Book: Keith Melton’s ‘Dark Ride Dogs’- “But not being burned as a witch still put me quite a few miracles short of canonization.”

It’s been an odd week, due to a small (and I really do mean small) influx of cash and a few annoyances at work I decided to treat myself to some cheap rubbish that promised to be fleetingly entertaining.

Which is how I ended up buy the sequel to a book that I wasn’t even sure I was ever going to reread – Keith Melton’s ‘The Zero Dog War’ was ok once so I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to by ‘Dark Ride Dogs’.

dark ride dogs

The book is irreverent and mildly amusing, but the team’s constant bickering is slightly grating – I didn’t need reminding quite so many times that the Andrea is holding together a team of misfits who don’t play well with themselves or anyone else.

The sex crazed goblins were more creepy pervy than serious villain material and the ghost clowns were under used.

It was distracting and mildly amusing – which was the aim of buying it, but it did demonstrate how much the original book relied on sheer novelty value to hang together.

Even at the bargain basement price of £2.50 I feel slightly cheated.

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Food: Reflets de France Crottin de Touraine Goats Cheese – Smells like goat

It has been ages since I had goats cheese, so seeing Reflets de France Crottin de Touraine Goats Cheese on offer it seemed too good to miss.

It is as stinky and strong as anything derived from a goat should be!

Reflets de France Crottin de Touraine Goats Cheese

Rather expensive but fun for a treat!

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Gardening: I think it’s dead

When someone says “I’ve sent you 100 snowdrop bulbs” I was a) vey surprised as that seems pretty random and b) expecting dry bulbs.

What I got was “in green” snowdrops, i.e. snowdrops that someone else planted, saw flower, dug up and shoved in the post with the expectation that I would plant them. There was probably also the expectation that the plants would live… but that might have been too much to hope for.

Apparently what you *should* plant “in green” snowdrops do that only the green is showing. 40 minutes of searching on the internet did NOT tell me this but I really wish it had.

Let’s just say my snowdrops are showing some white stalk above ground…but they are also lying limp and dead looking so it might be a mute point.

On the plus side the Forythia, Buddleja or Japanese Cherry don’t seem to obviously hate me right now… there is no sign they like me but it could happen!

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Nails: Paper Planes – Gaining a new perspective on things

Work is weird, technically I’ve moved departments but you wouldn’t realise it.

My little team sit on a different floor to the new department and have minimal interactions with them. Which was starting to make me feel a bit isolated and underappreciated.

The other day the inept people in Building Management managed to put a hole in the celling and flooded our desks. In search of somewhere dry I went and sat upstairs with my new department – only to find that their idea of a hard day at work was to throw paper planes around and discuss their favourite episode of ‘Fireman Sam’.

paper plane nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

Oddly enough I am happy being isolated on another floor now!

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Film: Fury – “It will end, soon. But before it does, a lot more people gotta die.”

My husband likes tanks so it was only a matter of time before ‘Fury’ was purchased and viewed.

Personally I wasn’t overly interested in a film with a plot line portraying a US tank crew deep in Nazi Germany towards the end of the Second World War and I didn’t really get in to the film despite feeling that it was done rather well.

It was very slow and more realistic than I expected from a writer who decided that the US captured the Enigma machine.

If a slow war film is your sort of thing then this might do the trick, personally it isn’t my cup of tea but I didn’t detest it.

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Book: Keith Melton’s ‘The Zero Dog War’ – “What if my destined mate walks past? She won’t recognize me if I hide the wang.”

‘The Zero Dogs War’ had been on my watch list for well over a year, I presume that it was recommended by someone. I knew that it was meant to be funny and silly, I also knew that the book version as £14 but the kindle version was £4.50 – a year ago it was £3.50 so I wasn’t rushing into buying it.

But then I had an iffy week coincide with payday and decided that a potentially amusing book for under a fiver was worth a punt.

The Zero Dogs are a mercenary team lead by Andrea Walker – who is a pyromancer, her team are an eclectic combination of people who I can’t summarise without spoiling some of the fun!.

The plot is also hard to sum up, but I will say that it features zombies, gelatine and lots of sarcasm.

It had a similar jibe to the Jaz Parks series and The Bloodhound Files series, but was a lot more irreverent in its humour.

It was mostly amusing and the plot was certainty different. I’m not entirely sure I will reread it anytime soon and I’m very glad I didn’t get the proper book version!

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Food: Tropicana Essentials Multivitamins – How many different fruits can we shove in one juice?

The horrible stint with flu the other month has made me slightly paranoid about consuming my multivitamin tablets, I’m aware there is a school of thought that says too many vitamins are bad for you and that any kind of vitamin tablet is bad – however I absolutely know that flu is bad and needs to be avoided so that currently trumps all comers.

Which is how I came to try Tropicana Essentials Multivitamins – that and it was free…

tropicana essentials multivitamins

The blurb premise is “A delicious & nutritious blend of 12 different fruits with the great taste you’d expect from Tropicana”. Personally I don’t expect much from Tropicana, their orange juice is ok in moderation and I’m suspicious about food products that are ‘enhanced’ with additional vitamins (or fibre).

In addition to the enhancements there is also the following fruit juices and purees:

Orange  – 33%
Apple – 25%
Grape
Pineapple – 8%
Passionfruit – 5%
Apricot
Banana
Mango – 2.5%
Peach
Guava
Pear
Lemon

So it wasn’t that surprising when there was an weird overpowering taste that someone had shoved too much flavour in this drink.

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