Monday, April 30, 2012

The Prince of Academe - Fergus Bannon

Quislimiter job.


4 out of 5

Dead Air - Gregory Nicoll

DJ dead bits.


3.5 out of 5

All Flesh Is Clay - John J. Ordover

When I rebuild the dead people to go back.


4 out of 5

Unusual Genitals Party - Fergus Bannon

Weird symbiote winner.


3.5 out of 5

Burning Brightly - Fergus Bannon

Glyphic bug interstellar discovery message.


3.5 out of 5

The Subway Collection - Billie Sue Mosiman

A short horror collection.

Subway Collection : Dark Reality - Billie Sue Mosiman
Subway Collection : Mcmurdo Sound - Billie Sue Mosiman
Subway Collection : Sparkle - Billie Sue Mosiman
Subway Collection : Interview With A Psycho - Billie Sue Mosiman

Bed and Breakfast with Satan.

3 out of 5

Cold posted killer back.

3.5 out of 5

Old one story end.

3.5 out of 5

Death final.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Dark Reality - Billie Sue Mosiman

Death final.


3 out of 5

A Life In the Cinema - Mick Garris

Freak baby movie.


3 out of 5

The Ghost Of A Girl Who Never Lived - Keffy R. M. Kehrli

Not yet Sarah.


3 out of 5

Sister Jasmine Brings The Pain - Von Carr

Apocalypse robot help.


3.5 out of 5

Jesus When The Sun Goes Down - Simon McCaffery

Camp discovery.


3 out of 5

Detail - Fred Venturini

Car cleaning.


3 out of 5

Incident On A Rain-soaked Corner - Heath Lowrance

Just happened across you, shot guy.


3 out of 5

Gator Boy - Heath Lowrance

Bait finally taken.


3.5 out of 5

From Here To Oblivion - Heath Lowrance

Multiple suicide failure.


3.5 out of 5

Bukowski On Mars With Beer - Eric Brown

Fuck typing.


2.5 out of 5

Decfsz - Carl Frederick

Vole 42, octal.


3 out of 5

The Architects' Playground - Carl Frederick

Chip biochip.


3.5 out of 5

On the Bus - Selena Kitt

Sibling trip.


3 out of 5

An Artist's Model - R. B. Russell

Bad student.


2.5 out of 5

Sybian Sorority - Selena Kitt

Initiation hazing choice.


3.5 out of 5

How The Night Receives Them - Kealan Patrick Burke

Poet faces.


3 out of 5

Angels In the Snow - Steven Savile

Watchmaker let go.


2.5 out of 5

Ice Age - Iain Rowan

A poor short horror collection at 2.94.

Ice Age : Lilies - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : The Call - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : Through The Window - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : Driving In Circles - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : Sighted - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : The Circular Path - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : Here Comes The New Way - Iain Rowan
Ice Age : Ice Age - Iain Rowan

Dead grandpa.

2.5 out of 5

From the sea.

3 out of 5

Watching help.

3 out of 5

Turning and after.

3 out of 5

Sniping dead.

3.5 out of 5

Man seen.

3 out of 5

Burning belief.

3 out of 5

Cold clue.

2.5 out of 5



2 out of 5

Ice Age - Iain Rowan

Cold clue.


2.5 out of 5

Here Comes The New Way - Iain Rowan

Burning belief.


3 out of 5

The Circular Path - Iain Rowan

Man seen.


3 out of 5

Through the Window - Iain Rowan

Watching help.


3 out of 5

St Elmo In Winter - Margaret Coel

Ski lost main street.


3 out of 5

Dry Places - Tom English

Tomb runner, with sword.


3 out of 5

XVI And Deek Escape In The Night - R. J. Astruc

Crazy work.


3 out of 5

Stolen - Jinx Jamison

A girl turned on by stealing is caught by a man who knows what she is up to.


3 out of 5

The War of the Roses - Warren Adler

A couple have an increasingly violent divorce.


3 out of 5

The Witch's Murder - Dave Freer and Eric Flint

No, just a garden variety locked room killing.


3 out of 5

Minding Amy - Saskia Walker

Journo meets guy on blind date - who turns out to be the bodyguard her dad has picked for her.


2.5 out of 5

The Sybian Club - Selena Kitt

A business begun with an expensive toy expands a relationship and gives problems iwith a dodgy neighbour.


3.5 out of 5

Chalice of Death: Three Novels of Mystery In Space - Robert Silverberg

An omnibus of three good SF novels from the Ace double days.

Chalice of Death : The Chalice of Death - Robert Silverberg
Chalice of Death : Starhaven - Robert Silverberg
Chalice of Death : Shadow on the Stars - Robert Silverberg

One of the few remaining humans is working as an hereditary advisor to an alien monarch - The Chalice could confer immortality - but actually holds the key (and people) for a human revival. Which leads to some spy and space war trickery fun.

3.5 out of 5

A far off Earth colony under threat of alien invasion in the next few years sends a one man envoy to Earth. Only to find them staid and completely toothless, in fact on the verge of being taken over by a nearby colony.

A nice stable society has left one group of advanced scholars time to tinker. So much so, they have come up with a time travel device. Which can be handy for outwitting your enemies by looping yourself through multiple timelines and having several of you. Or shifting enemy fleets to no longer be a problem.

3.5 out of 5

A far off Earth colony under threat of alien invasion in the next few years sends a one man envoy to Earth. Only to find them staid and completely toothless, in fact on the verge of being taken over by a nearby colony.

A nice stable society has left one group of advanced scholars time to tinker. So much so, they have come up with a time travel device. Which can be handy for outwitting your enemies by looping yourself through multiple timelines and having several of you. Or shifting enemy fleets to no longer be a problem.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Shadow On the Stars - Robert Silverberg

A far off Earth colony under threat of alien invasion in the next few years sends a one man envoy to Earth. Only to find them staid and completely toothless, in fact on the verge of being taken over by a nearby colony.

A nice stable society has left one group of advanced scholars time to tinker. So much so, they have come up with a time travel device. Which can be handy for outwitting your enemies by looping yourself through multiple timelines and having several of you. Or shifting enemy fleets to no longer be a problem.


3.5 out of 5

Starhaven - Robert Silverberg

A down and out beach bum after being laid off his defense screen job, forced to hightail it off and the planet. The only place to go is the one refuge for criminals or anybody else, they take you or kill you. Starhaven, the impregnable fortress.

Once their, it seems other personalities are trying to break through, and an aging tyrant wants a personal forcescreen invented, fearful of enemies.

And in this case the just because the boss is paranoid doesn't mean they are out to get him is completely true.


3.5 out of 5

The Chalice of Death - Robert Silverberg

One of the few remaining humans is working as an hereditary advisor to an alien monarch - The Chalice could confer immortality - but actually holds the key (and people) for a human revival. Which leads to some spy and space war trickery fun.


3.5 out of 5

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Double Booked - Sommer Marsden

A friend arranges a holiday for two others, separately, so they collide for mutual benefit.


4 out of 5

The World According To Garp - John Irving

This is amusing enough to be good. A transsexual that was a former professional football player, and a tight end at that, what is that, recursively tongue in cheek? Very funny. Not that this is all lightweight, of course, oral sex accidents notwithstanding.


3.5 out of 5

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary - Linus Torvalds

An interesting look at an archetypal geek, and a man who isn't in it for the money, fame, or power, just wanting to have software that did want he wanted it to do. He also saw building linux as an intellectual exercise that he could learn a lot from, working from one computer, to saving up to buy another from a catalogue.

A reasonably reticent and retiring type, it was well done by the author to get this book published.


4 out of 5

Future Shock - Alvin Toffler

Toffler's Future Shock is something similar to what science fiction writers have discussed many times. What happens when you throw advanced technology and concepts at a more primitive people (human/alien/mineral/vegetable) or whatever.

Here he is talking about us, and the seeming increasing pace of change, and the general inability of people to keep up with it. While this may be true for some, being in his 35 years ahead future now, with all the people on the planet wandering around with mobile phones, is this really the case for mankind in general?


