More than just a book. A challenge to change the world one life at a time, that life being our own. I work with people who have learning difficulties...moreMore than just a book. A challenge to change the world one life at a time, that life being our own. I work with people who have learning difficulties and this story show what should be done. Buy it then put it into practice in whatever way you can.(less)
I utterly loved this book. Such a great romp, superb dark humour (very British). Characters that interacted well with each other, you could actually b...moreI utterly loved this book. Such a great romp, superb dark humour (very British). Characters that interacted well with each other, you could actually believe that they knew each other. Great dialogue and plenty visceral action.
Real historical events given a fictitious life: bring on the sequel.
If you love knights and zombies aplenty go get it now, you won't regret it.(less)
As a great fan of Tolkien I thought it was about time I gave this a go, sadly it was not for me. A middle earth 'old testament'. Though interesting fo...moreAs a great fan of Tolkien I thought it was about time I gave this a go, sadly it was not for me. A middle earth 'old testament'. Though interesting for the lore of Tolkien's world I found it a chore to read, good but trying.(less)
Now I'm not one for romance books. Fortunately this is not one (well, not entirely). A young adult murder mystery that was great fun to read. I like D...moreNow I'm not one for romance books. Fortunately this is not one (well, not entirely). A young adult murder mystery that was great fun to read. I like Daisy's story telling, you can clearly here the voice behind the words. I enjoyed the characters and the interaction between them. The setting of post war Brighton was a good choice too as knew some of the locations in the story. A head strong girl, pretty and a bit racy, runs from a murder investigation right into the darkest hands imaginable. A simple enough tale told well enough to keep you reading. I highly recommend it. Think I might have to add Daisy's other books, Killing Time and Roadkill to my reading list.(less)
Where to begin? A Ranger’s Tale is set in a fantasy realm called Tallenmere and is a part of a series based in the world created by Mysti Parker. (The...moreWhere to begin? A Ranger’s Tale is set in a fantasy realm called Tallenmere and is a part of a series based in the world created by Mysti Parker. (The lovely lady in the in picture). I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and never ending sagas, I even write one. So when this one came up for review as part of her blog tour I thought, Why not? The novel is written in a way I’ve not encountered before. There are three main characters all of whom are in first person. Sometimes my poor old brain failed to cope with the change of view point and I had to keep checking back to see who was talking. But that’s just me. There are two separate things to this tale one I really liked the other, not so much. First, the not so much. Romance! Whilst the romantic triangle is handled well it’s just not my cup of tea, as we say in Blighty. A Ranger’s tale is well told, simple and very enjoyable. Just a bit too kissy-kissy for my tastes. That said, it is good. Quickly moving on. So now the good stuff. Mysti Parker does write very good fantasy. Not deeply descriptive, epic, or told with a flamboyant sweeping of arms, just a good straight forward story telling. The magic is good, the fighting works well, and land is believable. I could quite easily sit and read a number of these books if the good lady could do a boys edition. The narrative, being clear and concise, carries the tale along at good pace. A really good pace. You could sit down with a couple of coffees (wine for the ladies) and read through the book in a single sitting and your day would not be wasted. I really liked it, except for all the sex. I don’t like sex in Game of Thrones either, it’s even worse there as it never furthers the story. Here,it’s part of it, so I’ll just have put up with it if I want to read the others, won’t I? rangers-cover So, how will I mark it… One part of me says 3 stars but in truth this is a great first novel. Many people never right stories that entertain like this one. So… it’s a four star. Well done Mysti.(less)
There is a lot in this novella. Good, simple characters, a subtle story with a neat twist all told from a young person's eye. I say eye because the mi...more
There is a lot in this novella. Good, simple characters, a subtle story with a neat twist all told from a young person's eye. I say eye because the mind of the central character is far from childish as indeed is the theme. I enjoyed teh fantasy elements as much as I enjoyed its urban setting. The whole book had a very smart surreal feeling to it, a bit like listening to thoughts rather than just reading words. I like this kind of writing especially when it is well done: and this is.
A simple concept taken no further than it needed to be. Many people would have dragged this out into a full length novel and lost its identity and purpose along the way. A brief but very enjoyable read.
