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The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

I finished The Dark Net a few days ago, and held off writing a review to allow myself to stew over it to see if I could make any sense whatsoever of what the hell I just read. At first glance, this novel is trying its damnedest to be something of a mix between a... Read More »

SPIRE by Fiona Snyckers

SPIRE by Fiona Snyckers is without a doubt the worst book I have read this year. I hear Homer Simpson in the back of my head saying “so far” but I think this one has the legs to take on any contenders. The main character, Dr Caroline Mary-Sue, is a surgeon/virologist/genius who goes to Antarctica... Read More »

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

I have a love-hate relationship with Robin Hobb, and I am afraid that it is mostly hate, given her track history. I was somewhat hesitant at picking up another Fitz book, especially one which is another 700 page doorstop of a book set essentially after Fitz has retired from public life. Retiree adventurers don’t seem... Read More »

Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson

Sealed Up by Steve Dunn HansonTitle: Sealed Up by Steve Dunn Hanson Publisher: Steve Dunn Hanson Format: ebook Available: Now On the face of it, Sealed Up looks like it could actually be a halfway decent archeology based thriller… until you realise it is “christian fiction”.written by an author whose previous works largely seem to consist of Christian Self-Help books. Well,... Read More »

Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R Sorensen

Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R SorensenAn alternate-history steampunk story set in 19th Century Japan? What could possibly go wrong? (cue the music) Toru: Wayfarer Returns is the story of a young (although unspecified) fisherman who comes to shore in Japan, after returning from a great trip to America, where he has apparently been able to absorb LITERALLY ALL THE KNOWLEDGE... Read More »

Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey

Salem’s Cipher by Jess LoureyThis is the sort of book you would get if you mashed Dan Brown’s back catalogue, the Nancy Drew mysteries, Scooby Doo and Clueless together in one big hot mess. If that sounds like the thing for you, well, god bless and good luck. Two women are brought together through the kidnapping and (possible) murder... 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 »

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 »

The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Racketeer by John GrishamI’ll be perfectly honest, I have not read a John Grisham novel in a long time. It used to be a semi-yearly, reliable thing that he would release a quality legal mystery thriller with gripping current events mixed with courtroom drama… and then he stopped… and started writing more prosaic novels, and I stopped reading... Read More »

School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

School of Deaths by Christopher ManninoYou’re a reaper Suzie. School of Deaths is an unabashed, unashamed Harry Potter ripoff in the worst possible way. I thought I had read some crap when I read Cassandra Clare’s series. (Here’s a hot tip: Don’t) Suzie is a regular girl who is losing weight, much to the consternation of everyone around here, who... Read More »

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