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Recommended Read: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson Notes: Since I first heard of him, a few years ago now, Peterson has since become something of an internet and media sensation. So any encounter with this book is bound to be coloured by what preconceptions the reader has of him from what they’ve seen and read about him in the media or what his now legions of followers say about him. Both of which often distort what he says more than clarify it. As I said, I came across some of his video lectures and interviews…

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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…

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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: 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.…

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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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Book Links 20/09/2018

A miscellany of recent book related links: Can we understand other minds? Novels and stories say: no for... 21 Ways to Organize Your TBR Pile French Booksellers Lose Their Shit Over a Self-Published Book Being Considered for the Prix Renaudot Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Your Discworld Reading Order: This Is How To Tackle Pratchett’s Series Kate Atkinson’s Spy Novel Makes the Genre New “Drank a Lot” 100 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far) The Most Unread Book Ever Acclaimed    

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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New Kindle Novel Out Now: What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come Available here (UK) or here (US) Special Low Launch Price: £0.99/$1.57 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 enter the Dreamlands to rescue the ghostly…

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New Kindle Cover: Dance on Fire

 Above – the new Kindle cover for one of my earlier novels: Dance on Fire: I have updated the Kindle cover for one of my earlier novels: Dance on Fire  Dance on Fire – available here (UK) or here (US) Description: What do you do when sex and drugs and rock and roll are no longer enough? At one time, Transmission were probably the most famous rock band on the planet. Now, even as they approach their twenty-fifth anniversary they are still up there, one of the top ten bands of all time. However, each of the surviving members of…

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New Kindle Novel Out Now: Juggling Balls

Juggling Balls available here (UK) or here (US) Martin Laws hates mysteries. So why has someone sent him a bag of juggling balls? Why has he no memory of buying a new computer? Why has that new computer decided Martin needs to go shopping? Why does a hairstylist he's never met before keep saluting him? Most of all, why are so many Elvis impersonators trying to kill him? Juggling Balls - a science fiction comedy featuring time travel, mind control implants and a future religion that claims an Elvis Presley clone as its saviour. Oh, and an interplanetary terraced house.…

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