RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    Ok, I admit it, it was the title that drew me to this book. Followed swiftly by the blurb. It definitely set my "bonkers" alert off, and anyone who knows me, knows that I do love a bit of bonkers in my reading!
    It was also a bit of a sign when, just after I started this book, one of my Facebook friends said in her status that she was fed up cleaning wild turkey poop off her property! I really was meant to read this book.
    So, Ingrid comes into am inheritance which enables her to up sticks and move to the beautiful, idyllic Kauai. Obviously it soon transpired that she really hasn't done her homework about her new paradise as she finds it overrun by chickens. Somewhat ruining things for her. So, she wages war on the feral beasts, making it her mission to rid the island of them. Well, when she isn't living it up partying with her friends or working her great job for her horrible boss. Add into the mix a new resort that she debates investing in and some rather interesting interaction with locals in a bar and you got yourself a rip roaring scream of a book that definitely hit my funny bone!
    This might not be a literary great in terms of content or execution but, you know what, it ticked every box for me as a read along the way and left me satisfied at the end. Some of the scenes had me holding my sides, almost crying with laughter. Others had me really sympathising with Ingrid as she suffered at the hands of her nasty boss. And I haven't even mentioned the mongooses yet! I had visions of cane toads in Australia in mind as I was reading about that solution to her problem. And the guillotine, an engineering masterpiece for sure. But fear I may say too much if I detail everything I loved about this book. The rest is yours to discover at your own pace. Suffice to say, it's bonkers and deliciously over the top in places and I blooming loved it! So much so that I am desperate to squeeze the author's other book into my already bulgingTBR. ~ Kath Brinck , GoodReads

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    Well this book really fits into the category of everything I hate about books with an MPG of humour. BUT it so works I was hooked from the outset, the characterisation is fabulous. Ingrid is beleaguered day in, day out by feral chickens who don't appreciate her need for peace to think, make lists and generally make the most of Island life. The book follows her attempts to solve the problem whilst also settling into her new home and enjoying her new friends. I can't really do this book justice but it is one that has really caught my imagination and i shall look out for more by this author ~ Marie Riley, GoodReads

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    Ingrid has moved from the Midwest to Hawaii and hates the chickens that run free through the island. She comes up with a plan to eliminate all the feral chickens of Kauai that involves smuggling mongooses. I really enjoyed this. It was amusing and definitely made me laugh. Even the kind of horrible parts (the multi-chicken guillotine and the whole kayak/mongoose debacle) were funny. I liked Ingrid and her attitude. Overall a dark-ish comedy with some kind of outrageous moments that I liked a lot. 4.5 stars, rounding to 5. ~ Annie Bruno, NetGalley

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer
    A fascinating book, told from two viewpoints - that of an American journalist and that of a reluctant jihadist who is drawn into the Afghan conflict. The book details the appalling circumstances of the young boy who is abandoned and ends up in a madrassah, which sets him on the path to fighting for the Taliban despite all his efforts to avoid it. The paths of the two protagonists are, as the title says, 'entangled' throughout the story.
    Despite the rather abrupt ending, this book is definitely worth reading.

    ~ Katharine Lang , NetGalley

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    “Exactly what I need to get through the horrors of our current state of affairs. I constantly catch myself cracking up while reading chapters aloud to others.” ~ Woosterlad , Disheartened Liberal from the Bay Area

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer
    A thought provoking and brilliantly uncomfortable read. ~ Stephanie Jane, http://litflits.blogspot.com/2018/08/entangled-lives-by-imran-omer.html

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer
    I’m glad I read this book because it gave me a perspective of a world I otherwise might not have learned much about. ~ Tiffany Huffman, Perfictionist Tiff

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer

    An emotional and at times, heartbreaking read that will keep you thinking. ~ Jill Dobbe, NetGalley

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A creative and unique story, beautifully and elegantly told. An exploration of mental health in its myriad presentations, some not so obvious. Expertly paced and the parts that seem repetitive offer nuance and insight from the differing perspective. Some suspense with a huge dosage of hope and heart. For some, ordinary is not a dirty word. 5 Stars. ~ Wendy Del Toro, Goodreads

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I loved this book, not least because Nigel so cleverly entwined the characters from his previous novel into an entirely different story. It was refreshing to have the luxury of a glimpse into the lives of the characters from Beat the Rain without the story being about them.

