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The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

Book Review | The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

Like a lot of people I came to know of Hugh Howey from his Wool series that I was fortunate enough to discover fairly early on in the series. But that luck also cut both ways as I was routinely frustrated at having to wait for the next book to come out. Since then I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of his other works. This one – The Shell Collector – I had passed by a few times, but with...

The Secret Value of Zero by Victoria Halley

Book Review | The Secret Value of Zero by Victoria Halley

In the last week I’ve decided to try the “Kindle Unlimited” service of Amazon which lets you borrow and read as many books as you like for a monthly subscription fee. In order to get the most value for money it’s obvious the more books you read the better value you get. Once you’ve borrowed more in value than the subscription fee, you’re in front for the month. So it’s with this in mind I started trawling through my “To...

Critical Failures by Robert Bevan

Book Review | Critical Failures by Robert Bevan

This is a post I’ve been thinking on for quite some time now. Because I’ve read everything Mister Bevan has put out, I thought I’d throw together a single, massive review where I’d review each book and short story in the Caverns and Creatures series. But then I thought “to hell with that. That’s way too much work” and instead I am going to review the first book in the series: Critical Failures and let the rest of the series...

Lexicon by Max Barry

Book Review | Lexicon by Max Barry

I’ve been reading Max Barry ever since I found a copy of Syrup in a pre-loved book store many years ago now. I picked it up for a buck or two and read it that night. After reading that one I immediately knew I wanted to read everything else Mister Barry had put out. I returned to the book store and found Jennifer Government and later ordered Company online. I then had to wait patiently while he wrote Machine Man,...

Split The Party by Drew Hayes

Book Review | Split The Party by Drew Hayes

In preparation for reading book 3 of the Spells, Swords, & Stealth series by Drew Hayes I’ve been re-reading the first two books in the series. My review of book 1 – NPCs – can be found here if you’re wondering. I’ve been engrossed by both books in this series for the past week, and will be moving on to the third in good time. I’m taking a short break before reading the next as there are one or two other...

Ansible 15715 by Stant Litore

Book Review | Ansible 15715 by Stant Litore

Had this little gem float through my twitter feed yesterday because it’s available for free on Amazon (at the time of writing this). Judging the book entirely by it’s cover I went and checked it out. It’s the first in a series of shorts, collectively known as The Ansible Stories by Stant Litore. It’s a quick 19 pages and sounded interesting, so I took a break from what I was reading to read this. The Blurb: “Please hear me. We are...

NPCs by Drew Hayes

Book Review | NPCs by Drew Hayes

Between the books in this series (Spells, Swords, & Stealth), the Caverns and Creatures series by Robert Bevan, and the Authors and Dragons podcast, I’ve learned everything I know about the D&D universe (and the similar but legally distinct worlds portrayed in these novels). 🙂 I mostly became aware of the works of Drew Hayes after listening to the Authors and Dragons podcast. At the time I was only familiar with works by Robert Bevan and Rob Kroese, but since...

Book Review | Lamb by Christopher Moore

Book Review | Lamb by Christopher Moore

I admit it. I totally spaced and forgot to post my review of this book from when I was reading it back in September. No matter, I’m here to correct that. So, back in September I re-read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. Biff has been tasked by heaven to pen a new gospel, to fill the missing years of the Son of God before he was 30. As it turns out, those missing years were...

Far Into The Dark by Steve Wetherell

Book Review | Far Into The Dark by Steve Wetherell

Regular visitors may notice I’ve reviewed a lot of books by Steve Wetherell, and the reason I guess should be obvious. I’m a huge fan of the books he puts out! A few days ago I bought this one, Far Into The Dark, after being reminded of it through a Facebook post. Mister Wetherell was sharing the new cover art for Far Into The Dark (previously titled “Into The Black”, but renamed to separate it from a bunch of others of the...

Book Review | The God Complex by Michael Suskind

Book Review | The God Complex by Michael Suskind

Over the weekend I bought and read “The God Complex: My Adventures in a 300 Year Last Man Standing Competition” by Michael Suskind, based on Amazon’s suggestion. Turns out the machines are getting closer to taking over because they were spot on with this suggestion. So what’s it all about. That’s a tricky one. We’ll start with author’s blurb and then I’ll give you my opinions. The Blurb In 2021, a worldwide Competition of seven billion people — every man,...