstream listener. The tracks range from the aggressive to some soulful lyric driven tracks. If I had to pick two tracks from a stellar bunch Pleasure & Pain and Stardust would be the ones.

I am struggling to think of a band that has delivered a more highly accomplished and complete debut album then this LA band. So just don't sit there get the album and see for yourself and prepare for your ears to get a treat.


5 Big Stars and the Lazy Book Reviewers Tick of Approval










Thursday, 3 October 2013

A Pocket Rocket of a Read


A Royal Knight by Nicholas Sansbury Smith



Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers another great tale in the world of the Biomass Revolution. This short read is the second prequel and gives an insight into the world of the Royal Knights. This book pulls no punches and quickly throws the reader into the action. Once again an incredible amount of story is packed into a few pages, this book adds so much to the readers understanding of the post nuclear world this story is set in. 

I look forward to read whatever this talented writer has to offer next. If you have yet to experience the world of Biomass Revolution then immerse yourself soon. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

4.5 Stars

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Up Coming Blog Tour



I am very excited to announce that this site has been chosen as a stop for J J Marshalls blog tour. I will be posting a review of his  new book on the 28th of October. So make sure to call in and see my thoughts on this promising looking read.

For those of you unfamiliar with blog tours these are ways for authors to gain exposure of their books by having it featured across numerous blogs. These tours are organised events that also give the bloggers access to a new audience. The benefit to you the reader is that you get exposure to some great books and authors. As always my review on the book will be honest and heart felt and to the point. This is my first time taking part of a blog tour so I would love to hear some feedback on it. Let me know if you would like to see more or less of this type of event in the future.