Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew

As with my review of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (LWW), I’ll be reviewing this tale with the feedback of my five year-old daughter in mind, to whom I read the story over several bedtimes during the past few weeks, as well as my own. The first thing to mind is that thereContinue reading “Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew”

Book Review: The Empyreus Proof by Bryan Wigmore

It’s pretty well known that middle books in series are tricky customers, providing neither a beginning nor an end to a story in which one is already invested. It’s admirable indeed, then, that The Empyreus Proof is a remarkable book. It’s a book that adds not only depth and profundity to its characters but also its world.Continue reading “Book Review: The Empyreus Proof by Bryan Wigmore”

Book Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Over the last few weeks I’ve read LWW to my five-year-old daughter at bedtime, so I’ll be reviewing the book not only through my eyes and understanding of it, but also her reaction to it, seeing as she’s more the book’s target audience than I. And it is, thoroughly predictably, fabulous. Much has been writtenContinue reading “Book Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis”

Book Review: Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle

In a sea of dystopian, post-apocalyptic SF and speculative fiction, Seoul Survivors bucks the trend by being a pre-apocalyptic novel. SS focuses on the different reactions people have to the news that a massive meteor, dubbed Lucifer’s Hammer, is going to hit Earth imminently. We follow a gaggle of morally ambiguous characters, primarily based inContinue reading “Book Review: Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle”

Book Review: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It’s no exaggeration to say that Crime and Punishment is one of the most staggering achievements in all of literature. I don’t think I can possibly say anything new about C&P which hasn’t been said before, but I will try and express my own thoughts about the book. What I found particularly fascinating was theContinue reading “Book Review: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky”

Book Review: Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut

I’d not read this Hugo winner before, but enjoyed it immensely. It’s anti-war in the most absurd sense, and does its work by juxtaposing the almost surreal horror of the events leading up to the fire bombing of Dresden in WW2 with the banal comings and goings of death. For a book that makes aContinue reading “Book Review: Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut”

Book Review: The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore

The thought occurred to me the other day that Snowbooks acquired two new authors last year. Two, out of what was most likely hundreds or perhaps even thousands of submissions. And it tickles me unendingly that those two authors are me, and Bryan Wigmore. To give that a bit of context, Bryan and I areContinue reading “Book Review: The Goddess Project by Bryan Wigmore”

Book Review: Emergence by Nick M. Lloyd

Emergence is the debut novel by British SF novelist Nick M Lloyd. There are two main settings in which events take place: firstly Earth, through the central human characters of journalist with a grudge Louise, her physicist hubby Jeff Harding, their other physicist pal Mike, and Jack Bullage, a shady businessman, car-crash survivor and theContinue reading “Book Review: Emergence by Nick M. Lloyd”