google-site-verification: google935433b691795853.html KRISTY BERRIDGE: 2012-08-19

Friday, 24 August 2012

Follow Friday #40

Happy Friday everyone!
Yes, it’s that time of week again where bloggers unite to participate in the Follow Friday venture. The idea behind #FF is to promote traffic to your own blog, make new friends with other like-minded bloggers and discuss new and interesting topics each week.
Participating is simple. First you need to follow my blog because I’m totally awesome, then you can follow me on Twitter @kristyberridge (actually you don’t have to do this, it’s wishful thinking), but do follow my blog or assassins will get you …
Then you must follow our illustrious hosts Rachel of and Alison of If you want more details on how to enter your own blog in the follow and hop, all directions are on their webpages
Now, once you’ve followed, check out my answer to this week’s questions and don’t forget to leave a comment so I can do the right thing and follow you back!

This week's question: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?

My answer: This is easy - The bloody Twilight saga. I mean seriously, what the hell does a hand holding an apple have to do with Twilight (despite one fleeting moment where Edward kicks the crap out of one by the salad bar in the movie)? And for New Moon's book cover - a droopy flower? Then we have a cheap ass ribbon for Eclipse and chess pieces for Breaking Dawn.
I still shake my head at those covers - talk about a lazy graphic designer.

Anyway, since you're all over here nodding your heads in agreement, why don't you check out the competition I have running at the moment? Follow this link (click here) and it will take you to my "Damned good Giveaway". If you're not keen on the whole entering via photography, that is fine, you can still enter via raffle-copter and be in the chance to win, it's easy as!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book Review: The Darkened Corner by Tom Hamilton

Let me start off by saying that The Darkened Corner is a very short story. At only 45 pages, I personally prefer a full length novel - a chance to immerse myself completely within characters and a story that hopefully continues into a developing series.
I must admit that this story took me completely by surprise. Though compact, the story is packed full of detail, a carefully constructed plot and unfolding timeline of events directly contributing to the rather lack-luster and entirely expected ending. But, I can honestly say that although I did not like the story concept, this is in no way a reflection of the author's talent - which is immense.
The Darkened Corner slips quickly through the life of a self-depreciating alcoholic. Starting in the early years we see glimpses of innocence and a small boy dominated by an abusive, con-artist father. Hope for change is but a fleeting sentiment for this boy, growing up quickly in the shadow of his father's influence, we soon see that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Not even the speckled glimpses of admiration he has for the dark-haired beauty known only as Katie Rose can not lure him from the depressing depths of his own sad eventuality.
Now suddenly a man, our protagonist shows no growth, no moral vestiges worth saving, and no hope to broaden the dream he has of romancing the idea of Katie Rose into the present. This is why I didn't like the book. I felt dejected, disappointed and a constant sense of hopelessness reading this novel. The character has no ambition to keep his head held upright, and, if this is as the author intended, then brilliance is the only way to describe this tightly coiled pocket of darkness - the title for this novella the perfect description of the character's emotional and mental state.
Despite my personal feelings about the direction this novella took, I can say with absolute certainty that the author lived through this character as though clawing at the very depths of despair and finding comfort in the familiarity of ever-present non-expectation. The dialogue was very limited, so I cannot make much comment there, but the imagery ... oh my goodness. Tom Hamilton is without a doubt a master wordsmith. Every sentence is so carefully crafted with perfection. Every word descriptive in a way that make any situation appear tangible within the reader's mind. I could not get enough of the creative language, and I'm sad to say, that as a fellow author I'm supremely jealous of the author's talent in this area!
Based on descriptive content and the intent in which I believe the author was trying to portray means that I will be giving this novella three out of five fangs. I would love to see more from this author - a book perhaps, maybe even a thriller ...

The Darkened Corner cover seventeen years in the life of a traveller, con-man, self-hater, and hard drinker, and his continuing obsession with his childhood crush, Katie Rose.