Monday 31 January 2022

Bookreview: Lakshmi and the River of Truth

 A beautiful fairytale for adults that makes you think


“Find the River of Truth,” said Virtuous Liar. Heeding his admonition, Lakshmi
packed a few provisions, bid farewell to her friends from The Book of Bob, climbed
into her little boat, and “much like a more illustrious literary character in a more
greatly acclaimed sequel, Lakshmi Jackson lit out.”

Join Lakshmi on her epic quest as she checks into the Hospital for the
Ironically Challenged; sleeps in Metaphor Hotel; encounters upside-down
people in an upside-down world; and is befriended by a very special talking dog.

My Review

From the beginning I liked the layout very much, the style continued during the 
whole story.

I also enjoyed the rather small chapters and the way they were built up. The story
itself was very thoughtful and I learned interesting things by reading this
fairytale for adults. The author has an humorous and a fluent writing style.

I would recommend this book to all who like to read the deeper, interesting

With lots of pleasure I want to give a five star rating for this beautiful book.

The author

Lakshmi and the River of Truth is written by Paul Chasman. I hope more books
of him will follow!

Paul Chasman is a lifelong guitarist and composer with 20 albums to his credit. 
Shortly after George W. Bush “liberated” Iraq, Paul began writing
“Letters of Advice and Constructive Criticism to the Famous, the Infamous,
and the Current Administration” under the alias of Carl Estrada.  

The morning after the 2004 presidential election, The Book of Bob was
revealed to Paul and took form as a novel tackling the taboo issues of politics,
religion, and talking dogs.  Lakshmi and the River of Truth is the long-awaited
sequel to The Book of Bob.  It also features a talking dog.

Paul Chasman lives in an undisclosed location with his adored wife,
Anna, two cats, and two dogs, both of whom talk, although not in English.

More about Paul Chasman on his site:


Booktasters has connected me with Paul Chasman, to receive a free copy of
his latest book in return of my honest review. Thank you so much for this
beautiful reading chance! 

Saturday 29 January 2022

Bookreview: The Travel Stories Collection

These series really are fantastic!  

A must read for avid travelers and adventurers. 

Book 1: Chasing the Dream – A new life abroad

20 different stories. One shared dream – the chance to start a new life overseas.

Young lives, families, midlife movers, rash spur-of-the-moment property purchasers,
and retirement dreamers are all featured in this book. Read about their adventures
and find out what it is really like to move abroad.

Book 2: Itchy Feet – Tales of travel and adventure

From the Indonesian jungle, to an epic journey out of Africa, and rafting the
Zambezi. Find out what Egypt is like in a heatwave, and hunt down Dracula
in Transylvania. Catch a rare glimpse into the lives of the last Pech Indigenous
people of La Moskitia, Honduras. Be entertained by a teenager’s first glance of
foreign soil, and an Australian view of England. Ride a Harley through France
and Spain and find out what makes someone a perpetual nomad.

Book 3: Wish You Were Here – Holiday Memories

We all have that one holiday that stands out in our minds, that one break or
vacation we will never forget. Whether it is a childhood ‘bucket and spade’
family holiday, the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ dream destination, your first trip abroad
or the city where you first fell in love, the memories are still there today.

Also includes 17 Bonus Chapters - Exclusive to this box set collection.

A wonderful collection of short travel stories from all over the world.

My Review

Each of the books contains lovely stories, which I read with a laugh and a 
tear. I really enjoyed all of them. 

Alyson Sheldrake has collected a number of very interesting and fantastic
travel writers. It takes the reader over the whole world. I liked that armchair
traveling a lot.

These series are a must read for travelers, adventures and people who love
reading memoirs. 

I give with lots of pleasure a 5 star rating to the complete series.

The author

Alyson Sheldrake is a fantastic professional artist and author living
and working in the beautiful Algarve in Portugal. 

Of course I'm a bit prejudiced because she had an author in the picture
blog post on this blog. See this link. I also was a beta reader for these 
"The Travel Storries Collection" books. 

More about Alyson Sheldrake, check her website on this link

We Love Memoirs

I 'met' Alyson Sheldrake via the We Love Memoirs group on Facebook.
This is a very interesting and friendly place for authors, bloggers and 
avid travel readers. 

