Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Book Reviews (Part 2)

A few reviews of books I've recently been reading...

Here are a few more book reviews...

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was a book which had never really appealed to me, but I eventually picked it up as the third book in a multi-book discount deal.  I’m extremely glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be searching out the follow-up books in the series.  The book tells the story of Precious Ramotswe and her investigative adventures after she uses her inheritance to set up the first and only female detective agency in Botswana.  Some of the chapters could almost be read individually as self-contained short stories, but there are also a few ongoing story-lines and themes running throughout the book.  Its style will appeal to a wide audience and several moments in the book will bring a smile to your face.  Overall, the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming book which I would enthusiastically recommend.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Found On British Coins

A quick follow-up to my previous post on hidden features.

A tricky and complicated jigsaw puzzle found on the back of British coins.
As a quick follow up to last week's 10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs post, I thought I would also mention a hidden jigsaw puzzle from the Royal Mint found on the back of British coins.  Anyone who uses cash a lot might already be familiar with this, but those who prefer to pay by card may not be aware of it yet.

The pieces of the puzzle can be found on the back of recent editions of British coins from 1p up to 50p, i.e. 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p, and when put together the coins display the image of a shield.  If you’re struggling to complete the jigsaw puzzle then you can also find the solution on the back of recent editions of the British pound coin, i.e. it shows how the shield should look when the correct coins are in place.  Although to be fair, you shouldn’t really need the solution to complete the puzzle as it only involves six pieces!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs... The Sequel!

Another list of weird hidden features (or 'Easter eggs' as they’re known) from around the web.

Another batch of internet Easter Eggs.
One of my personal favourite posts on this blog was my '10 Cool Internet Easter Eggs' post which lists hidden features and tricks found on the internet such as the YouTube snake, the Nyanit cat and even an update on the end of the world.  There are a lot more than ten cool hidden Easter eggs to be found on the internet though, so I thought it was about time I listed another ten cool internet Easter Eggs in a post creatively entitled '10 More Cool Internet Easter Eggs… The Sequel!'

1) ASCII Star Wars

Any Star Wars fans should definitely check out this first Easter egg.  If you open up DOS (click on the Windows ‘Start’ button, then Run, then type ‘cmd’) then type:

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

…you get to watch the entire Star Wars movie illustrated with ASCII text symbols!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Charles Fudgemuffin Published In eFiction Mag

eFiction Mag: currently ranked number 2 in the
 Arts & Entertainment Magazines category
in the Amazon Kindle Magazines charts.
A few months ago I submitted a sample of How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy to eFiction Mag for consideration for inclusion in their August edition dedicated to comedy writing.  The submission guidelines encouraged authors to submit their work on the basis that even if your writing wasn’t accepted for inclusion you would at least get some constructive feedback.

eFiction Mag currently has around 5,000 monthly readers and at the time of writing is ranked at number 7 in the amazon.com Magazines & Journals chart, so I figured I had nothing to lose and if I did get accepted it would be a good chance to get my work seen by a bigger audience.

This was all a few months ago and after sending off the sample chapters I then pretty much forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago when I noticed a comment posted on pinterest under a pin of my book cover which read:

"Isn't this in the e-fiction mag that just came out? I thought I saw it..."

Saturday, 1 September 2012

10 Cool Swedish Words And Expressions

Fart bumps, poison marriage and eating barbed wire...

Caution: Posionous marriage!
Any Swedish speakers who have read ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' (of which I’m sure there are many!) will have noticed that on a few occasions the book takes inspiration from the Swedish language.  So continuing with the Swedish theme I thought it would be fun to write a post on ten of my favourite words and expressions from the Swedish language, starting with a word seemingly invented by an apparent love cynic…

1) Poisonous marriage

In Swedish, the word for married is 'gift' and this is also the word for poison.  Whoever invented Swedish can’t have had the most optimistic outlook on marriage.

2) Black sickness

‘Svartsjuk’ is the Swedish word for jealous and this literally translates as ‘black sickness’ which is an interesting way to describe jealousy.

3) Teeth meat

In Sweden your gums are known as ‘teeth-meat’ so if you ever see a Swedish toothpaste advert referring to ‘teeth-meat’ now you know why.  The actual Swedish word is ‘tandkött’ (‘tand’ meaning teeth and ‘kött’ meaning meat) which sounds a bit weird the first time you hear it but once you think about it, teeth-meat makes perfect sense.

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.