Monthly Archives: April 2018

Bristol Libraries join in with 4000-book giveaway for Crimefest

CrimeFest celebrates 10 years on Saturday 5 May and in celebration is giving away 4000 books.

The UK’s biggest crime fiction convention has teamed up with publishers, Goldsboro Books and libraries in Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow and South Tyneside to give away up to 4,000 crime novels for free, two weeks ahead of the crime fiction festival.

The initiative started in Bristol as a thank you to the city that has hosted the convention since 2008, and now CrimeFest want to extend that to crime fiction fans throughout the country. Eleven publishers and Goldsboro Books have generously donated books by thirty-five authors to this crime fiction giveaway being hosted at twenty libraries from across the UK Crime fiction lovers from will be treated to books by 35 authors.

The libraries taking part in Bristol are:

• Bishopston Library, Bristol North Baths, Gloucester Road BS7 8BN

• Marksbury Road Library, Marksbury Road BS3 5LG

• Knowle Library, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Wells Road BS4 2QU

• Henleaze Library, 30 Northumbria Drive BS9 4HP

• Fishponds Library, Robinson House, Hockey’s Lane BS16 3HL

• Whitchurch Library, 7 Oatlands Avenue, City Centre BS14 0SX

CRIMEFEST – 17 – 20 May 2018 ‘One of the best Crime-Writing Festivals in the World’ – The Guardian

The authors and publishers taking part in the giveaway are:

• Claire Allan, Her Name Was Rose (Avon)

• Cara Black, Murder in the Pigalle (Soho Press)

• Sam Blake, Little Bones (Twenty7)

• Angelena Boden, Cruelty of Lambs (Urbane Publications)

• Anthony M. Brown, Death of an Actress (Mirror Books)

• Anthony M. Brown, The Green Bicycle Mystery (Mirror Books)

• Alex Caan, Cut to the Bone (Twenty7)

• R.M. Cartmel, The Richebourg Affair (Crime Scene Books)

• Rosie Claverton, Terror 404 (Crime Scene Books)

• Barbara Cleverly, A Spider In The Cup (Soho Press)

• Candy Denman, Dead Pretty (Crime Scene Books)

• Joy Fielding, Someone is Watching (Zaffre)

• Clio Gray, Burning Secrets (Urbane Publications)

• Camilla Grebe, The Ice Beneath Her (Zaffre)

• Adam Hamdy, Pendulum (Headline)

• James Hazel, The Mayfly (Zaffre)

• Corrie Jackson, The Perfect Victim (Zaffre)

• Diane Janes, Death at Wolf’s Nick (Mirror Books)

• Amanda Jennings, In Her Wake (Orenda Books)

• Ragnar Jonasson, Whiteout (Orenda Books)

• J.S. Law, The Fear Within (Headline)

• A.J. MacKenzie, The Body in the Ice (Zaffre)

• Michael J. Malone, A Suitable Lie (Orenda Books)

• Claire McGowan, The Lost (Headline)

• Simon Michael, Honest Man (Urbane Publications)

• Peter Murphy, A Higher Duty (No Exit Press)

• Lloyd Otis, Dead Lands (Urbane Publications)

• Daniel Pembrey, Night Market (No Exit Press)

• Agnes Ravatn, The Bird Tribunal (Orenda Books)

• Mark Roberts, Blood Mist (Head of Zeus)

• Leigh Russell, Death Bed (No Exit Press)

• Guy Fraser Sampson, Whiff of Cyanide (Urbane Publications)

• Jason Star, Savage Lane (No Exit Press)

• James Swallow, Nomad (Zaffre)

• Neil White, From the Shadows (Zaffre)

• S.W. Williams, Small Deaths (Crime Scene Books)

 

CrimeFest takes place between 17 – 20 May 2018, crimefest.com

Review, Reiki Insights by Frans Steins

Frans Steins is the co-founder of the International House of Reiki and Shibumi International Reiki Association with his wife, Bronwen Stiene, with whom he has co-authored several of his books. Reiki Insights is the latest publication and Steins looks back on some of the founders of Reiki and some of the principal insights into the system. This isn’t a practical workbook but an exploration with some depth and a light and warming touch.

The essential focus of the system of Reiki is foremost about rediscovering our original nature. Everything has original enlightenment beans within it, all we have to do is water them, give them light and keep the weeds out.

The Reiki precepts are repeated often and in reading them and following them, the healing and inner purpose of this system permeates the book.

  • Do not anger
  • Do not worry
  • Be grateful
  • Be true to your way and your true self
  • Be compassionate to yourself and others

There is some history of Reiki in this book but the main message is about practice. One must practice the precepts, one must meditate.

Reiki Insights is primarily a meditative journey into the inner depths of the system of Reiki.

It is presented as a series of short chapters, each of them a teaching, so that you can pick it up, choose a chapter and read it. After you have read the chapter, sit down and meditate upon the words. Let them sink deep into your mind, body, and energy, so that you can feel what is in between the sentences. By reading and experiencing Reiki Insights in this way, it will lay a foundation for inner change, from not knowing your true self to knowing your true self.

If you’ve never seen or felt reikin in practice, here is Steins performing a healing treatment demo.

In this wonderful book, Frans Stiene addresses ancient wisdom and meditation tradition in a very practical way to bring it to the modern world. It conveys a beneficial, heartwarming, and transformative experience, and will create happiness and joy for those who read it.
Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, author of Our Pristine Mind

Reiki Insights is available to purchase.

Review, The Body Library by Jeff Noon

The Body Library is the second book in the Nyquist Mysteries series published by Angry Robots but this is the first of Jeff Noon’s books I’ve picked up.

There is a fluidness to Noon’s writing that initially made me think The Body Library would be like Ishiguro’s dream-like The Unconsoled. As I read further, however, I felt more like I was in the atmosphere of 1408 by Stephen King or the movie Dark City —  the noir settings and slip-away realities where what’s around the corner can’t be articulated and yet … Things change and reality is different but the writing is well-structured so it’s easy to follow. The writing is as much of a treat as the setting and the story and the characters.

In this magical realism structure, writing such as that below, fits in seamlessly before we go back to the pace of the noir setting.

INK   … his eyes closed and he sank further down into the dark into the flow the fluid all was fluid a black liquid in which his body floated drifted suspended submerged breathing yes still breathing in the liquid in the blackness of the pool he sank down and lay there suspended and dreaming and being read yes being read head to foot every part of him his mind his thoughts his blood and bone his eyes his limbs his heart yes all of him read again and again as a book of flesh where the ink was seeking the stories all the stories of his life every last one being read by the pool of ink in which he lay suspended drifting floating submerged breathing yes breathing still and being read and his eyes…

I loved the story with its world of writing and the mechanics of it all come to life. In 1959, Storyville, Private  Eye John Nyquist is set on the trail of a man who doesn’t seem to be doing much apart from talking to people but as the trail leads to a tower at the edge of the city and an illicit book — the Body Library — he both can’t and can escape.

When narrative structure becomes legislated and mandatory, abstract experimental works become intoxicating. The writer’s life becomes a metaphor for the human condition, which Noon brings to life and then deconstructs again. And when you break down life there’s always some pain right in the middle of everything.

A great read with a creepy child and a place where you can check in any time but you can never leave.

The Body Library is published on April 3 2018.