Sharman’s Crossing Favourite Lines

Here are some of my favorite lines from Sharman’s Crossing 

Page 49

“and they go on breeding as happily as a tree full of monkeys.”

Page 52

“Disease must be fought with science, not charms and amulets.”

Page 165

“You can delegate authority—’ ‘But not responsibility.’”

Page 201

“The world I had expected to live in was vanishing before I could explore it.”

Page 209

‘When all is said and done, family is what counts for most in this world.

Page 229

“The soldier sons of soldier sons are soldiers before they are born”

Page 433

“his odds of success were less than a whisper’s chance against storm winds.”

Page 491

‘The world lives and dies as it should today.’

Page 494

“Our trees fall and with every tree that dies, wisdom is lost. Power is lost. The forest is what binds our worlds together.” (This must be my favorite line from this book)

Page 525

“The streets were thick as porridge with people.”

Page 579

“Those that give credence to the dark gods get paid in the dark gods’ coin.”



Sharman’s Crossing

This book is the first book of Robin Hobb’s Solider Son Trilogy, apart from Fitz’s story arc this is my second favorite series by Hobb, if you’ve been following my book reviews you will know that I’ve just finished the Live Ship Trilogy and found this really hard going, in the sense of not connecting with characters and the story. This book is the complete opposite, straight away I connected with the main characters who is Nevare Burvelle and you follow his journey to the academy where he trains to be soldier. In my opinion the themes that were explored during the story progress were religion, family, friendship, environment and believing in yourself.

For those who are asking is it worth reading after Fitz’s story arc? My answer is yes. Bear in mind that this is a stand-alone trilogy and not part of the Eldering Realm, this is actually makes a refreshing change. Hobb informs you of cultural information on the people and historical information on the landscape, which I found fascinating.

Once piece of background information which I loved was whilst following Nevare you learn that he is a Gernia and their religion is called Gernian, who believe in “firstborn noble sons are heir to the family fortunes, second sons bear swords as soldiers, and third sons are consecrated to the priesthood.” This got me thinking about today’s society and religion views, can you imagine if this was brought into the 21st Century?

I am definitely going to read book two and three in this trilogy, once I have finished Rain Wild Chronicles. What am I reading next? Currently I am reading Mr Mercedes By Stephen King, as I just felt that I wanted a change from Hobb. What’s next after Mr Mercedes? Well, I’ve decided to read Tad Williams The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn as he’s bringing out a new book on 5th Jan 2017 (according to Amazon) belonging to this series.

Eventually I want to read G.R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones series, considering that the Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is the source of inspiration to Game of Thrones, I thought William’s trilogy would be a good place to start. Then I’ll go back to Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy and read book 2 before the new third book titled Assassin’s Fate which due out in the summer of 2017.

I will review Solider Son Trilogy in full once I have read all the books.


This is my first blog post on printing papers, I plan to do one type of printing paper per post maybe every week. Please leave comments below if you want to know more about the papers or if you have any questions regarding printing/papers and I will try to help.

Apart from reading books one of my other hobbies is printing photographs and experimenting with different types of papers, as it can give a photograph a chance of being a physical item rather that just a picture on a screen. The type of paper can also have massive effect on the final result, for example some papers don’t print black and white well, where as the same type of paper may bring out the colour and detail of that photograph. The main thing to watch out for is when looking at photographic paper is the weight of paper, usually the higher the weight of paper the better quality it is. Another tip to remember is, your printer will have a maximum printing paper weight, if the paper is higher than this it will not through the feed. I have had personnel experience with this and it can get frustrating. I also use genuine ink cartridges as they make a difference to the colour and will last longer.

The newest batch of paper I have brought is the Hahnemuhle Glossy Fine Art A4 Sample Pack which contains the following  FineArt Pearl 285gsm,Photo Rag Satin 310gsm,Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm,Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm,FineArt Baryta 325gsm, Baryta FR 350gsm, Goya Cancas 340gsm. I got this pack because I was wanted to see difference between the satin and pearl papers and how they compared to glossy papers. Whilst browsing I couldn’t seem to find any high end paper for gloss it seemed that Satin and Pearl where in the trend at the time. I’m not a huge fan of glossy papers as I find the surface to reflective. I also wanted to update my printing paper catalogue as sometimes manufactures discontinue papers and bring in new ones.

(Photograph One Below)

The photograph above and below was printed onto Fine Art Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm, the paper itself feels very thick (same thickness as heavy card) but it has a texture to it. I wasn’t to keen on photograph one it at first and decided to print another picture,when photograph two came out of the printer I just fell in love with the detail, sharpness and colour brightness of the print. Definitely be buying this paper in a stand alone pack in the future, I love bright bold colours in my photography and I think this paper will bring out the best in the colours.

