This book, A Brand of Fire by Ben Blake, tells the story of how the Trojan war started. It sticks to the known version pretty well but adds personality to the famous names and nuances to the events. I studied ancient history but a slightly later period, classical Greece, so I know the story but […]Read more "A Brand of Fire, a book of mythical proportions"
I met the author, Helen Hollick, at a seminar run by my writing group. It was about self-publishing, she was very good and gave some great advice. But when she talked about one of her books, Sea Witch, she made it sound a bit like a Mills and Boons (my sister used to read them, […]Read more "Review of Sea Witch – The book I didn’t want to read."
February The Fifth: The First Hilarious Glothic Tale (The Glothic Tales Book 1) By Derek Haines This is a sci-fi story of February a member of the royal family but not the heir, being the third boy not even the spare. He is left to get on with his somewhat vacuous but happy life. This […]Read more "February the Fifth – A cappuccino of a novel"
I got to see a RSC production on Wednesday night, it was by chance a week ago we were walking past the local cinema and saw they were beaming it like to local cinemas. We hastily brought tickets without finding out anything about this particular production. We when we arrived on the night it started […]Read more "Hamlet with a twist of Africa"
I downloaded this book with a considerable amount of trepidation. I meet the author at my writing groups and although I’ve not really spoken to her I would have found it rather embarrassing if I hated the book, or worse found it historically inaccurate. The book tells the story of Roman military doctor newly arrived […]Read more "The review I was dreading writing – Medicus by Ruth Downie"
I have written a few reviews and have been surprised with how hard they are to write. I’ve settled on a layout that suites me and is a bit different from most other reviews I’ve read. If I have loved the book then they are a pleasure to write, but when the book has, in […]Read more "Writing reviews, is it a mistake?"
This book is the story of New York during the Victoria era. It tells the tale of a father and son. The father Nathaniel, is a watchmage and it tasked with keeping all the human wizards and magical creatures in line. The son, Jonas is non magical and a policeman (I resisted calling him a […]Read more "The Watchmage of Old New York, by C.A. Sanders, A review"