Category Archives: 4 star review

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down” by Jeff Kinney

If you are familiar with the Wimpy Kid books, Greg needs no introduction,  this is more of the same formula, Greg a middle school slacker wants to sit around playing video games but his parents have other ideas for him. … Continue reading

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“Nemesis” by Isaac Asimov

Published three years before the death of one of the great masters of sci-fi in 1989, “Nemesis” is a stand alone novel. Unusually for Asimov there is a strong central female character in the shape of Marlene, a plain but … Continue reading

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“Revival” by Stephen King

Stephen King has written over 50 novels, of which maybe I’ve read half, he is a consummate storyteller. This story builds slowly, starting as a contemporary drama type book that creates complex characters, looks at themes of religion and family, … Continue reading

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“Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels

These Canadian authors have a poetic way with words: Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and now Anne Michaels… This is the story of Jakob Beer, a seven year old Jewish boy in the Polish town of Biskupin, the site of an … Continue reading

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“Valhalla Rising” by Clive Cussler

I didn’t think they made books like this anymore. It reminds me of the seventies adventure thrillers, I used to read by Alistair MacLean and others. This is a Dirk Pitt novel. Dirk is a kind of invincible protagonist in … Continue reading

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“The Bat” by Jo Nesbo

A Scandinavian crime thriller with a difference, this one is set far from the fjords in the “Lucky Country” of Australia. The Lucky Country didn’t prove too lucky for Inger Holter, a Norwegian girl on a gap year in Sydney, … Continue reading

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“Not in the Flesh” by Ruth Rendell

After the Vampires of my last read, this is back to the familiar territory of a police procedural whodunnit. A truffle hunter uncovers a cadaver in a shallow grave on the edge of the village of Flagford, the post mortem … Continue reading

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“The Tinkerer’s Daughter” by Jamie Sedgwick

A simple but entertaining tale of a half-breed:  half-elf (Tal’mar), half-human called Breeze. I read this on my Kindle App. This is a fantasy novel, set in a world of humans, elves, kanters, wargs and trolls. We meet Breeze as … Continue reading

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“Sharpe’s Devil” by Bernard Cornwell

Waterloo is a memory. Sharpe meets an ailing Napoleon on St Helena before heading into new and violent experiences in Chile. ” Fix your bayonets, men!” Sharpe is in Chile to find an old comrade in arms, Don Blas Vivar, … Continue reading

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“In Times Like These” by Nathan van Coops

I have only read maybe half a dozen time travel books, but they have been memorable: the granddaddy of time travel – “The Time Machine” by HG Wells, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffnegger, “Timeline” by Michael Crichton and … Continue reading

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