3 out of 5

Robert the Bruce: King of Scots - Ronald McNair Scott

Scott's book is a biographical and chronological account of Robert the Bruce's accomplishments. It is written to be read, as well as studied and is quite well done from that point of view, forming a coherent narrative, or story, if you like, detailing the life of the King of Scots.

An interesting biography.


3.5 out of 5

Comet - Carl Sagan

Sagan, along with co-writer Ann Druyan takes a look at what comets are, where they come from, and how they affect things around them.

They also speculate on the possible and actual effects that comets have had throughout history physically, as well as culturally.


3 out of 5

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan's very well done introduction to astronomy, cosmology, life and all that good stuff, as he sets out to explain to the layperson the origins of the universe, the stars, and the planets, and ultimately, us.

An uplifting publication to go alongside his tv series.


5 out of 5

How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way - Stan Lee

An entertaining look at how the comic work was approached at Marvel way back when. I can't draw, and have no real desire too, so basically got this out of interest.

As far as that goes, it was a reasonable read. For actual artistic types it is probably a bit more useful.


3 out of 5

The Happy Hooker - Xaviera Hollander

And Madam, even.


3 out of 5

The Watcher's Guide Volume Two - Nancy Holder

Very informative, and a lot of fun.

Much as in the first volume, along with brief episode descriptions and information there is a whole lot more fun stuff to be found in this look at the third and fourth seasons of the show.

Informations on the various quips and references made by the characters, and also some quotable quotes will come in handy for fans, no doubt about it.

Plenty of other bits and pieces following the characters and their relationships.

Good stuff.


4 out of 5

Almost Home - Robert Hoge

About the shuttle accident and space travel.


4 out of 5

Living Free - Joy Adamson

Elsa has cubs!


3.5 out of 5

The Catcher In the Rye - J. D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is annoying.


2.5 out of 5

Cry To Heaven - Anne Rice

A story of the boys who became castrati because of their ability as singers, and the men who used them. It follows one particular character and his relationships, as his master realises his level of talent, and acts to prevent puberty from taking away from his vocal talents.

There is also some detail of the Italian setting. It is not all shagging and singing, some conflict does arise, with the odd death.


2.5 out of 5

The Feast of All Saints - Anne Rice

A book that is not concerned with vampires or other supernatural creatures, but with the day to day lives and happenings surrounding some people of mixed race heritage in New Orleans. It isn't too bad, but nothing to make you pick it over any other particular novel of that sort. Rice fans shouldn't mind it though.


2.5 out of 5

The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield

A self help pop psychology type book that is wrapped in the trappings of a novel. The characters wander around talking basically espousing these ideas, after one of them checks into a location that is the basis for the ideas in the Celestine Prophecy.

A pretty much complete absence of plot in this pseudo-hybrid thing.


1.5 out of 5

Emma and Max - Lisa Meekison

A novel that looks at the relationship between the two titular characters and their sexual adventures, as well as geographical adventures as they wander the world and get to know other people.

Sometimes these other people get involved with them, as well.


3 out of 5

The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough

In the Thorn Birds some foreigners emigrate to Australia, and settle.

Their daughter soon learns she has a thing for the local priest. Given he is catholic, and not supposed to do the shagging thing, this proves to be a bit of an issue, especially after she gets old enough to actually influence his hormones as well.

Job or woman, he has to choose.


3 out of 5

Tim - Colleen McCullough

Tim is what you would call mentally challenged. He is functional enough to hold simple jobs, and handle living with his family.

When a spinster, close to 20 years older than he is, hires him to do a job or two, she finds her thoughts turning more to cradle-snatching than to the jobs to be done.


3 out of 5

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Harper Lee dissects racism in a small town, in general using the viewpoint of a young girl.

The girl's father is a lawyer that defends a black man unjustly accused of rape of a white girl, and through this event the politics and attitudes of some of America of the time is analysed.


3.5 out of 5

All Things Wise and Wonderful - James Herriot

Even more vet hijinks.


3 out of 5

Universal Baseball Association Inc - Robert Coover

A man lives for his baseball game, a board game that is a statistical simulation of the baseball world.


3 out of 5

Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

A Japanese girl tries to work out who she is and where she fits in.

She isn't the usual sort of conservative fit in and don't be different sort of person, so this takes here awhile, particularly with the characters in her family.

Food is quite prevalent, as the title might suggest. Being about fridges and washing dishes would be quite a bit less interesting.


3 out of 5

Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show - Glenn Yeffeth

A bunch of other writers talk about the most excellent Buffy. These pieces range from a comedy test from the The Forces of Evil, through some critical articles, and one or two fanlike rants.

An interesting article by Jacqueline Lichtenberg looks at the rise in the 1990s of the type of television show that eventually led to Buffy.


4 out of 5

The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe

There are not too many historical novels, or perhaps non-fiction novels about astronauts, and this is one. Done in a sort of epic, Micheneresque style, with a more focused scope, this looks at the crazy and crazy brave pilots, who become important parts of the American space program.

A fairly straightforward message is contained in this book 'these guys are American heroes'.


3.5 out of 5

The Club - David Williamson

A hilarious look inside a professional football club. A young player, an old executive, an emerging star, and others emerge in this clash of football politics, personalities, and hilarity.

One or two tall stories are told in the process, with the help of a woman and others. Excellent work.


5 out of 5

Visions of Heaven: The Mysteries of the Universe Revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope - Tom Wilkie

Very pretty, basically I bought it for the cover picture, which I had seen before, and would be happy to have a big poster of, one day, or of something similar.

Apart from the very nice space photography, some Hubble information is given.

A book with many beautiful pictures, if you are interested in what is way out there in the galaxy.


3.5 out of 5

The Shoes of the Fisherman - Morris West

The pope is dead. Always a cause of a bunch of shenanigans and nastiness. They go through all the rigmarole that surrounds finding a new bloke. Amazingly enough he turns out to be a russkie, and a halfway decent guy, to boot. All in all, sounds pretty unbelievable all around.


2 out of 5

Kundu - Morris West

Morris West (or Paul West, if you prefer that name) has chosen a different setting for this novel. Rather than the modern Western setting, this book is centred in New Guinea.

The title is an aboriginal or native word for drum, which is used to send a message or make a statement. In New Guinea, revolution is brewing, given a helping hand by one man.


2.5 out of 5

Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh

The story of a bunch of Scottish drug addicts. Or I suppose more particularly, a group of Glaswegian drug addictions. I wonder if Welsh writes by dictating? The dialogue is written as it might sound, to some degree, in a spoken type dialogue.

A novel that is both entertaining and disturbing, and sometimes even both at once.


3.5 out of 5

Ecstasy - Irvine Welsh

Another story of some youngish people and their relationships, revolving around a club scene that has a lot of Ecstasy being consumed.

One great quote, about a woman's ex, who has become a suit, "...a man who changes his woman is one thing, but a man who changes his football team shows a lack of character."

This after she finds out that he has decided to barrack for one of the big name clubs, get into a corporate box etc., rather than the small lower division team they had supported all their lives while growing up.


3 out of 5

Filth - Irvine Welsh

Read Trainspotting, instead. Writing in accent is still funny though. However, in the case of this book it definitely starts to drag, or even pall, and it isn't that interesting to start with. For hardcore Welsh fans only, methinks. Too much of a good thing, in this case, really.


1.5 out of 5

Le Mari Terrible - H. G. Wells

Collecting scandal.


2.5 out of 5

A Misunderstood Artist - H. G. Wells

Food design.


3 out of 5

Wayde's Essence - H. G. Wells

The right medicine.


2.5 out of 5

A Perfect Gentleman On Wheels - H. G. Wells

Likes to stay ahead.


3 out of 5

The Man With A Nose - H. G. Wells

Big honker.


3 out of 5

A Family Elopement - H. G. Wells

Theosophy exhibition.


3 out of 5

How Gabriel Became Thompson - H. G. Wells

Marriage story.


2.5 out of 5

How Pingwill Was Routed - H. G. Wells

A nuisance.


2 out of 5

Answer To Prayer - H. G. Wells

Dead plea.


2 out of 5

Friday, April 27, 2012

Love In The Time Of The Serpent King and Other Stories - R. J. Astruc

Solid short multi-genre collection.

