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It’s such a lovely idea: you fall asleep and your dreams are actually about another world. And just a few special people are Gifted...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
Destiny (Lirieia's Children, #3)
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This is the third in the ‘Lirieia’s Children’ trilogy, following on from ‘Prophecy’ and ‘Affirmation’. The first was a slightly wob...more
Dec 19, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
The author describes this as a rom-com, and that's as good a description as any. It's superficially an action mystery, but the romance is the core of...more
Mar 08, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3)
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Whew. {Pauses to catch breath} Well, that was a roller-coaster ride and no mistake. Action heaped on action, the same frenetic scen...more
Jun 27, 2014
Feb 23, 2012
Thief of Hope
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Sydney is a nineteen year old orphan of unknown parentage, but she was brought up by Edgar who had the misfortune to be hanged four...more
Apr 11, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
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Now here’s a thing: a book by Andrea K Höst that doesn’t set me on fire. It’s a perfectly fine, entertaining read, you understand,...more
Nov 27, 2013
Oct 11, 2012
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
Was it worth the wait? Well... The good news is that this is better than ' A Feast For Crows', much better, in fact. Some, at least, of the many spraw...more
Jul 2011
Jan 16, 2011
This is one of those odd books that I found enjoyable to read at the time, but when I put it down, I lapsed into so-what? apathy. The premise is a fai...more
Jan 29, 2014
Dec 05, 2013
The Lascar's Dagger (The Forsaken Lands, #1)
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Glenda Larke is one of a very small number of authors whose works are on my must-buy list, and a new book, and the first of a serie...more
May 03, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Changeling
This is an old-fashioned book, but that’s not a complaint. Written in the mid-1950’s, it describes a world almost as remote and alien to us now as the...more
Nov 09, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Gone Girl
What to say about a book that's been the focus of so much adulation, but also mystified a sizeable proportion of its readership? So many people say: I...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
The Kinshield Legacy (Kinshield Saga, #1)
At first glance this is a fairly standard fantasy story. There's the humble man destined to be king, there's a warrior babe (actually, a whole organis...more
Jun 10, 2012
Jun 11, 2011
Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)
I don't normally read urban fantasy, but this combination of a police procedural and a little light-hearted magic was irresistible. It's funny, the pr...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jun 11, 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
This is one of those pleasantly sweet little books that could have been something really good, profound even, but instead is as delicately insubstanti...more
Dec 05, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
Bone And Cane
This is a British political thriller and murder mystery combined set in Nottingham. A couple who were lovers at university have been separated by time...more
Jul 2012
Jun 27, 2011
Gently Down the Stream
This is the third in a very long series featuring the genial detective Inspector George Gently, he of the pipe and peppermint creams. This one is set...more
Nov 05, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
Wycliffe and the Guilt Edged Alibi
You always know what you're going to get with a Wycliffe book. There's a murder, a cast of suspects with motives and various secrets to be uncovered,...more
Aug 2011
Jun 10, 2011
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home
This is a fairly lightweight and easy to read discussion of the history of the four main rooms of the house: living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitche...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
Dragon Stones
I only bought this book because it was offered for a very low price on the Kindle. It is self-published, so I had no expectations, but I was pleasantl...more
Jan 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Stolen (Stolen, #1)
I love a book which takes me by surprise, and this one I found totally unpredictable. The opening is intriguing - a young girl, Rioletta, is abducted...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Oath of Gold (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #3)
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This is the third in the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first described how Paks left her home to become a mercenary in Duke P...more
May 08, 2013
May 08, 2013
Women in the Middle Ages
I read a lot of fantasy novels, many of which are set in a gloomy created world not unlike the European middle ages. This book was my attempt to see w...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Minerva (The Six Sisters, #1)
This is the first in a series of six Regency romances about the various daughters of a country vicar, similar in style to Georgette Heyer. It's years...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
Not a Gold Rush - The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey
Self-publishing is very much the flavour of the month, but the whole industry is awash with rumour and speculation, with very few hard facts. This boo...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
The Emperor's Snuff-Box
This was first published in 1942. The author has written numerous murder mystery novels, usually of the locked room type, and other seemingly impossib...more
Sep 2011
Sep 17, 2011
Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries, #1)
I got this free download in a fit of guilt for buying too many books for my Kindle. I love Miss Marple stories, and this is superficially a similar co...more
May 2011
May 15, 2011
Prophecy (Lirieia's Children, #1)
This is the author's debut publication, and although the idea of a prophecy is anything but original in fantasy, the combination of telepathic Gryffin...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Catch Your Death
This was a cheap ebook, and, as always, it's a bit of a gamble. Some are brilliant, some are awful, this was just a bit meh. There is a cracking story...more
Aug 2011
Aug 10, 2011
99 Reasons Why
This is a weird book, in several ways. It's written in the first person by a young woman who's obviously several sandwiches short of a picnic, and set...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Ashes in the Fall
The premise here is that Carleon, a former imperial soldier, has turned rebel for some reason (explained later in the book), and is training up a motl...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
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