Summary: This is a historical fiction novel, about the Spanish military campaign that destroyed the world of the Aztecs The novel, first in a trilogy, features the historic personalities, as well as numerous fictional ones. Hernan Cortes is there, on his ship Santa Maria de la Conception, as well as Montezuma in his glittering palace. … Continue reading The Serpent and The Eagle – Edward Rickford
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
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
Cromwell leaves no stone unturned in order to gain Henry VIII his divorce.
Summary: I had never heard of The Moth, or what it does. It is primarily an American thing, with the occasional show in London and the like. The premise is essentially people getting up and telling their stories. These people run the full gamut, from famous artists, writers and other celebrities, to other less well-known … Continue reading The Moth: Occasional Magic
Author Interview – Richard Easter My Eleventh Author Interview is with the irrepressible Richard Easter, who in his book Cover Stories has taken eight classic songs, and given them an excellent backstory. He talks here about The General Theory of Haunting, part of a spooky trilogy. He spends the bulk of his time, when writing, … Continue reading Author Interview – Richard Easter
Summary: This is one of George Martin’s early forays into Science fiction (1979/80), and this is now a Netflix series. It is about an inter-stellar hunt for knowledge, and tracking down an ancient race. Main Characters: Roy Eris: The captain of the ship, who remains hidden from view for most of the novel, but has … Continue reading Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin
Second in the Kingkiller Chronicles.
Summary: This novel tells the story of the birth of New York, from its early days in 1609 and the arrival of Henry Hudson on the river that now bears his name, to the emergence and consolidation of the Dutch in the late 1640’s. It is told, in the third person, primarily from the point … Continue reading New York 1609 – Harald Johnson
Summary: This book deals with relationships, how life paths can change dramatically (for better or worse) through failure to recognise “sliding door” moments, and making sure you make the most of the one sure life you have. Main Characters: Sam Valentiner: The son, thirteen years old, who is super-smart, and a synaesthete – he can … Continue reading Book of Dreams – Nina George