Saturday, 27 August 2016

Livingstone I Presume



Into Africa tells the story of Dr Livingstone and the search for him which leads to Stanley's immortal line "Dr Livingstone I Presume". The story also is a look at what the world was like in the Golden Age of Exploration and the fame that was placed on those exploring.

Like many my knowledge of Stanley & Livingstone was very basic, one got lost and the other found him somewhere in Africa. While this is the very basic premise of the tale as always the real story is in the details. While the story was fascinating I found the writing a bit stilted in places and this caused my interest to wain at times. Overall an interesting read and I am very pleased that I now know more about this iconic piece of history.

3 Stars




Thursday, 18 August 2016

Stasiland

Anna Funder has delivered a fascinating read that is well researched and gives readers a feeling of what it was to live behind the Berlin Wall. Stasiland in a great blend of oral and researched history that at times took my breath away.

I know that it is impossible to truly understand what it was like living in the oppressive regime that was East Germany. The ultimate Big Brother state where paranoia is the normal way of life. I was blown away by some of the stories normal Germans shared with the author. Equally as interesting was the stories from those that worked in the system and those that informed on others. From a love story to the man who painted the line where the wall was going to go this is a top notch read.
4 Stars

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Fireman


The Fireman is the second bite of the cherry for me when it comes to Joe Hill. It is fair to say my first bite was a tad on the sour side with his offering of NOS4A2 this book I am happy to say is a lot sweeter.

Fireman is solid addition to the Post Apocalypse genre with a virus being the downfall of humanity. Sounds like a familiar plot? Well yes it is but what stands out with this one is the nature of the virus, which to me added a little bit of fantasy to the tale. It brings a new meaning to "burning up".

Joe Hill has crafted a story that draws you into the narrative. What I like in particular was that the story never loses momentum during this lengthy tale. This in itself is an impressive feat and when you add that with some truly memorable character you have a first class read.

3.5 Stars

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Incurables



Take a once famous psychiatrist, serial killer, ice pick and a touch a lobotomy and you have the making of a wickedly good story. Oh also add a small town full of "odd" people with a wide variety of mental health issues just for a bit of extra fun. Also maybe just a tad of messiah complex as well.

Jon Bassoff impressed me with the dark tale he has placed on the pages of the Incurables. A great cast of dysfunctional characters all with some major issues make this book a wonderfully wicked and disturbing. I found myself flying through this book and loving every minute of it.
4 Stars

Sunday, 24 July 2016

My First 6 Star Review




This book for me is a solid 6 stars as Nicholas Sansbury Smith delivers yet again. Hell Divers unbelievably takes it another notch above his excellent Extinction Cycle series.

"Today we dive so humanity survives" sums up the premise of this book so well. The author has crafted yet another engrossing apocalyptic world in which we are plunged. It all starts with what is in my opinion the best opening chapter EVER. It slaps around the face and ensures you are paying attention and also let you know you are in for one hell of a ride.

If Hell Diver is anything to go by then this trilogy is destined to become a classic and this young author had definitely taken his place amongst the best. The second book will see if I am right and I willing to bet a Kidney it is.

6 Stars


Monday, 18 July 2016

Wickedly Good Dark Thriller


Take a once famous psychiatrist, serial killer, ice pick and a touch a lobotomy and you have the making of a wickedly good story. Oh also add a small town full of "odd" people with a wide variety of mental health issues just for a bit of extra fun. Also maybe just a tad of messiah complex as well.

Jon Bassoff impressed me with the dark tale he has placed on the pages of the Incurables. A great cast of characters all with some major issues make this book a wonderfully wicked and disturbing. I found myself flying through this book and loving every minute of it. 

4.5 Stars


Thursday, 14 July 2016

I'm Not Buying It!



How this book stayed off my Radar for so long is a complete mystery to me. This book has me in two minds. Parts of it I really enjoyed and others I felt like I was preached at.

The bits I liked tell of the US and friends manipulating and controlling other countries so easily under the guise of economic assistance. I had a small inkling of this but was astounded by the depth of their apparent schemes. As a reader you have to take a lot of what the author is saying on face as there are no other “insider” publications around to compare with.

What I did not like was authors apparent turn around and preaching about not be blind to what is going on and this soured the book for me. It was like he was trying to justify what he was apparently involved in by warning us all to be aware. Sorry I'm not buying it.
2.5 Stars