And a year flew by – a blog reanimates like Frankenstein’s monster

Well it's been some time since my last post. With one thing (Brush and Boltgun) and another (Real Life) I'd slowed down on my reading and not managed to pick up books as much as I'd like. With changes this year though, I canned driving to work in favour of taking the train, which gave … Continue reading And a year flew by – a blog reanimates like Frankenstein’s monster

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

Audible Review – The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

The Stainless Steel Rat - and its abundance of sequels - follows the exploits of James Bolivar diGriz, also known as Slippery Jim. In this, the first novel, we find Jim performing a daring robbery and fleeing from Special Corps - a kind of police unit comprised of former criminals - as he tries to make good … Continue reading Audible Review – The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison

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

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens – Audible Review – part one

Bleak House. What can I say about this one? Well, it's bleak. Really, really bleak. After listening to nearly two days worth of Charles Dicken's Pickwick Papers (review here) I'd been wanting to listen to Bleak House, as it's meant to be superb. So, I downloaded it, and started to listen during a morning workout. … Continue reading Bleak House, by Charles Dickens – Audible Review – part one