Seeking the Void : Love in the Time of the Serpent King - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : A Believer's Guide to Azagarth - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : The Cost of Men - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : Four Parties - R. J. Astruc

Devil deev.

3.5 out of 5

Hikhik nun.

3.5 out of 5

Sale cruel ruin.

3 out of 5

Sale cruel ruin.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Seeking the Void - R. J. Astruc

Solid short multi-genre collection.

Seeking the Void : Love in the Time of the Serpent King - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : A Believer's Guide to Azagarth - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : The Cost of Men - R. J. Astruc
Seeking the Void : Four Parties - R. J. Astruc

Devil deev.

3.5 out of 5

Hikhik nun.

3.5 out of 5

Sale cruel ruin.

3 out of 5

Sale cruel ruin.

3 out of 5



3.5 out of 5

Four Parties - R. J. Astruc

Dionysus last.


3 out of 5

The Life and Loves of a She-devil - Fay Weldon

A spiteful revenge tale, seen through the eyes of the wronged woman. A disturbed woman, after being cheated on, goes to extraordinary lengths to get her own back. This even involves actually increasing her own, personal length. A very biting satire, and an exceedingly nasty one at times. Not too many redeeming features about either of the pair in conflict.


2.5 out of 5

The Cost of Men - R. J. Astruc

Sale cruel ruin.


3 out of 5

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

This isn't too bad, but it was most certainly a struggle for me to manage to get all the way through this, it took quite a while. This is something that is quite unusual. Clearly not something of my usual interest, but took it up because it was a recommendation. You could certainly do worse, for those style of book and subject.


3 out of 5

A Believer's Guide To Azagarth - R. J. Astruc

Hikhik nun.


3.5 out of 5

The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

Very dull compared to the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. However, it does explore a few issues that may be of interest, in that sort of book. It would also be a candidate for an update perhaps, like the Hardy Boys, or other books have happen to them periodically to make them relevant again to current children.


2 out of 5

Love In The Time Of The Serpent King - R. J. Astruc

Devil deev.


3.5 out of 5

The Word - Irving Wallace

The heart of this novel is a religious conspiracy. In an ancient town, a researcher has found a very old scroll. It turns out that this a heretofore undiscovered gospel written by James. The information contained within gives more details about Jesus, his life, and what he got up to.

Henceforth, a lot of hoo-hah and religious chest beating, hand-wringing and nastiness ensue.


2.5 out of 5

The Celestial Bed - Irving Wallace

A novel about the life and relationships revolving around a sex therapist. That is where the reference to the title comes in, it is a phrase in part of their methodology.

A woman works with several clients to help them, but also must sort out her own life and feelings, with what is going on around her, both personally and professionally.


2.5 out of 5

The R Document - Irving Wallace

A President of the United States of America proposes an amendment to the constitution that allows him to repeal the Bill of Rights, and basically do whatever he likes. Just what all good fascists want.

The current Attorney General doesn't really think it is a good thing, but thinks is is probably controllable. Then a source tells him about a damning piece of information that reveals what is actually at the heart of this conspiracy.

Then the thriller rolls into top gear as the two sides come into conflict.


2.5 out of 5

The Fan Club - Irving Wallace

Four crazy guys abduct a famous actress, their obsession. Needless to say, she is not a fan of theirs. They are quite delusional in their thinking of how she will come to regard them after her kidnapping, just because of their level of worship.

Not being stupid, she works this out, and desperately tries to come up with a way out.


3 out of 5

The Seven Minutes - Irving Wallace

A novel about a book, in this case. In the story, The Seven Minutes is a book that has the explicit sexual thoughts of a woman. The novel details the society, legal ramifications and other hoo-hah surround its publication.

Obviously a book of its time, but certainly has a couple of things to say about censorship and freedom of speech.


3 out of 5

The Prize - Irving Wallace

The Prize, in the case of this novel, is The Nobel Prize. Set in the early sixties, it looks at what happens when six people go to Stockholm to claim their prizes.

In one case, it seems to revolved around impressing lots of women, but not so in the others, with more serious events going on around them, that they influence.


3 out of 5

My Country Australian Poetry & Short Stories Two Hundred Years Volume 1 - Various Various

This is a lovely collection, very well put together. The inclusion of thematic painting prints in the pages in between is a very classy touch. This is a highly recommended overview, not to mention being quite pretty in a old-fashioned painting type of way.

If you don't like trees, for example, this may well annoy you.


4.5 out of 5

Mysteries of the Unknown - Various Various

Book that looked at all sorts of weird supernatural, ghosts, bigfoot, UFO and other arcane phenomena and beasties.


3 out of 5

Green River Chantey, A Short Story - Alex Irvine

Cave leg.


3 out of 5

Trinity - Leon Uris

Leon Uris turns his attention to Ireland in this novel, more specifically the end of the nineteenth century and early on in the twentieth.

Here, again, is the English versus the Irish, or the English oppressing the Irish. There is no doubt at all during the novel that the Irish characters are the good guys and the poms the nasty vile villains.


2.5 out of 5

Exodus - Leon Uris

Leon Uris is an author of sweeping historical sagas. This one deals with the Jewish people, and the horrors inflicted upon them. This, of course led to the creation of Israel, and the history of this event comes into focus here. You cannot escape Palestine either, in this setting. It is all reasonably interesting enough.


2.5 out of 5

Falling Idols - Brian Hodge

An ok horror collection.

Falling Idols : Stick Around It Gets Worse - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : A Loaf Of Bread A Jug Of Wine - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : Blind Idiot Lovecraft - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : Graphic Arts - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : The Dripping Of Sundered Wineskins - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : Sensible Violence - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : Cenotaph - Brian Hodge
Falling Idols : As Above So Below - Brian Hodge

After she's dead.

3 out of 5

Not pretty Nomad kills nazis.

3.5 out of 5

Banishing pickle.

3 out of 5

Bricklord people painting.

3.5 out of 5

Bloody biblical women.

3.5 out of 5

Crazy dog person.

3.5 out of 5

Jack-o-the-Green variety.

3 out of 5

Austin Kyyth.

2.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

As Above So Below - Brian Hodge

Austin Kyyth.


2.5 out of 5

Cenotaph - Brian Hodge

Jack-o-the-Green variety.


3 out of 5

Sensible Violence - Brian Hodge

Crazy dog person.


3.5 out of 5

Graphic Arts - Brian Hodge

Bricklord people painting.


3.5 out of 5

A Loaf Of Bread A Jug Of Wine - Brian Hodge

Not pretty Nomad kills nazis.


3.5 out of 5

Stick Around It Gets Worse - Brian Hodge

After she's dead.


3 out of 5

Shibumi - Trevanian Trevanian

Russo-Japanese refinement spy.


2.5 out of 5

Restoration - Rose Tremaine

The main character here is definitely a man who likes to have a good time. This can be a problem if you are not a part of the wealthy aristocracy, as you have to earn a living, and all that sort of thing.

He achieves a bizarre court appointment, ends up working in a profession he has a talent for, and suffers other slings and roundabouts.


4 out of 5

Children of the Mist - Nigel Tranter

This is Nigel Tranter's novelisation of how the Clan MacGregor was quite literally royally shafted. Or at least nobly shafted.

The clan leaders were in conflict at the time, and needed help. The Earl of Argyll saw tools he could use to further his own ambition and political ends, and tools that were disposable.


3 out of 5

Robert the Bruce: The Price of the King's Peace - Nigel Tranter

The Bruce is acknowledged as King of Scotland, but now he has all the problems of a ruler, as opposed to a rebel, and must also try and deal with King Edward, in England, and be formally recognised as a king, himself.


4 out of 5

Robert the Bruce: The Path of the Hero King - Nigel Tranter

The Bruce is in a lot of trouble here, lost and on the run in the wilderness, his family captured or killed. He is forced to live as a hermit, and has an epiphany in a cave. He establishes a power base in the North (with some help from a mistress who is fond of him), uniting the clans and the lowlanders, overcoming distrust. This leads to the famous battle at Bannockburn.


4 out of 5

Robert the Bruce: the Steps to the Empty Throne - Nigel Tranter

In the first book, Robert is just an Earl. He has to put up with the English king Edward, as do all the other lords. He also meets a woman who changes his life, and witnesses what happens to The Wallace.


