The last of 2021: Malve Von Hassel “The Amber Crane” and Martin Amis “Time’s Arrow”, plus favourite reads of 2021

Time flies. We’re already in 2022. Happy New Year! May it be filled with great, stimulating or pleasant reads. I’m here to post updates for the final reads I did in 2021.

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Walks with poets: Rilke

What poets or poems accompany you on your walks? What poems express what perhaps one might feel on a walk? I might post such poems once in a while. Walks are those moments when I feel connected to the sounds and sights around me. Especially in the mornings when I gather strength for the coming day, being here and now, in my surroundings as I move through them, is important.

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A short story: Two Turtle Doves

Suicidal teenager Rich Anthony was on his way to step in front of an express train when he spots a battered acoustic guitar left outside an Oxfam shop. Intrigued, Rich postpones his plans, takes the guitar home and teaches himself to play.
What happens next changes his life.

You can read it here: https://www.close2thebone.co.uk/wp/tw…

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Blackthorn Book Tours: The Warden, Jon Richter

  • Purchase link: http://mybook.to/theWardenJonRichter
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Print length: 312
  • Suitable for young adults? This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16-
  • 18
  • Trigger warnings: Covid references; homicide with some graphic violence; references
  • to medical experimentation on humans; swearing; brief animal cruelty (goldfish left
  • to die); references to suicide and mental illness
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars

About The Warden
The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a
state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by a state-of-the-art AI named
James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated. Behind bricked-up front doors, their
every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners.
This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally murdered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime. What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James… and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.

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Blackthorn Book Tours – Tobin Marks, The Ark of the Apocalypse | an action-packed origin story that blends sci-fi and fantasy

My latest foray into Blackthorn Book Tours is a post-apocalyptic fantasy sci-fi by Tobin Marks.

  • Amazon link: http://mybook.to/ArkApocalypse
  • Genre:  Post apocalyptic fantasy
  • Print length: 426 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teenagers 16+
  • Trigger warnings: No

About Ark of the Apocalypse

Earth is on the verge of becoming a dead planet.

The polar ice caps melted long ago, and it’s been decades since the last raindrop fell. Ocean levels rise a dozen meters, and forest fires rage on a global scale. Eleven billion people dying of thirst wage water wars against each other as extinction looms.

Humanity needs a new planet. As Earth deteriorates, the nation states desperately work together to build a mechanism for recolonization. And so the Magellan II is born, the first starship capable of interstellar travel.

The future of the human race is tasked to ten thousand colonists-now homeless but for the vastness of space and the decks of Magellan II. A distant planet offers hope of survival, but it’s a strange, watery world inhabited by giant reptiles.

Humanity is starting over, but survival isn’t guaranteed.

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