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Book Review: Unholy Domain (4 stars)

Cover of Unholy Domain ‘Unholy Domain’ (Dan Ronco) can be best described as a science fiction techno-thriller combined with speculative fiction. This is the second book in a trilogy, set between ‘Peacemaker’ and ‘2031: The Singularity Pogrom’. I have to date not read the other two in the series, but did not find this a … Continue reading

Book Review: Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch (4 stars)

Russell Wiley is out to Lunch (4 stars) Richard Hine A humorous window into the world of newspaper advertising, this novel is a mocking view of the not so simple life of a media executive. In part analogous to the humour of Tom Holt in books such as, ‘You Don’t Have to be Evil to … Continue reading

Book Review: Counting From Zero (3.5 stars)

Counting From Zero, Alan B. Johnston Counting From Zero fits the paradigm of the modern thriller and brings the fear right up-to-date with the threat of a global cyber attack. Mick O’Malley, after spotting and fixing some ‘zero day’ attacks on the internet takes it upon himself to try to discover more. With a little … Continue reading

Death After Midnight, Dean Fetzer (*4 stars)

Grail quest and detection in a future both paranormal and fragmented. This is the second book in the Jaared Sen Quartet (I have yet to read the first), but this book can be easily read as a standalone tale. The story begins in 1917 in the French village of Rennes-le-Château where Bérenger Saunière, a priest, … Continue reading

Book Review – What Ho, Automaton!

Author: Chris Dolley ****4 stars Paying homage to, whilst parodying, the work of P. G. Wodehouse, and with just a snippet of Jasper Fforde style comedy, these two stories are a delightful romp in the world of Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective, and Reeves, his gentleman consulting detective’s personal gentle-automaton. These laugh out loud stories … Continue reading

Book Review – Heirs of Mars: preludes

Heirs of Mars: Preludes Joseph Robert Lewis Following in the model science fiction footsteps of those such as Isaac Asimov and Piers Anthony, Heirs of Mars: Preludes tells three distinct stories as an introduction to the novel Heirs of Mars (HoM). These stories are succinct, yet vivid, glimpses of a futuristic human culture where man … Continue reading

Twas the week before Christmas…

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house Paige could be heard to rant, stomp and grouse. The mockings of her annual pre-New Year scare, Tormenting her, often causing her to swear!   Her thoughts were befuddled like fog in her head, They had settled in for the long haul, what dread! The … Continue reading

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow…

I have to admit that I am still like a small child when it starts snowing as I jump up and down excitedly and press my face to the oh so cold window. Snow is still as enchanting and mystical to me as it always was and I am still moved by the way that … Continue reading

Commuter culture: part one

When I first moved to London I moved from a little village in the depths of Somerset. I had never seen so many people in one place in my life. To say I was gob-smacked maybe understating it just a little bit. But,  after a while I became used to the huge morass of people, … Continue reading

We wear the same clothes, because we feel the same

Recently I wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek post called Peer pressure when you are 30++ and this post received a huge number of comments and pings and one particularly caught my attention and has prompted me to think more about the shoulds in my life and the lives of my peers. Thank you sylvietoldyouso for your … Continue reading