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

All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

Summary: Set in Georgia, Alice Bennett has taken on the role of caregiver to her recently-injured mother-in-law. Travelling from New York, she hopes she will find the space and time to deal with her marital pressures in this quiet picturesque town. Underneath the surface, however, simmering old feuds and resentments are finally boiling over, and … Continue reading All The Broken People – Amy Rivers

Iron, Fire and Ice – Ed West

Summary: Game of Thrones (GoT), the HBO series based on George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, has been one of the most successful TV series ever. The series is fictional, but in reality Martin was largely inspired by the English War of the Roses, and through this book you find that, sometimes, the … Continue reading Iron, Fire and Ice – Ed West

Defeating the Ministers of Death – David Isaacs

Summary: This is essentially a numbers book: Spanish flu 1918: Infected 500 million people globally, killing up to 50 million. Smallpox 1950: 10 million die from an estimated 50 million cases worldwide. Diphtheria 1930’s: Third leading cause of child death in England and Wales. (This one is personal, as my own mother had it as … Continue reading Defeating the Ministers of Death – David Isaacs