Friday, 15 December 2017

Flying Home for Christmas - A Short Story

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We all have at least one journey that went horribly wrong and that only seemed funny in hindsight - if at all. Well, here is mine from quite a few years ago. Recommended listening: Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Shadowguard (Pharim War I) - Gama Ray Martinez



Sponsored by a rich patron, Jez attends the Carceri Academy, where many of the country's elite go to study. Though his patron forbids him to study it, Jez finds he has an aptitude for battle magic. When a sleeping sickness sweeps the land, Jez begins experiencing strange visions of the creation of the world. He investigates them and discovers a trail of dark magic that indicates his patron may not be as benevolent as he originally believed, and Jez himself may be much older than anyone suspects.
(source: Amazon)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Book Review - Rivers of London



My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden ... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.
(source: Amazon)


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017: Meeting David Mitchell

Book Festival Goodies


The Edinburgh International Book Festival is always a highlight of my year. This year I didn't  have much time on my hands, but when I heard that David Mitchell was in town, the only living author whose work I have read almost in its entirity (with every intention of filling the gaps still inmy literary knowledge), I knew that I must go and see him. I booked tickets the moment they went on sale and got ready for a long wait. Last night, that long wait finally came to an end.


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Movie Review - The Dark Tower

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I have been a huge Dark Tower fan for years and it remains my favourite book series after The Lord of the Rings. So, I looked forward to this movie with great anticipation - and once I realised it was not actually a remake of the books, but a sequel I was even more excited about it. After all, with no need to stick exactly to the source material, what could possibly go wrong?