Category: Book Review

Book Review | Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This was another book that popped up while I was perusing Goodreads for my next read. It suggested Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli as other people had read it after reading other books I was looking at. The simplistic cover drew me in and I had to know more. I read the sample and the existing reviews and I grabbed a copy straight away. It’s aimed at the young adult market and really (I think) should be required reading for all...

To Cure The Humans by Douglas Lewis

Book Review | To Cure The Humans by Douglas Lewis

To Cure the Humans by Douglas Lewis popped up on Goodreads as a suggestion for something I might like. I’ve said it before, but the machines are getting closer to taking over, because they were spot on. I did like it! The story is well paced and filled with a cast of well-developed characters, this rather long novel (456 pages) kept me entertained from beginning to end. It’s funny without trying too hard (for the most part). The length took me...

Backpack by Emily Barr

Book Review | Backpack by Emily Barr

I was reminded of Backpack by Emily Barr when I saw she had recently released a new book. I bought Backpack many years ago now, a few years after its initial release (I’m thinking 2007?), so with a bit of digging through my cupboards I found the paperback copy and gave it a read. When I first saw this book, I remember thinking it was chick-lit (based on judging the book by its cover), not something I’d be interested in. But...

The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan

Book Review | The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan

This was a departure from the type of books I generally read, however I’m always willing to try new things. So I grabbed a copy of The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan and cracked it open. Its categories on Amazon put it in the “Mystery / Cozy / Culinary” category. I never knew there was such a category, but I guess it makes sense. Thinking back, I do recall seeing detective shows on the TV where the semi-retired cop...

Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Book Review | Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Before last week I hadn’t heard of Ryan Drake, possibly because his first book – Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite – was only published a little over a month ago. He came to my attention by combining a giveaway with some of my favourite authors (Robert Bevan, Steve Wetherell) plus others I haven’t yet read. Not being one to pass up a freebie or a bargain, I grabbed the sample and checked it out. In short: I was...

Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Book Review | Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Each year around the end of December I like to get out my favourite Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard, and watch it for the nth time. This time while I was watching it I decided to look up the book that inspired the movie – Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp – and actually did something about reading it. I was hesitant at first; being a die hard Die Hard fan I was worried that it was going to...

Hard Luck Hank by Steve Campbell

Book Review | Hard Luck Hank by Steve Campbell

Life is funny sometimes. I’ve been writing short stories on and off for many years, but only started publishing them in 2016. The first short I published was Storm View. I wrote the first draft a few years ago now, almost a full year (based on the timestamp of the draft) before I ever read the first book in the Hard Luck Hank series by Steven Campbell. Why am I bringing this up? Well, because purely by chance my short...

The Ballad of Azron Bezron

Book Review | 2 Shorts by Steve Wetherell

It’d come as no surprise to anyone has read my book reviews that I’m a die hard fan* of Steve Wetherell, having read basically everything he’s written. Over the new year he put up two short stories which I gladly rushed out to purchase. I left a couple of quick reviews on Amazon after I read each one which I’m copying into here. Mostly because they were short stories, and I was writing the review via my phone rather than...

New York Deep by Andrew Morgan

Book Review | New York Deep by Andrew Morgan

I picked up New York Deep by Andrew Morgan a couple of weeks ago now and am only now getting around to posting my review. I’ve been slack over the Christmas break and haven’t updated my site at all… been too busy enjoying the Australian summer. But getting down to business – I really enjoyed this book. I’d describe it as action / sci-fi, with some heartfelt moments that really gets you rooting for the main character to succeed. Josh, the main...

Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri

Book Review | Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri

My next chosen author to read, Rick Gualtieri, also participates in the Authors and Dragons podcast I’ve mentioned in previous reviews. I picked up Mister Gualtieri’s box set of the first four books in this series over the weekend and smashed my way through the first book in two sittings. I’m now onto the second and am trying to decide if I want to read all four in one go. The first was enjoyable, but I also don’t want to...