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Interludes

This page is where all my book reviews are kept together.

Don't expect in depth articles about character, plot and sub-text. This is more just a log of what I've been reading as I go. I'll warn when I find something not to my liking and recommend wholeheartedly when I find something I do.

All books will be graded on a 5 star system.

5 - The best of the best. This is a book I wish I'd written.
4 - Would recommend this to people. Really enjoyed.
3 - Average book. Nothing wrong with it.
2 - Unable to recommend this to people. Did not enjoy.
1 - Saved for books I found painful to read.

For more on books I've read, go to my Goodreads page.
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STARTED 2017



KINGS OF THE WYLD -
Nicholas Eames (2017)
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THICKER THAN WATER - * * * *
Mike Carey (2009)
Another great Felix tale, with a brilliant revelation and a bitch of an ending.


COLONIZATION - * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2015)
The plot thickens, but gets slow and boring in the final act.


THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN - * * *
Terry Pratchett (1976)
Though I tripped over a lot of the names, the early charm of Pratchett is clear.


THE LAST WILD - * * * *
Piers Torday (2013)
A beautiful tale that shows the dark limits of what our worlds own future could be.


METROPOLITAN DREAMS - * * *
Mark A King (2017)
An interesting story, but let down by spelling errors and unnatural dialogue.


THE FIRES OF HEAVEN (WOT #5) - * * *
Robert Jordan (1993)
Another slog that pays off in the end, put lots of filler.

STARTED 2016



ON WRITING (reread) - * * * *
Stephen King (2002)
Once again, setting myself up with good advice before another year of writing.


NOD - * * * * *
Adrian Barnes (2016)
An original premise on the end of the world, where man falls apart in the darkest ways.


THE COLONY - * * * *
Craig Anderson (2016)
A future that's clean and tidy on the 'surface', but darker as the character digs deeper.


SUMMERLAND - * * *
Michael Chabon (2002)
Imagine Stephen King wrote Wizard Of Oz, but with a less interesting main character.


DEAD MAN'S STEEL - * * * *
Luke Scull (2016)
Despite bringing in odd elements, this is a 'gritty' trilogy I want to read again.


Jason Arnopp (2016)
The Exorcist for the modern, tech generation. Scary, funny, and smart


Paul Stephenson (2016)
Poorly edited, with terrible characters, I will not be looking forward to book 2!


LEVIATHAN WAKES - * * * *
James S A Corey (2011)
A fresh take on space adventure, with an extra mix of noir and horror.


THE SHADOW RISING (WOT #4) - * * *
Robert Jordan (1992)
Certain characters shine at the end, but the first half drags with excess.


GRIND SPARK - * * * *
Tamara Rogers (2016)
A dark look at social media, future family structure, and a society that has nothing else to live for.


FELLSIDE - * * * *
Mike Carey (2016)
A slow burn builds to a jam packed finale of truth and murder.


THE MARTIAN - * * * *
Andy Weir (2011)
Despite a lot of calculations, this is a fun, edge of the seat space adventure.


ZOO 2 - *
James Paterson & Max DiLallo (2016)
Fells like a 400 page novel edited down to 150 pages. Messy, rushed, and pointless.



Derek Landy (2015)
While a lot works, this epic ending is messy and leaves plot threads dangling or dropped.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #8 (LAST STAND OF THE DEAD MEN) - * * * *
Derek Landy (2014)
A return to form and a more epic story culminating in a brutal final third.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #7.5 (THE MALEFICENT SEVEN) - * * *
Derek Landy (2013)
A drop in quality as a rushed story hurtles by with too man POV's for a novella.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #7 (KINGDOM OF THE WICKED) - * * * 
Derek Landy (2013)
Not quite the 'Invasion of magic!' that the blurb mentioned, but good finale.


CONTACT - * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2015)
Slower than the last but it's building towards something bigger.


WORST. PERSON. EVER. - * * * *
Douglas Coupland (2013)
Despite an arse of a main character, I found his doomed adventures hilarious.


THE DRAGON REBORN (WOT #3) - * * * *
Robert Jordan (1991)
More of the same (a good thing) with a subtler finale.


JOYLAND - * * * *
Stephen King (2013)
Classic King, with detailed characters and a wonderful setting.


