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#ShortStory: Her Presence #Halloween #MPBooks

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Happy Halloween everyone!  Something a little different for you today.  This is a special post for Halloween.  A very short story (the first I’ve ever shared here) which I do hope you’ll enjoy.  It’s a bit different, maybe a bit silly (though nothing inappropriate despite where some minds might think this is going 😛 ), but I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to know what you think, good or bad.  You can really be honest, I don’t mind.  Happy Halloween everyone! 🙂

Her Presence

He awoke with a sudden jolt, his eyes still closed, he knew something wasn’t right. She made her presence known to him.

He felt her rub against his leg playfully before making her way to his chest.  He could feel her body wrap around his, her spirit seducing him with its intensity. She was restless.

He felt her move upwards, towards his face.  He knew what she was going to do, she did it every morning.

He always gave in, she always won. But not this time, he wouldn’t allow it.

He couldn’t let it happen, not again. He wouldn’t let her do it, he would not open his eyes.

It’s how she would win, that intense stare, those beautiful hypnotic eyes boring into his heart, melting his very soul until he could do nothing but give in.

But not this time. He wouldn’t let her win. If only he could keep his eyes closed, perhaps he’d fall back asleep and she’d have no choice, she would have to leave him be.

But as he felt something soft brush his chin, he already knew it was too late. She was upon him. Those beautiful mesmerising green eyes looking lovingly at his, her intensity urging him to open them, to see her beauty, to hear her message.

He gave in. He looked at her. She was so beautiful, so close, her eyes were all that he could see, but it was enough.  Her message became clear in his mind.

A dreaded feeling filled his body as he remembered.  He realised the truth.  A truth he could no longer ignore.

She had won.  And now she would collect her prize.

He sat up  and nodded.  He knew what he had to do.

Tomorrow he would win.  Tomorrow he would sleep late.  But today was hers.   She would feast.  He got up and headed downstairs.  She had won, he would feed her, he would feed his cat.

So did you enjoy this  fluffy tale?    Let me know what you think?  Scary, weird, silly or not?  All comments welcome as long as they aren’t rude 🙂  Happy Halloween everyone!  Don’t forget you can also find me in these places: 

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#BookReview: The Crystal Maze Challenge by Neale Simpson #MPBooks

The Crystal Maze Challenge book coverTitle: The Crystal Maze Challenge

Author: Neale Simpson

Publisher: Headline 

Genre: Non-fiction, tv tie-in

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Description: The Crystal Maze is back and there’s no place like dome!  With this book you can create your very own maze experience with friends and family in the comfort of your own home.  Packed full of over 100 weird, wonderful and quite frankly ridiculous mind-benders, games and riddles.
Venture through the Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial zones as you lead your family and friends through a time-travelling adventure towards the fabled Crystal Dome.
Discover the story of how the show came to be and hear from the geniuses behind the original series.
Don your most garish clothes and take on the all-important role of the Maze Master (head shaving is optional).
Learn how to build a full-size maze in your own home (good luck sourcing the 80, 000 screws you’ll need to put it all together).
Adventurers, The Crystal Maze is ready and waiting…will you start the fans please!

My Review: This is such a fun book and perfect for anyone who’s a fan of The Crystal Maze, old or new! ‘The Crystal Maze Challenge’ is a complete guide on how to recreate the Crystal Maze experience in your own home. The hardback book’s about A5 in size and filled with thick glossy pages which not only feature games you can play, but also lots more about the making of the Crystal Maze series.

I’ve always loved watching the original Crystal Maze series and have been a fan of the new one since it came back to our screens, and I have always, secretly, wanted to take part, so when I saw this book on how to recreate the maze in your own home with friends I jumped at the chance to read it. The start of the book has an introduction explaining a bit about the show as well as explaining how the book works and how to be a maze master, before moving on to the games themselves. Now nobody at home can possibly recreate all of the games that exist on the tv show, but this book is packed with so many ideas that they’re all equally fun and challenging to play.

Each game is part of a zone, and the games are arranged in zones. One or two pages show you how to play each game and the instructions for both setting it up and playing are very fun and easy to understand. The instructions are actually written in a way that will make you laugh, and there are so many games to recreate that everyone will find some they will enjoy.

Pages filled with photographs of the maze and its masters.

