#ThursdayQuotable – DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James @peterjamesuk 20/04/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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DEAD SIMPLE (ROY GRACE #1) by PETER JAMES (MAY 2005, MACMILLAN)

“Branson ate his salad, and left the rest of his fish untouched, while Grace tucked into his steak and kidney pudding with relish.

‘I read a while ago,’ he told Branson, ‘that the French drink more red wine than the English but live longer. The Japanese eat more fish than the English but drink less wine and live longer. The Germans eat more red meat than the English, and drink more beer and they live longer too. You know the moral of this story?

‘No’

‘It’s not what you eat or drink – it’s speaking English that kills you.”

There will forever be a special place in my heart for Peter James and his Roy Grace novels.

DEAD SIMPLE is the first in the series of novels featuring Brighton police detective; Roy Grace. A man suffering after the sudden disappearance of his wife; Sandy whilst trying to bring down local criminals. Cracking reads for those who enjoy a police procedural.

#TeamRoyGrace

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

 

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#ThursdayQuotable – 13/04/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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THE INFORMANT BY SUSAN WILKINS (NOVEMBER 2014, PAN MACMILLAN)

 “Kaz watched him sipping his beer. No one could deny he exuded a confident that was attractive, he still had charm to burn just like little Joey. She’d watched him with Marko and Leysa, they were totally under his spell. But when he wasn’t performing, rolling out the spiel and keeping everyone entertained, there was an edge to him, an underlying hardness.

There was only the occasional glimpse of it, but when he said ‘I run a very tight ship’ she certainly got a whiff of it. She knew it was there. And then there was his temper. It was in a fit of temper that he’d killed Natalie’s boyfriend and Kaz knew, even though she wanted to deny it, that Jez Harris wasn’t his only victim.”

I cannot go on about this book enough! THE INFORMANT came to me in the form of a birthday gift last year and after reading the blurb – I was instantly drawn in.

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

#ThursdayQuotable – The Fireman by Joe Hill @joe_hill 23/03/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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THE FIREMAN by JOE HILL (MAY 2016, ORION PUBLISHING GROUP)

“All of it. Especially the arrogant notion that the world will end just because humans might not make it through this century. We were never properly grateful for making it through the last century, as far as I’m concerned. Humanity is worse than flies. If even one dried nugget of offal survives the flames, we’ll be swarming all over it.

Fighting about who owns it and selling the most fragrant chunks to the wealthy and the gullible. You’re afraid it’s the End Times because we’re surrounded by death and ruin. Nurse Willowes, don’t you know? Death and ruin is man’s preferred ecosystem. Did you ever read about the bacterium that thrives in volcanoes, right on the edge of boiling rock? That’s us. Humanity is a germ that thrives on the very edge of catastrophe.”

This is the first novel of Hill that I have read and I truly loved his writing style. There are clever nods to popular culture which give a slight humorous edge to such a serious and though provoking story. A story that makes you ask yourself how you would survive I’m this situation?

This was one of my stand out reads of 2016 and I will be forever recommending this book to people!

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

 

 

 

 

 

#ThursdayQuotable – Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia @kamigarcia & Margaret Stohl @mstohl 16/03/2017

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This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION BY KAMI GARCIA & MARGARET STOHL (OCTOBER 2012, LITTLE BROWN)

“When you’re alive, you don’t dwell on how you’re going to spend your time once you’re dead. You just figure you’re gone, and the rest will pretty much take care of itself.

Or you think you’re not really going to die. You’re going to be the first person in the history of the world who doesn’t have to. Maybe that’s some kind of lie our brains tell us to keep us from going crazy while we’re alive.”


This is one of those series that I thoroughly enjoyed – but you didn’t hear too much about it! There was plenty of hype around the movie and how it would attract the TWILIGHT scene…but it never materialised that way.

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

#ThursdayQuotable – American Psycho by @BretEastonEllis 09/03/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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AMERICAN PSYCHO BY BRET EASTON ELLIS (MARCH 1991, RANDOM HOUSE)

“I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning”

I’m having a pretty grim week with a combination of work and home stresses – so I thought it a great idea to have a quote from probably one of the grimmest books I have ever read.

In most large bookstores in Australia, this book is sold wrapped in plastic and has a rather large age restriction sticker on it (18+). This grabbed my attention straight away. What can be that bad in this book that it warrants proof of age to purchase it?

After reading the first few chapters – I then started to realise WHY! Forget the movie with Christian Bale, that film is Disney compared to the book. The graphic detail which Bateman ‘kills’ his victims is stuff that nightmares are made of!

AMERICAN PSYCHO has set a rather high expectation for me as a reader now as I search for the next book that is going to give me same nauseous feeling (in a good way!) this book did! THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund came pretty close….but not close enough!

Until next week, keep reading on!

-S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ThursdayQuotable – Gabriel’s Inferno by @sylvainreynard 02/03/2017

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THURSDAY QUOTABLES
is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely Book Shelf Fantasies

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard (April 1st 2011, Omnific Publishing)

“At first he didn’t recognize her. She was breathtakingly beautiful, her movements sure and graceful. Yet there was something about her face and figure that reminded him of the girl he’d fallen in love with long ago. They’d gone their separate ways, and he had always mourned her, his angel, his muse, his beloved Beatrice. Without her, his life had been lonely and small.
Now his blessedness appeared.”

After talking pretty much non-stop about this book/series with *M* this week – how could I not feature a quote from this book?!

Following my read of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – I was looking for my next romantic read and I knew I wanted something deeper and more romantic. I just happened across GABRIEL’S INFERNO, which incidentally also started life as TWILIGHT fan fiction as The University of Edward Masen.

I initially read this on Kindle and I was BLOWN. AWAY. What Reynard has been able to do is completely ruin me for other book boyfriends in the future. Their writing (I use non-gender specifics as Sylvain Reynard is a pen-name!) is beautiful and the story between Gabriel and Julia is truly stunning.

This book gave us two sequels; GABRIEL’S RAPTURE and GABRIEL’S REDEMPTION which continues the love story between Gabriel and Julia, whilst facing difficulties when their relationship becomes public knowledge.

Until next week, keep reading on.

-S.

 

 

 

#ThursdayQuotable – The Mermaids Singing by @valmcdermid 23/02

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This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just beautifully written, THURSDAY QUOTABLES is where my favourite lines of the week will be…and you’re invited to join in.

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THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid (Harper Collins, 2015 – Original Publication 1995)

“He looked so vulnerable and fallible, his shoulders slumped, his head down, that Carol’s impulses overrode the decision she’d taken only minutes before to play it cool. She stepped forward and pulled Tony into a tight hug. ‘If anyone can do it, you can,’ she whispered against his chin like a cat marking its territory.”

What can I say?! For my first THURSDAY QUOTABLE – it HAD to be a quote from the book that really started it all for me; THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid.

As a young person, I used to read a lot of Goosebumps, then progressed onto Point Crime and Point Horror. I’ve always been grateful that I was able to pick up reading very quickly at school. The downside to this is that by my teens, I was wanting something more advanced that I could really get my teeth into.

My Mum has always been an avid reader – predominantly Stephen King and Val McDermid. So when I asked if she could recommend me a book, based on what I had been reading previously – she handed me THE MERMAIDS SINGING. WOW! This book blew me away and also helped my hunger for more crime fiction. Was every book like this? I had to find out.

This book will always stick with me, and I will forever recommend this book.

Until next week, keep reading on.

-S.