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Review: Free Recipe Ebooks

I had been wanting some new and exciting recipes for the summer, so I headed to Amazon. Before spending out money I decided to try some free recipe books which led to a massive downloading spree. So, which did find useful? Read on to find out.

25 Delicious Pasta Recipes by Sallie Stone 3/5

Some interesting pasta combinations that I will use this summer. I’m all for ease and time efficiency. However, recipe books need photos!

Five Ingredient Cookbook by Hannie. P. Scott 2/5

Basic recipes and not all from scratch. Mixing pre-made sauces and canned foods isn’t what I’m after. There are no photos to show the finished results.

30 Minute Meals by Hannie. P. Scott 3/5

Nothing I love more than quick, tasty recipes. These 30 min recipes are varied and achievable for even the most amateur of chefs. I would have liked pictures, though.

Crockpot Recipes by Nancy Kelsey 3/5

A large selection of recipes with something for everyone, but only a handful I want to try for myself.

Definitely worth a scan if you enjoy the simplicity of crock pot cooking.

Summer Cooking by Various Authors 3/5

There were a few unusual recipes that I found interesting and would like to try, but the majority were simple, common recipes most people would know how to create without the need for a recipe guide.

25 Delicious Chicken Recipes by Sallie Stone 2/5

Very simple recipes- not quite what I was looking for. Great for very amateur cooks. I would have liked pictures of the finished dishes.


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Review: Drayton by Tony Bertauski

Drayton by Tony Bertauski 3/5

Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he lives. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Review:

There was a lot of depth and substance to this short story, but I wanted a little more vamp.

Drayton is an interesting character- ancient being in a young body. His lost memories of anything before a century ago are intriguing, and his uncertainty of exactly what he is makes for an interesting read.

There is lots of narrative squeezed into a short story which is surprising. I got this ebook for free from Amazon and found it an easy, quick read.


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Review: The Shelter by Sunhi Mistwalker

The Shelter by Sunhi Mistwalker 3/5

The world around ten year old Sunni Brown is crumbling. War, disease, and crushing poverty are every day realities. For a while? She counts herself amongst the lucky. But will she survive when she’s forced to live in an abandoned parking structure.

This is a scary future; but there are no werewolves, vampires, or zombies… in this future, human beings are the scariest creatures of all.

Review:

This story highlights the fall of humanity in every sense in a dystopian environment. Sunni’s experience is told in third person, but I reckon first person would have engaged me a little more. The author doesn’t shy away from the realities that the tenants face in the shelter, especially the women and girls.

This short story is a prequel to a novel. However, there wasn’t enough explanation and backstory for my liking. What happened to civilisation? Why are they in that hideous situation? I understand it is only a short story, but it didn’t tick all the boxes for a prequel.


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Review: Duplicate by Phoenix Ward

Duplicate by Phoenix Ward 3/5

Upon death, the neurological data that composes one’s personality is downloaded and installed onto computers in the next evolution of A.I.s. These programs are known as installed intelligences, or I.I.s, and they are the secret to human immortality. In recent years, the installation process has opened up for the wealthy public as a means to keep family members alive after their body has died.

Review:

The premise is intriguing and drew me in. The idea of the immortal soul is not a new concept, but mix it with science and tech and you have a fascinating story. The ethics and legal barriers to such a practice could be explored more in a longer novella or novel.

Although intriguing, I could have done with a little more explanation. Short stories don’t lend themselves well to in-depth back stories or info dumps, and that’s why I think this story would work well as a longer story.


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I’m Back… Kinda

Can you believe that the new addition to our family is already over a month old?? The first few weeks have flown by, and I have not written a single page. Now we have established a routine, I plan to slowly get back into things.

I gave myself permission to take time out, but I still had withdrawal symptoms. I stemmed them by writing notes when I had a little time to my myself. I started reading again this week. I am working my way through the short stories on my Kindle. I am lucky to have a bubba who likes to get long stretches of sleep in at night, so I shall read and write in the evenings where possible.

I shall be popping on here with project updates and book reviews, but I’m certain they will be less frequent than usual.

Oh, and on a side note, I have put my Sisters All series on hold. There are a lot of narratives to interlink in the five novellas ready for the novel, and I don’t have the time to concentrate on it fully quite yet. I am, however, dipping back into my 2017 NaNo work. It is another zombie novella… Zombie Playlist fans will hopefully enjoy this one too.


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