Category Archives: Books

A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin (2011 Book #25)

As you might have noticed, I was off on holiday last week and A Clash Of Kings was my selection of holiday reading. Not the sort of light stuff people normally recommend for holidays, but then I was in the Lake District rather than lounging on a beach. As ever, spoilers follow, so look away […]

Savage City by Sophia McDougall (2011 book #24)

This is the final book in the Romanitas trilogy – the first two of which I read last year and wrote about here – though it’s worth noting that the first two books have been reissued by a new publisher in advance of Savage City, and there has apparently been some re-editing of them for […]

The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (2011 book #23)

I have been debating whether to count this as an entire book for the purposes of numbering as it’s quite short, but deciding on including it if only to stop things from getting too complicated. However, it also says something about the story itself – Pullman has an interesting idea here, that Jesus and Christ […]

From the Gracchi to Nero by HH Scullard (2011 book #22)

Another bit of my attempt to widen my historical knowledge, this book does exactly what it says on the tin an provides a good overview of 200 years of Roman history. There’s obviously a limit to how much detail Scullard can provide in this overview, but he does a very good job of linking the […]

A Game Of Thrones by George RR Martin (2011 book #21)

I’ve had this book sitting on a shelf for ages since someone gave it to me with the recommendation that I might like it. So, when the TV adaptation of the series began and got great reviews I decided it was time to finally give it a go, because as I don’t have Sky Atlantic […]

The Trade of Queens by Charles Stross (2011 book #20)

Only time for a quick review of this one, the final book in Stross’ Merchant Princes series, which I found a bit disappointing. The series as a whole has been pretty interesting, but has suffered from a certain amount of narrative sprawl, as sub-plots spawn sub-plots, which makes it somewhat to pick up the threads […]

Son of Heaven by David Wingrove (2011 book #19)

Back in the 90s, I can recall reading a review of one of the novels in Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series and thinking that it sounded like an interesting read. Over the years, I’ve seen copies of different books in the series in various shops and thought ‘ah yes, one day I’ll find the first one […]

Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (2011 book #18)

Cory Doctorow is one of those writers I’ve heard a lot about, but have never got around to reading (apart from ‘Unwirer‘, his collaboration with Charles Stross) so it was interesting to finally get the chance to sit down Down and Out in The Magic Kingdom and see what it was that people are talking […]

Wireless by Charles Stross (2011 book #17)

Technically, it’s only half a new book as some of the stories in this collection are ones I’ve read before. Of course, they’re Stross short stories, which means they’re always worth reading again to find something new buried deep within them. The standard’s generally very high – though I’d agree with the author’s own assessment […]

Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking (2011 book #16)

There’s a slightly convoluted story that explains how I came to read this book, though not quite as convoluted as the story in the book itself. Ian Hocking originally wrote this book and self-published it a few years ago, then – despite good reviews – gave up on his writing career in the face of […]