Seasonal Reading Suggestions

Yule blessings, merry Christmas, happy holidays – basically, whatever flavour your late December may be, have a good one. If you’re looking for something seasonal to read, then I humbly recommend the following mixed bag of offerings. The Christmas ThingyF. Paul Wilson Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster;…… Continue reading Seasonal Reading Suggestions

December Releases

November has been a relatively slow month on the book front, probably because at this time of year my day job begins to intrude more on my precious reading time. I run a small business, Dragonrat Jewellery, and while I’d usually be knee-deep in Christmas fairs by now Covid-19 has meant sticking to online events…… Continue reading December Releases

November Releases

What’s that saying about good intentions? I’ve not read a single one of the Halloween reads I mentioned last month (although I’m going to start The Island of Dr. Moreau tonight). Instead, I’ve been distracted by random Kindle Unlimited books, a lengthy book of Egyptian steampunk short stories, the fantastic Rivers of London graphic novels,…… Continue reading November Releases

The Passengers

John Marrs  ★★★★★ Eight driverless cars have been set on a high-speed collision course, and all those inside will be killed. One passenger can be saved, but only one. Which of the eight passengers is most worthy of living? Which seven will you condemn to die? Do you rank by age? By gender? Race? Religion?…… Continue reading The Passengers

The Doll [Children’s House 5]

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir  ★★★★ When Disa and her daughter Rósa go on a fishing trip, the most Disa expects to bring home is a couple of fish. Instead, they net a doll, one-eyed and encrusted in barnacles and worms, a hideous, broken thing that Disa wants to throw back, but Rósa insists on keeping. By morning,…… Continue reading The Doll [Children’s House 5]

April Releases

Three seems to be becoming the magic number, as that’s what I have for you again this month. I found this month’s pickings to be fairly slim but came up with the following for your consideration. I reviewed Christina Sweeney-Baird’s The End of Men back in December, giving it four stars. It’s a timely viral…… Continue reading April Releases

March Releases

Three for you again this month. Back when I first started reviewing, one of my first books was Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine. I’d read a couple of her Weather Warden fantasy series years before, but I had no idea she wrote non-fantasy as well, so I was intrigued. I ended up reading, reviewing, and…… Continue reading March Releases

The Taking of Annie Thorne

C.J. Tudor ★★★★ Going back is never easy. Joe returns to Arnhill to take up a teaching post at his old school, a post that became available in the most awful circumstances. Tragedy is nothing new to the old mining town, which is something Joe knows all too well. When he was a child, his…… Continue reading The Taking of Annie Thorne

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter ★★★ When Andy and her mother, Laura, are caught up in a shooting at a local diner, Laura risks her life to defend her daughter. In the aftermath, Andy tries to reconcile the disturbingly professional manner in which Laura disarmed and killed the gunman with her memories of her mother. When public opinion…… Continue reading Pieces of Her

Celerity

Scott Falcon ★★★ Celerity /sɪˈlɛrɪti/ noun [mass noun] archaic or literarySwiftness of movement.ORIGIN late 15th cent. : from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer ‘swift’[Oxford English Dictionary] Celerity is in her first year at UCLA, hoping to earn a track scholarship for her second. She ran track for her school, and now she…… Continue reading Celerity