Monday, 31 December 2012

Welcome to 2013

Hi and welcome to 2013. This year is looking great with a lot of books already lined up to review. As always there will be lots of indie authors to review as well as whatever catches my eye.

This blog has now been running for a month and I would love to hear back from you the readers. If you can think of any way I can improve the blog please contact me and let me know. It gives me great joy in doing this blog and I hope some of you out there are getting some enjoyment and some great recommendations on what to read next.

So what's new for this year? I am currently lining up a feature interview with an author for February, and hope to make this a regular feature of the blog. Also a bit of tinkering is happening behind the scenes and there is a possibility for a fiction series to be hosted on the blog.

I hope you can join me for 2013 and please send me any ideas or feedback on how to improve the blog. If anyone would like to contribute to the blog also feel free to contact me.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Last Book Review for 2012

For my last book review of the year I have chosen a book off my read shelf at random. Before I get on with the review, I would like to thank everyone this year who has taken the time to check out my blog. I will return next year with more reviews, more confessions and plenty of rambling, so I hope you pop in and take a look. So from The Lazy Book Reviewer I wish you all the best for the rest of the year and a great 2013.

The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg

I found this book to be as enthralling as any good novel. The Adventure of English follows the life and times of our mother tongue, through all its high and low points. This book has so many interesting facts that I have already ear-marked it to read again. This book is for anyone with a passing interest in the history of English and how it came to be.

4 Stars

Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Author Of The Year

The Lazy Book Reviewers Author of the Year was an easy decision to make. The author has arrived on the scene in a big way and has made 2012 his year. His book Wool has reached the number one spot in the Kindle store, is a New York Times and US Today best seller, been picked up by Random house, as well as having Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian option the film rights.

If you have not already guessed my author of the year is Hugh Howey. His book series Wool in my opinion is destined to be a classic, up there with other great Sci-Fi series such as Frank Herberts Dune. As well as his popular Wool series he has some other great books such as the Molly Fyde series and one of my all time favourites I Zombie.

So a big hats off to Hugh Howey for what has been a spectacular year for this author. I look forward to see what 2013 brings from and for this author. Mark my words Hugh will be the next big author to hit the prints.

Books by Hugh Howey

Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Christmas Stocking

Well looked like I fooled Santa into thinking I was nice. Found two great books in my Xmas stocking and with my Birthday only a day away, I am sure there is a lot more to follow. Below are my two stocking fillers.

Eureka by Peter Fitzsimons

In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the rebellion is legendary: Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even Mark Twain called it "a strike for liberty."

But was this rebellion a fledgling nation's first attempt to assert its independence from colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

The Charisma of Adolf Hitler by Laurence Rees

Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees' new book.

The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler's door. Hitler was a war criminal arguably without precedent in the history of the world. Yet, as many who knew him confirm, Hitler was still able to exert a powerful influence over the people who encountered him.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Feel the Fear

War by Sebastian Junger

I must admit it took me a while to fall into the grove of this book. But once I did it was hard to put down. Not only does Sebastian Junger take us to the wild side of remote Afghanistan, he also explores the psyche that drives men to fight, while side stepping all the patriotic rhetoric. A insightful look into the lives of US frontline troops.

4 Stars

Monday, 24 December 2012

My Xmas Day Book Review

Christmas is upon us and the Lazy Book Reviewer has been up since the crack of dawn. For my Xmas book review I thought I should review a up beat book. So I turned to Terry Pratchett who's books always make me chuckle. So from me, I hope you all have a great day where ever you may be.

The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

A true blue bonza read. Pratchett turns his satirical eye to Australia, or in the case of the discworld the lost continent of XXXX. A rip snorter of a rump with Rincewind once again getting into more trouble than it is worth. From the origins of Vegimite, to how the platypus came to be, laughs abound and make no mistake about it. So do yourself a favour and crack a tinny,  settle down for a cracker of a read, and be ready to be girt by a sea of laughter. Oh and be aware of the drop bears, no worries.

4 Stars

A Stunning Read

As you all now be aware I am a WWII history nut. Books on the Eastern Front and on Germany are in particular my favourite. This next book blew me away when I read it, as it gives you a great feel on what it was like to live in Berlin during the war. The human story is what interest me the most, how people react and behave in the face of a total war.

Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse

This book is a shining example in a sea of books of World War II history. Roger Moorhouse manages to bring wartime Berlin to life in the readers mind.
The book is exhaustedly researched and covers a wide range of topics. The author brings together both personal accounts and academic research into a Tour de force. From the dreams of the Third Reich to build a capital like no other, to the day to day struggle for survival of the normal citizens, this book is an addictive read.

5 Stars

Sunday, 23 December 2012

North Korea Not As Nice As The Brochure

This book was a finalist in the National Book Critic and National Book Award. It easy to see why and  I encourage everybody to give this book a read. This book gets the  Lazy Book Reviewers new give it a go tick of approval.

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

An unforgettable read lifting the curtain on the day to day lives of North Koreans. The author has done a great job in letting the people themselves tell the story, as well as giving us the reader the relevant background. So what is it like to live in a Communist country that is cut off from the rest of the world? Give this book a read and you will see, it is nothing to envy.

5 Star 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Books Books And More Books!!

I am one happy Lazy Book Reviewer and it's not even Christmas yet. I have so many new books to read I don't know where to start. I might have to get organises and do up a reading list. But then again maybe not as I am a man of many a whim. 

Also I am very excited by a few books that have Amazon’s whisper-sync. This allows you to listen to an audio version of the book, then when you go to read it on your kindle (3G and wireless only) it opens up to the page you had listened to, or vice versa. How awesome is that. The other up shot to it is instead of having to pay up to $40 dollars for an audiobook; you can buy them for as little as $1.99, that is if you have bought the e-book versio.

So I hope you the reader hangs in there for  next year, as it is looking like a great one for book reviews.

Friday, 21 December 2012

The Lazy Book Reviewer Facebook Page.

To make The Lazy Book Reviewer more user friendly, there is now a Facebook page. On this page you can find direct links to all my new book reviews with a simple click of a button.

The Lazy Book Reviewer Facebook Page

The Other Side Of Afghanistan

I am glad  to see you have all survived the endo the world. The Mayans were wrong, who woul have thought it. I am going to have to try and return all the stuff I racked up on my credit card.

Anyway thats enough of my ramblings, here is my book review of the day.

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

An interesting read that reveals the many intricacies of tribal life in Afghanistan, through a series of short stories all linked together by one character. I found it hard to put this book down as I wanted to find out where it was going to take me next. One of those books that stick in your head a long time after you have put it down.

4 Stars

Thursday, 20 December 2012

A Book That Made Me Wish The World Was Ending

This next book was a stinker. But I had to finish it just to see if the author got his just desert. If the world is filling up with egotistical idiots like this bloke, then I don't mind if the Mayans are right.

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

This book made me so mad. Luckily I was reading it on my Kindle; otherwise it would have been flung across the room on numerous occasions. Tucker Max is what we call in Australia a wanker, or my favourite new word, a f#$%tard, better known in other countries as a douche bag. This book is one long bragging session about the women he has treated like crap, the amount of alcohol he has drunk, and how awesome he is. I read it to the end just to see if he got his comeuppance, but alas I was disappointed.

0 Stars

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Smelling Like Roses

WARNING this book put me on the path to wreck and ruin. It was responsible for putting me onto a new genre of book, thus syphoning my cash from my wallet.

This book is what I like to call a grower. It starts of slow with just enough to hook you and then builds to an end that leaves you breathless. Warning if you suffer from paranoia, do not read this book. They just might really be after you.

4.5 Star