Title: A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities
Author: Ray Bradbury
Rating: 5 of 5
Fantastic read by Ray Bradbury. Of course I am biased; I love everything I’ve read by him. This story takes the reader into the innards of a film studio where long time ago one of the leaders of that industry died. At least, everyone knows he did. But did he? More and more details about this man come to life after death.
Title: Terminal World
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Terminal World is classified as a steampunk book. I agree with that but it has a large amount of future in it so it also is science fiction for me.
Terminal World was worth reading. We meet all kinds of fascinating people and not-people in the story, which starts in a very complicated, high structure called Spearpoint. As the story progresses, steampunk becomes more prominent (steam, airships etc). The pace of the story is good, I like how it flowed along, and also the way Mr Reynolds managed to express himself in descriptions is very nice. At some point in the story I feared that things would turn into a ‘Mad Max’ environment as the Skullboys made their appearance but that proved to be not so. Such a relief.
The end of this book was very good, amazing in some places even (I name Tulwar and Nimcha in particular). And I definitely liked the Mad Machines.
If you are in search of a great story to read, I can recommend Terminal World.
Title: Neverwhere Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Fantasy Rating: 6 out of 5 stars.
Sometimes you come across a book that will prevent you from opening another book for a while. A book that has a story that won’t leave you alone even in your dreams. For me, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is such a book. It’s about London. Everywhere and neverwhere in London. If you’ve been to London you’ll recognise many places and spots, but Mr Gaiman paints such an amazing world in and around the city that it grabbed me by the eyeballs and it refuses to let them go. It had this stunning duality where I wanted to get to the last page to see how it ended but at the same time I did not want the story to end!
Neverwhere is high up there with the best stories of Ray Bradbury and Terry Pratchett for me. It wasn’t a read. It was an experience. When I grow up I want to write like that.
I’ve been reading again. I’ll always read, until someone pries my eyes from my dead, cold hands. Or something along those lines. What did I finish?
A Symphony of Echoes. The second book in the series about St Mary’s and their marvellous Historians. Again this is a wonderful book by Jodi Taylor.
St Mary’s doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting in history’s way, even when the plan is to correct it! If you are interested in the ways of the Tartan Trollop this is a read you shouldn’t miss. If you don’t know who the Tartan Trollop is, then you really have to read the book!
Title: Convocation Of Kings Author: Valerie Douglas Genre: Fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Convocation of Kings” is the sequel to “The Coming Storm”.
For me it was very nice to get reacquainted with the characters from the first book and follow them on more adventures. It’s a great read, like the first book. Be warned, if you start it, that there are a number of erotic scenes in this sequel. Nothing dramatic but some readers might be “surprised” by them.
I’m very glad that I read this book. The beginnings from the Coming Storm were picked up and worked out. I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler.
If it does, then look at this little light and forget you read this.
Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)
Author: Jodi Taylor
Rating: 6 / 5
If you want to read a funny book with a very interesting storyline, you need to read this book. If there hadn’t been a concept called “plot twist” yet it would have been invented for this story as it’s filled with them. Something new and unexpected is around every page corner.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would award it six stars if possible. I’m currently enjoying book 2 in the series and so far it’s just as good!
Title: Of Ice and Magic
Author: Hugh B. Long
Genre: Nordic Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5
Of Ice and Magic is a short story but one that’s worth reading. If you like Nordic environments, sagas, and heroes in forms you wouldn’t expect, then this book is for you. The characters are nicely worked out and quite credible, and there are a few twists in the story that I didn’t see coming.
Title: Rosehead Author: Ksenia Anske Genre: Fantasy Rating: 5 stars out of 5
I had already read and heard things about this book. About how dangerous it is. It made it an intriguing book so I had to read it. Which I did.
Rosehead is not your average book about a young girl and her talking dog. It’s quite a remarkable one about a young girl and her talking dog. It’s written in a very well-paced way and never gets boring. Far from that even. Even when the young girl is asleep there’s a lot of action going on in Rosehead. If you decide to go there make sure there’s enough space beneath your bed.
Ksenia Anske wrote a very different kind of fantasy novel, with an imagination that’s impressive and catching. If you like remarkable books then Rosehead will certainly appeal to you.
Title: Daughter of Darkness Author: Katya Mills Genre: Dark fantasy Rating:
Daughter of Darkness is a different kind of fantasy book. It’s tense. Paced. Fast. And it introduces you to a world of people who are different from us. Different in a way you can’t see. Ame, the main character, is one of those different people. She grows up being ‘strange’ and it takes a drastic move and lots of strange encounters and experiences before she realises who she is and what she can do.
I was very entertained by the opposite of the title of the book and how these people, who are so different call themselves. If you want to know what that is I suggest you buy the book and read it.
Title: The mark of a Druid Author: Rhonda Carpenter Genre: Fantasy Rating:
If you are into past life experiences and Druids, then The Mark of a Druid is for you. Rhonda Carpenter created a fascinating tapestry where past and present are woven together. The plot is very well worked out and as the story progresses you learn more and more while at the same moment you start making false assumptions about ‘who did it’. I can fully recommend this book.