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review 2018-10-20 16:12
Hidden Honor
Hidden Honor (Mira) - Anne Stuart

3.5 stars. After reading and LOVING Lord of Danger, I was looking for another medieval romance by Anne Stuart and came across Hidden Honor. But this one didn't give me the same feeling as Lord of Danger, nowhere near it TBH. So there'll be no full review for this one.

Peter, our H, is a monk who went to Crusade. He was a normal knight before that, but now atoning for his sins done during Crusade. And for that reason he'd taken vows for the strictest order of monks he could find. It intrigued me to know that the H was a monk cause I don't think I read another book where the hero was one. Now Peter, alongside a coterie of King's men disguised as monks, were accompanying a bastard prince to a monastery to be cleaned off of his latest sins. Peter was disguised as the Prince himself, while the Prince was masquerading as one of the monks. This Prince really was quite a piece of work. A cruel, sadistic POS, his history with Peter during Crusade comes to life later in the story, which also explained why there was so much enmity between them which was palpable even to someone like our h, Elizabeth.

At any case, I liked Peter and thought he was a hot monk. He actually was a very sexually active man, but since his return from the Crusade he'd been celibate. On that one regard, I agreed with Elizabeth. But for the most part I could never connect with her. She was quite young and impulsive. But what frustrated me most about her was that, though I didn't think she was horribly dimwitted or something, most of the times her confidence was utterly misguided. Misplaced even. Which did make me facepalm a few times. It led to some contrived misunderstandings between her and Peter that could've been avoided otherwise IMO. It might have to do with the fact that she grew up largely sheltered and had no idea of the horrors that lay on the outside world. Whatever is the case, I had a difficult time with her and I thought she wasn't a good match for Peter. He needed someone more matured, even worldly. Maybe even someone like Dame Joanna.

With Joanna, comes the part of the story that I actually loved. It was the secondary romance between Joanna, who was a courtesan and Peter's cousin Adrian, who was a knight. He was one of the men accompanying the Prince and they met while staying at one of the castles where Joanna was the mistress to one of the lords. I really wished the author wrote more pages on them rather then Elizabeth's shenanigans. I still don't know why exactly Peter was so attracted to her. :/ I don't want to sound harsh but it must've been that aforementioned celibacy. -_-

Overall, though I liked the story because it kept me hooked, it wasn't a favorite of mine by Anne Stuart. But I'll continue to check through her backlist for my next favorite. :)

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text 2018-10-18 19:01
Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain
Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation - Stuart McGill


Canadians of all ages are suffering from low back pain, with back pain being the single largest cause of disability worldwide. As a chiropractor in Ottawa, I see patients dealing with low back pain regularly. 


While the book "Low Back Disorders" is now somewhat dated, the information contained is still relevant to evidence-based practice. It informs us on some simple exercises to help increase spinal stability in those with low back pain, and also some exercises and positions to avoid.


Exercise prescription is a key component to multi-modal treatment of low back pain, which the evidence clearly showing that exercise is particularly effective in those with chronic low back pain.


In addition, the book helps us understand some of the biomechanical risk factors for disc injury, which helps to guide activity modification in those who are suffering from disc related low back pain. Activity modification is another key component of treatment for patients experience back pain.


Working within a large fitness facility, we often recommend this book for personal trainers to better understand the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and back pain.


About Remedy Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre

Remedy Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centre is owned and operated by Ottawa Chiropractor Stephen Konkle. Our goal is to provide evidence-based and patient-centred chiropractic care and massage therapy to downtown Ottawa.


For more details, please see visit remedychiro.ca


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text 2018-10-10 17:38
So Many Books, So Little Time... Early October 2018 Edition

I think I need an intervention.


I love books & reading- always have.  Reviewing is a bonus and the advent of ebooks was a mixed blessing.  As of this moment I have about 30gb of ebooks sitting on an external drive...


Not a typo: 30 Gigabytes. And I'm always acquiring more.  


Between purchases, giveaways, ARCs, freebies, NetGalley, Kindle listings & promos I've got a TBR pile that would make Sisyphus shake his head and wonder what the fuck was wrong with me.  It's only Wednesday and check out what this week's haul already looks like:









Oh, and did I mention I'm getting ready for NaNoWriMo?


...send help... or at least a shitload of coffee.

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review 2018-10-10 08:43
The Pigeon Pie Mystery
The Pigeon Pie Mystery - Julia Stuart

I bought this book purely on a whim while on holiday, based on the cover and the title, while trapped in a small used book store.  I say 'trapped' because a terrific thunderstorm was raging outside, keeping me and the owner in the shop until well after her normal closing hours.  Had I not needed to linger until the threat of leaving this earth as a human lightning rod had passed, I'd have probably not bought this book (I'd passed it over on my initial perusals). 


Points to the thunderstorm; this was a charmingly eccentric Victorian age mystery with an Indian princess MC, who is forced to accept a Grace and Favour abode in Hampton Court Palace, after her deposed-Maharaja father passes away in less than illustrious circumstances.  Soon after settling in, her lady's maid falls under suspicion of murder, after another Grace and Favor resident drops dead after eating her pigeon pie.


What follows is a colourful, wryly humorous, if a little over-long, mystery.  The characters are all odd, eccentric and chock full of secrets; some of them rather shocking.  There's a lot of situational humor, and levity based on misunderstandings.  Not a single character is dull, but the story never quite goes over the top.  My only complaint is that, even though I enjoyed the whole story, it was longer than it needed to be.  The fluff was clever and interesting, but it was still fluff.  The ending though, was clever as hell and delightfully unexpected.


I read this for Halloween Book Bingo's Country House Mystery.  I was worried at the outset whether it would qualify, but the entire mystery and investigation takes place within palace grounds and involves only the residents and the servants.  


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review 2018-10-07 19:20
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton has written a cleverly structured novel, but then this story is overly confusing, overwrought and it just doesn´t make any kind of sense. It´s one of those books where the author prefers style over substance and I´m sorry, but I just don´t enjoy books like these.


And the premise was so good: Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day. What could possibly go wrong? Admittedly, after having passed the first 50 pages, Turton knows how to write a story that keeps you glued to the pages and I kind of liked it for the most part. Even though I have been confused all the time, the book has been 200 pages too long and the writing´s been a bit clumsy at times:


“My brother was murdered by a chap called Charlie Carver, one of our groundskeepers,” says Michael calmly, as though declaring the racing results.

Aghast that I could forget something so horrific, I stammer out an apology.

“I´m…I´m sorry, that must have been- “


Well, the actual stammering says it all, doesn´t it? No need to tell the reader that he is stammering.


Unfortunately, I didn´t get a satisfactory ending to the story. Within the first 100 pages a weird character made an appearance and I was wondering, how Turton is going to explain him away. And 60 pages before the novel ends the explanation was giving and it felt like I was hitting a brick wall at full speed. Spending 440 pages with a book just to get presented with such a ridiculous solution to the story … at that point I became massively annoyed. What is the point of writing a story, if you don´t know how to give it a proper ending?


I wish I would have liked this book more, but in the end I´m utterly disappointed by it.


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