    The pursuit of Ordinary was no comparison to Nigel's previous novel. He clearly has the imagination to write completely different fiction. The characters in this novel are complicated and their development was genius - written in a way which made it impossible to guess the end. I'm looking forward to the next novel from Nigel Cooper. 5 Stars. ~ Emily Layton, Goodreads

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This is a great read totally addictive from the first page, amazing characters that keep you intrigued from the minute you meet them. Nigel Jay Cooper is a real talent and his second novel is a must read. Highly recommended. ~ Esther Simpson, Goodreads

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I recommended this book to my book club before I read it so was worried that may not like it as much as last book but needn't have worried because if anything liked it even more. Both the main characters were complex, flawed and yet likeable and was easy to understand why they did as they did, given the issues covered of mental health and domestic violence this was quite an ache I've met. It is not often that writers can write with such understanding and empathy about coercive relationships, especially why seemingly confident and competent women can find themselves isolated and vulnerable and I really felt for Natalie.I also thought it was a brilliant evocation of how loss and mental health issues can blight lives but more importantly about the redemptive power of love, especially the love of Dan's father. 5 Stars. ~ Katie McFarlane, Goodreads

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    I can’t stop laughing! I’m buying a hundred copies to pass out at the next Women’s March! ~ Robin Leavitt, Loyal participant in the Women’s March, Ketchum, Idaho

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This book had great pace and was very insightful into how life's challenges can throw even the most resilient off track (or not!) It is both hilarious in parts and deeply moving in others. Nigel Cooper has an amazing ability to unpick complex emotions in people and addresses it in a insightful and riveting way. 5 Stars. ~ Sian Bath, Amazon

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    A rippingly funny and surreal lampoon, the comic relief we so desperately need from the twisted absurdity of our current political horrors. It will leave you gasping with laughter and Trumpetized all at the same time. ~ Jennifer Evans, author of Bitchin' in the Kitchen

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    What a page turner! The engrossing, racy and humorous writing speeds you along. The best literary escape of the year! ~ Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me on Tour

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer
    As an immigration lawyer I have seen many cases of Afghani refugees. However this novel still made a huge impression on me. We here in Holland live nowadays a safe life and you can hardly imagine what it will be when that safety is snatched away from you or when you are never safe.. This is happening over and over again in this book.

    A very good novel that is no propaganda document. It is scary and very depressing. Definitely not a happy read. Although there is a happy result of goodness to look forward to.. Not a novel you will easily forget.
    ~ Wytzia Raspe, Dutchy's Book Reviews

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    I too, grew up in Minnesota like the author and later moved to California. And having literally just returned from a vacation in Kauai (Princeville and Hanalei), I was really excited to read this book! And it is hilarious for sure! Ingrid moves from frosty North Dakota to Kauai when she is 23 and gets a job as a tour guide. That is short-lived however, as her cohort is a raging... (well, I won't put that language in a review)! Kauai is paradise of course, but Ingrid absolutely hates the chickens that run rampant over the island and plans to kill them in any way she can--and believe me--these schemes are outrageous and hysterical. But beneath the humor we see politics at work as there are protests and controversies surrounding the impending development of peaceful Hanalei Bay with bigger and better resorts. So if you need a humorous beach read this summer--better yet, read it on a beach in Hawaii to capture the full flavor of the islands and Ingrid! ~ Anne Foster, NetGalley

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A fantastic read. Thoroughly enjoyed this and it is not something I would usually pick up. Will look for more from this author in future. ~ Daniel S., NetGalley

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    The First Lady escapes the White House with the help of a lively troupe of characters who stand for everything the President despises. This fantastical tale spins into a hilarious contest of power, wilfulness and cunning. ~ Maureen Muldaur, award-winning documentary filmmaker

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