I shall be looking for more from Mr Bollinger.(less)
How do you know when a book is good? When you just have to sit and read it, forsaking everything else (including writing your own book!) I’ve just read...moreHow do you know when a book is good? When you just have to sit and read it, forsaking everything else (including writing your own book!) I’ve just read one the best books I have ever read. It is one of those gems that we can all relate to in some way or other. Written by a school teacher, Myopia is about bullying. It looks at every possible perspective of the effects of bullying and what makes a bully. The story itself revolves around a group of friends one of whom, Jerry is chronically short sighted. Jerry is the central victim of the story though he is not the only one, and neither should he be. The story unfolds at a good pace without stepping into the impossible. There is no magic or super-powers, just ordinary people which is what makes the book so good. The teenage characters all behave as they should, their fears and loves are genuine as is everything else about the story. I particularly enjoyed the school setting and how the teachers and pupils interact, there is much to be applauded in this book, short as it is, but then if it was any longer I suspect that its intended audience might loosed interest. I cannot recommend this book high enough, it is touching, amusing and poignant all at once and should become compulsory reading in every school. A full on five stars. (less)
Ever had that sinking feeling when reading a saga or trilogy and thinking that each one is not as good as last? I had that with series - to begin with...moreEver had that sinking feeling when reading a saga or trilogy and thinking that each one is not as good as last? I had that with series - to begin with. But, as this book passed the halfway mark it began to get better. Why? I've no idea really it just did. By the time it reached the end I felt that it had truly concluded as planned. I'm not sure I want to read any more by the author but I probably will at a later date. If you are looking a decent read look no further than this 'study' trilogy it's well worth a go.(less)
That’s part two of the Yelana Zaltana trilogy read. Much like its predecessor: fun, fast paced and a few good twists to keep it interesting. I have bu...moreThat’s part two of the Yelana Zaltana trilogy read. Much like its predecessor: fun, fast paced and a few good twists to keep it interesting. I have but one complaint though. There is an instance where the characters are searching through a citadel and the distance is given in blocks (twice). Now, if you are an American, living in a city that would be fine, except most of the world are not. The real issue with this measurement is that it is so out of place it spoils the moment. That aside this is a very worthy sequel / continuation as it picks up right where the last one left off. I shall now go and read the last one in the series: Fire Study. (less)
I must admit that when I was offered this book to review I was only too glad to accept. You see, I have this thing about dwarves in fantasy. I really...moreI must admit that when I was offered this book to review I was only too glad to accept. You see, I have this thing about dwarves in fantasy. I really don’t care if the races: orcs, goblins elves and all the others are the same as they are in every other fantasy, it’s what the author does with them that matters. It is in this area that D.A. Adams pulls off a great character driven story. There’s no ground breaking, genre shattering new ideas just a well-rounded story that leaves you wanting to read more. The lead character, Roskin, though of noble descent sets out on a gap year to find a fabled statue, so it’s a quest. There are only so many basic story types and this is one of the simplest – so get used to the idea. Too many people are quick to tear new authors apart for their lack of originality, well it was once written ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and that was over 3000 years ago. With that settled I’ll get back to the story, or will I. You see, I’m not one for giving the story away, after all I’ll see it differently to you as much as you will the next person. So instead, I’ll just say that I found it to be a commendable first novel. The story moves along at a good pace, is filled with background history that adds richness and depth to story, and gives something to set future stories against. It was long enough to enjoy without ever becoming a hard slog. More words do not make a better story. I’ll round things off by simply saying that I will go on to read the others in the series in the simple hope that they are at least as enjoyable as this one. Most writers improve with practice, I can only hope that D.A Adams does, that way I will have even better stories to look forward to.
Now, I’m all for a bit science fiction reading having been brought up on a rich diet of Dr. Who, Star Trek, Blakes 7, and Thunderbirds. So when I was...moreNow, I’m all for a bit science fiction reading having been brought up on a rich diet of Dr. Who, Star Trek, Blakes 7, and Thunderbirds. So when I was asked to read a sci-fi novel by a new author I said yes, of course. It was interesting that I had looked at this one on Amazon and added it to my wish list. I started to read the online reviews and found the usual bunch of lovers and haters, so where do I fall?
The story begins with someone waking from a dream, or so you think. It follows the investigation by Derrick Thomas, a cop in search of his missing family. The plot is a simple enough one, which winds itself up from a slightly sputtering start through a nicely paced centre and exiting in a bit of a rush (I did the same thing in my first novel). I’m not going to give away any of the plot or storyline as it short enough without someone trashing it.
I liked the story very much but I would have liked a more protracted ending, perhaps detailing the final assault on… oops nearly gave it away. The main character is quite well-formed coming across much like a New York cop from an American TV show, making him easy to visualise, the could be said for several others. Some might consider that to clichéd but then pretty much everything is, there is nothing new to tell just new ways of expressing it. Ahmad does a commendable job of building to a climax while hoping that he has not been too obvious at the final outcome too soon. It’s a hard thing to do, story telling is an art that takes a few goes to get good at. Dark Side of the Moon is a commendable first novel, plenty of things to build on. The art of showing a story is a tough one, but one that I believe Ahmad Taylor will crack wide open. Personally I am looking forward to reading more from Ahmad, which according to his blog is not long.(less)