Category Archives: Reviews

REVIEW: The Islands of Chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones

Since Diana Wynne Jones’ death from cancer in 2011, fans of her books (of whom I count myself) have had to satisfy themselves with a fair number of novels and a couple of collections of short stories, primarily written for … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Regeneration Trilogy – Pat Barker

(Penguin e-book, 1996) The trilogy of books, set during the First Wold War, takes as its starting point the arrival of Siegfried Sassoon at Craiglockhart, a hospital in Edinburgh for soldiers suffering from “shell-shock”. His friend, Robert Graves, a captain … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Wounded – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2014) Wounded was billed as a romance on Amazon, but I thought I’d try it anyway because I really like Buroker’s writing, having enjoyed The Emperor’s Edge series of steampunk fantasy novels, and a couple of related novels, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Wild Justice – Kelley Armstrong

(Sphere e-book 2013) Francis Bacon wrote: “Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; … Continue reading

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REVIEW: His Dark and Dangerous Ways – Edith Layton

(Avon Romance/HarperCollins e-book 2008) I don’t read much in the way of romance novels: though I do like a good romance in a novel that’s actually about something else, I do read them from time to time. This one was … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Agent in Place – Helen MacInnes

(Titan Books 2013, originally published 1976) MacInnes, who was born in the UK and later moved to the US with her husband in 1937, wrote a number of spy thrillers between 1941’s Above Suspicion and 1984’s Ride A Pale Horse. … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Swordspoint – Ellen Kushner

(Bantam Books 2003, novel originally published 1987) I don’t recall where I first read about Swordspoint, but it was certainly on Redhead’s blog where I read about the sequel, The Privilege of the Sword. Although for her the sequel didn’t … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Luck of the Vails – E. F. Benson

(Vintage 2013, originally published 1901) E. F. Benson is well-known for his Mapp and Lucia books, full of snobbery and bitchiness and small-town intrigues, but he also wrote this mystery novel (along with The Blotting Book, also recently re-issued by … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi

(Tor Books 2012) Fuzzy Nation is a re-imagining of the story and events in Little Fuzzy, the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel by H. Beam Piper – Scalzi describes it as a sort of “re-boot” of the Fuzzy universe. I’ve not read … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

(Published in 2013 by Gollancz) Bitterblue is now Queen of Monsea, after her awful, terrible father, King Leck, was deposed and killed eight years previously. She’s now only just eighteen, and at the start of the novel is still being … Continue reading

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