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Monday, 10 March 2014

#Review: Vietnam - Journey of Unexpected Delights (Travelling Solo) By Susan Rogers

5 STARS *****

Average Customer Review 5.0 out of 5 stars There are advantages and disadvantages to being single; some are blindingly obvious, but others are more subtle, and will only arise over time. Planning a holiday is one such instance, when you suddenly realise that you will have no-one to share the experience and will be surrounded by couples, families and groups– you will have earned the dubious title of a 'third wheel.' The Author of Vietnam - Journey of Unexpected Delights (Travelling Solo) has bravely embarked on such a holiday, and has managed to enjoy the hell out of it, as you will see when reading her hilarious account of the whole shebang. Don't be thinking she went to Blackpool, wales or even Ireland– no, she went the whole hog and disappeared to a country 6335 miles away “Vietnam”. Her journal of the events is so entertaining, it had me wishing I was Derren Brown, and could hypnotise her into repeating the experience and holidaying in a different country 3 times a year. The Author's journal from which she published this book is detailed and interesting, but that's not the only reason it is an easy read. The humour peppered throughout the book is the first hook to make you remain captivated as you shadow her journey. The Author manages to extract every possible experience from her holiday, and the detailed history lesson from her guide, along with the vivid descriptions of floating markets, bombastic tourists and yellow pigs (find out for yourself what a 'yellow pig' really is) adds to the charm of the book. When she becomes ill, the reason she uses as to why that happened is amusing to say the least! All in all the book genre hovers in the comical category as well as travelog, and is well worth the small price to experience them both. Going to vietnam, or travelling alone? As well as your malaria jabs, passport and camera, you should definitely be bringing this inspirational book.

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Dragonman: Face of the UnknownDragonman: Face of the Unknown by Ted Lazaris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an edge of the seat story, which begins smack bang in the middle of an apocalyptic event. The end of the world is a topic which has intrigued mankind since the beginning of time, but in this story it is just the beginning; not the final annihilation of humankind. The foreign object hurtling towards the earth is merely the first sting of a battle that will consume the heavens above and the earth below.
The threat introduces the DragonMan; a superhero already living on our planet, with access to different worlds such as ‘Spellville’; and he is not alone with his incredible abilities, of which more are revealed as the story continues. His family, with which he runs the family business ‘Starr Investigations’, are also endowed with their own fascinating skills, which invite further investigations of their own. Other characters from Spellville include ’Plupee’ and ‘Dooley’ who add a little light comedy in the midst of such dark and dangerous occurrences. Another lead character is Nathan, who has no abilities except for his skill with a pen. Luke and Nathan's lives become intertwined in the midst of the first catastrophe, and when Nathan has a series of personal disasters, he seeks out their firm for help. Thus begins a rollercoaster of explosive tragedies, spectacular fantasy, and murder mystery. The Author leads you through each one in a well written, intriguing and captivating way.

In summary I would advise that you set the scene to read this novel. Get your cocoa, your pyjamas, and go to your private place; switch off the tv and ignore the kids for a while, and step into Ted Lazaris complex and fascinating world of the unusual, the bizarre, and the downright terrifying creatures you are about to meet.

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