Something has Been Bothering Me About Shutter Island

This was one of my favourite films of 2010 – pretty much the year I changed my opinion of Leonardo Di Caprio for good. Having been “teenage girl bait” for many years, I know he had already done a few serious roles in which he’d received praise, but my opinion changed with this film and with Inception.
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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 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: 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: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I have got around to reading the first book in the Millennium trilogy, a book that nearly everyone around me who has read it has been raving about. Scandinavian literature has grown in popularity over the last few years. I have already read Let the Right One In and have The Killing on my Kindle. What do I think of this, arguably the most famous of all?
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Book Review: Second Chance by Dylan Hearn

Sadly, due to having too much reading material, I had to stop reviewing submissions from This was a shame because I found some real gems late last year. We are a happy and largely supportive community and I hope to take it up again later on. I am however, offering to review books for people who peruse and comment on my blog and those to whose blogs I subscribe. I found Hearn’s blog earlier this year and seeing he had a book just out, I was intrigued enough by the premise to offer to review it. Continue reading “Book Review: Second Chance by Dylan Hearn”

Book Review: From Aberystwyth With Love By Malcolm Pryce

This was one of the first books I got on Kindle in early 2012, which gives you some idea of the timescale I am working to with my acquisition of books. It seemed light-hearted fun at the time and as it was on a winter sale, I thought why the hell not? I’d heard of the work and the writer before but at the time of purchase did not realise that it was the fifth book in the series. Luckily, prior knowledge of the series appears irrelevant as the writer fills you in on the gaps. Continue reading “Book Review: From Aberystwyth With Love By Malcolm Pryce”

Book Review: Purified by Brian Robert Smith

Mason Bushing is dead, only he doesn’t remember dying and he can’t understand why everybody thought he was dead – especially those who claimed to have seen his body. For the last year he has been imprisoned in a mysterious lab. Even his wife Jill thought he was dead and bought a house with the life insurance money and when a man looking like her dead husband shows up and beats up her new boyfriend, she is just as confused. Far from being happy to see her dead husband back, she is more concerned about what the insurance company is going to do when they found out.

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Book Review: Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

Looking back through my reviews, I realised it had been several years since I read the last Saxon Story by Cornwell so I thought I probably ought to get on with the next one!

Uhtred is in Mercia, he still doesn’t have his castle of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh) after attempting to seize it back from his duplicitous uncle. The fragile peace between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and the Vikings who live beyond the Danelaw is holding – but only just. South of the border, both Wessex and Mercia prepare for a war that is inevitable yet rumours about that the sickly King Alfred is on his deathbed. Can the fragile alliance and the expected unity of the two crowns go ahead? Continue reading “Book Review: Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell”

Book Review: A Bucket Full of Lies by Robert K. Swisher

Bob Roosevelt is an ageing Private Detective, reformed hippy. He also has a sharp-tongued Guardian Angel named Pea Brain who during life was a 14th century monk. When he stops at a greasy spoon diner while on a road trip, he bumps into a friend that he hasn’t seen on almost four decades. The Guardian Angel warms him against getting involved though he cannot explain why and sure enough, as he is returning to the family home of his old friend, the friend is killed. Continue reading “Book Review: A Bucket Full of Lies by Robert K. Swisher”