ZOO - * *
James Patterson (2012)
Suspend belief and it's a page turner, but one with many flaws.


THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA - * * *
Matthew Reilly (2014)
It tries not to be Jurassic Park and succeeds for the wrong reasons.


ICEBREAKER - * * *
John Gardener (1983)
Too many double crosses, but it feels like Flemings 'Bond' in a good way.


THE BEATING OF HIS WINGS - * * *
Paul Hoffman (2013)
As with the previous books, it starts very slow but ends epic.


THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET - * * * *
Becky Chambers (2014)
A different kind of sci-fi tale; slower in pace, but richer in character and world building.


HELL TO PAY - * * *
Matthew Hughes (2013)
Had potential, but the trilogy ends on a dead end.


NEAR ENEMY - * * * *
Adam Sternbergh (2015)
A fun read that further explores themes of terrorism and future technology.


FROM A BUICK 8 - * * * * *
Stephen King (2002)
Though it divides the readers, this is hands down, one of my favourite King books.


DOUBLE VISION - * * * *
Tamara Rogers (2016)
A great mix of thought provoking possible futures. Great for commute readers.


THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY - * * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2015)
Picking up where The Dream Engine ended, the world gets bigger and the stakes get higher.


ONCE UPUN A TIME - * * * *
Holly Geely (2016)
A great mix of stories from an amazing imagination.


LUCKY SHOT - * * * *
Craig Anderson (2016)
The writing is easy going and the dialogue is full of sarcasm.


THE GREAT HUNT (WOT #2) - * * * *
Robert Jordan (1990)
While the main character repeats a lot of Book 1, the support keep things interesting.


HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSE - * * *
Charles Yu (2010)
The first half made me feel real dumb, but the emotional story eventually shines through.


FAHRENHEIT 451* * * *  
Ray Bradbury (1953)
A classic that is as relevant today as it was on it's publication.


THE MACHINE AWAKES - * * *
Adam Christopher (2015)
A change in pace from book one, with a more in depth look at the Spider Wars universe.


REVIVAL - * * * * * 
Stephen King (2014)
King at his best. Great characters that help get over the wobbly ending.


FLASHDOGS: AN ANTHOLOGY - * * *
Various (2013)
Short fiction with an eclectic mix of genres and styles.


INVASION - * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2015)
Despite the fact the aliens show up late, this is a promising start to the series.


NON-ZOMBIE - * * * *
Garrett Robinson (2013)
A short twist on the usual zombie mythos. Sure it's rude, but it's funny too.


AXIS OF AARON - * * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2014)
A mind bending story that will keep you guessing until the end.


EYE OF THE WORLD (WOT #1) - * * * * *
Robert Jordan (1990)
An intimidating doorstop of a book, but a great start to an epic adventure.



STARTED 2015

I AM LEGEND (reread) - * * * *
Richard Matheson (1954)
(26/12/2015 - 01/01/2016)
A classic read, a mix of sci-fi and horror, with a great ending.


SUCCESSFUL SELF PUBLISHING - * * *
Joanna Penn - (2015)
A useful book, despite being brief. Good to read before you take the plunge.


ON WRITING (reread) - * * * *
Stephen King (2002)
An insight into the mind of a genius (and brimming with great advice).


JOHN DIES AT THE END - * * * *
David Wong - (2007)
Strange is an understatement. But it's a good strange, and damned funny too.


LEGION: SKIN DEEP - * * * *
Brandon Sanderson - (2014)
A great short read with one of my favourite main characters.


BRAVE NEW WORLD - * * * *
Aldous Huxley - (1932)
Started this in college, and it's so much better than I remember. Classic.


DR NO - * * *
Ian Fleming - (1958)
Skip the sexism and racism of it's time, it's one of the more entertaining Bond novels.


YESTERDAY'S GONE (SEASON TWO) - * * * *
Sean Platt & David Wright - (2012)
More Yesterdays Gone keeps you guessing with addictive cliff hangers.


WRITER DAD - * * * *
Sean Platt - (2013)
An honest look inside the mind of one of today's greatest indie authors.


AGE ATOMIC - * * * *
Adam Christopher - (2013)
A great follow up to Empire State.


