Book Reviews

Guidelines for Submission:

I won’t be taking any more indie-published work for a while. Workload and getting on with my own novel means I haven’t been able to get through them as quickly as I might have liked. No more submissions will be accepted (at all) while this message is in place

I welcome indie-published work so if you would like me to read and review your book, with a brief description and an approximate word count. When finished, your review will be posted here, Good Reads and Amazon.

I have no interest in the following:

    • Religious literature – which includes New Age Spirituality, whether in fiction or non-fiction format
    • Self-help books of any flavour. This would include New Age stuff like “The Secret”, PUA literature and other pseudo-psychology
    • “Chic lit” – anything where the primary focus is family bonds, romance and/or erotica (on the last point, I’m no prude, it’s that I have yet to find any erotic writing that I find even remotely interesting)
    • Misery-lit - it just isn’t for me. If you don’t know what it is, please click the link

Reviews sorted by author surname:


Aaronovitch, Ben: Rivers of London Series
Book 1: Rivers of London (US title: Midnight Riot)
Book 2: Moon Over Soho

Aaronovitch, David: Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History

Alvarez, Ermisenda: Blindsight (Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes)

Astor, John Jacob.: A Journey in Other Worlds

Auel, Jean M.: Earth’s Children Series
Book 1: Clan of the Cave Bear
Book 2: The Valley of Horses
Book 3: The Mammoth Hunters
Book 4: The Plains of Passage


Bacigalupi, Paolo: The Windup Girl

Barker, Clive: Mister B. Gone

Barker, Clive: Thief of Always, The

Barrett, Redfern: Forget Yourself

Bear, Greg: Darwin’s Radio

Benjamin, Alison & McCallum, Brian: A World Without Bees

Binns, Stewart: The Making of England series
Book 1: Conquest

Blish, James: A Case of Conscience (guest post on another blog)

Bradley, James: The Resurrectionist

Britannica: The Britannica Guide to Climate Change

Brooks, Max: World War Z

Brownell, Daniel: Privatizing Freedom

Burkhart, John: Redeemer’s Oath


Carver, D.W.: The Memory Plot

Clark, Stuart: The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth Trilogy
Book 1: The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

Clarke, Arthur C.: Childhood’s End

Clarke, Arthur C.: Rendezvous With Rama

Clarke, Stephen: 1000 Years of Annoying the French

Coe, Michael D.: Maya, The

Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Book 1: The Hunger Games
Book 2: Catching Fire
Book 3: Mockingjay

Cornwell, Bernard.: The Saxon Stories
Book 1: The Last Kingdom
Book 2: The Pale Horseman
Book 3: Lords of the North
Book 4: Sword Song
Book 5: The Burning Land

Cox, Brian & Forshaw, Jeff: Why does e=mc2?

Crichton, Michael: Next

Cronin, Justin: The Passage Trilogy
Book 1: The Passage


Daniels, Benjamin: Confessions of a GP

Danser, Daniel: The God Particle

Davis, Lindsey.: The Falco Series
Book 1: The Silver Pigs
Book 2: Shadows in Bronze
Book 3: Venus in Copper
Book 4: The Iron Hand of Mars
Book 5: Poseidon’s Gold
Book 6: Last Act in Palmyra
Book 7: Time to Depart
Book 8: A Dying Light in Corduba
Book 9: Three Hands in the Fountain
Book 10: Two for the Lions

Dawkins, Richard: Ancestor’s Tale, The

Dawkins, Richard: Greatest Show On Earth, The

Dawkins, Richard: The Selfish Gene (30th Anniversary Edition)

Dickens, Charles: A Christmas Carol

Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Lost World and Other Stories

Duncan, Glen: The Last Werewolf

E, F, G

Eco, Umberto: Island of the Day Before, The

Finkelstein, Israel & Silberman, Neil Asher: The Bible Unearthed

Fforde, Jasper: Shades of Grey
Book 1: The Road to High Saffron

Follett, Ken: Pillars of the Earth

Franklin, Laura: Rise From the Ashes: Lena’s Story

Gaiman, Neil: American Gods

Gaiman, Neil: Neverwhere

Gibson, William & Sterling, Bruce: The Difference Engine

Goldacre, Ben: Bad Science

Grayling, AC: To Set Prometheus Free

Grey, E.L.: Fifty Sheds of Grey – A Parody


Harris, Robert: Pompeii

Heinlein, Robert A.: Starman Jones

Heller, Joseph: Catch-22

Herbert, Frank: Dune

Herbert, James: ’48

Herbert, James: Others

Herbert, James: Rats, The

Hitchens, Christopher: Hitch-22: A Memoir

Hitchens, Christopher: Mortality

Hodge, P.J.: Ghosts and Other Supernatural Guests

Hogan, C & Del Toro, G: The Strain Trilogy
Book 1: The Strain

Holloway, Richard: Godless Morality

Holt, Tom: The Portable Door

Hudson, Snow: Dr Homebrew

Hutson, Shaun: Victims

I, J, K

Jones, Stephen (et al): The Zombie Apocalypse! Trilogy
Book 1: Zombie Apocalypse!
Book 2: Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback

