Legacy by Michelle Lowe: Book Review

Veteran indie author Michelle Lowe gave me a free eBook copy of her seventh book Legacy -- the first in a seven-part Steampunk series -- in exchange for an honest review. Not wanting to let the author down (and I must apologise to Michelle for taking so long to get around to reading it as well; … Continue reading Legacy by Michelle Lowe: Book Review

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Hysteria: The Disturbing History by Andrew Scull: Book Review

I picked up Hysteria: The Disturbing History when I went to visit the Bedlam Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on 8 October 2016 with my writing partner, K.F. Goodacre. Due to the fact that the protagonist of my work-in-progress, The Mayor, is incarcerated in an asylum for 9 years, I was hoping to learn a little bit more … Continue reading Hysteria: The Disturbing History by Andrew Scull: Book Review

Nod by Adrian Barnes: Book Review

"In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book." - Susan Sto-Helit, Soul Music (1994) This nugget of wisdom from the late Sir Terry Pratchett is the first thing that came to mind once I'd turned the final page of Adrian Barnes' refreshingly original take on a zombie apocalypse, Nod. … Continue reading Nod by Adrian Barnes: Book Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

This one had been on my 'to read' list for a while, largely due to its futuristic concept of a cyborg Cinderella. Instead of the dainty little ash girl we are so familiar with, the Cinderella of this story (Linh Cinder) is a strong-minded and intelligent mechanic. She is also the ward of a jealous … Continue reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

A Series of Mini-Book Reviews

As some of my readers may have noticed, I've fallen rather behind with my book reviews. Essentially I had a few problems collating my thoughts for one or two of them, and then the next thing I knew, I'd read six more. As of today I am 10 books behind, so I think you'll agree … Continue reading A Series of Mini-Book Reviews

Under The Skin by Michel Faber: Book Review

Michel Faber's debut novel Under The Skin is a reviewer's nightmare, because it's one of those books that you cannot really adequately cover without giving too much away. The book defies all categorisation, masquerading as a thriller, science-fiction and horror all at once. There are also elements of allegory and satire woven throughout. Suffice to say, … Continue reading Under The Skin by Michel Faber: Book Review

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb: Book Review

Fool’s Quest is the second book in Robin Hobb’s latest epic fantasy trilogy, Fitz and the Fool. It is the eighth book told from the perspective of protagonist FitzChivalry Farseer, and the fifteenth book in the Realm of the Elderlings series as a whole (excluding the novellas and short stories). For those of you who … Continue reading Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb: Book Review