4 out of 5

The Wallace - Nigel Tranter

This is historical fiction, but not really of the romantic sort. Tranter here has produced a fictionalised account of the life of William Wallace, and the political and military happenings and accomplishments of his time.

He is a remarkable character, pretty much forcing The Bruce into an alliance by strength of character, at least here.

Reasonably scathing of the usual layabout nobility, in general.


3 out of 5

Black Douglas - Nigel Tranter

The sad story of an Earl of Douglas. Under his father and previous rulers the Douglas holdings and Galloway had fallen into disrepair.

When Will Douglas becomes the Earl his political and military ability, and early friendship with the king enable him to start to rectify the situation.

He grows too successful, and jealousies happen.


4 out of 5

The Future Imperfect - Ruth Nestvold

An excellent collection of science fiction stories.

Future Imperfect : Latency Time - Ruth Nestvold
Future Imperfect : A Handful of Dust - Ruth Nestvold
Future Imperfect : Shadow Memory - Ruth Nestvold
Future Imperfect : Exit Without Saving - Ruth Nestvold
Future Imperfect : Killfile - Ruth Nestvold
Future Imperfect : The Other Side of Silence - Ruth Nestvold

Epidemic coverup.

3.5 out of 5

Freak purist worry.

3.5 out of 5

Morph composite identity.

4 out of 5

Absent fraternal experimental transformation overload.

4.5 out of 5

We own your brain, two-bit sim star.

3.5 out of 5

Cube kid genmod chick pick monkeyfuckers.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

Killfile - Ruth Nestvold

We own your brain, two-bit sim star.


3.5 out of 5

A Handful of Dust - Ruth Nestvold

Freak purist worry.


3.5 out of 5

Latency Time - Ruth Nestvold

Epidemic coverup.


3.5 out of 5

Montrose the Captain-General - Nigel Tranter

Montrose is now a veteran military leader and political figure. This can be a problem in such political systems, as monarchs then feel threatened by popular leaders with talented armies who are not them. He makes more than one head of a country very nervous.

Montrose falls victim to this, while still trying to serve his country, whether with local armies, or mercenaries, or others.


3 out of 5

The Young Montrose - Nigel Tranter

James Graham was the Marquis of Montrose. At first, his king really didn't want to have anything to do with him. However, he proves himself to be a really excellent military leader, and can't be ignored because of that fact. With less men and a lack of resources he still manages to win battles, and is still treated shabbily, in general.


3 out of 5

Trinity County Ca - Peter S. Beagle

Wyvern raise.


3 out of 5

The Wisest Fool - Nigel Tranter

The wisest fool, unsurprisingly, is a Scottish historical novel.

This time, the setting is during the reign of King James VI of Scotland.

The point of view character is a merchant, this time, and he and his wife become involved in court life and all the scheming and power plays that the situation entails.


3 out of 5

The Trojan Plushy - David Bernstein

Actually a wolf.


3 out of 5

Lords of Misrule - Nigel Tranter

The continuing story of the House of Stewart, as seen through the eyes of Jamie Douglas, a minor Scottish lord.

Those who followed the ultra-competent monarch Robert the Bruce were basically useless. They were happy to sit around and allow others do the work, so the next Robert Stewarts let the earls hold the power.


4 out of 5

Fly By Night - Tim Curran

Baby monsters.


3 out of 5

The Neighbor - Brandon Ford

Lander three-way.


3 out of 5

Emancipation With Teeth - Heath Lowrance

Dying parasite.


3 out of 5

A Folly of Princes - Nigel Tranter

This is the second installment of Nigel Tranter's trilogy detailing the struggles for the House of Stewart, in Scotland. With a weak, dying king, there is a lot of political strife. The point of view character is a young man of limited means, also named James.

Not as wet behind the ears here, it shows the problems he has trying to be an honorable man and do the right thing.


3 out of 5

Pretty Teeth - Tony Ballantyne

Womb fight.


3 out of 5

Plastipak tm Limited - Neal Asher

Worker production.


3.5 out of 5

Head In the Clouds - Kealan Patrick Burke

No crash.


3 out of 5

The Patriot - Nigel Tranter

About Andrew Fletcher, a republican.


2.5 out of 5

The Captive Crown - Nigel Tranter

The final novel in Nigel Tranter's fine House of Stewart trilogy sees the House of Stewart still in disarray through death and poor leadership.

Three young men of the time are doing all they can to help rectify the problems at the top, but there is only so much they can accomplish, and the English are always lurking.


3 out of 5

Unicorn Rampant - Nigel Tranter

When James the Sixth returns to Scotland for a brief time, it causes all sorts of problems for the locals, and John Stewart is caught up in all of that, and also is caught up in lots of problems when James returns, and he has to go to.

He just wants to get back to Scotland a pair of women in particular.


3.5 out of 5

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend

A reasonably amusing look at the life of a teenage boy, in his own hand.

To him, of course, his life can seem quite horrible, problems with those annoying girls, those annoying adults, those annoying schools, those annoying things you have to do, and all sorts of other mundane things.

The funny part is how he actually jots it down.


3 out of 5

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Literary Remains - R. B. Russell

Bad book noise.


2.5 out of 5

Icarus Descending - Steven Savile

Making me sick.


3 out of 5

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Living in a crappy time, in a crappy place, are two men. One big and really stupid, and small and of standard intelligence.

Or, in other words, this is the same problem Rick Jones has with The Hulk, just on a much, much smaller scale. Guns will also work on this large human.


3 out of 5

Idiot Hearts - Steven Savile

Busy day for Jack.


3.5 out of 5

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

The story of a family who become part of the Okie migration, after losing what they have in their original home.

They set out to California, realise many others are doing the same, and work through their various struggles, violence, inadvertent strikebreaking and other mishaps, as the children grow up.


3 out of 5

The Call - Iain Rowan

From the sea.


3 out of 5

Endless Love - Scott Spencer

A love story about two people that have become totally and completely physically obsessed with each other for long periods of times.

It seemed to be a definite favorite of the teenager girl set, at the time. Definitely not your average genre romance novel, anyway, so won't put you off from that point of view.


3 out of 5

The Blind Man - Carole Johnstone

Actually you are the evil one.


3 out of 5

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a pretty forgettable relationship novel. Probably a bit more popular because of the sex, I imagine. That will certainly make it appeal to the teenage crowd to nick if off the shelves and find the good bits. Not that I would know anything about that sort of thing.

Some Czechs work through who is sleeping with who and who is faithful to who.


3 out of 5

Driving In Circles - Iain Rowan

Turning and after.


3 out of 5

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Ivan Denisovich is sent as a prisoner to a Siberian gulag. This book details his experiences there, and the mindset he has to get into to survive the incredibly harsh weather conditions, the minimal amount of food and supplies, and his own fellow prisoners. A bleak look at what one man did to get through, at the time.


3.5 out of 5

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Ivan Denisovich is sent as a prisoner to a Siberian gulag. This book details his experiences there, and the mindset he has to get into to survive the incredibly harsh weather conditions, the minimal amount of food and supplies, and his own fellow prisoners. A bleak look at what one man did to get through, at the time.


3.5 out of 5

Eagle In the Sky - Wilbur Smith

A romance, to some degree. It is the story of two D's, and how they are apart, then come back together. This is shown over and around the backdrop of Israel, and its conflicts.

A pilot falls in a love with a girl and decides to stop chasing and settle down with her, by going to live where she is from.


2.5 out of 5

When the Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith

Another novel in Wilbur Smith's Courtneys of Africa series of stories. Here he tells the tale of two Courtney brothers, Sean and Garrick. They are non identical twins, and one day, decide to play with firearms. Garrick becomes a poster child for why adults should keep their guns away from children.

He is shot, and has to have his leg removed as a consequence. This colors the brothers relationship, even with their women, for a long time, and through various African historical events.


2.5 out of 5

Burning Shore - Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith likes the African historical saga. He doesn't mind having a pilot adventurous type or two in his stories, either.

Here we have the strong brave woman, the dashing husband, struggle for survival in the wilderness, and an impregnation. Add in a dastardly bloke or two, and there you have it.


