Review – The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

Continuing on from the review of the Last Kingdom (here), The Pale Horseman is the second novel in the Saxon Stories, and the next book I've had the pleasure of reading. Continuing where The Last Kingdom left off, Uhtred returns to King Alfred of Wessex to share news of his glorious victory over Ubba Lothbrokson … Continue reading Review – The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

Review – The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The way I came across this book is a little unusual, but it's a fine example of word of mouth. Earlier in the year, the chaps at the Brush and Boltgun were discussing a Dark Age game called Saga. I'd only ever heard of it, but was interested in trying something different so picked up … Continue reading Review – The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Audible Review: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski

When I saw this book on Audible, I downloaded it for two main reasons - it was massive, and it was a subject I had a bit of interest in. I watch a lot of crime documentaries, how detectives catch murderers, how they operate, etc, and this fit the bill for the series' I've been … Continue reading Audible Review: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski

Audible Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by Derek Jacobi

Frankenstein is a story that I'm sure most people have at least a vague knowledge of. The basics; Dr Frankenstein creates a being constructed of pieces of of freshly dead people, stitched together, and brought to life using a jolt of lightning - I could use that first thing in the morning. The first Frankenstein … Continue reading Audible Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by Derek Jacobi

Book review: Chickenhawk, by Robert Mason

As part of my research into books around people's experiences in the military, I was pointed toward Chickenhawk, a novel by Robert Mason following his time as a Huey pilot in Vietnam. I can safely say 'Wow'. The novel starts with mason's account of helicopter training with the army. As my pal Kev said when … Continue reading Book review: Chickenhawk, by Robert Mason

Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms and Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett, Audible review

Terry Pratchett is the reason I write. When I first picked up a copy of Small Gods in the Isle of Man, many, many years ago, it was the first book that I'd read that held my attention, and made me want to sit in and read rather than going into the sun and enjoying … Continue reading Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms and Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett, Audible review

Lovecraft’s Monsters – Various Authors, Audible

Well, after a brief spell away from Lovecraft, I decided to return to something Lovecraftian. I missed the tentacles and the terror, and the feeling at the end of the tale that something odd is just out of sight. Monsters is a great listen, rather than being a collection of Lovecraft's stories, it's a collection … Continue reading Lovecraft’s Monsters – Various Authors, Audible