Like in the tv show the games are marked as being physical, mental, skill or mystery and each one of them looks like a lot of fun to play. Some of the game ideas are things such as: ‘Balls Up’ where players wear a plate strapped to the top of their head and have to put balls on top of it and then walk around a room of obstacles without dropping any of them (an automatic lock in if they drop them three times), ‘Totem Pole’ which recreates the totem pole game from the actual show where you arrange pieces of the totem in the correct order. There are so many games it’s impossible to list them but there are a wide variety from the more normal games such as riddles, coin flipping, card stacking to some really ridiculous ones like ‘Victory of Bust!’ and ‘Head Hockey’ which are so silly you’d have a hard time playing the game from laughing so much at the props!

The book lists a lot of games but you only need to play a few from each zone, like in the show. This means that you can recreate The Crystal Maze at home again and again, each time playing new games. The book even explains how you can recreate the Dome experience easily although you’ll need a lot of time to set it up. All of the games in the book are easy to recreate at home using everyday items and they way they are explained is easy too, with many of the games having added images making it easier for you to understand how to play it. some of the mental games feature riddles and the answers to them are at the back of the book rather than on the page which is good if the person reading it wants to later play the game rather than be maze master.

The book isn’t just about recreating the maze experience (although that’s my favourite part of it). It’s also a book filled with information and interviews about the creation of the original maze as well as the new one. There are interviews with the makers of the original game as well as Richard O’Brien, the original maze master. There’s also information on how you can remake the whole Crystal maze yourself to scale, although I wouldn’t recommend trying that! And lots of other information which I am pleased to say I didn’t know such as how exactly The Crystal Maze was invented – the original idea for the tv show was going to be something very different. All of these parts are filled with wonderful and clear photos or images. These extra parts of the book make it much more special and a because it’s in hardback it feels like a special celebratory gift for any Crystal Maze fan.

An example of one of the exciting and very silly games 🙂

This book will definitely appeal to fans of The Crystal Maze tv show but it can also appeal to anyone looking to have a fun games experience at home with family and friends. I personally can’t recommend this enough, but then I’ve always enjoyed watching the show. Whether my own attempts at recreating it are any good I’ll have to see, but I’m going to have fun trying and I’m sure anyone picking up this book will enjoy reading and trying it out too.
-Thanks to Bookbridgr and the publisher for a free copy.

What do you think of this book?  Would you enjoy playing the games?  Are there any game shows you’d like to take part in?  Please let me know you thoughts, I’d love to hear from you 🙂  You can also follow me in these places: 

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#BookReview: The Tunnel by Anthony Browne #MPBooks

The Tunnel book cover Title: The Tunnel

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Once upon a time there lived a brother and a sister who were not at all alike. They fought and argued constantly. One morning they discover a tunnel, which changes them forever.

My Review: This is an interesting children’s story which has more depth than it first appears. A brother and a sister don’t get along and are completely different from each other. While the sister likes to read books alone and stay inside, the brother likes playing football with his friends and spending time outside. One day the siblings are forced to spend time together and then they find a tunnel. The paperback book is around A4 in size and is filled with thick glossy pages of illustrations and some text.

Colourful and clear images.


The story of ‘The Tunnel’ is quite a short one but it’s what happens when the children go through the tunnel that’s so interesting. I don’t want to spoil the story but I will say that the girl, who is afraid of going through the tunnel, is forced to search for her brother when he doesn’t return. The story of the siblings is based around a fairy tale but the book is far more interesting as there’s plenty of reference, though the pictures, to other fairy tales too.

The illustrations are simple at first but get more interesting the further into the story you go. Some of the illustrations are amazing with so many hidden creatures and things to spot, and images that look a little scary. The last few pages have a surreal feel to them and it’s interesting to spot all the other fairy tale images which at first glance you might not notice.

Detailed pictures with lots of interesting things to spot.


The ending of the story is short and simple and to me felt a little abrupt. I was hoping it would be a little more detailed but it’s still a good ending to the story and one which focuses on the siblings getting along. Overall I think kids would enjoy this book for all the pictures. I’m still spotting things hidden among the trees and I’m sure kids and adults would enjoy looking at some of the illustrations. I also think it’s a good book for telling the importance of getting along.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).

