book: Stuart Woods “Hot Mahogany”

March 31, 2011

“Hot Mahogany” by Stuart Woods, just another novel following the exploits of Stone Barrington.  I’ve written many reviews of these books before and frankly they are very similar in style – don’t read this unless you have already tried out earlier ones in the series (New York Dead, Dirt and Dead in the Water) and once you have you will want to read them all.


book: Stuart Woods “Iron Orchid”

March 19, 2011

“Iron Orchid” by Stuart Woods.  yes another page turning thriller novel, yes another one by Stuart Woods which is tricky to get in the uk, yes another one in a series about Holly Barker the chief of police in Orchid Beach…  and yes I enjoyed it.

I first read the Stone Barrington series of novels by this author and somewhere along the line he met and worked with Holly Barker.  Since then I started these ones about Holly with Stone occasionally appearing – I’ve never looked at the order they were written to figure out what is going on exactly.

In this story Holly resigns from her police position when she is recruited by the CIA and goes into basic training at the Farm.  Meanwhile, an ex-CIA expert, Teddy Fay, who is now turned terrorist is making his way to New York to target the UN.  Teddy seems to want to do the jobs he feels the CIA and FBI should be doing by executing suspected terrorists and spys.  Holly’s brand new team are taken off their training and brought to new york to be the team on the ground looking for Teddy.

OK, so if you are looking for realistic plot line this isn’t the novel for you, but for simple page turning thriller it is a good wee book.

Ignore Pi Day

March 14, 2011

Today is Pi Day (March 14th = 3.14) however here are two reasons why we not only shouldn’t mark Pi with a day of its own but also we just shouldn’t use Pi !!

This video makes a very good argument for the use of Tau rather than Pi (or 2Pi to be exact).  However I have an even stronger argument for not using Pi.

Choose a lifestyle that doesn’t involve Pi, Tau, SohCahToa, or any other of the maths ‘they’ made you learn at School and Uni.  It has worked for me for a long time now..  I’m happy that some people know and use this stuff just as long as it doesn’t have to be me.

book: Beth Williamson “Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction”

March 8, 2011

“Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction” is a small book giving a brief overview of the topic of Christian Art…  i.e. it does what it says on the cover.

The book is written in an academic style but is short enough for this not to become tedious.  Yet, while this is only a very quick overview of the topic there are enough little insights to wet the appetite to this subject and (if I remember any of it) will help see more in these paintings in the future.

book: Stuart Woods “Blood Orchid”

March 7, 2011

“Blood Orchid” by Stuart Woods is another in the Orchid Beach series. Chief of Police Holly Barker returns in her third suspenseful adventure-along with her father Ham and Daisy the Doberman.

Holly and Ham meet Ed Shine, a property developer who has recently moved to Orchid Beach.  When they visit his home a sniper fires a shot that almost kills him. When the two other developers bidding on a property are assassinated by a sniper on the same day, Holly immediately connects the dots and sees a link between these shootings.

She contacts the FBI and an agent tells her that he is sending an undercover operative into the area on a completely separate assignment. The agent and Holly hit it off giving the main romantic content to this story.

Again with Stuart Woods you get a straight forward, page turning, police procedural, thriller.

I got Married

March 5, 2011

I know I know it’s been three weeks already since I married the wonderful D’  and apart from a brief mention asking people for copies of their wedding photos I’ve not got around to any blogging.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Most people I know who were keeping straight forward ‘this is what I’ve been doing’ blogs a few years have stopped a long time ago.  In the past year or so I have deliberately backed off ‘my general thoughts’ type posts and mostly just posted about books, movies, restaurants, gigs, etc. However, now that I am a married man I can’t let that little incident go by without mentioning it.

Our wedding took place in St Silas church on Sat 12th Feb. It had been raining most of the day before (and the day after it turned out) and on the morning it was a bit showery.  But as D’ was arriving at the church and when we left the sun was out and we were able to take some photos outside.  Then we had some refreshments at the church (thanks to the Brett family), eventually moved down to the Crowne Plaza and took some more photos by the Clyde (saw a seal in the river), had a meal, some speeches, toasts, the first dance, some more dances, and some fun. Like everyone says it does all pass very quickly but it was a blast!

We then went on honeymoon to the beautiful island of Barbados, staying at a small all-inclusive, adult only resort.  It was simply fantastic.  An interesting place to visit but ultimately simply relaxing, it was hot, the ocean was refreshing – snorkeling with tropical fish and wild turtles – the food was awesome and the Bajan rum is the best!

I would like to blog about every meal we had, or about the beach and sunsets, the journey not to mention all our memories of the wedding day itself.  But I just don’t think I will get enough time to get any of that done, so don’t hold your breath.