Corpus By Rory Clements Review!

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Corpus (2016) by Rory Clements is an absorbing historical thriller set in 1936.


A twenty-six year old woman Nancy gets past the Gestapo in Berlin to bring important papers to a Jewish scientist Arnold Lindberg/Schmidt and a few weeks later she is found dead in her bedroom in Cambridge holding a silver syringe. This leads to her death being put down as an overdose or suicide. But not everyone is convinced. Enter Tom Wilde.


Brought into the case by his friend and the woman he loves Lydia who was friends with the murdered woman, the history professor embarks on his first case to solve and gradually he finds himself in a world of murder, prejudice, corruption, blackmail, politics, social issues and family entanglements amidst a changing world. One part thriller, one part historical with a splash of romance thrown in, this is an engrossing read. One moment you are reading about the various suspects and all the complex and intriguing web that surrounds the murder of Nancy then you are reading about the various political motivations of all the various characters which is a great study in human nature and then you move to the budding relationship between Tom and Lydia and next thing you are in the midst of historical moments like Edward, Prince of Wales’ abdication and history from the terrible reigns of Hitler and Stalin.


It’s an incredibly interesting and jam-packed read. It is quite a long book but it’s worth the effort to find time to read. This is part of a series of Tom Wilde books and this is the first one in that series. The characters and the dynamics are very well-written and there is an array of very different characters in this book with differing viewpoints which of course adds a lot of drama and tension to proceedings. While there was a lot of different characters none of them I identified with in a way of relating to them but I most certainly have met people and know of people like a lot of these characters so there is a very realistic element to the characters. The book is very well-researched so kudos to Clements who clearly put a lot of work into that side of it and the writing is top class too.


This book also has a vibe of a critical thinking university atmosphere to it. The characters seem to be characters who think about a lot of things but it seems more in a structural way rather than a feeling way often. Not always but very often and maybe due to that there is sometimes a coldness to the characters but there is people like that so it’s a realistic picture of people who look at things in an analytical sense instead of from the heart. It was fascinating to see the flickers of real emotion coming through in parts but which they repressed with characters like Tom and Lydia. It isn’t particularly light reading and has a thought-provoking element to it and a lot of human dynamics, society and the relationships between people, what they put forward and what they keep back.


The mystery is brilliant. I didn’t figure it out and it was a surprise. Not saying they weren’t on my list but it was a long list and they weren’t near the top. So it was very well guarded. The writer does a great job by adding so many people into the story that you don’t know who is involved and who isn’t and great mystery writing mixes the reader up and Clements most certainly wrote a book here that twists and turns over and over.


A really great and original read. Excellently written.


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Private L.A. By James Patterson & Mark Sullivan Review!

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Private L.A. (2014) by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan is the seventh book in the Private series and it is an intriguing read full of twists and turns.


In this outing, Private Jack Morgan is on the case of a missing family. The case is high profile in the media as the parents Jennifer and Thom Harlow are well-known and respected film stars and philanthropists. Now both they and their three young children have been kidnapped without a trace. Soon however Morgan gets more than he bargains for as the case becomes more and more complex the deeper he and his team at Private dig. On top of all this Morgan is investigating a terrorist group called No Prisoners where a shooting on a beach draws Morgan’s attention to the terrorist gang. What follows is more and more killings and terror with Private running out of time to save as many peoples’ lives as they can. I thought the two cases were written very well. There is great indepth into the characters and some of them in both stories are extremely dark, evil characters so I wouldn’t say it was easy for Patterson and Sullivan to write how their minds worked. But both stories were written very honestly and were very interesting to read with lots of twists and turns in both in excellent fast-paced chapters.There is also quite an interesting side storyline involving Morgan’s run-ins with his brother Tommy who is accused of murder and trying to maintain Morgan was involved with the murder too. Their estranged relationship is interesting to read. A lot of drama there to say the least.


A part of the book that did my head in slightly was Justine’s overthinking of her problems. I actually quite like her as a character otherwise so I think this is unfortunate but she doesn’t half go on and to be honest I wouldn’t mind but some of her problems don’t seem all that big and she just seems to like moaning. It’s a pity because I like that she is a strong, open-minded, intelligent, independent woman. But a lot of those sections I could have done without. They add nothing to the story.


The great thing about the Private books is that even though it is a series, this felt like a standalone book so I would imagine even though this is the first longer-length Private book I read that each book in the series can be read in any order.


A great read which keeps you turning page after page quicker than you planned to.


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Writing Links…6/11/18

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…6/11/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. “Since Beautiful People has ended for the time being I thought I’d try reviving character interviews on the blog so I can talk about my books a little bit. This is Cohen Makovsky and he’s the main character of my Adult Science-Fiction novel Silhouette. He had his own Beautiful People, but I need to get to know him even more. XD Let me tell you a bit about him.”
  2. “Speaking of anxiety, this week has been a rough one.  Sunday was fun with ‘Deadpool 2’ and Cheesecake Factory, but the weekdays were emotionally brutal.  Aside from some personal stuff, two reviews vanished on me.  One from Warlord of the Forgotten Ageand another from War of Nytefall: Loyalty.  Those are two books that can’t afford to lose any reviews and I don’t have any explanation for it. …

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain Review!

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is a stunningly crafted adventure story.


This book deals with many themes like friendship and adventure and more serious themes like freedom, racism and slavery. This book was set in times when slavery was still legal and Twain writes a book here which shows both slavery and the systematic racism in society, some of which is still sadly there today. Through Huckleberry and Jim’s friendship we see a gorgeous friendship that bypasses skin colour and the barriers of a racist society. Twain shows us in this book through characters like Miss Watson and Sally Phelps that some people who are white have their heads so much up their asses that they can’t see oppression and injustice in front of them and seem to think nothing bad of slavery or the idea of Jim being took away from his family.


