Month: May 2017

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)

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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 series, 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)

Bad Characters – Peter Stanley (10/10)

With ANZAC Day recently passed this book has helped me understand Australian citizen soldiers in general, and my father in particular. It highlights the complete averageness of the boys (few were grown men) who volunteered to fight in the First World War. It chronicles their nature as Australians and as soldiers of the Australian Imperial … Continue reading Bad Characters – Peter Stanley (10/10)

Ashes of Victory – David Weber (8.5/10)

I've enjoyed the series thus far. However, the last two books have proved to me that I need to take a break from the Honorverse for a while.  I whizzed through this book, in a most unseemly fashion I'll admit, simply because of the amount of Havenite stuff going on. I want to read about … Continue reading Ashes of Victory – David Weber (8.5/10)

Wagons of the middle British Railways era – David Larkin (6.5/10)

A good overall book, though somewhat impenetrable for those of us who were not 'there' during this period and who don't love 'there' now either. Lots of photos and a ton of history and details on the make, batch, diagram and other bits of train lore that you pick up as you study the bleed … Continue reading Wagons of the middle British Railways era – David Larkin (6.5/10)

Private-Owner Wagons in Colour – David Ratcliffe (9.5/10)

Another in the series of the 'For the Modeller and Historian' books produced by Ian Allan Ltd this volume's focus is on the UK's private-owner wagon fleet. Not all of it to be sure, but a fair chunk of it. And what's more, for those of you interested in scale railway modelling, there are some … Continue reading Private-Owner Wagons in Colour – David Ratcliffe (9.5/10)