The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

Summary: We follow the life of Holly Sykes, as she grows from a 15 year old teenager, to the end of her life. In six different Time sections, we get the backstories of people who will eventually impact Holly’s life, for good and bad. There is also a large element of the mystical/fantasy, which is … Continue reading The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

Ironweed – William Kennedy

Summary: This book deals with the life of Francis “Frank” Phelan, homeless guy in 1930’s Albany, New York. It gives a couple of days in his life, along with various flashbacks to enable us to see how he got to be the way he is. It is the third in the author's "Albany" cycle of … Continue reading Ironweed – William Kennedy

The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London – Virginia Rounding

Summary: This book focuses on the turbulent and violent times of the Tudors, from Henry VIII through Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Religious persecution was at its peak, and the political turmoil only added to this horrific time in England’s history. Hundreds if not thousands were sentenced to death by burning, and met … Continue reading The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London – Virginia Rounding

The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Summary: Set in a near-future climate change affected world, we follow the grim lives of Kalen and Sett, and their struggle to survive. There is law and order of a sort, mainly enforced by robots, but the teeming millions live right on the starvation line, life is less than cheap, and dead bodies can be … Continue reading The City Below The Cloud – T S Galindo

Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Summary: Most of our modern history relies on the written word. Mostly we read the words of the victors, the burnished version of events. This anthology approaches history from an intriguing angle. Under titles ranging form “Courage” and “Discovery”, to “Folly” “War” and “Disaster”, the author reveals to us, in the words of those who … Continue reading Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Space Between Time – Charlie Laidlaw

Summary: This is a story about childhood-into-adulthood, innocence lost, and a struggle to connect to tie together the threads of very different lives. Main Characters: Emma Rossini: The narrator, who details her life through the first-person. Paul Ross: Emma’s famous film-star actor father. Alberto Rossini: Emma’s brilliant, late-recognised physicist genius grandfather Caitlin Ross: Emma’s mother. … Continue reading The Space Between Time – Charlie Laidlaw

Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

Summary: This is an interesting whodunnit story, which also has a number of other threads running through it. Main Characters: Jed Gibbons: Sixty-something African-American, curator of a Columbarium (a building where funeral urns are stored). Monica: His wife, positively diagnosed with HIV. Minor Characters: Dutch: Sixty-something grower of legal weed. Juniper: Dutch’s live-in companion, and … Continue reading Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

The Kingmaker Contest – Troy Clem

Summary: Main Characters: Theo: An orphan brought up in the palace as a ward of the king. Nagima: She is a Sigander, the race that were the original natives of the land. They now are mainly forest dwellers, and Nagima is endowed with magical powers, which is not unexpected in her race. Tess: An urchin … Continue reading The Kingmaker Contest – Troy Clem

The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Summary: An interesting and thought-provoking overview of that most enigmatic of empires, Byzantium. It deals specifically with the hundred years or so before and including the First Crusade, and makes a compelling argument to treat the desperate defence of Byzantium, and the prosecution of the Crusade as the real first world war. Main Characters: Romanus … Continue reading The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Pure – Andrew Miller

Summary: Paris. 1785. The final years before the revolution. A young engineer is given the job of clearing the old cemetery of Les Innocents of its current inhabitants, and then tear down the old church. Main Characters: Jean-Baptiste Baratte: The engineer charged with cleansing the over-flowing cemetery of Les Innocents, sited in the Les Halles … Continue reading Pure – Andrew Miller