Recommended Read: Seven Eves – Neal Stephenson

Seven Eves – Neal Stephenson Notes: So what would happen if the Moon exploded? This novel spends getting on to about 900 pages (867 in the hardback according to GoodReads) pondering just that. On the whole, it does it rather well, dividing into three main parts. First, the immediate aftermath of the Moon’s explosion andContinue reading “Recommended Read: Seven Eves – Neal Stephenson”

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,Continue reading “Recommended Read: Beneath the Ink – Kath Middleton”

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

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

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 isContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) – William Shakespeare”

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, andContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Siege of Trencher’s Farm – Gordon Williams”

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 whereContinue reading “Book Review: Black Wood – S.J.I. Holliday”

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;Continue reading “Recommended Read: Catch-22 – Joseph Heller”

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 heContinue reading “Book Review: No Cry For Help – Grant McKenzie”

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 aContinue reading “Book Review: Fools and Mortals – Bernard Cornwell”

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