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Monday, 19 August 2013

GISHWHES 2013

Last week I participated in GISHWHES 2013. This is the 'Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.' It's an event organised by Supernatural actor Misha Collins, for the charity Random Acts.

Basically it's an international scavenger hunt formed of online teams who go out and complete the 150-odd tasks on the item list.

Sounds simple, right?

Not when you look at the items. For example, one of the 2012 tasks was to get a photo of "a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather." Yeah, I know.

So why would you join up to take part in a seemingly impossible hunt?

I joined not only to donate (registration requires a donation of anything from $10 upwards), but also to have fun. And I did. I met some lovely people during the hunt, did things I never thought I would do, and most of all had a great time.

I definitely plan to register again next year for another go!

Have you ever participated in GISHWHES? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a great new crime novel—well-written and interesting with a fantastic storyline that hooks you straight away.

The story centres around private investigator Cormoran Strike, a one legged war veteran with a broken life. He is called in to investigate the apparent suicide of troubled supermodel Lula Landry (known by friends as ‘The Cuckoo’) along with his new assistant Robin. The deeper he delves, the closer he finds himself to danger in an unfamiliar world filled with multi-millionaire supermodels, rock-stars, and fashion designers.

It’s a shame that this won’t be received as an unknown author’s debut novel. Instead it has been lapped up by avid J.K. Rowling fans, eager to gush about its brilliance to anyone who will listen.
In all fairness, it is a good book, but I worry that the author’s high profile and celebrity status is overshadowing the book’s own merits. When the true identity of ‘Robert Galbraith’ was revealed, the book shot up to the number one spot on Amazon, and became the new ‘must-read’ book of the summer.

Continue reading: http://www.kettlemag.co.uk/article/review-cuckoo%E2%80%99s-calling-robert-galbraith