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The Penal Colony
I picked this up as a freebie kindle book and was not expecting it to be as good as it actually was. This book presents a dystopian view of life in Br...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Honourable Company: a History of the English East India Company
I would disagree with some of the other reviewers on the matter of dryness, I have read much drier history books. I found it mostly a very good read t...more
Jan 2007
Sep 02, 2007
City of Blaze (The Fireblade Array, #1)
I picked this ebook up from Amazon during a promotion (it was free, you can't go wrong there!) as it was recommended to me. My impressions are that th...more
Dec 2012
Nov 24, 2012
The Book of Five Rings
This book actually has two translations by Thomas Cleary of two books from Japanese martial artists. My thoughts on both and a short comparison are be...more
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Sep 02, 2007
Nineteen Eighty-Four
There are not many novels that introduce political and social concepts into society at large, big brother from 1984 is a rare exception. Enough said r...more
Feb 11, 2012
Sep 16, 2007
A Visit from the Goon Squad
It's extremely rare for a book to be written that uses a fresh narrative approach such as the seemingly disconnected stories of this book told from th...more
Nov 2011
Nov 22, 2011
Hunters of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)
The long awaited 'final' book in the brilliant Dune series. The story picks up from where Chapterhouse Dune ended. The final story is fairly large so...more
Dec 2007
Nov 03, 2007
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
4.5 stars if that was an option, great title and amusing story.

The main character, Allan Karlssons humour was totally dry and deadpan so appealed to m...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade
This book was lying around in my holiday villa, my wife picked it up first and read it in about a day and a half. I think that's the fastest I've ever...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
My Name is Red
I had mixed feelings about this one, the way the story is told is via chapters related to a character, eg I Am A Tree is written from a miniature tree...more
Jun 2012
Sep 20, 2012
The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)
If you read just the first book by itself you will wonder what all the fuss is about. I probably would not have bothered going onto the second..

Nov 06, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
Crowd Funding: How to Raise Money and Make Money in the Crowd
Possibly one of the most expensive books I've bought, I'll explain later! If you think you know everything there is to know about Kickstarter, Zopa, K...more
Dec 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Clive of India: A Political and Psychological Essay
If you are going to read any book on the history of Lord Robert Clive this is the must have book. This seminal work is fascinating and is written in a...more
Dec 2007
Aug 30, 2007
You've gone too far this time, Sir!
Picked this one up as a kindle freebie so I can't complain about the price! One man's crazy 15,000km bike ride to India.

What I enjoyed about this:
- T...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
First a few brief words about the paid for Kindle version, it's a string of text without any formatting (eg paragraphs!) and is taken from a public do...more
Oct 06, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Covert Dreams: An International Thriller
This is a thriller with connections in Munich Germany, Saudi Arabia, kidnap victims and some very strange persistent dreams that the central character...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Life Descending (The Cry of Havoc, #1)
Authors website: Map of Gillia
My book blog

John Hennessy has written a fantastic fantasy novel as his debut, he has not only created a whole new world...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
Twin Spirit (Domino Galaxy, #1)
At last a winning entry on the giveaways! At first I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book because it was a fantasy book that involved spirits and...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
A Stalker's Game
This short story is set in the world created in The Cry of Havoc: Life Descending just after the final battle in that book. If you've read the first o...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
You Kant Make it Up!: Strange Ideas from History's Great Philosophers
This book introduces 43 ideas from various philosopher's from history for you to cogitate and mull over.

Hayden runs a pretty similar format for each i...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The Fall of the Empire
Really enjoyed this, fiction books set in this historical period are rare and this one is well executed. Zoe points out that the events depicted are r...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
Living Dead Girl
This is quite a disturbing book to read and you just know there'll be a messy ending within the first paragraph.

The story is told from the view of a...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
There Are Other Rivers: On Foot Across India
I got this direct from the author and it arrived as a welcome Xmas gift! I got a book and a large fold out leaflet that the author has called a mappaz...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
It was OK, maybe I should read more of the blurb on the back of the book next time. I was expecting a dystopian story but instead I got something whic...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
Bonsai Basics: A Comprehensive Guide to Care and Cultivation
As a bonsai basics book this delivers pretty much spot on, it covers pruning, watering, wiring, repotting and has a section on the different tree spec...more
May 15, 2013
May 12, 2013
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
5 stars just for a totally leftfield idea considering when this was written
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Sep 02, 2007
Stuart: A Life Backwards
I was hooked on this real life story of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man, drug addict, psycho and many other things. His idea to have the story told bac...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Unwords
I absolutely loved this, verse was never this good when I did English lit many many moons ago or would be a big fan of poetry now. This will challenge...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
A Dream of Storms (In the Shadow of the Black Sun, #1)
I didn't know what to make of this, I thought it wouldn't be as good as it turned out but the characters and story are thrown at you at high speed whi...more
Oct 06, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Darkness Devouring (The Cry of Havoc, #2)
Finished reading this and was left wanting to read what happens next so that's a very good sign. Oh and I didn't get this free from the author, I actu...more
Nov 04, 2012
Oct 21, 2012
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