May 2016 - Book of Bogan

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Various Authors

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Various AuthorsI received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is a collection of short stories, which I believe may have previously been serialised. It is an interesting mix of cold war politics and spy shenanigans with an urban fantasy twist, where each side... Read More »

Hiding in Plain Sight by Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, Alexa Koenig

Hiding in Plain Sight by Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, Alexa KoenigSome actions in war are so vile that humanity has decided that their perpetrators have committed against humanity as a whole, as well as the direct victims of those crimes. Examples like the Nazis and Japanese in World War 2, to the Balkans, Rwanda, and the modern war on terror. Hiding in Plain Sight examines... Read More »

The Zhukov Briefing by Antony Trew

The Zhukov Briefing by Antony TrewInternational tenseness at its most tensest! But not much more. The Zhukov Briefing is a military thriller snorefest involving the Russians, the British, the Americans, the Norwegians, ships, submarines, helicopters, spies, alcohol, small towns and island sheniganary. A super secret Russian submarine suffers from a torpedo explosion – I guess – while underway, and must... Read More »

Shadowboxing by Anne Barwell

Shadowboxing by Anne BarwellShadowboxing is like a Russian doll, where each layer is even more annoying than the last. But we’ll get to that metaphor later. Sure it has an interesting enough premise – a German scientist working on a super-secret weapon for the Nazis discovers that the Nazis are actually really bad guys. (SSurprise!) He decides that... Read More »

Warcraft: Durotan by Christie Golden

Warcraft: Durotan by Christie GoldenChristie Golden is hands down my favourite Warcraft novelisation author of the bunch. She has consistently produced quality novels that are head and shoulders above the rest, particularly the recently-released Illidan novel. So when I picked up this prequel novel to the upcoming Warcraft movie I had high expectations, and a whole crapload of anticipation.... Read More »

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Lost Stars by Claudia GrayI was somewhat hesitant about reading another Star Wars novel by this author after reading the boring-as-batshit Bloodline, but after watching a youtube video that mentioned it, I decided to give it a whirl. The fact that it was set mostly during the period covered by the original trilogy of movies was also a positive... Read More »

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Bloodline by Claudia GrayI was a huge fan of the old Expanded Universe of Star Wars. Big fan! And then George Lucas came along with his big eraser of retconning and wiped that all away in the name of his new movie. And I’m okay with that, you know, because it’s George Lucas, and he knows what he’s... Read More »

Campaign Finance by Robert E Mutch

Campaign Finance by Robert E MutchI received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Campaign Finance is a look at the history of political fundraising in America, both in terms of legislation and practice. It would be easy in a book like this to take a very partisan approach to critiquing the use of Political Action... Read More »

American Knights by William Failmezger

American Knights by William FailmezgerI received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. American Knights is the very personal story of the men of a battalion of tank destroyers, and follows them in their dangerous journeys through the battlefields of World War 2. When reading the book, I felt like I was there in the... Read More »

Future Crimes by Marc Goodman

Future Crimes by Marc GoodmanBe afraid, be very afraid… crime’s coming to get ya! Or it already has… depending on how you look at things. Future Crimes is a wide-ranging and almost all-encompassing look at the types of crime which are already taking over a world where the internet is increasingly becoming part of everything we see around us.... Read More »