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 […]

The valley of fear

Sherlock Holmes ; 4 or 7, depending on how you are counting. This is the fourth and final of the novels by Doyle. In it Holmes and Watson head to Birlstone Manor to investigate a murder, having been first warned that Moriarty may be involved. There is much deducing and eventually Holmes has the case […]

The wild places

In this book Robert Macfarlane sets out to find the wild places of Britain and Ireland, if there are any left. He believes that somewhere on these islands there must be places far from the reach of humanity where the wilderness still exists, and he sets out to discover them, to create a word map […]

Alone in Berlin

translated by Michael Hofman Given all the tragedy, destruction, and horrors of World War II I don’t often stop to consider what life was like for “normal people” under the Nazis. But of course Hitler was a dictator and a tyrant, the Nazis were made up of people who supported him and his rise to […]

The wind in the willows

It’s fairly impossible for me to be objective about The Wind in the Willows. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read the whole book before, but I certainly remember many extracts that were part of school books over the years. The first chapter certainly has stuck with me; “onions sauce” is such a great insult. […]

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 […]

Birdsong

The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

part of the cover image to Why dinosaurs matter by Kenneth J. Lacovara. A pixelated dinosaur on a reg background

Why dinosaurs matter

I was never one of those children who was majorly into dinosaurs, but I do remember a reading a few books as a kid. I can still remember the illustrations in the Ladybird book of dinosaurs that we had. Of course, all those old Ladybird books had wonderful illustrations so maybe it had more to […]

Gnomon

I loved this book. Loved it. But I am totally aware that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. It starts out with Inspector Neith investigating a death in custody. Her method of investigation includes reliving the mind of the deceased. And so we are introduced to Diana Hunter, a woman who refused […]

Guards! Guards!

Discworld series #8 / The City Watch series #1 This is the book. The one that really made me love the Discworld ‘verse. In this we first meet Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork’s Night Watch, and it really is some of the best of Pratchett’s writing. Blending social commentary with humour and insight. It is wonderful. […]