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Access All Areas
Access All Areas
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.79

5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that Encourages Kids to Read, 13 Dec. 2015
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This book was compiled as a fundraiser for child literacy project "Brilliant Books". The stories are short and written by a number of different indie authors. Some pieces cover the writers own experiences while others are works of fiction covering a wide range of subjects. A little book that's supporting a deserving cause. Congratulations to everyone involved!


Wendy Woo's Year - A Pocketful of Smiles - 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you
Wendy Woo's Year - A Pocketful of Smiles - 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Outlook, 13 Dec. 2015
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Wendy Steele is one of those authors who can bring a smile to your face. Her writing, especially in this book, is inherently positive and designed to lift your spirits. This book is designed to get you thinking differently and give you something positive to do every day of the year. A great addition to the collection of anyone who wants a more positive outlook on life.


L.A. Punk Rocker
L.A. Punk Rocker
by Brenda Perlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Punk's Not Dead, 8 Aug. 2015
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When I think of Los Angeles, I don't want to hear about Movie stars, Murders, or pretty much anything else beginning with M. There's only one M I'm interested in when it comes to the City of Angels.

Music.

Many of my favourite bands were born in this city, rising from the lights of the famous Sunset Boulevard. They roamed the sleazy streets of Hollywood and partied in the hills. Most of all, they created the music that is the soundtrack to my life.

To say I was waiting for a good book about this period in time is an understatement. There's a swell of biographies, autobiographies, and studies of the bands. But there's nothing about the people, those who walked in the musicians shadows and roamed those very same streets.

“LA Punk Rocker” is just the book anyone who wants a look at the early punk scene from a fan's perspective has been waiting for. As told by Brenda and her friends, the book is a fusion of true life and fictional accounts of a wild time in music history. The stories are rich in detail and recall everything from the post-concert highs to meeting some of the genre's most prominent stars to the sad decline of some of the fans. Billy Idol, Black Flag and many other, now household names, grace the book's pages. Each chapter is beautifully written and a treasure trove of information and insights.

This is the perfect book for any music fan, especially if you're looking for recollections of 1980's Los Angeles. “LA Punk Rocker” proves that punk is far from dead.


The Scribes Of Seely II: A Seely School Anthology
The Scribes Of Seely II: A Seely School Anthology
by Mr Phil Pidluznyj
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 26 July 2015
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The Scribes of Seely II is a special book. It's a piece that is the culmination of several months of hard work. But it's not written by any author you'll ever heard of.

Scribes of Seely is the name given to a series of books written by school children from Nottingham. The kids, all of them self-described, reluctant readers came together to explore books and writing. At the end of it, they put together these beautiful books. This is the second in the series (The first will get a review in due time) and it's wonderful. To see the next generation picking up story telling is inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be eagerly looking forward to the next one. Well done to everyone involved!

If you're looking for something different and inspired, give this one a go. Please be aware that it is written by children and their way of writing has been preserved within the book.


Scribbler Tales (Volume One): Volume 1
Scribbler Tales (Volume One): Volume 1
by Mary Ann Bernal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Dark, 22 July 2015
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Mary Ann has a real knack for short, creepy stories. "Scribbler Tales" contains a few of them and, if you're a fan of the likes of Stephen King and Dean Kootz, you'll love these stories. I'm hoping that one day some of them will be extended in to full length novels. I'd particularly like to know the ins and outs of the book's opening story. I won't give away details because it really does need to be read at night, while curled up under the covers and listening to a storm raging outside.

The author's writing is beautiful and poetic, perfect for setting the scene. If you're looking for a quick read (this book can be read in one sitting) then I highly recommend this one. I can't wait for more!


B-sides and Broken Hearts
B-sides and Broken Hearts
by Caryn Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Music Junkies of the World Unite!, 4 Jun. 2015
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Because this is the fiction book for you!

Perfect. That's what this book is. While I'm not a huge romance fan, the music side of this book was what really called to me. I'd been looking for a book that explored music fandom for a long time and found it all wrapped up in this one. What made it an even sweeter find is that the story is told from the female perspective. Don't let that put you off because this is one hell of a kick ass female character. Often, whenever a female turns up in any kind of music orientated story, they're very... well, Mary-Sue-like (for use of a better term). But that perception is completely blown out of the water in B-Sides and Broken Hearts.

The passion for music rings from every page of the story, drawing you in. After every chapter, you find yourself running for your music collection and pulling every favourite song from the shelves. The author's talents definitely lie in talking about bands and music and travelling dark and winding roads to see your favourite band. And I really hope that she'll bring out another in the same vein as this one. This is the perfect read for any music junkie. While the band at the heart of the book are fictional there are references to many bands that came from the Seattle area, some of which will have any 1990's music fan squealing with joy. So find your favourite album, put on your headphones, and enjoy a few chapters of this while you listen.