GETTING LUCKY - * * * *
Craig Anderson - (2013)
My second read, and still a fantastic story with a fresh take on karma.


THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS - * * * *
Mike Carey (2014)
With zombies everywhere, this story changes enough to sound original and keep things interesting.


READY PLAYER ONE - * * * * *
Ernest Cline (2011)
A book for geeks, written by a geek. If you grew up in the 80's/90's, you'll love it.


KINDLE THE FLAME - * * *
Tamara Shoemaker (2015)
A promising opening to a fantasy trilogy that struggles a little with too many main characters.


DEAD MEN'S BOOTS - * * * *
Mike Carey (2007)
Another fantastic Felix Castor novel with brilliantly written characters.


SAINT ODD - * * *
Dean Koontz (2015)
Whilst the series trudged along after book 1, this was a better finale than I had expected.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #6 (DEATH BRINGER) - * *
Derek Landy (2012)
Slow story with way too many unnecessary subplots.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #5 (MORTAL COIL) - * * * *
Derek Landy (2011)
Starts slow but some great revelations at the end.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #4 (DARK DAYS)* * * *
Derek Landy (2010)
Another good Skulduggery book that sees the world grow and the trouble deepen.


MONSTROUS REGIMENT - * * * * *
Terry Pratchett (2003)
A fantastic read, one of my favourite Discworld books.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #3 (THE FACELESS ONE) - * * * *
Derek Landy (2009)
Good end to the first (loose) trilogy with an epic finale.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #2 (PLAYING WITH FIRE) - * * * *
Derek Landy (2008)
Another good entry but could do with less step-by-step fight scenes.


SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT #1 - * * * *
Derek Landy (2007)
Good start to the series with interesting characters.


GOLDENEYE - *
John Gardener (1995)
With head hopping and other errors this, at times, feels like a new authors work.


HALF A KING - * * * *
Joe Abercrombie (2014)
A different pace to earlier Abercrombie but a cracking start to a new trilogy.


THE DREAM ENGINE - * * * *
Johnny B Truant & Sean Platt (2014)
Despite being written in just one month, it's an impressive story with an epic ending.


SWORD OF THE NORTH - * * * *
Luke Scull (2014)
A great follow up to The Grim Company and a great lead into the final book.



STARTED 2014

DOCTOR SLEEP - * * * *
Stephen King (2013)
Another great tale from Mr King and a worthy follow up to The Shinning.


THE BEATING OF HIS WINGS - (abandoned)
Paul Hoffman (2013)
Struggling to read the final part of the Left Hand Of God trilogy


SHOVEL READY - * * * *
Adam Sternbergh (2014)
A dark tale set in a well realised world


BRISK MONEY - * * * *
Adam Christopher (2014)
A great little story and nice appetiser for the planned trilogy.


DEEPLY ODD - * *
Dean Koontz (2013)
(Full Review)
Another failed attempt to reach the highs of book one.


THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY - * * * *
Mur Lafferty (2013)
(Full Review)
A good start to an interesting series.


YESTERDAY'S GONE (SEASON ONE) - * * * *
Sean Platt & David W Wright (2011)
(Full Review)
An addictive TV show in book form. Bring on Season 2!


HANG WIRE - * * * *
Adam Christopher (2014)
(Full Review)
An urban fantasy with so much more hidden within and a fantastic ending.


UNICORN WESTERN - * * * *
Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant (2012)
(Full Review)
A great opening salvo to what promises to be an epic tale.


THE BURNING DARK - * * *
Adam Christopher (2014)
(Full Review)
A good book let down by a main character with blinkers on.


COLD WAR - * * * *
Adam Christopher (2014)
A short, tense story providing a brief window into the Human / Spider conflict. Good read.


EX-PURGATORY - * * * *
Peter Clines (2014)
(Full Review)
While it's the weakest of the four so far, it's another great installment in the series.


BUBBLE - * *
Andres De Le Motte (2013)
(Full Review)
Disappointing end to a trilogy that started with so much promise.



I AM LEGEND - * * * *
Richard Matheson (1954)
(16/10/2013 - 23/10/2013)
A classic read, a mix of sci-fi and horror, and a great ending.


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