Weird Lies – Cherry Potts and Katy Darby (eds)

weirdAn anthology of ‘science fiction, fantasy and strange stories’ from Liars’ League, Weird Lies brings together a broad range of styles and themes in an array of delectable morsels. It is well written, well edited and, most importantly, consistently engaging – in short it is an absolute pleasure to read, from cover to cover… READ MORE

Anthem – Ayn Rand

anthemLet me begin by saying that this is the first work by Ayn Rand that I have read and that I am aware that she is not well liked in many circles. However, I really enjoyed Anthem. It started off a little slow and reminded me many times of 1984, Brave New World and the film Metropolis, but really that was inevitable and the story did pick up quite quickly, making for a short but enjoyable read… READ MORE

The Lines – Eli Wilde

linesEli Wilde’s collection of poetry is an enjoyable journey, accessible (rather than ‘high’ or dense) and simple to digest. Easy flowing from page to page, which is how much each poem spans, The Lines tells the story of the speaker’s past and the woman who is still part of his* present, if not physically. It’s brooding, like watching rain patter against the window of a train that’s carrying you along without any input on your part (which is where the speaker seems to be doing his brooding, a good analogy for life bearing him along despite his fixation with a woman and a time that have escaped his grasp)… READ MORE

World Food Café Vegetarian Bible – Chris and Carolyn Caldicott

foodThis recipe book is simply gorgeous. Every chapter is based around a different region of the world and opens with an introduction on the culture and traditions of the place, complete with vibrant photos of the authors’ visit to the area (Chris and Carolyn Caldicott spent years travelling around the world to find the best dishes most representative of the different countries’ cuisine, and set up the World Food Café in Covent Garden, London). Similar flavour text is present in the margins around the actual recipe pages, making you feel more engaged with the dishes and countries described, and feeding your enthusiasm… READ MORE

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

faultI ended up really enjoying this book despite myself.

This is the first John Green book I have read despite having had Looking for Alaska in my possession since around 2008, when I discovered him through his and his brother’s co-run YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. The vlog was great, so when I picked up The Fault in Our Stars I did so with a surge of excitement and anticipation – and then I read the first page and my hopes sank… READ MORE

A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen

bobAs another reviewer has already said, this book could do with some further editing – it is at times repetitive (in terms of content and language) and a bit muddled, often using odd punctuation or missing out punctuation marks altogether. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think that, in this case, the story, rather than craft or presentation, is what’s important… READ MORE