Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Watershed takes us into a Australian landscape were it no longer rains. It is a savage and wild post apocalyptic world in which Mad Max would feel at home. As an Australian I was over excited by the prospect of this book, so much so I may have done a small dance of joy when I found it.

Jane Abbot does a masterful job a entwining two narratives together to deliver a cohesive storyline. The World she has created has many layers which come together to create a dark new world in which the age old practice of supressing the masses is in full swing. Of course some people are trying to push back and one of the instruments used to stop this is our focus of the story.

Yet again a debut author has come out swinging and delivered a story worthy of one of the masters. Watershed delivers a great read that had me staying up way past my bedtime. I highly recommend this to one and all.    

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Long Run


In the Long Run the author tells the tale of his life as a chronic alcoholic and how running helped him swap one addiction for another. It is fair to say I think running is the better choice of the two.

Mishka does not hold back in when describing his life on alcohol and the self-destructive path he was on. How he managed to live through this destructive stage of his life is beyond me. His transformation into a ultra-marathon runner some might suggest is equally destructive.

A great story of redemption that is very humble in its telling. This is another great example of what can be achieved in the short story format.
3.5 Stars

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Dark Matter

Yet another book that failed to deliver up to to the hype in this humble reviewers opinion. The read was average at best and at times.....sorry I lost interest there for a while.

The premise of the the story in an intriguing one that was never fully developed in my opinion. There was a lot more room to fully delve into the shady world of the Darknet and I found the path the story took as predictable. There was time when the book pulled me in and when it did the ride was full on. Unfortunately the bits in between where pedestrian at best.

Darknet was not the greatest reading experience in the world but neither was it the worst. Nothing wrong with being average and I will give another one of Matthew Mather's book a read before making my mind up about this author.

2.5 Stars

Saturday, 10 September 2016

I'm Awake

Hello my familiar friend how I have missed you. Yes the good ole Zombie Apocalypse Survivor Journal is back and it is better then ever. There is nothing wrong at all with a well executed and familiar story style.

J.D Demers gives us a glimpse of what could be the end of our protagonists story before taking us back to where it all began. There is nothing new or ground breaking in the telling of this tale and that familiarity makes it easy to sink your teeth in. The action is well paced and keeps the narrative ticking along at cracking pace.

The Hunt Chronicles is a promising start to the series. This is one I will definitely continue to read and I eagerly look forward to book two.
4 Stars

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


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