Words: without them we wouldn’t have books. Tracing the family tree and evolution of language has proven as complex as the evolution of biological life. But all European languages now have a missing link – one common ancestor language that created English, Spanish, Greek, Finnish, Armenian, Catalan, Cornish, Welsh and every other now spoken in … Continue reading Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren
Many of us, no doubt, have waited what felt like a life time for this book. The first of a follow up series to Pullman’s best-selling series His Dark Materials consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Announced earlier in 2017, it became the release of the year. It’s the first … Continue reading Book Review: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust Volume 1) by Philip Pullman
How long has it taken me to getting around to reading this when I absolutely loved the first two Rivers of London and Moon Over Soho? Too long, but I got there in the end. This is the third book in Ben Aaronovitch’s wonderfully hilarious urban fantasy Rivers of London series and it takes us, … Continue reading Book Review: Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
The TL;DR version of this review: This is the travel guide to Britain you never knew you needed 😀 I’m a Bill Bryson convert. Just as he has adopted the British (genetic?) predisposition for sarcasm and deadpan delivery, I’ve adopted his unique writing style. Like many Americans, Bryson always wanted to visit Britain.
It’s taken me over three months to complete this book. Not because it is long, but because it is a book about one of the most important issues of human history. Like most non-fiction, you can’t fly through it; it requires deep thought and much soul-searching. No matter which angle you approach this from, no … Continue reading Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik
I’ve gone off short story collections in recent years. I can’t help feeling that modern writers have lost the art of succinctness and good old-fashioned storytelling required of a short piece. Yet Uncanny Valley caught my eye thanks to the unique selling point. It claims to be a collection of short stories sent in to … Continue reading Book Review: Uncanny Valley by Gregory Miller
Self-published books can be hit or miss. I’ve read some superb examples and some truly awful examples through the likes of BookBub. Mostly, the quality has been fair to good. I usually judge my interest not by reviews but by how much the blurb appeals. This one certainly appealed so I gave it a shot.
Broo-no, Broo-no! People of a certain age will remember that chant, probably even shouted it at the television on more than one occasion. Frank Bruno is an icon of British sport – well-known and adored by millions around the globe. Even the American audience chanted his name on home turf against one of their own … Continue reading Book Review: Fighting Back by Frank Bruno
I didn’t know quite what to expect from this book. I have still not seen the film but I expect that to change soon enough now. I went in blind armed only with the knowledge that the book is about a free man tricked into slavery who managed to eventually alert the authorities and get … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
This is the sequel that most King fans have awaited for years – a follow-up to the events of one of his most iconic and best-loved books. Set several decades after the events at the Overlook Hotel, Daniel Torrence is now in his 30s and desperately trying to escape his haunted past. Yet he has … Continue reading Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King