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#BookHaul: Bookbridgr October 2017 & A Personal Update #MPBooks

Hi everyone.  I’ve got some fun post from bookbridgr recently, a book that may not be to everyone’s tastes but it is to mine.  I also have a bit of an update about myself.  I’m afraid I’ve not been well lately.  I’ve been battling migraines for the last week and a half and I am sill getting headaches although the severity isn’t as bad as it was a few days ago.  The migraines got so bad that I’ve been nauseous and vomiting.  😦

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There’s noting wrong with me, at least nothing serious but all the headaches really limit my ability to read anything digital.  This doesn’t just include digital books but I’m also not having an easy time reading anything online including blogs and writing reviews (as they of course involve screen watching and reading back what I’ve written).  I’ve bought some anti-blue screen glasses which make it a little easier to read but screen time has still been hard and at time painful.  I’ll hopefully be okay soon I just wanted to apologise to everyone for not visiting too many blogs recently and for being behind in answering messages and emails.

I do want to share with you guys some more different stuff I had planned to write for this blog, I just hope people will still want to visit when I finally get these posts written.  For now though a quick book haul post of a book connected with a television show:

The Crystal Maze Challenge
Hardback book with glossy pages filled with fun games and pics! 😀

The Crystal Maze Challenge – The Crystal Maze is back and there’s no place like dome.  Packed full of over 100 new games, mind benders and riddles, with this book you can now play the ultimate game show in the playground of your own home. Join ranks with family and friends as you travel through the four iconic zones – Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval – guided by Maze Master Richard Ayoade. Some games are quick, so you can have a spontaneous game if you fancy, whilst others require a bit more preparation but they can all be played with household items!  Test your skill, mental and physical abilities as you try to leap around your living room without touching the floor, solve puzzles and brainteasers, and complete treasure hunts around the house, all the while trying to win the crystals before heading to The Crystal Dome … and remembering not to leave anyone locked in any cupboards!  The Crystal Maze is ready and waiting … will you start the fans please!

So, am I the only one who’s a fan of The Crystal Maze?  Have you ever watched the show either now or in the past?  Please let me know I’d love to hear from you.  You can also find me in these places: 

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#BookReview: A Mighty Bitey Creature by Ronda Armitage & Nikki Dyson #MPBooks

A Mighty Bitey Creature book coverTitle: A Mighty Bitey Creature

Author: Ronda Armitage

Illustrator: Nikki Dyson

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Shh…there’s something coming!  Something MIGHTY, and something BITEY… OUCH!  GRAAH!  YAHOO!  It’s biting everyone’s bottoms…and it might bite YOU!

My Review: This is a funny story with some great illustrations. The paperback is around A4 in size although a bit wider and filled with thick glossy and very colourful pages. The story is a good one and very funny, all is quiet in the jungle until…Frog screams because he’s been bitten by something mighty and super-sharp bitey. He decides tell Lion, who’s King of the Jungle because Lion will know what to do.

The whole story relies on repetition and it’s very funny. As Frog rushes to see Lion he bumps into other animals, who all suffer the same thing in turn. Every animal he meets wants to then join Frog in going to see Lion. And when they finally meet Lion, you can guess what happens to him. I won’t reveal the very ending of the story or what seems to be biting everyone as I know it would spoil a funny book. I do like the ending, although to be honest I was expecting it to be more funny or silly. For a kids book with such a build up with all the repetition and silliness I felt the ending was a bit flat. However it’s that repetition that really makes this story work and it’s something I do love in picture books.

Fun repetitive words and pictures throughout the book.

The illustrations are brilliant. They are all very colourful and funny. I really like the style of the pictures and couldn’t help but see a bit of similarity between them and a well known animation, given the way the faces are expressed and the way Lion looks on the last page. I think kids would love this book for the pictures alone. They are more detailed than it first appears and there are extra things to spot such as bees and butterflies. It’s also worth going back and looking at the pictures again after reading the book as you might spot something else hidden in the images.

Very funny and colourful pictures with lots of things to spot.

Overall I think this is a very fun book and one lots of kids will enjoy. Although I’d prefer a better ending, perhaps one with a bit of repetition seen throughout the book, it’s still a good ending and the with all the funny pictures and silly repeating story, its a book that kids and maybe a few adults will enjoy looking at.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.

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