Destination Casablanca by Meredith Hindley

Destination Casablanca is a look at the shenanigans went on in Casablanca in particular, and North Africa in general, during the Second World War, as the competing countries and interests clashed. In some ways this felt like a sort of lower deck episode, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek. While the events of the... Read More »

Sub Rosa by Stewart Alsop, Braden Thomas

Sub Rosa is a brief, action-packed history of the early years of the Office of Strategic Services, the World War 2 predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency. The authors were there on the front lines, and write with an eminently readable style that draws the reader into the world of secret missions into occupied territory.... Read More »

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite fiction authors of all time, with a solid track record of amazing and engaging novels. When I saw that he had written a book about Norse mythology, I really should not have been as skeptical as I was, but that skepticism kept me from reading this book for... Read More »

Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars)

I have mixed feelings about this book – it is a more realistic look at the aftermath of the death of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi, and it has some personal moments of action and adventure. On the other hand, so much of the novel is bound up in talking about political issues,... Read More »

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

I was not familiar with the television show The Librarians before┬áreading this book, although I don’t think it left me at a disadvantage, because I pretty quickly bought into the idea behind the series, as it reminded me of another television series I very much enjoyed called Warehouse 13, which was in a similar vein.... Read More »

The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron

The Cleansweep Conspiracy is a novel set in a dystopian future where the government and private corporations are conspiring together together to surveil the entire population for the purposes of over-policing? Well, that doesn’t sound realistic at all does it? *cough cough* Journalists and bloggers and mysterious figures on the internet unite with policemen who... Read More »

Maestro by R A Salvatore

Maestro is the second book in the Homecoming trilogy, the first of which I reviewed recently. Although I was not that fond of the first book, thinking that it got away from my ideal Drizzt story, which revolves around him and his mates against the world. I was therefore quite happy when I discovered this... Read More »

Lucifer Vol 2: Father Lucifer by Holly Black

I must admit that I have only a limited knowledge of this comic series, although I am a fan of the television series. I really enjoyed the art style of Lucifer, and although I didn’t follow all of the storylines, which were set up in earlier books, I found the action intriguing and enjoyable. The... Read More »

Stasi Wolf by David Young

Stasi Wolf is a detective story set in the grim dark landscape of East Germany during the Cold War, using this rather oppressive backdrop to tell a rather convoluted and ultimately very personal story for the main character, a female detective named Karin Muller. This is the second book in the series and, although I... Read More »

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

I will begin this review by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, and I accept that some of my criticism may result from my ignorance of that book, however I think the fundamental issues I have with this book go deeper than my lack of having read the first... Read More »

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