Book Review: The Infinite Book by John D. Barrow

Infinity. How often do you think about it? I mean really think about the idea that something could go on forever? Have you thought about what the end of the universe might look like? Or whether there is a physical boundary to it? If there is a boundary, what is beyond it? More universes? Are they infinite?
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Book Review: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Having seen the film starring Leonardo Di Caprio at least three times already, I knew what to expect from this thriller. I hoped knowing the end wouldn’t ruin my enjoyment of the text and that I could take something from it. After all, there is usually much more detail in the book than the film which in itself makes it worthwhile. Continue reading “Book Review: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane”

Book Review: The Devil’s Acre by Matthew Plampin

I occasionally try to read out of my comfort zone. Granted, historical fiction is within my comfort zone but only when it’s a period or subject about which I know a lot or have a keen interest in. I can’t say I knew all that much about Samuel Colt when this book came into my possession, but the blurb sounded interesting, promising political intrigue in Victorian London during the period of the gang warfare in the 1850s on the eve of The Crimean War.
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Book Review: Far Side of the Rubicon by Erik Wecks

I can’t believe it has taken me a year to read this seeing as the writer once described me as “one of his favourite review bloggers” or words to that effect. I’ve read four of his works to date, and I was very keen to read this, part one of a trilogy set in the same universe as his first book Aetna Adrift and following on in a roundabout sort of way, from the previous book. Continue reading “Book Review: Far Side of the Rubicon by Erik Wecks”

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

This, the third in the Millennium Trilogy completes the only three books that Larsson wrote before his death of a heart attack in 2004. I continue to have mixed feelings about the previous two and my complaints have been consistent, so does this finish things off nicely, especially bearing in the mind the cliffhanger of the second part? SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson”

Book Review: An0maly by CJ Moseley

CJ has been kind enough to review two of my released self-published works in the past, most recent a fantastic review of Dead Heat. Having bought this about a year ago, I felt it was time to return the favour. With the promise that this would be a good weird-fi romp (as promised by reviews on GR amongst other places), I settled down to start this last weekend. Continue reading “Book Review: An0maly by CJ Moseley”

Book Review: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

I was approached by the publisher to review this a few months back – feeling quite pleased with myself that they felt my reviews of Reynolds’ work was sufficient quality to approach me with this new release. Long-time readers will know that I am a big fan of Reynolds’ work so I read this at my earliest opportunity. It’s a bit of a departure in terms of length. Most of his books are 600-700 pages but this novella, having taken me around 3hrs of reading time, was one lazy evening’s read. Continue reading “Book Review: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds”

Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Onto the second book in the Millennium Trilogy. I wasn’t blown away by the first but enjoyed it enough to want to at least read this second one. It follows a young, enigmatic woman with genius intellect who by most standards has had a horrific life. Brought in as a condition of an investigation (the first book), she continues working with Blomqvist and his now resurging Millennium magazine. Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson”

Book Review: Love All the People: Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks died shockingly early of pancreatic cancer at the age of just 32. This collection of essays, interviews, performance transcripts, Q+A sessions and other written works attempts to give the full scope of the man using primary sources rather than as a post mortem biography. I knew little about him prior to reading this; I knew he was an American firebrand comedian who made his name in the UK, having been more popular here than over there. Continue reading “Book Review: Love All the People: Bill Hicks”