Category Archives: 3 star review

“The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin is the pen-name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, who was born in Tbilisi but has spent most of his life in Moscow. This is the first Erast Pietrovich Fandorin mystery. The action is set in 1876. Erast is very … Continue reading

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“Where’s my Jetpack?” by Daniel H Wilson

For a while this was my chosen reading matter for Reading in the Smallest Room.   Daniel Wilson looks at all the gadgets and suchlike promised in science fiction books and films. Stuff like ray-guns, flying cars and underwater hotels. … Continue reading

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“Squall” by Sean Costello

This is a fast paced action thriller. Dale, an incompetent drug dealer with his junkie girlfriend botch a deal and head to a lakeside cabin to lay low. They are pursued by a couple of psychopathic Indian hitmen of the … Continue reading

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney

This is the 10th book of the Wimpy Kid series and it seems to be getting a little jaded. Here we have Greg’s mum leading a drive against technology, again. She takes around a petition to try to persuade people … Continue reading

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“Art & Lies” by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson writes beautifully but this book for me lacks a strong cohesive plot to hold it together. “There’s no such thing as autobiography there’s only art and lies.” Alternating chapters describe the lives of the three main characters, Handel, … Continue reading

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“Lethal People” by John Locke

John Locke is the 8th author in history to have sold one million eBooks on Kindle (I actually read a paper based copy). This is not great literature, the characters don’t develop but it has a pacy plot and being … Continue reading

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“Chart Throb” by Ben Elton

It is difficult to ridicule what is already ridiculous. Here Ben Elton aims his satire at the Reality TV Talent shows in the X Factor mould. Chart Throb shows the manipulation of the talent hopefuls and the audiences by the … Continue reading

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“Memphis Underground” by Stewart Home

Like a Modern Art exhibition this book went from truly awful to amazingly wonderful and back (sometimes in the same paragraph). The book cover resembles a vinyl record and there are many times the narrative passes by Berwick Street Market … Continue reading

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“The Courier’s Tale” by Peter Walker

The quote on the cover states: “If you loved Wolf Hall, you will delight in The Courier’s Tale“, I did like “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel a lengthier book than  “The Courier’s Tale” with more intricate Machiavellian scheming. Whilst “Wolf … Continue reading

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“Mysterious Island” by Jules Verne

This was the second book that I read on my phone, the first being “As I Died Laughing” by David Lloyd . I do have a bilingual (Georgian-English) copy of the book, but that version is highly abridged, and I’ve … Continue reading

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