Black Swan Green, David Mitchell

This is a truly exceptional book! And, before I discuss the book, a truly exceptional reading of it by a chap called Chris Nelson. Now, I don’t know who Chris Nelson is. I have googled his name idly but I have no clue. I do not know his age or where he is from. But…

The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

I had enjoyed The Name Of The Wind. It was refreshing within the fantasy genre. I didn’t think it quite deserved the incandescent – which seems to be my word of the week! – praise that it had received. But I liked it. Part 2 of The Kingkiller Chronicle, The Wise Man’s Fear, heaps more…

The Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

I signed up to Audible nearly a year ago now. I was interested in trying audiobooks and had been for a while : I drive. Lots. Daily. And whilst I like the Today Programme in the morning, I’m less keen on PM in the afternoon. But I’m also a skinflint and object to paying £20…

Railsea, China Miéville

There are some authors for whom a new book is more than just a new book on the shelves of W H Smith. It’s an event; it’s anticipated; it generates a frisson when you see the spine waiting for you, calling to you, beckoning you. China Miéville is an author like that for me. There…

The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler

I worry about Sweden. It keeps me up at night. I wake in cold sweats. I worry about the weather there: the snow and freezing temperatures. I worry about the trolls. I worry about IKEA. And I worry about the people. And families. It must be a terrible place. Every single novel I’ve read from…

On the waiting list

I am conscious that I haven’t managed to post on here for a while… Primarily because I’ve not managed to finish a book for a while. Now, there are a number of possible reasons for this… 1. I am just very very lazy… 2. I have been doing a lot of work for, well, work……