Sunday 23 January 2022

Bookreview: LMF

What a fantastic book!


LMF is a work of historical fiction set against one of Britain’s most
controversial campaigns, the RAF night bomber offensive. Its central characters
are a pilot suffering combat fatigue and desperate to complete the last mission of his
tour so he can rest and recover, his navigator, a Quaker struggling to reconcile his
beliefs with the morality of his task, and an Australian engineer whose wife is dying
of cancer.The novel covers a 24 hour period in January 1944, exploring the events
of a mission through the eyes of a single crew of seven men.

My Review

What a fantastic book! I really enjoyed the books of Malcolm Havard due to
his writing style and the characters. I also liked the book cover. For this story,
the author did his research very well! And he had an eye for details! I wanted 
to know the end. 

I will recommend this book to all who like to read about historical stories and
especially about World War II.

I want to give with lots of pleasure a 5 star rating for this fantastic book!

The author

Malcolm started writing fiction around 10 years ago, self-publishing
three novels through Amazon including a mountaineering thriller,
The Last Mountain, which has had more than 10,000 downloads.
He also has two books published by a small publisher, including a
collection of WW1 stories which topped the Amazon anthology best-sellers
list at Christmas 2014.

His short stories have done well in a number of competitions, including
runner-up placings for those run by Henshaw Press and the
Mere Literary Festival.

Having written in several genres early in his career, Malcolm has now
settled into writing historical fiction.

This includes LMF, a WW2 novel set during the RAFs controversial
night bombing campaign, Leviathan, a novella about a young, frightened
pilot hunting Zeppelins in the night during WW1, The Neutral Zone,
a collection of short stories, and Eleven Days, a novel set around the
events of 'Bloody April'. 1917.


I really want to thank Booktasters and the author for providing me a free
copy in return of my honest review. Thank you for this fantastic reading 

Monday 17 January 2022

Bookreview: The Path to Freedom

 What an interesting book!

The Path to Freedom

Starting a Business for the Reluctant


Do you want to start your own business but you're too afraid or nervous to try?
Do you dread financial risk and failure? Do you fear rejection? Stop worrying
right now, because The Path to Freedom: Starting a Business for the Reluctant
Entrepreneur gives you everything you need to start a successful side business!

The Path to Freedom: Starting a Business for the Reluctant Entrepreneur
shows you how to fulfill your dream by being a practical realist

The path to freedom book cover

My Review

First of all: what an interesting book! It gave hints to obtain and create
business goals. It was full with practical information, which I found
usefull. I also enjoyed the writing style and the content. 

I would recommend this book to all who like to read more about setting up
a business. 

Because it is written in a nice way, I want to give The Path to Freedom, 
Starting a Business for the Reluctant Entrepreneur - a five star rating. 

The Book

The Path to Freedom - Starting a Business for the Reluctant Entrepreneur,
was published on 7 June 2021 and contained 428 pages. 
The author is Stephen Haunts.


I really want to thank Booktasters and the author for this excellent reading chance.
It was my 50th. Bookreview for Booktasters. 

Friday 7 January 2022

Bookreview: Haiku + Drawings = Haiga

 Wonderful short poems and drawings


A set of selected Haiga works, made throughout the year of 2020,
where pandemics freeze us all. The time we supposed would be the end,
allow us to go deeper in thoughts and feelings.
This is the first book of haiku poems.

My Review

For me this was the first time I read a book with Haiku. This is a type 
of short poetry originally from Japan. The poems and the paintings were
all very amazing and wonderful. I really enjoyed them. I didn't read the 
book in one time but it was nice reading some Haiku's a day. Nevertheless
I was confused about the term: Haiga.  

I would recommend this book to non-active readers it will encourage them
to enjoy some more books.

I give with lots of pleasure a 5 star rating to this wonderful book. I hope 
a sequel will follow soon! 

The author 

The author Horacio Magnus is a poet, writer and haiku lover

The Book

Uitgever ‏ : ‎ Independently Published (30 augustus 2021)
Taal ‏ : ‎ Engels
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 104 pagina's
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8464214446
Afmetingen ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 0.66 x 21.59 cm


I want to thank Booktasters for the free copy in return for my honest review.
Thank you very much for this wonderful reading chance!