July 2016 - Book of Bogan

Chill the Bones by Sten Ostberg

Chill the Bones by Sten OstbergChill the Bones is a deeply disturbing book which takes place over a very short period of time. A man and his wife witness the kidnapping of his daughter and murder of the daughter’s nanny via NannyCam. They rush home to find the kidnapper gone, and a dead nanny on the floor. The kidnapper warns... Read More »

The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, Vol 1: In the Bag

The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, Vol 1: In the BagI don’t read that many graphic novels, but the sheer ludicrousness of the description of this one certainly drew my attention. At first glance the story sounds like a good Saturday night on the town – an ancient being goes on a booze run after he loses his favourite bottle of alcohol, and his mortal... Read More »

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua KurlantzickThanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. A Great Place to Have a War is a history of the lesser-known south-east Asian conflict which took place in Laos, during roughly the same period that the Vietnam War was going on (give or take). While post-world war 2... Read More »

Titanborn by Rhett C Bruno

Titanborn by Rhett C BrunoTitanborn is a sci fi novel in the vein of Phillip K Dick’s work, with gritty action scenes, and delicious moral quandaries. The main character is a collector – a fixer of sorts – who is paired up with a more straight-laced, logic driven partner to find the truth behind a group of extremists on... Read More »

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterCountdown to Zero Day is the story of what is touted as the world’s first cyber weapon – a targeted computer attack against the nuclear program in Iran which was launched by operatives of the US government. As someone with an interest in computers and internet security matters in general, this was right up my... Read More »

Irregular War by Paul Rogers

Irregular War by Paul RogersI received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I Don’t Know… am really not sure how to feel about this book, and the more I thought about it, something came to mind — the delicious lyrics and worldly wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne. I would say... Read More »

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’NeilWhether we like it or not, we live in a modern age where most things are controlled in some way or another, by an algorithm, formula, or mysterious black maths box of doom, according to the author. This is known as the age of ‘Big Data’ and – again, according to the author – if... Read More »

Tastes like Chicken by Emelyn Rude

Tastes like Chicken by Emelyn RudeI don’t really know what brought me to pick up this book, other than the fact that chicken is probably my favourite type of meat, and I guess I had – somewhat naively I guess – always assumed that the path of chicken from domestication to our dinner plates has been a straightforward affair. Tastes... Read More »

Killing for Sport by Pat Brown

Killing for Sport by Pat BrownA convenient set of Frequently (Apparently) Asked Questions about the lives, loves and crimes of serial killers, as written by someone with a particular agenda to push. Littered with quotes from serial killers themselves, as well as real world examples, Killing for Sport is a somewhat blandly-written look at the world of murderers. I guess... Read More »

Independence Day – Crucible by Greg Keyes

Independence Day – Crucible by Greg KeyesAs movie tie-ins go, this was actually pretty good. I had seen some pretty awful reviews of the Independence Day movie sequel, and I thought I would give this book a whirl, as it is set between the two movies, and covers most of the time period between them. Having seen the second movie after... Read More »