Confronting the classics

I feel like I’ve been reading this book since forever, which is pretty much true as I started reading it back in February. But it is a collection of essays/reviews so I’d read one and then read something else and then come back and read another. And finally, on Friday, after many months I read […]

Anatomy of a scanal

Told from a variety of point of views, and interspersed with flashbacks this book starts off with an affair that turns into an alleged rape. Sophie is married to James, the man accused in this case. Kate is the prosecuting barrister. One believes him guilty and will do everything to secure a conviction. The other […]

The ordinary princess

At her christening Princess Amy is blessed with the gift of being ordinary by one of her fairy godmothers, and, much to the horror of all around her, that is how she grows up. Where her sisters are tall, blonde and blue-eyed, she has mousy hair, a snub nose, and freckles! As she grows up, […]

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 […]

A dragon head and neck, mouth open, attacking maybe

The bitter twins

The Winnowing Flame trilogy ; book 2 Have you read this first book in this series? If not then go read it. It is awesome and action packed with great characters and a story that’ll keep you turning pages long after you promised yourself you’d stop. If you have read it, well The Bitter Twins […]

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. […]

Women & power

Hearing the latest sex abuse scandal or the latest supposedly feminist man revealed as a jerk using his power and position for sexual gain can sometimes make consuming the news feel like a punch to the gut. But, as I tell myself again and again, the fact that these stories are coming out and being […]

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 for The Silver tide by Jen Williams. Has two dragons in flight.

The silver tide

The Copper Cat trilogy ; book 3 As this is book three in a trilogy you really should read the books in order. And if you enjoy action and adventurer fantasy quests then you’ll probably enjoy this series. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Personally I think that each book […]