Summary: This is a early teen fantasy adventure, set in Drowning (a medieval village), ruled by the cruel Earl Longchance. The village lies right beside an ancient forest, and is surrounded by a stone wall. In earlier times, the Luck Uglies protected the village from the Bog Noblins. These monsters live in the swamp which … Continue reading The Luck Uglies – Paul Durham
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
Summary: This is a history of science, and really does cover nearly everything from astrology to zoology. Most –ologies are to be found in here! It is a big book, but not daunting. The writing is easy and engaging, made for the layman, and breaks complicated stuff down into bite-size chunks. The book is structured … Continue reading A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
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 is one of those books where you can get a whole load of squeamish and interesting facts and stories, that can be thrown casually into conversation. Plot: The author takes us through a journey over ten chapters, covering areas such as the Wisdom of the Ancients [interesting approach to contraception, for example, and … Continue reading How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland
Inter-stellar aid comes at a cost. Is humanity willing to pay the price?
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
History through a slowed-down lens.
My tenth interview is with chatty and bubbly Wendy Drinkwater, who wrote Hobbs’s Horrific Arts and Gifts, a fun, entertaining take of the horror genre. Wendy looks after her two cats, and her husband, while fitting in a busy work schedule at a non-profit! However, she will ALWAYS find time for a cat-natter! She SAYS … Continue reading Author Interview – Wendy Drinkwater