Fifty and Fabulous

The thoughts, loves, rants, interests & inspirations for Gen X

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Who Do You Thing You Are?

I love watching programmes on telly about history, both ancient and from our modern industrial age. 😉 The funny thing is I’m terrible at recalling the facts! I watch all these documentaries but can’t impress anyone with a plethora of facts.*tut* Never invite me to a pub quiz – I’m useless! Lol!

As you may guess, I watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Heir Hunters” too, both great programmes from the BBC.

I was already registered with Friends Reunited, so it was a natural thing to start building my own family tree on their sister site, Genes Reunited. It was great! It soon became my favourite hobby; I even managed to connect with tenuously connected family. I loved connecting the dots, searching the records and finding my previously unknown generations. Unfortunately, it became obvious, as my tree grew exponentially and I needed access to more and more records, that the site wasn’t quite fulfilling my genealogy needs. Back in 2008, after I’d posted a query on the Genes Reunited message boards, a fellow member suggested that I join, as they had a more comprehensive database and a bigger variety of transcribed documents. I was going to say that I haven’t looked back since but 😉 that’s what precisely what you do when building a family tree – look back!! Lol!

One weekend, one of my daughters came home from primary school with a project – create your family tree. Luckily I already had most of details, plus quite a few pictures of grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunties and uncles scanned into my computer. Her project made me realise that I should create four separate trees, starting each tree with one of their Grandparents, so that both my children would know the whole history of where they come. So I started trees for both sides of my father-in-law’s family and my mother-in-laws family, which is quite a task! I’m working through logically, going back a generation at a time and at the moment I’m just following the patriarchal branch…. It’s a work in progress. 😉

I have learned some rather interesting facts too. Did you know that children in England and Wales under the age of 16 could marry, as long as they had their parents’ permission right up until 1st January 1950? That a boy could be married from the age of 14? A girl as young as 12yrs old could marry? If parents didn’t consent then it was a clandestine trip up to Scotland, where the law was different, for those adolescents madly in love. On the other side of the coin, I doubt whether a son or daughter could protest at an arranged marriage until they were of age (21yrs).

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Love Lies Bleeding by Meghan Ciana Doidge

…So what’s this story about?

Our main character is Pamela, a heartbroken woman whose fiancé, Grady, has just died. He was the love of her life and she wants to join him. We find out that Grady, unbeknownst to Pamela, was a spy and unfortunately both his employers and his enemies all think that he shared top secret information with her through, what they think are, coded e-mails.

So, instead of her planned suicide, Pamela is kidnapped by black ops agents, tortured by mobster warlords, hunted by a psychotic killer and chased by zombies!

The Blurb says:

This novella (approximately 28,000 words) is adapted from a screenplay written by the author. As such, it is best to let the story wash over you … like you would watch a movie.

WARNING: Love Lies Bleeding is a darkly comedic, bloody romance about love conquering all, even death. This is NOT a young adult novel. It contains graphic violence, nasty language, and more than a little bit of flesh eating. There are no soft kisses, soulful stares, or moonlit rainstorms.


…So, what did I like about it?

I loved this darkly comic love story and read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down! I felt comfortable with the easy writing style and descriptive language used. Pamela’s complete desolation was almost tangible but her indelible resolve to die on her terms gives her the strength that I look for in main characters. I found myself completely engaging with her story and enjoyed the many plot twists & turns; I laughed, I cried and I felt my pulse quicken during this unusual tale.


…So, was there anything that didn’t work?

To be honest, although I knew that this story had zombies in it, when I started reading I wasn’t sure how or why they would fit in. Without giving anything away, Ms Doidge nailed it! For me, anyway, it totally worked.


…So, basically what I’m saying is…

This book blew me away! Can’t believe more people haven’t read it. I feel that it was the “zombie” twist that lets this book dip it’s toes into the urban fantasy genre but that it is primarily a thriller with a contemporary romance feel. It has a brutal “True Romance”/”Reservoir Dogs” feel but with hints of the cornetto trilogy comedy about it (Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s trio of films; “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”) which I love. This story is hard to pigeon-hole and even harder to forget.