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