Sword of Honour (book review)..

Sword of Honour by David Kirk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Far better than the first – which i gave 4 stars.

Looking back over the 2 books it felt to me like David gained in confidence writing tales about Musashi and also that he has come to know him better – like he’s beginning to get inside his head more.

But then i suppose the first book was more about Musashi the youth, just beginning to find himself, and this book is more of Musashi as a young man puzzling over what he’s found and finding more – and this reflects well in the writing of both books.

Once again, David’s writing is superbly descriptive without overdoing it. The story just keeps on moving and i just didn’t want to put it down – like the first book, no pregnant pauses await within, it’s just full gas all the way.

I do hope #3 won’t be too long, i’m hooked!

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Lewis Hamilton’s Diet…

What makes Lewis so able to do all the things he does in life and still be leading this year’s title race by 40 points?

A plant based diet (that’s a euphemism for vegan diet)…

“Health-wise, I’m super healthy. I went on a plant-based diet last year – I started here last year – and it’s been the best year of my life physically.”

#gettingfitter #growingyoung

Annoying Food Excuses – It’s Too Expensive…

A doctor on the internet suggested that eating 1 lb of greens a day would dramatically improve people’s health and go a long way to reversing type 2 diabetes.

In the comments there was the usual complaint… ‘1 lb of greens is too expensive.’

I’ve lost count the amount of times i’ve heard the excuse from unhealthy people that eating healthy is too expensive, that they would love to eat healthier but just can’t afford to.

Utter bollox!!! I call shenanigans on all of them.

1 lb is 454 grams

Current prices in my local Tesco supermarket (other UK supermarkets have similar prices).

Broccoli… currently at 55 pence for 350g – but if you go in the morning you’ll find many heads of 350g broccoli that weigh well over 454g.

Broccoli can be cut up into little bits (stems included) and frozen and then steamed, added to soups, stews and smoothies all day long. 454g of broccoli is easy to get through in a day.

Savoy… currently at 69 pence per head – again, go early and you’ll find plenty of heads that weigh at least 454g.

Keep heads of savoy in bag in chill draw in fridge and only take off outer leaves and it’ll stay fresh for quite a few days. Finely chop the leaves and add to salads, steam the leaves whole, etc.. Once again, easy to munch through 1lb in a day. Put stems in a container in fridge and add to smoothies to make them more nutritious.

Collard Greens… 62 pence for at least 500 grams.

I like to seperate these into whole leaves and lay them flat in a freezer drawer. When you thaw them out you can use them to make sushi style wraps completely raw – seriously nice!

A little more pricey…

Kale… currently on sale at 49 pence for 206g = £1.08 for 1 lb.

Spinach… 63 pence for 200 grams

Sweetheart… 79 pence each

And that’s just a quick glance at one supermarket. You can find much cheaper than this if you shop around.

How much was that big macfilth meal you ate last night?

#growingyoung

Vuelta 18 Challenge…

38th out of 537…

Admittedly, i had to re-ride a few routes a few times to get 38th place. Worked hard for this one as this was my last on Rouvy for a while, as this was the final challenge needed to complete my Rouvy Career to Legend. So now i’m off back to Zwift for a while as i’m currently limiting my riding to focus more on my running for a change and Zwift is good for that – see how that goes.

Anyways, Rouvy’s been great, got a lot fitter along the journey with them but now i need some new targets.

#loverouvy #gettingfitter #growingyoung

The Unwanted (book review)…

The Unwanted by Steam Punk
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For a give away short story one maybe shouldn’t complain, but it takes time to read stories and i feel this was a waste of it.

We are given characters who were raised and trained from childhood to fulfil their adult roles, who are apparently the best at what they do, but who then come across as incredibly flawed and weak.

Then there’s the editing, seriously, did someone just type this down and run it through a spell checker before publishing it?

I do feel there’s a good story hiding behind the faults, which kind of adds to the annoyance.

Ho hum…

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Child of Vengeance (book review)…

Child of Vengence by David Kirk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just couldn’t quite bring myself to give this 5 stars.

David has taken the tales of Miyamoto Musashi and created his own story from these, so some of this is loosely based in what is told of the real man and some of this is based entirely from David’s imagination.

All told, it works really well, but there just seems a step too far here and there, which, for me at least, was distracting a little. While it has been compared to Shogun by some, for me, it just doesn’t have that same level of believability to it.

But then, if i want the real tales of Musashi then i could, of course, go and read them.

It certainly keeps you reading. It’s pretty much non stop without the annoying pregnant pauses of most stories and David really does portray the period very well.

All in all, i got this book and the next in the series for 99p each on Kindle – which is an absolute bargain for this kind of story telling – and i’ll be diving back into Musashi’s world in the second book later today after finishing a little short story i picked up – i’m looking forward to it very much.

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Drink Driving and Food…

I was surprised by this article, and i’m sure many others will be also…

Can you get drunk on boozy food?

So please think about the alcohol you are maybe eating, as well as drinking, if you intend to be driving.

Better still, just quit alcohol altogether and save yourself the worry – no more hangovers and much improved health, fitness, longevity and wellbeing.

The Calderan Problem (Free-Wrench #4) (book review)…

The Calderan Problem by Joseph R. Lallo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It struck me while reading this book that the ‘Free-Wrench’ saga is pretty much a Steampunk version of ‘Firefly’. If you liked ‘Firefly’ then you’ll love this saga.

Brilliant!

All our favourite characters are back from the first three books and a few more new ones besides, the shenanigans get more complex as each book builds upon the last one – the saga keeps getting better.

Joseph’s writing is it’s usual, wonderfully imaginative stuff expressed in nice easy flowing prose.

All a really good, fun, read with a loveable set of characters.

Read my review on the first three books by clicking here.

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Annoying Food Choices – Coconut Oil…

Nuff said…

Free-Wrench Collection: Volume 1 (book review)…

Free-Wrench Collection: Volume 1 by Joseph R. Lallo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Totally enjoyable!

Having become a fan of Joseph’s writing with his ‘Book of Deacon’ saga i was pleasantly surprised when this turned up in my Bookbub alerts at 99p, and curious as to how he would get on in the Steampunk genre – i simply couldn’t resist.

And i’m glad i didn’t resist. Joseph’s writing is as good in this series as it is in the Book of Deacon series, the characters are excellent, nothing is ever too far fetched, etc..

And i simply had no choice but to buy the 4th book in the series and jump straight into that.

Anyways, for anyone into Steampunk or even anyone who is Steampunk curious or even you’ve never heard of Steampunk, you can’t really go wrong with this trilogy in one cover. Start reading today!

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