Definitely a 5/5. This is a wonderful book. I love a book which tells a story but you can also learn a lot of interesting facts at the same time. On one level we look at the society of Bees which is fascinating in its own right. Yet this is fundamentally a story where bees and hornets are metaphors for the unrest that is happening … Continue reading Beautiful, a gem of a book! 5/5
A mission to Titan by an unsuspecting crew goes horribly wrong due to a corrupt management. Continue reading Started off dull but improved
Rating 2/5 The theme is basically about a professor and his nephew who venture into the depths of an extinct volcano in Iceland. Reading this book felt like wading through treacle. Superfluously descriptive and dense in places. I liked the narrator though and did feel sorry for him being at the mercy of his crazy uncle’s whims. Funny in places which makes you smile. However, … Continue reading Plodding onwards….
Full five stars for this one. Please note/ The following is a long analysis, containing SPOILERS, so if you have yet to read the book it may be worth reading this review after, rather than before. ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver Even the title reflects the lack of communication and openness between Franklin and Eva, concerning Kevin. This is a powerful … Continue reading Wow! Powerful, gritty, and insightful.
4/5 The Winter Mystery by Faith Martin. An enjoyable read. Great for winter-time reading! Briefly, a cook (come sleuth) is employed over the Christmas period to cater for a farming family. However, there is turmoil and hostility between the head of the household and the other members. Then comes a murder! Of course the cook/sleuth helps the police figure it all out. As a light-hearted … Continue reading Cook’s no-nonsense approach, catches the killer.
Gregg Dunnett ‘The glass tower’ rating 3.5-4/5 Engaging! Briefly, the story follows a woman (Julia), thrown into fame on the release of her debut novel. It develops into a tense plot, as events take a nasty turn. An accident occurs on a dark road and the new novelist finds herself becoming increasingly ensnared by paranoia as she tries desperately to keep her secret hidden. Unfortunately … Continue reading A page-turner….until the standoff
3.5 (The ’86 fix by Keith Pearson). A good debut novel. Funny, with a very interesting plot. I love the ending and did not foresee that one. Briefly, a middle-aged, jaded man wishes his life had turned out differently (surprise). He finds a computer programme he had written in his youth and this enables him to fulfil his wish of time-travel back to his adolescence. … Continue reading Light-hearted and a retro trip back to the 80’s
Rating 3/5 Loosely based on Agatha Christie’s book ‘And then there were none’/’Ten little indians’ this had potential to be a good thriller. Briefly, a group of ‘strangers’ are invited to a remote lodge on the pretence of securing a business opportunity. They all seem to recognize one another but cannot quite place where they may have met. The story unfolds that they are all … Continue reading In the Dark by Loreth Anne White
5/5 A favourite classic. Loved this book from start to finish! A well-written classic. It highlights the duality of human nature, the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Dr Jekyll simply cannot accept that it is the lot of ‘man’, or perhaps more vainly himself, that human nature is shades of grey. To try to change this nature in the name of both pride (as Dr … Continue reading The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – A favourite classic for Halloween.
Rate: 3.5. If you want a deep psychological book, or scary horror this may not tick the boxes. However, it is a quick-read book where you care about the characters and it keeps you interested in the storyline. Darcy Coates has a very easy style and is straightforward in her writing. It started off really well, intriguing to go and work as a groundsman for … Continue reading Craven Manor by Darcy Coates. Horror/fantasy with an easy-to-read style.