Keefer, Matthew: The Keeper of Dreams

King, Stephen: 11.22.63

King, Stephen : Needful Things

King, Stephen : Stand, The

L, M

Lloyd, John: The QI Book of the Dead

Mantel, Hilary: Wolf Hall

Martel, Yann: Life of Pi

Maslen, Andy: Write Copy, Make Money

Matheson, Richard: I Am Legend

Meyer, S.E.: Origins

Mieville, China: New Crobuzon Series
Book 1: Perdido Street Station

Mieville, China: ‘Tis the Season

Morris, Marc: A Great and Terrible King. Edward I and the Forging of Britain

Mortimer, Ian: Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, The

Murphey, Mike: About Time

N, O

O’Hare, Mick: How to Fossilise Your Hamster (New Scientist)

Oreskes, Naomi & Conway, Erik M.: Merchants of Doubt

Orrell, David: Economyths


Patnaude, Nicholaus: First Aide Medicine (a novella with illustrations)

Platt, Sean & Wright, David W.: Z 2134

Powers, Tim: Anubis Gates, The

Powers, Tim: On Stranger Tides

Pratchett, Terry: The Hogfather

Pratchett, Terry: Unseen Academicals

Pressfield, Steven: Last of the Amazons

Profijit, Jutta: Morgue Drawer Four

Pullman, Philip: The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ

Pullman, Philip: His Dark Materials Trilogy

Pullman, Philip: The Sally Lockhart Mysteries
Book 1: The Ruby in the Smoke
Book 2: The Shadow in the North
Book 3: The Tiger in the Well
Book 4: The Tin Princess

Q, R

Radford, Roger: Schreiber’s Secret by Roger Radford</aM

Rankin, Nicholas: Churchill’s Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945

Rankin, Robert: The Brightonomicon

Rankin, Robert: Dance of the Voodoo Handbag

Rankin, Robert: A Dog Called Demolition

Rankin, Robert: Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse

Rankin, Robert: Nostradamus Ate My Hamster

Rankin, Robert: Witches of Chiswick, The

Rathbone, Julian: Kings of Albion

Ravenscroft, Terry: Dear Coca Cola… (ebook – available on Kindle only)

Reynolds, Alastair: House of Suns

Reynolds, Alastair: Terminal World

Reynolds, Alastair: Zima Blue (And Other Stories)

Rickman, Phil: The Bones of Avalon

Roberts, Alice: The Incredible Human Journey

Robinson, Kim Stanley: Galileo’s Dream

Robinson, Kim Stanley: Science in the Capitol Trilogy

Robinson, Kim Stanley: The Years of Rice and Salt

Robson, Bobby: Farewell, But Not Goodbye

Rowe, Matthew: Better Off Dead

Rowlands, Mark: The Philosopher and the Wolf

Rutherford, Edward: London

Rutherford, Edward: Russka


Sansom, C. J.: The Shardlake Series
Book 1: Dissolution
Book 2: Dark Fire
Book 3: Sovereign
Book 4: Revelation
Book 5: Heartstone

Sawyer, Robert. J.: FlashForward

Scarrow, Simon: The Eagle Series
Book 1: Under The Eagle
Book 2: The Eagle’s Conquest
Book 3: When the Eagle Hunts

Sidebottom, Harry: Warrior of Rome Series
Book 1: Fire in the East
Book 2: King of Kings
Book 3: Lion of the Sun

Silverberg, Robert.: Hot Sky at Midnight

Simmons, Dan: Ilium

Sirois, Justin: So Say the Waiters

Stacey, William: Black Monastery

Stagg, David: Bill Smith Goes to College

Summerscale, Kate: The Suspicions of Mister Whicher Or The Murder at Road Hill House

Swisher, Robert K.: A Bucket Full of Lies

T, U, V

Taleb, Nassim N.: Black Swan

Vandermeer, Jeff: The Steampunk Bible


Wells, H.G.: War of the Worlds

Williams, Phil: Wixon’s Day

Wiseman, Dr Richard: Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There

Wyndham, John: Chrysalids, The

Wyndham, John: Midwich Cuckoos, The

Wyndham, John: Trouble With Lichen

Wyndham, John: Web

X, Y, Z

Young, Robyn: Brethren Trilogy
Book 1: Brethren

Zusak, Markus: Book Thief, The

Collections (Various authors – sorted by Editor’s surname)

After the Fall – Tales of the Apocalypse – Almond Press

The Mammoth Book of Short Science Fiction Novels – Edited by Isaac Asimov

The Portable Atheist – Edited by Christopher Hitchens

The Atheist Guide to Christmas – Edited by Ariane Sherine

The End – Visions of Apocalypse ( 2012 anthology) Introduction by N.E. White.


1.1 (The Future Always Wins): February 2012
1.2 (Post Human Conditions): May 2012