Devil’s Blood – Prentice and Weil (8/10)

The second book by this pair in the┬áThe Books of Pandemonium series, finds Jack travelling in time thanks to the Devils of London. Very readable, although there were sections where I lost the thread of the story due to over complex situations, or unclear development of the plot - and I'm not sure which of … Continue reading Devil’s Blood – Prentice and Weil (8/10)

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Black Arts – Prentice and Weil (9.5/10)

I got the first book in this new series second in order,v and waited until I had them in the right order to begin. And I'm glad I did. For a first book this is one outstanding effort. A tale from the 1590s, in old London, with villains, whores, thieves, cutpurses, red-handed Clergy (not caught … Continue reading Black Arts – Prentice and Weil (9.5/10)

The wilful princess & the piebald prince – Robin Hobb (8.9/10)

Reading anything of Robin Hobb's work in the Farseer multiverse is a reason to enjoy. This work though was interesting in that it fills in history in the Farseer lineage mentioned in the original trilogy, but little expanded upon. This novella is written in two parts; the first as the title suggests about the wilful … Continue reading The wilful princess & the piebald prince – Robin Hobb (8.9/10)

The collapsing empire – John Scalzi (10/10)

When an author gets it right, wow what a difference that makes for the reader. No fluff or frippery, just straight to the meat of the story. In and out. And John Scalzi delivers in the first of a new series set in the far future where earth is lost in the mists of time, … Continue reading The collapsing empire – John Scalzi (10/10)

How we’ll live on Mars – Stephen L Petranek (7/10)

We do need to get off the third rock from the sun to protect ourselves from our own foolishness, as much as anything else. In this short book published by TED Books through Simon and Schuster were taken on a journey into the not too distant future of 2027 and mankind's first landing on Mars. … Continue reading How we’ll live on Mars – Stephen L Petranek (7/10)

American Gods – Neil Gaiman (a surprising 9.5/10)

Surprising? Yes actually it was as much because of my expectations from the recently released TV┬áseries, as much as the hype by other reviewers. I watched the opening of the TV series first before I began reading the book, which is not how I usually do things. But in this instance I am glad that … Continue reading American Gods – Neil Gaiman (a surprising 9.5/10)