2 out of 5

A Time To Die - Wilbur Smith

Another of the Courtney books. This one follows the adventures of Sean Courtney in the bush. He is leading a big game expedition, with the help of a black tracker. A few problems are to be encountered, like the existence of a small war or two.

There is some extremely cheesy melodramatic dialogue, especially of the romantic variety.


2.5 out of 5

Thought Probes: Philosophy Through Science Fiction Literature - Nicholas D. Smith

A philosophy text and course using several examples from science fiction writing to gets its point across. Definitely a good and interesting way to do it, I think.

A text that is interesting and not so dry as you might think, and even worth keeping.


3 out of 5

Keeping the World Strange - Cody Walker

A great anthology of essays dissecting, analysing and explaining the Planetary comic series.

Keeping the World Strange : We Contain Universes: The Delicately Spinning Reality of the Snowflake - Kevin Thurman
Keeping the World Strange : Surfing through Planetary: The Characters behind the Fiction - Andy Richardson
Keeping the World Strange : The Secret History of the WildStorm Universe - Cody Walker
Keeping the World Strange : When Third is Fourth: The Mystery of the Fourth Man - Chad Nevett
Keeping the World Strange : Bleeding Between the Lines: Planetary and Vertigo - Timothy Callahan
Keeping the World Strange : The Hidden Wonders of the World: Planetary and Reconstructionism - Julian Darius
Keeping the World Strange : Archaeologists Architects and Acolytes Reading Futures Studies in Planetary - Caleb Stokes
Keeping the World Strange : The Monster Within: Examining Monstrous Archetypes in Planetary - Ross Payton
Keeping the World Strange : Planetary and Decompression - Patrick Meaney
Keeping the World Strange : The Ideal and the Strange: Order Vs. Freedom in Planetary - Peter Sanderson
Keeping the World Strange : The Man Who Knows the Game - A. David Lewis
Keeping the World Strange : Apocrypha or Canon? Fitting the Three Crossover One-Shots into Planetary - Chad Nevett
Keeping the World Strange : Appendix: Sequencing Planetary - Julian Darius

The non-so proper enigma of Elijah Snow.

4 out of 5

Talking about a complicated multiverse concept.

4.5 out of 5

Looking at their types.

3.5 out of 5

How it fits in, Jenny Sparks and all.

4 out of 5

A balancing act.

4 out of 5

In look and deed.

3.5 out of 5

Elijah and Ambrose roles.

4 out of 5

On conspiracies and opponents.

4 out of 5

On the tensions between the outlook on writing of Ellis and his revisionism and the style and optimism of Planetary.

4 out of 5

On the beginnings and homage and endings of Vertigo.

4 out of 5

On the beginnings and homage and endings of Vertigo.

4 out of 5

Putting a timeline together.

4 out of 5

Authority, Batman and JLA.

4 out of 5



5 out of 5

The Shipping News - Annie Proulx

Bloke goes back to the old joint, has to deal.


2.5 out of 5

The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror - David J. Skal

David J. Skal's The Monster Show manages to strike a balance. It is reasonably interesting and indepth, but it is not so dry that you are wondering about how that paint is doing in the bathroom. So, a bit of entertainment here in his reasonably broad coverage of the genre of horror entertainment and media.


3 out of 5

Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life - Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak, a noted SETI researcher talks in detail about the development of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence programs.

He gives an overview of how these programs came about, the problems they have, and a little bit on the politics and financing issues associated with this, as well.


4 out of 5

Bonzer : Australian comics 1900-1990s - Annett Shiell

This was quite interesting, especially to learn about the Australian Captain Atom. There was a period when they flourished because the American variety was not allowed, so what was made in that unique time some disappeared afterwards. Also, the review of modern Australian comics from the 1980s onwards was pretty thorough, as well, and very useful.


4 out of 5

A Mystery Comes To Wameru - Jess Shelton

The first Daktari tie-in book. Ape business. :)


2.5 out of 5

The Rescuers - Margarey Sharp

A polished recruit to help a group get one ut of a castle.


3 out of 5

Blott On the Landscape - Tom Sharpe

A comedy style story, set in England. A developer in a local community basically wants to demolish a town so he can build a bigarse road right through the middle. Needless to say, not all of the residents are happy about this, and the redoubtable Maude and her highly resourceful, as it turns out, decide to oppose it. Her gardener's name happens to be Blott.


3 out of 5

Peking Man - Harry Lionel Shapiro

A look at a palaeontological hoax.


3 out of 5

The Complete Book of Australian Folk Lore - Bill Scott

A book that is mainly focused on musical traditions, which is not too surprising given the author is a musician, and that is the stuff he knows. Actual musical notation is included in places, too.

He talks about the origins or guesses at origins of both some popular and obscure pieces.


3 out of 5

The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies - John Scalzi

This is not a bad little tome.

Scalzi takes a pretty even-handed look at the movies, giving a literature background to start with, an introduction to films, and then listing his 50 important selections.

He also takes a look at tv, music, and important figures or characters from the various productions. He even mentions novelisations which he thinks are good (ET, and Buckaroo Banzai) and the Abyss, which I don't remember reading if I did, but I agree with the first two, and am still looking for a copy of Buckaroo.

Also a section on non-English films.

If you are quite familiar with all this already, you don't need this book, as you will have seen all of them and know most of it, barring the odd Mexican wrestler movie perhaps. Even so, it would be a useful reference, and certainly excellent as an introduction to those that are new.

It is also an annoying odd square shape to some degree.


4 out of 5

Under Mr Nolan's Bed - Selena Kitt

Two best friends have problems when one falls for the other's father - then it gets even more complicated.


4 out of 5

Long Eyes and Other Stories - Jeff Carlson

A fine multigenre collection. Carlson is certainly a rather dystopalyptic writer, so the strength of this book is in the majority science fiction.

Long Eyes : Long Eyes - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Pressure - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Planet of the Sealies - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Pattern Masters - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Caninus - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Eighth-Acre Blues - Jeff Carlsonn
Long Eyes : Exit - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Monsters - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Romance - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Nurture - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Gunfight at the Sugarloaf Pet Food and Taxidermy - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : A Lovely Little Christmas Fire - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Snack Food - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Interrupt - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Writing About The Apocalypse - Jeff Carlsonn
Long Eyes : Rose-Colored Demons - Jeff Carlsonn
Long Eyes : Damned When You Do - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Meme - Jeff Carlson
Long Eyes : Enter Sandman - Jeff Carlson

The Ship Who Searched, and found ratpeople.

4 out of 5

Diver adjustments.

3.5 out of 5

Nexus spider nappy hunt.

3.5 out of 5

Crazy saw PR.

3.5 out of 5

Vampire Shepherd.

3.5 out of 5

Poem of evil.

3 out of 5

Virus last meal lockin, no rats.

3.5 out of 5

HIV terror.

3.5 out of 5

Killed by dad in shootout, but got him first.

3.5 out of 5

Lobe shrinking.

3.5 out of 5

Dope toys.

2.5 out of 5

Macho bug naked chase capture.

4 out of 5

Gonadless, but tasty.

3 out of 5

Solar radiation problem.

3.5 out of 5

On needing the nasty.

3 out of 5

On needing the nasty.

3.5 out of 5

Signs kid stops the world.

3.5 out of 5

Ordinary music union.

3 out of 5

Smashball software sting.

4 out of 5



4 out of 5

Damned When You Do - Jeff Carlson

Signs kid stops the world.


3.5 out of 5

Interrupt - Jeff Carlson

Solar radiation problem.


3.5 out of 5

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nurture - Jeff Carlson

Lobe shrinking.


3.5 out of 5

Romance - Jeff Carlson

Killed by dad in shootout, but got him first.


3.5 out of 5

Monsters - Jeff Carlson

HIV terror.


3.5 out of 5

Caninus - Jeff Carlson

Vampire Shepherd.


3.5 out of 5

Pattern Masters - Jeff Carlson

Crazy saw PR.


3.5 out of 5

Mountain - Liu Cixin

Spaceship of gravity.


3.5 out of 5

The Ghosts of Duster - William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johstone

Bo and Scratch.


