All posts for the month September, 2012

Tethered by Jonathan Pidduck

Published September 30, 2012 by amethystdragon64

TetheredTethered by Jonathan Pidduck

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this and thought it was even better then the first book in the series, The Wedding Feast.
Loved the characters and there was plenty of funny moments with a wonderful twist at the end that I did not see coming!
I highly recommend the book and at 79p, what a bargain! Looking forward to the next instalment Mr Pidduck!

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Amazon Synopsis:

Abigail awakes, naked and vulnerable, in pitch darkness. Her wrists and ankles have been manacled to the floor. One by one, her brutal, troll-like captors come to visit her. Time is short; she is to be the feast at their wedding. No-one else can rescue her. But can she save herself?

Elsewhere, three friends spring a young woman from her cage at an animal experimentation centre. Can they stay one step ahead of the government agent who is determined to recapture her? And was it wise for them to leave her alone in an old caravan in the woods whilst they went off for tea and biscuits with two frisky old-aged pensioners?

Fantasy horror and tongue-in-cheek British humour combine in this dark and tragic sequel to “The Wedding Feast” (a free copy of which is included).


Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Published September 27, 2012 by amethystdragon64

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To start with, this was a large book with over 700 pages but that did not put me off as most books I read fall into that category.

This was my first Goodkind book and to be honest I thought it was slow going through about the first quarter of the book and then it picked up.

At times things seemed a bit parallel with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings but I can forgive him for that as the story and characters are very in-depth not to mention that there are very dominant women characters which you don’t get very often in Fantasy books.

Having read lots of reviews on this book and the following books in the series, it would seem people fall into two categories of either loving or hating his books. I loved it and look forward to reading the rest in the series.


Richar Cypher’s decision to help a woman in the Upper Ven near the Boundary between the Midlands and Westlands creates more trouble than first appears. The woman, Kahlan Amnell, seeks the help of a wizard in thw Westland, and she brings with her dark mews from the other side of the Boundary: Darken Rahl, Ruler of D’Hara, has brought down the Boundary bewteen D’Hara and the Midlands. This menacing ruler continues his dead father’s quest for control by pressing war on the now vulnerable Midlands. Kahlan is attempting to find the great wizard who left the Midlands for the Magic free Westlands due to he corruption of the government in his eyes, so as to have him name a Seeker of Truth. The great wizard turns out to be Zeddicus Zu’l Zorrander, Richard’s longtime friend, who then proceeds to name Richard the Seeker.

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E Readers Versus Book’s

Published September 25, 2012 by amethystdragon64

I am an avid reader and have read voraciously since I was a little girl. My mum was the same, she wrote poems and had a couple published, and my maternal grandfather was an accomplished author with his books published around the world. He is mostly known for his book One of The Damned: The Life and Times of Robert Tressell. So, you can easily see where I got my love of books from.

When E Readers first started appearing , I was one of the ones who said I would never own one as I prefer ‘real’ books. So you can imagine my surprise when my partner bought me a Sony PRS-05 one Christmas!

After a while, I really got into using it. My only grouch was the price of the books on Waterstones. The e-books were priced the same as paper books and I did not buy that many as I was much happier going to my local supermarket and buying cut priced books as well as using my local library.

A couple of years down the line and The Kindle hit the UK Market and  my partner brought me one  for Christmas. I have to say, now, I can not imagine ever, not owning one. Should I be honest and say I am addicted to it?


So, there you have it, a person who still loves ‘real’ books addicted to my lovely Kindle! But my one person debate does not end here dear reader, I still read paper books too!


The above is my current read, lent to me by a friend who bought it from a second hand paper book shop, and printed in 1995!  It is being held together by masking tape, and has been read, abused and fallen into disrepair by how many owners and readers? It smells lovely, musky and is very yellowed, but it does not put me off reading it. I would never want to be a part of the ‘ read a book once and throw it away brigade’, oh no, certainly not!

I live in a small two bedroomed house and I only have room for so many books. I have a large bookcase full of books and books in boxes under the bed! So, this is how I get pleasure out of my two e-readers and ‘real’ books:

I use my Sony for downloading e-books from my local library as our libraries do not support the Kindle device yet here in the UK.

I buy lots of books on my Kindle as they are cheap not to mention the abundance of freebies that are available. Another upside is I have found lots of  self published authors whose books are very good and I have enjoyed immensely, along with some books that have been awful, but then that’s no different with ‘real’ books as I have read some awful ones over the years.

I still buy ‘real’ books and use my local library too. The ‘real’ books I like to buy are normally fantasy books and all other books are either bought on the Kindle or borrowed from the library or friends.

E-books are fabulous in the sense that they do not take up storage space and allow me to put as many books on them to my hearts content.

I may not have an eloquent way with words, but I certainly can read them and it gives me so much enjoyment.

I have one last thing to say to people who do not enjoy books:

The Psychic Tourist

Published September 20, 2012 by amethystdragon64

The Psychic TouristThe Psychic Tourist by William Little

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.
William’s sister and niece are told they will drown by water after having astrology charts done, so, he sets out to see if psychics really exist or if they are all fakes.
William interviews many well known psychics including Sally Morgan, amongst others.
A good book to read whether you believe or not.

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Dragon’s Lair and Green Man Cernunous

Published September 19, 2012 by amethystdragon64

First up Dragon’s Lair by Black Swan Designs:


Here is a close up:


It is looking really colourful now don’t you think?
Here is a before of Green man Cernunnous:


And what it look’s like now:


I was going to keep stitching on it until I finished the page but after 10 hours boredom was beginning to set in. When I get to page two it won’t be so bad as the detail starts 🙂
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