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Walden: Life in the woods

Walden: Life in the woods

Much has been said, written and speculated over Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Its opening statement set the scene: “When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in…

Worm. A review.

Worm. A review.

What’s the longest book you can think of? The Bible? Lord of the Rings? Sprawling worlds and books are often a sign of poor editing but the longest I’ve ever read is called Worm and at around 1.7 million words…

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

I picked up my copy of Lost in Translation for the first time and it fell open at Fika, a Swedish verb meaning “Gathering together to talk and take a break from everyday routines, usually drinking coffee and eating pastries – either at a…

The It Doesn’t Matter Suit and Other Stories

The It Doesn’t Matter Suit and Other Stories

Sylvia Plath is one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century, but few people are familiar with her collected children’s stories. They are charming, vibrant and beautifully written and perfect bed-time reading for young children. The collection contains three stories…

Belisarius Saga Book Series

Belisarius Saga Book Series

I have always had an interest in alternative history – both the “what if?” genre and the interfering time traveler or message genre and it was the masterpiece of the Belisarius Saga that really got me into it. The series covers 6 books…

Woodland Life (Usborne Spotter’s Guide)

Woodland Life (Usborne Spotter’s Guide)

My repertoire of flower names begins and ends with a small handful: Daisies, Blue bells, Primroses, Poppies, Daffodils. The same goes for birds, trees, insects and bees, butterflies and beetles. On regular weekend walks, I find myself wishing I knew more about the lovely countryside…

On Silver Wings Book Series

On Silver Wings Book Series

On Silver Wings is military sci-fi at its best – a strong, central character, ground combat as well as space battles underpinned by a story that builds up to a totally unexpected revelation and wider insight that I did not anticipate. It begins with…

The Nights Dawn Trilogy

The Nights Dawn Trilogy

Space operas are a particular passion of mine. I started reading them at a young age, but one series really fired my love for them. It was bold, complicated, long and smart and for me it was the sci-fi equivalent of the Lord of…

Tenhawk – Alexander Harris and the Shadow Council

Tenhawk – Alexander Harris and the Shadow Council

Fanfic is a topic which few people discuss openly. It’s got an air of desperation and obsession around it and you get looked at a little oddly if you admit to reading it. There are a lot of obsessed readers and some very…

The Vorkosigan Saga Book Series

The Vorkosigan Saga Book Series

I have always been an avid reader. I read many things, enjoy many things, but every now and again, a book or series comes along and brings with it the power to change the world by changing the person who reads it. The Vorkosigan Saga…

Black Tide Rising Book Series

Black Tide Rising Book Series

Realism and zombie stories are not usually two things you would get together, but it’s something that has intrigued a lot of people over the last few decades. What would happen if the Zombie Apocalypse came? How could you really get Zombies? The…

The Ringworld Book Series

The Ringworld Book Series

1970 was an important year for a number of things: the Beatles disbanded, Apollo 13 didn’t make it to the Moon and the Concorde made its first supersonic flight. Perhaps more likely to be overlooked is that 1970 was also the year that…

The Kingkiller Chonicles

The Kingkiller Chonicles

I started reading The Name of the Wind in the middle of the night. I had not intended to read it. ‘The slow regard of silent things’ had caught my attention, but when the Author’s Forward stated: “First, if you…

Frontlines Series

Frontlines Series

I stumbled across the Frontlines series whilst looking for a decent military science fiction series that I hadn’t read before. It looked promising and once I started reading, I didn’t stop until I ran out of books. The series follows a…