A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen (Review)

97814736333602When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts. Continue reading “A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen (Review)”

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The Hopkins Manuscript – RC Sherriff (Review)

Since nostalgia and the end of the world are currently two of the hottest trends, this weekend I have delved into the archives to bring you a forgotten classic of the post-apocalyptic genre: The Hopkins Manuscript. It was first published in 1939 – a year which we now look back on with a painful sense of foreboding. Those poor bastards, we think, they had no idea what was coming.

Not to be too dramatic, but it seems like a great book to re-read in 2018. Continue reading “The Hopkins Manuscript – RC Sherriff (Review)”

The Armoured Saint – Myke Cole (Review)

tasThe Order protects. It might not always seem that way, when they kill children and exterminate entire villages, but they do what they do for the good of everyone. It would be worse without the Order, if the world was filled with wizards and demons once again.

Heloise has never been as discreet as a village girl should. She breaks rules and keeps secrets. It’s all harmless, until the Order arrives, and unquestioning adherence to tradition becomes the safest path.  Continue reading “The Armoured Saint – Myke Cole (Review)”

Her Husband’s Harlot – Grace Callaway (Review)

hhhDistraught over her husband’s coldness, Lady Helena disguises herself as a much less reputable woman and follows her husband to a brothel. This precipitate action sets in motion a string of events involving passion, trauma, and just so much subterfuge.

Lady Helena must find a way to gain her husband’s love without him discovering her secret. Her husband, Nicholas, must find a way to gain her love without her discovering his secret. There are endless disguises and concealments and misunderstandings.
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Warhammer Adventures

Games Workshop has announced a new line of children’s books set in the Warhammer universe. The books will be set in both the Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar settings, and will feature protagonists in their early teens. It’s an unusual and interesting move by the company.  Continue reading “Warhammer Adventures”

The Falcon of Sparta – Conn Iggulden (Review)

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Ataxerxes, newly-crowned king of Persia, seeks to secure his throne. Following his father’s advice and example, he seeks to eliminate the threat posed by his younger brother, Cyrus.

Incensed by his brother’s betrayal, the formerly-loyal Prince Cyrus gathers an army to depose his tyrant brother. Against the vast might of the Achaemenid Empire, he brings an army composed of Persian troops and Greek mercenaries, spearheaded by Spartans, soldiers who are famed the world over for their discipline and prowess.

Xenophon, an Athenian no longer welcome in his own city, joins Cyrus’s army. As the two brothers war over the fate of an empire, he looks for a new purpose and sense of identity.
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The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery (Review)

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Octopuses (or octopodes, but never octopi) are fascinating and beautiful creatures, perhaps the most intelligent and most alien of all the other species on the planet. They taste with their skin and think with their arms. How could you not be entralled by them?

The Soul of an Octopus is Sy Montgomery’s account of her own fascination with the creatures. It’s also an exploration of how intelligent an octopus actually is, and the extent to which we can form meaningful relationships with them. Continue reading “The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery (Review)”