Give Me a Chance: My Eight Days with John and Yoko
Give Me a Chance: My Eight Days with John and Yoko
by Gail Renard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Never Give Up On Your Dreams, 9 May 2015
Gail Renard is sixteen years old and a Beatlemaniac. She dreams of being a writer but this isn't a suitable occupation for a girl in 1960's Canada.

Give Me A Chance is the true story of Gail's big scoop with John Lennon and is one of those books that will leave you with hope and joy in your heart. Written in a beautifully simple manner (I believe it's transcribed directly from the notes she took during those days), the book documents not only her time during Lennon and Ono's Bed-In but also her own family life and how, in a few short days, she transforms from girl to woman. There's a beautiful innocence to the book and, as Gail's mother would put it, no sex, drugs, or other funny business. In fact, unlike many rock stars, Lennon and Ono are nothing but sweet to Gail, gently pressing their visions of peace and love onto this young woman.

This is a wonderful book and a quick read. I started and finished it during a two hour train journey. The book is decorated with Gail's photos from those eight days as well images of the Beatles memorabilia she'd collected. Whether you're a Beatles fan or not, this is a brilliant true story of stopping at nothing to achieve your dreams. Highly recommended.


Are We In 'Weeds'?
Are We In 'Weeds'?
by Solène Saint-Julien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 20 Feb. 2015
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Considering that English isn't the author's native language, this is a beautiful piece. While only 64 pages long, “Are We In 'Weeds'?” is a sensitive look at teenage pregnancy. However, this is no “16 and Pregnant” and the inter-family drama is kept to a minimum, instead allowing the two main characters to shine through. They're sympathetically written and you find your heart warming to their predicament, especially considering one of the characters is a touring musician. This is written from a teenager's perspective so expect teenage related language. However, cursing and sex-related topics are kept to a minimum and only brushed over so this is suitable for ages over 13. There are a few editing issues but they don't detract from the story and can be easily overlooked. “Are We In 'Weeds'?” is a well paced look at what happens when life doesn't go your way and how to to recover from the dark parts of life. Can't wait to see what the author writes next!


33 Days: Touring In A Van.  Sleeping On Floors.  Chasing A Dream.
33 Days: Touring In A Van. Sleeping On Floors. Chasing A Dream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and winding tale of life on the road, 12 Feb. 2015
"At the end of the night we're saying goodbye, and Corey pulls me aside and says, “You guys are the first from our little community that's becoming something.” Then he hands me $50 and says, “Bill takes this. We've seen Divine Weeks become something from nothing. You guys are making a lot of us believe we can go and chase our dreams too. Good luck to you guys.”" - from 33 Days

This was one of those books that came along at just the right time. I was in a funk and needed reminding of why I was chasing my dreams. I needed to remember what my own definition of success is.

33 Days is the 1987 tour diaries of band Divine Weeks. Unearthed and typed up for the whole world to enjoy they make for exciting, and often poignant, reading. It's the tale of a band on the road, living in a van, and having a hand to mouth existence. There's no pretences, no sex, and very little drugs. Forget your big, stadium filling rock stars. This is how it all starts. It's about beginning at the bottom and clawing your way up. Along the way you learn about yourself and exactly what you want from life. And it's not always the sex, drugs, and rock n' roll lifestyle. Sometimes it's about being satisfied with your place in the world and maybe, just maybe, trying to change the world around you.

33 Days is beautifully written, it's prose often as winding as the road they're on. This is one of those books that will be read and re-read, its lines highlighted, its margins filled with notes and its spine eventually being held together with sticky tape. It's also one of those books that you'll never want to end. If you're struggling in any aspect of your life, this is the perfect read. Who knows, it might inspire you to go out and change the world, even if it's only a little.


No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adven
No Mopes Allowed: A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles about Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity, and Other Adven
by David Oliver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting Volume 2!!, 5 Jan. 2015
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I'm not going to lie. I don't just love the Brimfield Police Department. I LOVE the Brimfield Police Department! I'm a proud Crazy Cousin (British Chapter) Chief Oliver is a man who doesn't mince his words. Yet he speaks them with compassion and love. It's as though he wants every one of the nearly 200,000 Facebook followers (which, as he regularly points out, if far more than the 10,500 who live in Brimfield) in his front room. He wants to make you a coffee and give you a hug. The one thing he doesn't like are mopes. If you're a criminal, you better believe that you're not welcome in Chief Oliver's front room.

The book is pretty much a "Best of" of from the Facebook page. They're printed in all their glory, including the odd dropped or misspelled word. This only adds to the charm of this wonderful book and you get a get sense of love and pride. This is small town America at its greatest. It's also inspirational and I read this book when I was dealing with a bit of crap in my own life. It spoke to me on a deeper level, one that reassured me that I wasn't alone in this world and that I was dealing with things in the right way.

Thanks, Chief Oliver! Can we have Volume 2 now, please?!?!


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