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
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
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
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
I read the book of this years ago, and still have the copy of it on my small bookcase at home. Don't be unnerved that I have a small book case, I have tonnes of books, but they're in piles, on shelves, in boxes, so that one day, when I have a library room they … Continue reading A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick – Audible review
After enjoying Lovecraft's Necronomicon (always makes me think of Evil Dead... Groovy), the next audible choice seemed obvious, and I chose another long audiobook. Unknowingly, Dreams of Terror and Death is a collection of shorter stories written over many years, about the Dreamlands, places people can visit when dreaming. Listening to them all in one go … Continue reading H.P. Lovecraft Dreams of Terror and Death – Audible review
Planning a novel can often feel a little daunting, or, as I always used to feel, like a massive pain in the arse and a waste of time. When I wrote A Heist too far and The Good, the Mad and the Undead, I wrote them start to finish, with only a few small pages of … Continue reading Planning a novel
This morning, after 29 pleasurable hours listening, I finished Charles Dickens' novel, Pickwick Papers on Audible. In the past I've tried reading Dickens, and found it hard going, it's not a style that I can read very well, and because of this, I've never managed more than a couple of chapters before moving on to … Continue reading Audible – reading books through your ears.