3 out of 5

The Water Indian - Steve Hockensmith

A monster, Old Red.


3 out of 5

Licwiglunga - T. A. Moore

Loki trade.


3 out of 5

The Collector - Bernie Mojzes

Baba Yaga loves eyes.


3 out of 5

The Star Trek Compendium - Allan Asherman

The Star Trek Compendium is an episode guide to Star Trek that is very well done. The episode lists and information appear to be quite accurate and informative, at least to my non-expert self. There is an introduction and some background to the Star Trek phenomenon as well. Anyone with interest should be happy with this.


3.5 out of 5

Four Seasons: Winter 2009 - Selena Kitt

The cold season anthology is ok.

Four Seasons Winter : Christmas Surprise - Sommer Marsden
Four Seasons Winter : Spirit Yet to Come - Kiki Howell
Four Seasons Winter : Allison - Mallory Path
Four Seasons Winter : Christmas in Paradise - Phillip Sweeny
Four Seasons Winter : The Christmas Cat - Paul McDermott
Four Seasons Winter : A Little Something for Santa - J.M. Snyder
Four Seasons Winter : San Diego Sunset - Alessia Brio and Will Belegon
Four Seasons Winter : Traditional Inuit Throat-Singing - Giselle Renarde
Four Seasons Winter : Send Me an Angel - Rachelle Le Monnier
Four Seasons Winter : Gridlocked - Saskia Walker
Four Seasons Winter : Core Deep - Selena Kitt

Helping the neighbour, cold and hot.

3.5 out of 5

Ghost feel.

3 out of 5

Homeless advice.

2.5 out of 5

Old dance.

3 out of 5

Now a happy one.

2.5 out of 5

Curious cooking.

3.5 out of 5

Double dream real.

3 out of 5

Not just a game.

3 out of 5

Dead warrior style.

3 out of 5

Hotel student commands.

3.5 out of 5

A couple are doing ice core research in the Arctic and things look grim.

3.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

Gridlocked - Saskia Walker

Hotel student commands.


3.5 out of 5

Send Me An Angel - Rachelle Le Monnier

Dead warrior style.


3 out of 5

The Female Man - Joanna Russ

Four women from different worlds. One with no men, one still in the Depression, a similar and a future war between the sexes.


3.5 out of 5

Traditional Inuit Throat-singing - Giselle Renarde

Not just a game.


3 out of 5

San Diego Sunset - Alessia Brio And Will Belegon

Double dream real.


3 out of 5

A Little Something For Santa - J. M. Snyder

Curious cooking.


3.5 out of 5

The Christmas Cat - Paul McDermott

Now a happy one.


2.5 out of 5

Christmas In Paradise - Philip Sweeny

Old dance.


3 out of 5

Allison - Mallory Path

Homeless advice.


2.5 out of 5

Spirit Yet To Come - Kiki Howell

Ghost feel.


3 out of 5

Christmas Surprise - Sommer Marsden

Helping the neighbour, cold and hot.


3.5 out of 5

The Carpetbaggers - Harold Robbins

Robbins' Carpetbagger is a Howard Hughes type, an aviation tycoon and business whizkid who decides to get involved with Hollywood, as well. The story moves through the early twentieth century and different sections of the book are focused on different characters. He threw in plenty of stuff here designed to push the publishing envelope in the USA, so to speak, for the early sixties.


3 out of 5

Four Seasons: Summer 2009 - Selena Kitt

An excellent seasonal themed anthology with several top class stories.

Four Seasons Summer : House on the Hill - Sommer Marsden
Four Seasons Summer : Summer Fever - Sabb
Four Seasons Summer : Make It Happen - Jennifer Campbell
Four Seasons Summer : First Snowfall - Mallory Path
Four Seasons Summer : Money's Worth - J.M. Snyder
Four Seasons Summer : The Scavenger Hunt - Savannah Reardon
Four Seasons Summer : Taught - Stone Franks
Four Seasons Summer : A Moment Out of Time - Dakota Trace
Four Seasons Summer : Heartless - Molly Wens
Four Seasons Summer : Moxie - Selena Kitt

The woman next door is a first.

4 out of 5

Gardening help.

3.5 out of 5

Space flight log.

3 out of 5

Music original.

3.5 out of 5

Hey, I'll do that, dummy.

4 out of 5

Found watching smell first.

3.5 out of 5

Teacher stage top payback.

4 out of 5

Trestle grab.

3 out of 5

Mean girl can do it.

3 out of 5

Porn theatre party ripper.

3.5 out of 5



4.5 out of 5

The Dream Merchants - Harold Robbins

The Dream Merchants, are, of course, the lords of Hollywood. Having worked there, this is a favorite subject of Harold's, but this book is not as good as the Carpetbaggers.

It is full of the shenanigans that go on, what you have to do to get into films, to get them made, all that sort of thing, from earlier Hollywood times.


2.5 out of 5

Moxie - Selena Kitt

Porn theatre party ripper.


3.5 out of 5

Dreams Die First - Harold Robbins

The main character here wants to get into publishing and make some money, but finds out it isn't too easy.

Then he discovers the porn business, and the hidden side of that. Starting out on a small scale, he gets involved, starts to make some cash, and then decides to try and start his own empire. Not the easiest thing to do, and will have consequences and garner unwanted attention.


3 out of 5

Heartless - Molly Wens

Mean girl can do it.


3 out of 5

The Betsy - Harold Robbins

Harold Robbins' The Betsy is a book that should appeal to the petrol head types a little, as well as the usual fans of his formula and style. He again follows a young man growing up, and this man wants to race cars and make money. If he has fame, power, money, women and sex, then that is all pretty cool too.


2.5 out of 5

A Moment Out of Time - Dakota Trace

Trestle grab.


3 out of 5

The Adventurers - Harold Robbins

The protagonist is South American, and the novel follows him from growing up rough to becoming a player on the international scene, against the backdrop of a South American revolutionary scene.

You just about have to have a jetsetting playboy type and sex and violence in a Robbins books, so you find that here.


3 out of 5

Taught - Stone Franks

Teacher stage top payback.


4 out of 5

The Pirate - Harold Robbins

Robbins has written a novel about the clash of Jewish and Arab cultures, as well as throwing in the usual sex and other elements you expect from him.

Some people get lost in the desert, including pregnant women, one doesn't make it, but the other's son does, a Jewish boy, who is given into Arab care to be raised.

He grows up and wants to make a big Hollywood movie, Arab style. Throw in some terrorist association and organisation for the thriller part.


3 out of 5

The Scavenger Hunt - Savannah Reardon

Found watching smell first.


3.5 out of 5

The Lonely Lady - Harold Robbins

This book is the story of a young, naive woman who wants to be a writer, so heads the Hollywood way. Falling in with the wrong crowd she has the Hollywood sort of adventures, lots of weird affairs, and that sort of thing.

She eventually writers something that wins an award, but refuses to accept it


2.5 out of 5

Money's Worth - J. M. Snyder

Hey, I'll do that, dummy.


4 out of 5

First Snowfall - Mallory Path

Music original.


3.5 out of 5

Make It Happen - Jennifer Campbell

Space flight log.


3 out of 5

Summer Fever - Sabb Sabb

Gardening help.


3.5 out of 5

House on the Hill - Sommer Marsden

The woman next door is a first.


4 out of 5

The Colditz Story - P. R. Reid

Let us see, when you have a group of proven escape artists, and you don't want them escaping any more, what do you do?

Oh, you send them all to the one supposedly secure facility so they can all combine their talents and come up with even more impressive methods and escapes.

Pretty much that is a lot of what happened at Colditz, it seems. An excellent look at the ingenuity of some prisoners of the Germans.


4 out of 5

The Latter Days At Colditz - P. R. Reid

After the author of the Colditz story hightailed it out of the facility there were still men left imprisoned there.

In this books he talks about those left behind, and what happened and went on there until the end of the second world war, and the need for the prison was gone.


3.5 out of 5

Four Seasons: Spring 2009 - Selena Kitt

A consistent season themed anthology.

