Category: Novel

Recommended Read: The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl with All the Gifts #2) – M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl with All the Gifts #2) - M.R. Carey Notes: Although, this book is classed as the second book in the Girl with All the Gifts series, this story precedes The Girl with All the Gifts (TGWATG) by around 20 years. The great thing about the original TGWATG story was how it developed slowly, revealing its world bit by bit as the story progressed. When I read it, I had no idea what it was about. All I knew is that many people whose opinions I respected were highly recommending it. In fact, if…

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Recommended Read: The Siege of Trencher’s Farm – Gordon Williams

The Siege of Trencher's Farm - Gordon Williams Notes: The first time I read this – many years ago, probably in the late 1970s – I had no idea that this was the book that infamous film of my youth Straw Dogs was based on. I saw the film before I read the book, and as I read on I slowly came to see the connection. However, the book is much, much better than the film. A far more involved story of greater depth and subtlety than the film, which goes for action and visual effect than the more psychological…

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Free Kindle Sci-Fi Thriller Novel: What Dreams May Come

FREE for the next five days: What Dreams May Come Click below to download now: Universal link UK link US Link   Dreams are dangerous things. After a mental collapse forces him to sell his software company, entrepreneur Stephen Parker retreats to the quiet coastal village of Stoneyhaven, hoping to rebuild his life. Soon Parker discovers how dangerous dreams can be, as the world of his nightmares threatens to break out into his waking life and destroy the new happiness he finds in Stoneyhaven. To save the lives of those he loves, and perhaps even the world itself, Parker must…

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Book Review: Black Wood – S.J.I. Holliday

Black Wood (Banktoun #1) - S.J.I. Holliday Synopsis: Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo's story. Twenty-three years later, a familiar face walks into the bookshop where Jo works, dredging up painful memories and rekindling her desire for vengeance. And at the same time, Sergeant Davie Gray is investigating a balaclava-clad man who is attacking women on a disused railway, shocking the sleepy village of Banktoun. But what is the connection between…

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Recommended Read: Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1) - Joseph Heller Notes: “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew…

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Book Review: Fools and Mortals – Bernard Cornwell

Fools and Mortals - Bernard Cornwell  Synopsis: A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history. Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard…

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Recommended Read: The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury Notes: When I first read this book – sometime in the late 60s/early 70s – as a teenager, the copy I borrowed from our village library was titled The Silver Locusts. I still think of it by that, which I think is a better, title. The Silver Locusts captures a better sense of the dreamlike tone of much of this book, which conveys a very unearth-like world where the Martians are stranger than we can imagine and the strange world they inhabit seeps inside the humans that arrive in every-increasing numbers in those silver…

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Book Review: Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky  Synopsis: A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers? WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years…

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Recommended Read: 1984 – George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell Notes: I regard this as the most important novel of the 20th century. It’s very title has entered the lexicon to stand for the worst of all possible dystopias, so much so that even people who have not read the book – or seen any of the films made about it – know that to call something ‘like 1984’ is to regard it as a very bad thing. There is a rather cynical joke that there are some authoritarians who regard 1984 not as a warning, but as an instruction manual. Many times in my life,…

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Free Kindle Humour Novel: In the Beginning

In the Beginning   FREE for the next five days. Get it here (UK link), here (US link), or here (universal link) In the Beginning It’s a God’s life. Albert Meadows, recently made redundant and tired of his disappointing life, is looking to make a new start and is desperate to find something worthwhile to fill his time. So, what could be better than creating a brand new universe of his own, in his garden shed? But, when he introduces intelligent life to his new universe, things don’t turn out as he planned, especially when the tribes on his planet each…

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