This story is a fantastic story of friendship between Huck and Jim. We see how Huck changes from not really thinking about slavery to feeling passionate about not letting his friend return to that life after they go through so much after setting off on a raft down the Mississippi River. What I really love about their friendship is that this doesn’t come about by Jim being in some way understanding of his friend’s indifference but just simply by Huck seeing Jim as a fellow human being and seeing the smokescreen put up by society to hide their prejudice. In contrast the character of Tom Sawyer seems to be overly conditioned by the society he lives in. Through Tom we see how an impressionable young mind can be poisoned by the structural prejudice present in society. Though there may be hope for him to change his ways in the future here we find him not letting Jim know that he is free just to amuse his own imagination and he seems to like the power he feels entitled to.


My favourite character is Jim though I like Huck too. I found there was a lot of depth to Jim and there was a lot more to his story than the reader would ever know. I also really liked his compassion and the intelligence about how life really was that he possessed. He was clearly a character who had been forced to see more of life, often not good, than Huck and Tom probably ever would.


While Jim goes on a journey to seek literal freedom, Huck also goes on a journey to freedom as he tries to rid himself of the shackles of systematic racism. Both of their journeys are very brave and together they make each other feel stronger to see this all through and achieve freedom and contentedness. Their journeys are very interesting and the interweaving of those journeys is fantastic to read.


There is racist language in this book but there is offensive, prejudiced language in many books. I personally think as a reader and a writer the main thing to look at in regards to such language is what is it’s purpose for being there. What is the author’s meaning for putting it in? And I don’t think there is a problem if the reason is to show the prejudice in society as opposed to do it for spite and cruelty. In this book I believe it is the former reason and I think Twain put it in because it’s a true reflection of what prejudiced and brainwashed people do say and if we sweep under the carpet what is said in a way prejudiced people like that are being let away with it as opposed to being called out for it and brainwashed people are denied a chance to educate themselves. Pretending something doesn’t exist lets prejudiced people like that off the hook. Twain himself was anti-slavery and racism and I don’t any malice is meant. In fact I think Twain is actually showing how wrong slavery and racism are so I think it is done with good intentions. I actually think he was quite brave to write a book like this in the time that he did.


An excellent and important read.


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Poem: Understand

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The sun set over her head,

she looked to the sky

and wondered if there was

any other people on

planets beyond,

she looked at the people

around her and wondered

if she could understand

the people beyond

more than the people

who inhabited the planet with her.



The sound of her wife’s feet approaching

brought her out of her thoughts,

she’d know the sound of those steps anywhere,

the clicking of flip flops she wore always

even away from the beach like today,

in this world of chaos she knew at

least they understood each other

like the backs of their hands

and that was enough for her.

Why Shouldn’t There Be A Straight Pride Pin?

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I missed this story and I was reading it recently. It’s the story of the Straight Pride Pin sold by 1000 Flags and which was taken down from Amazon and the company’s website back in April of this year.


If I’m being honest I don’t know what the problem with it was. While I am the first person who will say a Straight or/and Cis Pride Festival would be a daft idea I genuinely do not see what the problem would be with a Straight Pride pin or flag or a Cis Pride pin or flag or a combination of both. The reason for LGBTQ+ Pride in it’s history was because of the oppression LGBTQ+ people faced. That’s the origins of it and straight cis people have never faced oppression and that’s why I think the festival and parade would be a stupid idea. However I think of pins, badges, flags and the like as something personal to a person because they are proud of who they are and I don’t think that pride of feeling is only reserved for people who have faced oppression. I’m proud of being pansexual but I’m not against any other sexuality. I’m proud of being cisgender but I have nothing against transgender people. I’m proud of being white but I have nothing against people of colour. I’m proud of being working-class but I have nothing against people of any other class. I’m proud of being female but I have nothing against any other gender. I guess in short what I’m trying to say is that everybody should be able to feel pride about all the various parts that make them them while respecting the various parts that make up somebody else. And to stop somebody from buying a Straight Pride pin is to stop a straight person from expressing pride about who they are which I believe they should be able to feel and express as much as anyone of any other sexuality.


Being pansexual I felt guilt when I read about it. What people forget is that to a straight person their sexuality is as personal and important to them as to anyone else and the prejudice I read in this case towards straight people was horrible. If a straight person wanted to buy a Straight Pride pin, I say let them buy the bloody pin in peace. All the things about it being Anti-LGBTQ+ was ridiculous. It has actually has nothing to do with LGBTQ+ people or issues and no one is being hurt by a straight person buying a Straight Pride pin. I personally believe everyone of every sexuality, everyone whether they are trans or cis, everyone of every gender, race, religion, lack of religion, nationality, class, etc … should be encouraged to be proud of who they are and express that in whatever way they want to and should be encouraged to speak about what it means to them. Whether we are in a majority group or a minority group in any situation it is an important part of who we are and to laugh about or be bored by someone expressing and talking about what it means to them is insulting.


Let’s not divide from each other. Let’s all express what we want to express in whatever way we want to and let’s respect each other as complete equals in every way.

A Change Isn’t Gonna Come – the secret keeper Writing Prompt

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Once she had that bond with him

but it was long since gone,

that she did know

but each day felt like a new circle

going round and round

with no shift in scenery,

how she wished for change

but she knew she wasn’t brave enough.




For the secret keeper writing prompt #144:

(5) Words: | CHANGE | BOND | SHIFT | CIRCLE | KNOW |