Four Seasons Spring : Ten Years - Molly Wens
Four Seasons Spring : Spring Fever - Giselle Renarde
Four Seasons Spring : Susan - Amicus
Four Seasons Spring : Sacrificed Under The Full Moon - Sabb
Four Seasons Spring : Revelations - Rachelle Le Monnier
Four Seasons Spring : Beltane's Guide - Kiki Howell
Four Seasons Spring : Get Me Got Me Good - Sommer Marsden
Four Seasons Spring : The Smell of Spring - Vicki Paradise
Four Seasons Spring : The Submission of Persephone - Jennifer Campbell
Four Seasons Spring : Be Mine - Dakota Trace
Four Seasons Spring : The Battle of the Banns - Marshall Ian Key
Four Seasons Spring : Greening Time - Karenna Colcroft

Reunion apology.

3 out of 5

Cross lunch.

3 out of 5

Captain save.

3 out of 5

Captain save.

3 out of 5

Pregnant other brother.

3 out of 5

Tree Doc.

3 out of 5

Producer bride off script.

3 out of 5

Double, man still working.

3 out of 5

Master compromise.

3 out of 5

Valentine dump trip.

3 out of 5

Wedding hijinks strip.

3.5 out of 5

Garden deflowering.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Greening Time - Karenna Colcroft

Garden deflowering.


3 out of 5

The Battle of the Banns - Marshall Ian Key

Wedding hijinks strip.


3.5 out of 5

Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice - Katherine Ramsland

Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice
by Katherine Ramsland is an interesting look at the well known writer, about where she grew up, went to school, and the influences of her upbringing and surroundings.

For fans of the Vampire books etc. you will probably find something of interest here.


3 out of 5

Be Mine - Dakota Trace

Valentine dump trip.


3 out of 5

The Submission of Persephone - Jennifer Campbell

Master compromise.


3 out of 5

The Smell of Spring - Vicki Paradise

Double, man still working.


3 out of 5

Get Me Got Me Good - Sommer Marsden

Producer bride off script.


3 out of 5

Beltane's Guide - Kiki Howell

Tree Doc.


3 out of 5

Revelations - Rachelle Le Monnier

Pregnant other brother.


3 out of 5

Sacrificed Under The Full Moon - Sabb Sabb

Satyr hole.


3 out of 5

Susan - Amicus Amicus

Captain save.


3 out of 5

Spring Fever - Giselle Renarde

Cross lunch.


3 out of 5

The Chosen - Chaim Potok

A book about two boys and their different experiences with the study of religion as they grow up, and how they deal with the pressures and strictures placed upon them by the older generation.

One boy is a Hasid with a photographic memory, the other, a bit more normal, but still a highly intelligent student type.


3.5 out of 5

Ten Years - Molly Wens

Reunion apology.


3 out of 5

Four Seasons: Autumn 2009 - Selena Kitt

A Northern Hemisphere seasonal themed anthology.

Four Seasons Autumn : A Hallowed Tale - Marshall Ian Key
Four Seasons Autumn : An Eye for an Eye - Vivian Vincent
Four Seasons Autumn : Love in the Library - J.M. Snyder
Four Seasons Autumn : Harvest Moon - Amicus
Four Seasons Autumn : Awake - Varian Krylov
Four Seasons Autumn : Nuit Blanche - Giselle Renarde
Four Seasons Autumn : Samhain - Kenn Dahll
Four Seasons Autumn : A Married Man - Sandra Fowke
Four Seasons Autumn : Purple Hearts - Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine
Four Seasons Autumn : The Red Velvet Suite - Molly Wens

Halloween spirit prank discussion.

4 out of 5

Tape capture kill return.

3 out of 5

Fall over date.

3 out of 5

Dancey.

2 out of 5

Bound dream.

3.5 out of 5

Married and sick and covered.

3 out of 5

Spartacus costume surprises.

3 out of 5

Nice coat show.

3 out of 5

Leg nice.

3 out of 5

Ghost hard.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

The Red Velvet Suite - Molly Wens

Ghost hard.


3 out of 5

Purple Hearts - Reno Macleod and Jaye Valentine

Leg nice.


3 out of 5

A Married Man - Sandra Fowke

Nice coat show.


3 out of 5

Samhain - Kenn Dahll

Spartacus costume surprises.


3 out of 5

Nuit Blanche - Giselle Renarde

Married and sick and covered.


3 out of 5

Awake - Varian Krylov

Bound dream.


3.5 out of 5

Harvest Moon - Amicus Amicus

Dancey.


2 out of 5

Love In the Library - J. M. Snyder

Fall over date.


3 out of 5

An Eye For An Eye - Vivian Vincent

Tape capture kill return.


3 out of 5

A Hallowed Tale - Marshall Ian Key

Halloween spirit prank discussion.


4 out of 5

Harp In the South - Ruth Park

A novel about a poor family growing up in Sydney and their experiences, and focuses in particular on the daughter, Rosemary. It is decent enough to hold the interest of most.

This story of slum living has also been made into a film, I think.


3 out of 5

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Truth Or Dare - Selena Kitt

An ex-cop's twin brother is killed and she goes back to a small town to investigate that and her past. A bit stranger than she thought.


3 out of 5

The Blood Gate - David Ross Erickson

Long historical-flavoured fantasy. Princes, small armies, assassins, huntresses, brass men and other such stuff in a Parthian flavoured novel.


3 out of 5

Letters To the Baumgartners - Selena Kitt

Danielle is studying in Italy and meets Nico, who wants to be a chef. Then her ex-husband turns up, in Italy on business.


3.5 out of 5

Changes - William Barton

Family time progression.


3 out of 5

Wonder - Selena Kitt

A fantasy anthology.

Wonder : Sweet Revenge - Wynter O'Reilly
Wonder : On Cherry Hill - Selena Kitt
Wonder : Were I Am - D.B. Story
Wonder : Marks - Sommer Marsden
Wonder : One Of Us - J.M. Snyder
Wonder : Claimed - Dakota Trace
Wonder : Medusa - Piers Anthony
Wonder : Overkill - Roxanne Rhoads
Wonder : Shifting Desire - Elise Hepner
Wonder : The Choosing - Darcy Sweet
Wonder : Perchance to Dream - Christabel Roseau
Wonder : Butterfly Boy - Erin O’Riordan

Projecting kill connection.

3 out of 5

Police ghost pullover.

3 out of 5

Police ghost pullover.

3 out of 5

Make with the biting.

3.5 out of 5

Not a tattoo, bite.

3 out of 5

Outside the circle hybrid.

3 out of 5

Alien simulation.

3 out of 5

Staking boyfriend games with extra.

3 out of 5

Just need one good one to grow up.

3 out of 5

The right Claim.

3 out of 5

Feather light.

3 out of 5

Park danger.

3 out of 5



3 out of 5

Butterfly Boy - Erin O'Riordan

Park danger.


3 out of 5

Perchance To Dream - Christabel Roseau

Feather light.


3 out of 5

The Shiralee - Darcy Niland

A mendicant bush father ends up with his young daughter, something that he really doesn't want to have happen.

The daughter, of course, needs a parent, although a tough and independent kid. Gradually, she grows on him, even though he sees her as a burden to start with, etc.


3.5 out of 5

The Choosing - Darcy Sweet

The right Claim.


3 out of 5

Shifting Desire - Elise Hepner

Just need one good one to grow up.


3 out of 5

Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages - Edward Gross

Episode info.


2.5 out of 5

The World of Star Trek - David Gerrold

An inside look at the show.


3.5 out of 5

Overkill - Roxanne Rhoads

Staking boyfriend games with extra.


3 out of 5

The Making of Dune - Ed Naha

Many condoms died to make this movie. Not too bad, for one of these.


3.5 out of 5

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Gonna make a jailbait.

Or, one of the two main characters here is considerably older than the other, and a male. Generally speaking, that is dealt with more harshly than the other way around.

The guy in question becomes infatuated with the titular character, a girl, partly because he is bored. Not going to be good for him, of course.


3 out of 5

Medusa - Piers Anthony

Alien simulation.


3 out of 5

Claimed - Dakota Trace

Outside the circle hybrid.


3 out of 5

One of Us - J. M. Snyder

Not a tattoo, bite.


3 out of 5

Marks - Sommer Marsden

Make with the biting.


