The poison belt

Last year I read the first book in the Professor Challenger stories, The Lost World, where the land of the dinosaurs was discovered by Challenger and his team of explorers. A word of warning, some of it is quite racist in that early C20th-England-is-superior, but if you can’t be English at least try and be […]

The Phoenix on the Sword

Conan short stories ; 1 All I know about Conan comes from the Arnie film, so it was surprise to read this and come across Conan already a king. But this is the first Conan story, in publication order, his history was later filled in by Howard in other stories and tales. Although I am […]

A John Wayne type man, viewed from the back, looks at a woman

The turkeyfeather riders

A collection of five short stories by the classic western author Louis L’Amour. And by classic I mean the idealised version where men were men1 and sometimes a man had to do what a man had to do. And usually that would end in the death of other men. But they weren’t good, manly men. […]

A T-Rex roars in front of a volcano

Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

Remember how awesome Jurassic Park was? Remember the reality of the dinosaurs, of the wonder that the audience shared with the characters? Remember the horror and panic as things went wrong? Well, Fallen kingdom has none of that. Honestly, I don’t know how film makers have managed to make dinosaurs so pedestrian and boring. The […]

a helmet shaped crown.

The king beyond the gate

The Drenai Saga ; 2 David Gemmell is a big name in epic fantasy, and over the years I’ve read one or two by him. The most memorable being his version of Alexander the Great where he was possessed by a demon. At least I’m pretty sure he was the author of that book I […]

The lives of Tao

I added this book to my TBR pile way back in 2016 when the author talked about pitting his character against Rand from the Wheel of Time series. Usually I’m not really a fan of those “who would win if they fought” debates. Mainly because why would they fight seems to me the more interesting […]

We are legion (we are Bob)

Bobiverse : book 1 At some point in the near future Bob Johansson decides it is a great idea to freeze his head after his death. Life after death, what could possibly go wrong… Well, the first thing that goes wrong is that “corpsicles” are declared not to be people. They have no rights and […]

I am Pilgrim

Where to start talking about this book? Well, I didn’t get off to a great start with it, because something about it style of writing just didn’t agree with me. And then in chapter three someone was described as having an “Asian accent”, and that threw me out of the book as I wondered what […]

Apocalypto

Rewatched 11th March 2017, originally watched Jan 2007, and I’m left with the same general impression. A lot of action and blood and running around the jungle screaming and shouting. But it really did nothing for me. Skip it. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. It tells its story competently, and I did like the first […]