Child of Vengeance – David Kirk…

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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) – Joseph Lallo…

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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 – Joseph Lallo…

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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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Rouvy – 7 Revueltas (v2017)…

My latest attempt at Rouvy’s ‘7 Revueltas (v2017)’ route…

A nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.

And to get in the top 23% is something i’m well pleased with, and also averaging 192 watts, which is my best hour ride yet. Sweet!

This is my latest attempt at this route (knocking 1:45 of my previous time) as i’m attempting to finish as high as possible on this challenge within the limits that my training plan allows me to ride. I’m now at 6th out of 17 who have so far completed the whole challenge – so not too bad. But there’s more to come, so it’ll be interesting to see where i finally end up.

Anyways, it’s a nice big hill to climb if anyone’s got an hour to spare, why not have a go yourself?

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Rouvy – Spain Guajar-Fondon climb…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Spain Guajar-Fondon climb’ route…

Yet another nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.

This is my best ride yet on any route, managing to average 187 watts pacing myself – which is nicely over 3.5 w/kg for me and i even manage to averaged 201 watts on the last 20 minutes when i didn’t have to pace myself any more. I’ve never actually done a proper FTP test as i’m not really interested as i train to feel not to power, but if i can hit nearly 4 watts per kilo at the end of this i don’t think i’m doing too bad.

I’m currently 8th out of 17 who have completed the challenge so far which ain’t too bad as there’s some seriously good cyclists on Rouvy. Today i’m going to try and improve my result on another of the routes on this challenge – and then just keep pecking away until the end of the challenge and see where i end up. It’s all good and gets me fitter.

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Rouvy – Cotos (up to Valdesqui)…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Cotos (up to Valdesqui)’ route…

Another nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.

This is my better go at this route having set my first time for the challenge at a much lower power, and i’m quite impressed with my result, managing to average 185 watts – which is over 3.5 w/kg for me.

And i bumped myself up to second place in the challenge doing it, so even more happy with the result. And all done just sticking to my normal training plan, no special effort being made at all.

Anyways, it’s a nice little mountain to climb if anyone’s got an hour to spare, why not have a go yourself?

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BUSHIDO:The Soul of Japan, An Exposition of Japanese Thought – Inazo Nitobe…

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I’ve always found Japanese history, particularly that of the Samurai, fascinating. But living on the other side of the world in a completely different time in a completely different culture one can never truly know what these people and the time and place they lived in was really like.

What we can do is simply enjoy these snap shots from the past about a culture long gone that we may still have something to learn from.

Originally published in 1900 the setting for this book is between the end of feudalism and the beginning of modern Japan and is, to my mind at least, a wonderful view of the past and what that can possibly mean for the future.

A very interesting book for anyone who enjoys reading and learning about Japan, especially the historical influences of Bushido on modern Japan.

I gave it 4 stars as it does use some very long words and i did find myself using look-up on my Kindle a great deal which does detract from the flow of the book. But it’s definitely worth the effort and you do learn a few things along the way.

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Rouvy ‘Legend’ Level…

Just completed ‘World Class’ level on Rouvy…

And i’m now a Rouvy Legend…

And that’s it. All the levels completed, big bad boss beaten, game over, and all in 7 months – which i don’t think is too shabby.

So now what? Well, i’m going to finish my month’s subscription on Rouvy as it would be silly not to use it up as i do enjoy Rouvy, and then i’m going back to Zwift for a while.

WTF! Yes, back to Zwift. I’ve been getting lots of messages on VeloViewer about the Strava segment positions i set while i was previously on Zwift getting lower and lower and dragging my VeloViewer Score down – can’t have that!!! So i really feel the need to go back to Zwift for a while and bump a few back up – call it vanity, i don’t care. 😀 But vanity, or not, it’s going to be interesting as all i’ve spent my time on while riding on Rouvy has just been getting used to riding in an aero tuck and getting all the power back that i lost when i switched over to using the tri-bars full time – which i think i’ve done and then some on top. Anyways, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what times i can set on Zwift now in an aero tuck on tri-bars and compare them to the times i set previously on the tops and drops. At least on Zwift they have the TT bike that has its algorithm set up to give the reduced drag of being in an aero tuck which isn’t the case on Rouvy. On Rouvy everyone’s given a normal riding position drag coefficient and there’s no way of changing it.

I’m also quite interested to try out the new routes on Zwift as well and set a few times on those too.

Then once that’s done i’m going to go off and find another platform to play on. There’s quite a few different platforms out there now and i really would like to try them all eventually and complete all their levels as well.

I’m currently planning on coming back to Rouvy on 1st October 2019 and going for double Legend status – which means completing all levels twice through in the 12 months between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020, but in the meanwhile there’s so much more of the virtual cycling world to sample and i want to see what some of the others have to offer.

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