(Photograph Two Below)



Life Behind the Cards

Shop Update:

These  three cards have been sold and been dispatched within the Uk, it amazes me with etsy that even though it is an american site most of my sales have been within the UK and local to Manchester (uk), which makes me even happier to think my cards are nearby.  I Had 4 and 5 star customer rating, so happy to receive this feedback.

Been doing lots of maintenance stuff with the etsy shop lately, such as improving the product descriptions, titles and keywords. Seems to have taken a long time doing this, but it’s been worth it as I’ve had sales (So I must doing something right)

The new cards that are currently being listed in the shop, have been printed, made and photographed in my new and improved office. I have been experimenting with different “studio” set ups around the house, the best place to take the card photographs I have found is in the office, I am luckily enough to have a massive window that pours in natural light onto the desk.

That’s all for the shop update.


The photograph below shows how I have been photographing my cards in natural daylight

Shaman’s Crossing

So far I love this book, in some ways I wished i’d read this after fitz’s story arc rather than reading the Liveship trilogy, as it’s a simple and light read. Whilst reading Shaman’s Crossing you get know and follow the life of Nevare who is a second born solider’s son and goes to train at the King’s Cavalla Academy. The characters are friendly and you get to know them well as the story progresses, cannot wait to see what the story has in store for me.

Shaman’s Crossing is book one part of the Solider Son Trilogy, book two is Forest Mage and book three is Renegade’s Magic.

I will do a full review once I had the full trilogy. After reading this I am aiming to finish the Rain Wild Chronicles.




Classic Book List

Apart from the all the trilogy’s I want to read this year, I have promised myself to read some of the classics as most of them I have never read. A quick search on Google and I have started to compile this list below of classics I have not included romance novels as I am to keen on this genre. I may add to this list as time goes by:
Sherlock Holmes 
HP Lovecraft
Wuthering Heights
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman – Northern Lights
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Clarissa Samuel Richardson
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
If you think I have missed any please leave your recommendations below and Ill take a look and maybe add them to the list

Finally Finished the Live Ship Trilogy !

Hi Everyone,
I have now completely finished the Live Ship trilogy (at long last), out off all the series written by Hobb this has been the slowest and longest story for me. Ill try to not to moan about to much in the full review, but first I will do a recap on books 1 and 2.
The LiveShip Trilogy includes:
Book One is Ship of Magic
Book Two is The Mad Ship
Book Three Ship of Destiny
What’s the trilogy about?
The main set of characters you get to know are the Vestrit trader family who are Ronica who is married to Ephron, they have two girls called Althea and Keffria is married to Kyle and they have three children called Malta, Wintrow and Seldron. Ephhron owns a liveship her name is Vivacia. A liveship is special sailing boat which is made out of wizard wood and once quicken it moves faster than a normal sailing boat. The boat also requires a family member on board as it has a personality and emotions like a human being. Besides Vivacia, you are introduced to other liveship’s and they are Paragon and Ophelia. The antagonist characters in the Ship of Magic are Captain Kennit, Sorcor and Etta. Other characters include Rain Wild Traders, Brashen and David Restart.
In my previous review I have stated that I found the books hard going, the story wasn’t gripping and that it was curiosity that made me carry on reading. Some of the story picks up in book 3 but it’s still missing something and I cant quite put my finger on it, compared to Fitz’s story arc I brought the next book straight after finishing the current read as I couldn’t wait to carry on reading! With this trilogy, I was glad the it had ended. Saying that Paragon and Malta do become my favourite characters in this trilogy as they change and develop so much from the beginning. It is also interesting learning and discovering the places you’ve heard about so much in fitz’s story arc. One last thing to point out is you do get the origin story of dragon Tanglila and how she becomes part of the eldering story arc, as she plays a massive role in the other books.
For book 3 I used my free audible book from Amazon, it took a short time to get used to listening to a story rather than physically reading on my kindle, it was handy during the day whilst I working on my card shop/cleaning/cooking I could listen to the book, a nice change from listening to the radio. Now that I have finished the audible story I found it strange picking up my kindle to read again, although I have missed reading in bed. In a perfect world I think I would have both going, using audible during the day then in the evening/bed time reading pick up on the kindle.
Currently reading Sherman’s Crossing by Hobb this trilogy is the only one that inst in the Elderling realm story arc, I am intrigued to see where it will take me. My reading plan is to finish this and go back to finish the Dragon Keeper series, then go back Sherman’s Crossing (If I like it)
It’s been a while since I last posted, as I have finished writing up reviews on my back catalogue of books which I have read. I’m going to keep the blog updated as much as possible, the reviews will appear when I finished a book.
Thank you for taking your time to read this blog post : )