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July 2012

Kind, Cruel, Kind of Cruel #BookReview

Posted on 21st July 2012 in #bookreview

Kind of Cruel

by Sophie Hannah

I’ve read and enjoyed other books by Sophie Hannah, starting with Little Face, so I really looked forward to reading this one.

I have to confess to finding that I have a few personality traits in common with Amber Hewerdine – although not overly sure I should admit that in public!

I am still in two minds as to whether I think the alternating view points throughout this book actually work;  in places I found it a little clumsy, almost as if the story was being explained in case I hadn’t quite understood it.

Having said that, I thought the main story was brilliant and I love Sophie Hannah’s writing style. I think the main police character, DC Simon Waterhouse, is perfect for this book and much like Gary Goodhew from Cambridge Blue he is a wonderful blend of humble, arrogant, simple and yet beautifully complex. I missed the usual sparring with his partner DS Charlie Zailer who seemed somewhat toned down in this book.

It contained a little too much unnecessary phsycobabble for my liking, yes some was relevant to the story but some seemed to have been dropped in almost as a case of ‘look I found this out during my research and don’t want to waste it so I’m sharing it with you’.

The story itself was very intriguing, especially as key elements of it were drip fed throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and found myself racing towards the end to find out if my theories were correct!

I would definitely recommend this to others – and would be very interested to hear what anyone else thought of the two different styles throughout the book.

Dog Logic

Posted on 19th July 2012 in Dogs/ Quotes

Dog Logic


The reason a dog has so many friends is that 

he wags his tail instead of his tongue..





There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

-Ben Williams 





A dog is the only thing on earth that loves

you more than he loves himself.

 -Josh Billings 




The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

 -Andy Rooney 




Anybody who doesn’t know what soap

tastes like never washed a dog.

– Franklin Jones 




If your dog is fat, you need more exercise





My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. 

That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.

-Joe Weinstein 




If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;

that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

 – Mark Twain 




Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

-Roger Caras 





If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits

in your pocket and then give him only two of them.


-Phil Pastoret 

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