February 2016 - Book of Bogan

Awakening by Catrina Burgess

Awakening by Catrina BurgessAwakening is the story of a young girl who goes, or gets carried along more to the point, on a journey of transformation from her identity as a Healer to a wielder of death magic, abandoning just about everything she’s known and believed before. Colina seeks out a guide in learning the death arts. How... Read More »

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon SandersonBands of Mourning is the third book in the post-magic series written by Brandon Sanderson in his Mistborn world. I say post-magic, because although it crosses into an industrial-style world, there are still heavy elements of magic; mixed with some seriously modern technology, which makes it a difficult book to pigeonhole easily. Sanderson brings his... Read More »

Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

Surveillance by Reece HirschThis is the second novel I have read this week which concerns the NSA, and the increasing police state which has resulted from its activities. Indeed, Surveillance shares a lot of the same themes and ideas that were covered in the book I just finished reading. (The God’s Eye View by Barry Eisler) I was... Read More »

Real Men Wear Beige by Donato Alfredano

Real Men Wear Beige by Donato AlfredanoReal Men Wear Beige is the semi-memoir of a man who found himself – as ordinary people occasionally do – serving time in jail for a crime he did actually commit. Although this is most of the story of his journey through the jail and prison – and to a lesser degree the court –... Read More »

Stormwielder by Aaron D Hodges

Stormwielder by Aaron D HodgesStormwielder is one of those books which looked promising at the outset, but proved to be fairly generic and disappointing by the end. Eric is a boy/man on the run, having committed a horrible crime – depending on your point of view – and his past is following him wherever he goes. He uses his... Read More »

Review – The Gods Eye View by Barry Eisler

Review – The Gods Eye View by Barry EislerI have been a fan of Barry Eisler for a long time, enjoying his fast-paced style with the John Rain series. So I was interested to see what he would do with – dare I say it – a more realistic style of thriller novel. Let me get this out of the way first. I... Read More »

Review – The Black Presidency by Michael Eric Dyson

Review – The Black Presidency by Michael Eric DysonI had some immediate reservations about reading a book about an American president’s term before it has actually finished. Ultimately my fears were largely realised as this book feels unfinished, much like the presidency itself. The Black Presidency is more than just a book about the presidency of Barack Obama, however. It is a wide-reaching... Read More »

Review – Imam Samudra’s Revenge by Angus McIntyre

Review – Imam Samudra’s Revenge by Angus McIntyreDisclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Much has been written about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But as an Australian, I feel a closer connection to the bombings which took place in 2002 in Bali, which were carried out by the group Jemaah Islamiyah. By... Read More »

Review – In the Company of Evil by Michael Thomas Barry

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. This book is a recounting of some of the most infamous – and a few of the lesser-known – murders, mysteries and serial killers who were prominent in California in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The... Read More »

Review – Transient City by Al Onia

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Transient City is a tightly-written detective story set in a science fiction landscape. It might be in a galaxy far far away, but the broader setting plays second fiddle to the gritty atmosphere of the world of... Read More »