Category Archives: Reviews

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 […]

Gardens of the Sun by Paul McAuley (2011 book #15)

The concluding part of the story McAuley began in The Quiet War, Gardens Of The Sun is a Solar System-spanning tale of politics and genetics. It picks up all the plot threads and characters from the first novel and then follows them over several years as the repercussions of the Quiet War play out on […]

The Age of Odin by James Lovegrove (2011 book #14)

The final book – for now, at least – in Lovegrove’s Age Of… series, The Age Of Odin has been the most enjoyable of them to read. Possible spoilers for all three books in the series ahead, so don’t click on read more if you want to avoid them. Related PostsThe Age Of Zeus by […]

A History of China by JAG Roberts (2011 book #13)

My book-reading pace has slowed down a lot over the last few weeks for various reasons, and are likely to remain sluggish for the next few weeks with the growing pressure of elections. Still, I have been able to finish off the next part of my attempts to widen my knowledge of world history by […]

The Babylonians: An Introduction by Gwendolyn Leick

Continuing my attempts to broaden my historical knowledge, I’ve progressed from Sumer to Babylon and Gwendolyn Leick’s interesting introduction. It’s only a short book – about 160 pages – but provides an interesting overview of Babylonian history and society, and is enough to whet the appetite of the reader for more information about a people […]