Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Hops and Glory tells the story of one man quest to recreate and replicate the epic journey that turned swill into the glory that is IPA. Pete Brown book is a masterful melding of a travelogue, history and damn good story telling.

From the moment I started reading this book I knew I was in for something special and a little off the beaten track. The authors love for his subject borders on severe OCD at times and the cast of characters we meet along he way are larger than life.

So join the author on this trip of a life time and take back a step in time as well as getting a look at the rise of the beer to it's new heights.

3.5 Stars

Monday, 30 October 2017

Blood River

History is best told from the ground level from where it came from. Blood River tells the history of the Congo from this view and does it with gusto. Tim Butcher combines history with his travel's through this area as he tries to follow in the steps of the great explorer Stanley.
The thought of trying to travel through one of the worlds most dangerous areas is enough to entice any reader with a sense of adventure. By following in the Stanley footsteps he enters parts of Congo's that not even the U.N will venture.

This is a tale of history, travel, war, corruption, adventure and most of important at all the people of the Congo. Tim Butcher has delivered a masterpiece of history and travel adventure balanced perfectly that takes the reader on to the Congo river, mosquitoes and all.

4 Stars


Saturday, 19 August 2017

It' Death But Not As You Know It

I love these books that cover subjects that happen everyday but not many people want to talk about. Caitlin Doughty brings the reader into the world of death, crematoriums and the funeral business. She does it with a touch of humour, decorum and most importantly with honesty.

Smoke in your eyes also looks at culturally how we have dealt with our dead in the history. This is a wonderfully balanced book and her personal stories are sure to raise a few readers eyebrows. In the end this book left me with a new appreciation on how we care and dispose of our dead and made me sad our culture has distanced us from the whole process of death.


Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Sting Of The Wild

As the title suggests this book is about wild things that sting. Further to this it is about a entomologist who has come up with a scale to rate such stings. Being an Australian I was unaware of a lot of these little critters but that did not diminish my enjoyment of this book.
The Sting Of the Wild is mainly a story of the evolution of Insects and their defence systems. It is also a story of the authors own life fascination on the subject and his journey close and far afield to study them. Overall a good and entertaining read just lacked the sting in the tale to make it a great one.
3 Stars

Thursday, 27 July 2017

We Dive To Survive

Sooner are later I am expecting Nicholas Sansbury Smith to drop the ball. Surely he can't keep up this pace whilst maintaining the quality. Well in his this second installment of the Hell Diver Trilogy he has managed to deliver yet another top notch read. 

Ghosts takes us back into the world ripped apart from a nuclear war with a handful of humans fighting for survival. After the explosive first book the author takes no hostages in the second. The Hell Divers seek the truth the only was they no know how, they dive to survive.

This book was responsible for my blood pressure going sky high as the tension at times become unbearable. Nicholas Sansbury Smith definitely knows how to tell a great yarn again and again.

5 Stars

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Grim & Gritty Read

North Water delivers a cracking horror yarn set amidst the whaling trade of the 19th Century. Ian McGuire doesn't hold back in the telling of this tale and this adds to grittiness of the tale.

This book has several different narratives running alongside each other and I felt that all the character where well fleshed out and interacted well with each other inside the story arc. The opening of the book sets the tone well and introduces us to the most disturbing of all the characters.
In short this a fine mash up of Historical-Fiction, Horror and survival against the elements. Ian McGuire has stepped out of his comfort zone and came up with the goods.
3.5 Stars

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Werewolves Are Back In Town

Okay people sorry for the sound of silence lately. But I am back and I have a heap of great reviews heading your way. Starting with the following:

I approached this read with some apprehension as the thought of a werewolf novel seemed a bit dated to me. I am very glad to say this book was far from that and the author bought werewolves screaming into 2017 for me.

Breeds in one of those style of books I love. It is a fantastic blend of suspense, thrills, horror and the type of sarcastic humour that leaves a smile on your dial long after the book is put down.
This is the first book of Keith C. Blackmore that I have read and if the rest of his offerings are the same he will quickly jump up into my favourite author list.

So if you are in the mood for some laughs and a battle in the snow to see who is top dog then please do yourself a favour and give Breeds a go. I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 3 June 2017

BOOM...Its Out Of The Park!!!!!

The new kid on the block has smashed a home run yet again with Trackers 2. He has continued where he left off plunging the reader into the terrifying world in which the USA is reeling from a devastating EMP attack. Nicholas Sansbury Smith is sky rocketing his way into the big leagues and this book form the young prolific writer is a shining example of why.

This book has all the elements expected in such a book and is delivered in perfect balance. This has the end result of immersing the reader into the  story and making the read so much more rewarding. Be warned though this book is not for those looking for a relaxing read it is a full tilt action packed thriller from woe to go. Bring on the next installment I am ready an willing to jump back in.

5 Stars

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Mole People

I am delighted to have Pamellia back on board on sharing her thought on some excellent reads.

What a delightful read!  This is the best story I have read for a while.  It's full of interesting characters which are amazingly developed for such a short story, action and suspense. 

We start out with a father and young girl, his baby, waiting for a subway train in the wee hours of the morning.  The train is not on time, so waiting at 1:30 am becomes frustrating for the father and a bit scary for the little girl. She has heard stories of people who live underneath the subways in the many tunnels.  Her father assures her these people do not exist and there is no reason to be frightened.

The train does arrive and that's when the story really takes off.  There are twist and turns for the train and also the story.  Not too much more I can say without giving away the ending.I love a story that can be read in one sitting and this was such a story.  

There was a lot to it for only a few pages, I think less than 25.  We get to know the characters, their emotions and their deeply guarded grieves and fears.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written story.  5 stars for a wonderful job!  I always enjoy Mr. Light's stories, but this has got to be my favorite so far.  

5 Stars

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Great Mix of Fun and Fantasy

What happens in those RPG worlds when the last dice is rolled and the DM ends the session. Do the NPC's (Non Playing Characters to those not in the know) vanish or do their lives continue on away from those pesky and stupid adventurers? Drew Hayes uses is 20+ story telling skills to answer just these questions.

NPC'S is a cracking yarn that will bring a grin to all that have rolled a 20 sided dice to see if they have made a critical hit. This story is a delightful mix of fantasy, adventure and humour and I will definitely be returning to this particular world again.

4.5 Stars

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Deeply Disturbing

This book delivers a strangely enthralling and utterly disturbing read. Lionel Shriver very quickly pulls you into this masterpiece of fiction that is one of those books that is hard to explain. It tells the story of a Mothers recollections of raising her son that ends up on a mass murdering rampage.

But this is not what makes this book disturbing it is the interplay between the characters and what I can best describe as emotional manipulation that gets to you. If you have some lingering doubts about your little cherubs then avoid this book at all costs.

4.5 Stars

Friday, 17 March 2017

Classic Arachnid Horror

Came A Spider is a blast from the past with the book being released first in 1979, in what I consider the start of the golden age of horror. As one would expect from the title this book is not for those who have an aversion to our arachnid friends.

Whilst the plot is nothing new Levy delivers it in a highly entertaining and hair raising manner. The spiders are straight out terrifying and has your skin crawling all through the book. The book is somewhat dulled a little bit by the passing of time but that is to be expected. It touches on some modern day issues like global warming which I found very interesting.

This book is one or the classic horror fans out there. I am very glad I came across a second hand copy of this book and intend to explore Edward Levy more.

3.5 Stars