Preloved Books For Sale

I love books! Over the years I’ve bought, given away and donated hundreds of them. Yet still I have piles of books everywhere and I’m still buying more. A friend once said to me that life is too short to reread the same books over and over again, and there are so many books to acquire why would you really want to. I can see the logic in this, even though I do have books that I do reread simply because I love the characters and the world they live in and want to visit them again. But books take up room and when you have an obsession with them, there comes a time to clear out the old and make room for the new.

With this in mind, I have added a Preloved Books section to this website. I’m selling the books within Australia only, at reasonable prices. The postage is higher than the book price, but the more you buy the cheaper the postage becomes (on a per book basis).

At present, the list is small, but I will add more books over coming weeks so be sure to come back often and check out the new additions. I have created a Preloved Books FAQ page to answer some of the questions I think you may ask. If you still have questions then please feel free to Contact me.

The books will be listed in categories – reader age and genre. You will also be able to search using tags, which will be an author list.

Payments are accepted through PayPal. Remember, you don’t need a PayPal account to use a credit card. Alternatively, you can contact me to organise a bank deposit. If you live nearby you can also organise local pickup and pay no shipping fees.

What are you waiting for? Go snag a book bargain! 😀

DVD Review: Hunger Games

Recently, while on holiday, we came across The Hunger Games DVD in a quaint little shop. It was quite cheap and we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to buy it.

Of course, I have heard and seen The Hunger Games book but, to date, had too many other books on my reading list to be bothered with it.

The official synopsis reads: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I enjoyed this movie. It had a bit of everything – action, drama, love. It was a bit strange in parts too. However, overall, I felt everything fitted together nicely. I believe the premise of the story goes a long way as well. This is a story that promotes hope and humanity, even in the direst of situations. It shows that we do not have to let out standards slide or our integrity waiver just because things are harder than we expect … and just because most of the people around us have done so.

Naturally, I cannot compare the DVD with the book, but I was more than happy with the DVD. I certainly will be watching the next instalment when it is released.

DVD Review: Battleship

Battleship DVDWe recently sat down and watched Battleship starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna and Liam Neeson. It is described as “an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force”.

When it first started I thought we had the wrong DVD in the case. However, the cast were right so we really didn’t know what was going on. The set up resembled a cross between a comedy and a romance story, but we were expecting action so I started to get restless. It took FOREVER to really get started. In all honesty, if the first 40 or so minutes were cut right back to less than 10 minutes it would have been much better.

Thankfully, I persevered long enough and when the action did start, it was brilliant! The effects were amazing. The storyline wasn’t perfect, but action movies are all about seeing explosions and hearing things being ripped about, not drawn out dialogue that no-one cares about. I wasn’t disappointed in that regard.

Primarily, I’d consider this movie propaganda. The main character started out as a useless, no-hoper and the movie is saying “join the Navy and we’ll straighten you out”. Propaganda or not, it was a entertaining movie and worth watching, but isn’t the kind of movie that I’d return to over and over again.

eBook Review: Inside Evil

Inside EvilInside Evil by Geoffrey Wakeling

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Inside Evil is a fantasy mystery story set in England. It’s about a group of people tangled up in the death of a young girl. It is apparent that the death is connected to other deaths in the area. All have similar causes. All are unusual. None have been solved. Time is of the essence because someone else will die!

Whilst parts of the story were a bit slow, the characters and plot were intriguing enough to make me want to carry on reading. I wanted to know what was happening. I was curious enough to want to know what or who was behind the deaths.

I think the best thing about this mystery is the fantasy side of the story. It wraps the events in greater mystery and isn’t so easy for the reader to solve. Therefore, the only choice the reader has is to keep reading to find out the answers.

The book ended, but it was obvious that another book could pick up where this one left off. I’d be happy to read the next instalment too.

I believe people who like mysteries and people who like fantasy stories would enjoy this book.

eBook Review: d.evolution

d.evolutiond.evolution by Lee Carlon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

d.evolution is about one of our possible futures. Jason Smith is a co-founder of New World Technology and he finds himself in a confusing situation where he can make a difference. The thing is, will the difference be for the good of man kind, the advancement of technology or personal gain?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book when I first started reading it. But I was quickly pulled in by the characters and plot.

The biggest plus for this story is that it is quite thought provoking. The author has taken ‘what if’ to another level that begs to ask the questions: What would you do?

And: Who has the right to decide?

I found myself pondering the answers to these questions long after the story had ended, and believe me, that is a good thing!

d.evolution is a well written post-apocalyptic story and anyone who enjoys science fiction will enjoy this book.

Book Review: The Butterfly in Amber

The Butterfly in Amber (The Chain of Charms, #6)The Butterfly in Amber by Kate Forsyth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the sixth and final book in the series.

Luca and Emilia need the final charm to complete the set. But they only have a day or so to find it and get back to the prison where their families are being held captive.

Throughout the six books, the magic of the charms featured strongly and there was an extensive effort to gain support from long lost family members. I expected the climax to be exciting and full on, but it fizzled out for me. Yes, the two children saved the day but the ending was somewhat disappointing because the gathering of people was pointless and I didn’t feel the charm bracelet actually had much to do with the resolution.

Overall, the series was an adventure touched with magic. Other than the climax, I felt the presence of the larger animals hindered the children so they were disposed off early on so obviously that didn’t work that well. And, at times, the historical content came across as purely being there to enlighten, not to entertain, which means it was a bit distracting.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the series. It was fun and easy to read. I was, however, disappointed that the reason for the children’s adventure didn’t really materialise into a fantastic ending that left me breathless.

Book Review: The Lightning Bolt

The Lightning Bolt (The Chain of Charms, #5)

The Lightning Bolt by Kate Forsyth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lightning Bolt is the fifth book in the series.

Luka and Emilia only have two charms to go before they attempt to rescue their family from the gallows. The Smith family prove to be unwelcoming and the previously met Hearne family come back on the scene.

Coldham is hot on their trail. He is now convinced that Emilia is a witch and wants to watch her burn on the stake.

But the children are still one step ahead of him.

This book moves a bit quicker. It’s starting to build up for the climax in the last book. It’s an enjoyable story, however, I must admit that I’m expecting big things from the last book and hope I won’t be disappointed.

Website Problems

In April this year, the website experienced a sudden jump in bandwidth usage. It went from the normal 2gb per month to over 5gb in a couple of hours, which caused the site to go offline. My host gave me some extra bandwidth and two days later I was offline again.

Upon the end of the month, in May, my website came back online. However, ten days later 7gb had been used and I was shoved offline yet again. My host gave me another gigabyte and before the end of the day I was offline until a few days ago.

I don’t expect to be online for long!

My investigations have shown that Googlebot is the culprit. These necessary evils have been coming to my site and, after 100,000 hits in a matter of hours, causing my website to go offline. It really is frustrating.

Research have instructed me to do multiple things to fix the problem, but nothing (yet) has worked. My resolve to fight is waning and now my thoughts are turning to moving my domain to a host that gives me unlimited bandwidth, because that will definitely solve the problem once and for all.

Yes, the host I’m with has such a plan, but it’s expensive. I can move elsewhere and get six years of unlimited bandwidth for the price of one with them. My gut is telling me to start packing!

With six months already paid for, I will wait and see what happens this month. If I do go offline, and I’m 99% sure I will, then I will start the moving process. Because, in all honesty, what’s the point of having a website if it’s not accessible to anyone, including me?