Category: Review

Recommended Read: Beneath the Ink – Kath Middleton

Beneath the Ink - Kath Middleton Notes: This is a fascinating book. It starts simply enough with a couple both getting tattoos. But something goes wrong with the tattoos. From there develops a story that has elements of science fiction, horror, political thriller and other genres within it. Not being too enamoured with genre divisions, demarcations and expectations I do like it when a novel crosses genres, altering and blending them in interesting ways to make something greater than its parts, and this one does it very well indeed. In many ways, it reminded me of a John Wyndam novel…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Recommended Read: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg Notes: This is an excellent and thought provoking book about mathematics and its application to everyday life. It begins with a fine example of its subject matter when Ellenberg describes how a mathematician, Abraham Wald, helped the US air force solve a problem. The problem was where was the best place to add armoured reinforcement to the air force’s bombers. Applying armour to the entire plane would make it too heavy to fly, so they had to find the place where armour would have the most effect.…

Continue reading →

Recommended Read: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) – William Shakespeare

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, Stanley Wells (Editor), Gary Taylor (Editor)   Notes: I’ve read all the way through this about three or four times now, and I’m currently reading it again, on and off. Each time I read it I find more reasons to come back to it again. There is a great deal in the book beyond the texts of the plays and poems that is also fascinating. See the synopsis below. As a physical book, it is a bit unwieldy because of its size, but as an ebook it is much more manageable.  …

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

Book Review: No Cry For Help – Grant McKenzie

No Cry For Help - Grant McKenzie  Synopsis: During a cross-border shopping trip, a family vanishes. No reason. No ransom. No cry for help. Bus driver Wallace Carver fears the worst when his family fails to meet him at the Bellingham, Washington mall. His anxiety is justifiably heightened when security cameras unexplainably show that he crossed the Peace Arch border alone. Now all Wallace wants to do is get his wife and sons back. But first he has to work out why they were taken and by whom. Review: An enjoyable and pretty decent fast-paced action thriller. It starts intriguingly…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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,…

Continue reading →

A Review of my What Dreams May Come

There is a great review of my What Dreams May Come, at Katherine's Bookspace: Review: This is a little different from Hadley’s usual work, but still a great and interesting read! I found the subject of this book fascinating. Could there be a world running parallel to our own? The thought is certainly intriguing! How would this world differ from our own? I really liked the characters and enjoyed how the author left me with more questions than answers, allowing me to try and piece the story together on my own. What are the Dreamlands? Has Stephen really solved the mystery?  The…

Continue reading →