3.5 out of 5

The Indigenous Literature of Australia: Milli Milli Wangka - Mudrooroo Mudrooroo

An interesting, if brief, overview. The work takes a quick look at the origins of Australian indigenous literature, from when it was not believed that it was possible, to when it was suppressed and discouraged, and talks about the few examples that survive.

The major focus is on more modern work.


3.5 out of 5

Were I Am - D. B. Story

Sometimes just a dog.


3 out of 5

Sweet Revenge - Wynter O'Reilly

Projecting kill connection.


3 out of 5

Triad - Selena Kitt

A quite good anthology.

Triad : Crossroads - Elliott Mabeuse
Triad : I Am Nobody's - Emma Hillman
Triad : Wife Sandwich - Giselle Renarde
Triad : Break Neck Hill - Jack Osprey
Triad : The Chocolatier - Saskia Walker
Triad : Jackie's Boys - Bekki Lynn
Triad : I'll Be Your Superman - Selena Kitt
Triad : Painted Into a Corner - Darcy Sweet
Triad : A Beautiful Friendship - Will Belegon
Triad : Dream Lovers - Dakota Trace
Triad : Threesome - J.M. Snyder
Triad : He Started it! - Willsin Rowe

Record collector three

3 out of 5

Band together.

3.5 out of 5

A few lessons.

3 out of 5

Car fix warmup.

3 out of 5

Painting the partner.

3.5 out of 5

Brother game.

3.5 out of 5

Paraplegic other extra.

3.5 out of 5

Model bet, all.

3.5 out of 5

Sandy and Gena rock.

3.5 out of 5

Time arrival.

3 out of 5

Double offer.

3 out of 5

Nephew friend finish.

3.5 out of 5



4 out of 5

He Started It! - Willsin Rowe

Nephew friend finish.


3.5 out of 5

Threesome - J. M. Snyder

Double offer.


3 out of 5

Dream Lovers - Dakota Trace

Time arrival.


3 out of 5

A Beautiful Friendship - Will Belegon

Sandy and Gena rock.


3.5 out of 5

Centennial - James A. Michener

James A. Michener manages to educate you a little while also creating interesting enough stories around the various pieces of geological up to more current history for the place in the United States of America called Centennial.

This is a pretty cool trick to pull enough. I wonder how many library chairs he wore out back then while working on it.


4 out of 5

Painted Into A Corner - Darcy Sweet

Model bet, all.


3.5 out of 5

Chesapeake - James A. Michener

James A. Michener manages to educate you a little while also creating interesting enough stories around the Chesapeake area of the United States of America. This is different to Centennial in that it doesn't go way back, and only covers a few hundred years. Not as interesting.

This is a pretty cool trick to pull enough. I wonder how many library chairs he wore out back then while working on it.


3 out of 5

Jackie's Boys - Bekki Lynn

Brother game.


3.5 out of 5

Texas - James A. Michener

James A. Michener manages to educate you a little while also creating interesting enough stories around the State of Texas United States of America. He covers the natives, the influence of Mexicans in the area, and more modern issues like the obsessions with oil and gridiron. Pretty interesting book, in general.

Got to be a lot of research in something this long. This is a pretty cool trick to pull enough. I wonder how many library chairs he wore out back then while working on it.


4 out of 5

The Chocolatier - Saskia Walker

Painting the partner.


3.5 out of 5

Space - James A. Michener

James A. Michener has tried something a little on the different side with Space. While it is a place, I suppose (although pretty big, see THHGTTG), this is more about achievement than arable land.

When doing something like this that has to focus a bit more on actual people of a far more modern era than something invented it has to be handled differently. Still, he did a decent enough job.


3.5 out of 5

Peyton Place - Grace Metalious

A really pretty tame book about a particular town, where the author through an author character looks at the peccadilloes of various people in the town of the time.

These range from sex, to being a scumbag employer, to drunks, wife beaters, all the usual stuff you would expect to find in a place in the country, as the Great Detective would tell you.

Fairly dull.


2.5 out of 5

Break Neck Hill - Jack Osprey

Car fix warmup.


3 out of 5

Wife Sandwich - Giselle Renarde

A few lessons.


3 out of 5

How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Terry McMillan

A woman isn't too happy at the current point in time. She goes on holiday to one of those gated resorts in Jamaica to try and have a good time and maybe do a bit of young man cradle snatching into the process.

She gets a bit more than she bargained for and decides to try and import her bloke, dealing with the complications.


3 out of 5

I Am Nobody's - Emma Hillman

Band together.


3.5 out of 5

Crossroads - Elliott Mabeuse

Record collector three.


3 out of 5

Stuck On You - Selena Kitt

Another multi-genre anthology complete with space cadets.

Stuck On You : Star-Crossed - J.M. Snyder
Stuck On You : Coming of Age - Alex Jordaine
Stuck On You : Conditioning - AP Miller
Stuck On You : Love and Rockets - Gavin Atlas
Stuck On You : Stuart's Not Little - Kris Klein
Stuck On You : Universal Relations - Kenn Dahll
Stuck On You : View From the Barn - Sabb
Stuck On You : Tanning - Phineas Magnus
Stuck On You : Second Chance - Selena Kitt

Space cadet fall.

3 out of 5

Various first times.

3 out of 5

Student martial whack.

3 out of 5

Need another master.

3 out of 5

New bag boy.

3.5 out of 5

Scanty intergalactic tertiary.

3 out of 5

Clancy overflows.

2.5 out of 5

Attendant surprise.

3.5 out of 5

Checkout connection.

2.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

Tanning - Phineas Magnus

Attendant surprise.


3.5 out of 5

View From the Barn - Sabb Sabb

Clancy overflows.


2.5 out of 5

Universal Relations - Ken Dahll

Scanty intergalactic tertiary.


3 out of 5

Stuart's Not Little - Kris Klein

New bag boy.


3.5 out of 5

Love and Rockets - Gavin Atlas

Need another master.


3 out of 5

Conditioning - AP Miller

Student martial whack.


3 out of 5

Coming of Age - Alex Jordaine

Various first times.


3 out of 5

Ring of Bright Water - Gavin Maxwell

There aren't too many otter books around, and this one is pretty serious. The story of a man's love for and relationship with the furry little swimmers.

He looks after and befriends them, and the book is an interesting and occasionally moving account of his life as affected by these entertaining animals.


3.5 out of 5

Star Crossed - J. M. Snyder

Space cadet fall.


3 out of 5

The World of Suzie Wong - Richard Mason

The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason is a story set in the 1950s in Hong Kong about the relationship between a man, and the prostitute he encounters.

It isn't that interesting, and probably presents both the characters in a more flattering light than you would expect. Definitely would be very dull, picked up now.


2.5 out of 5

The White Rabbit - Bruce Marshall

Story of a British officer working with the French resistance and was captured.


3 out of 5

I Can Jump Puddles - Alan Marshall

I can jump puddles is the autobiographical account of the author as a boy, more particularly after he gets sick and has to deal with his handicaps, and the punishing regime and treatments he has to go through and face every day.

He also has to learn to relate and get along with his able-bodied peers, and earn their respect.


3 out of 5

Batman: The Official Book of the Movie - John Marriott

Batman: The Official Book of the Movie by John Marriott is another product of the 1989 batcraze. A reasonably well done movie type book, with some decent photography and ok written bits and pieces.

Something for fans of all things Batman movie at the time, and definitely not a ripoff.


3 out of 5

Strange Love - Selena Kitt

A multi-genre collection of the slightly odd.

Strange Love : Fearless - Morgan Sierra
Strange Love : I Love You FCSK 12712 - Elliott Mabeuse
Strange Love : Encounters: The Mare - D.B. Story
Strange Love : Indigo Blue - Wynter O'Reilly
Strange Love : Live Assist - Sam Kepfield
Strange Love : Fireflies: Immaculate Conception - Amicus
Strange Love : Of Pets and Pleasures - Annette Gisby
Strange Love : Angels Would Fall - Erin O’Riordan
Strange Love : Shadow Love - Bekki Lynn
Strange Love : Slaves of the Tarsus - Jennifer Campbell
Strange Love : Where the Heart Is - Saskia Walker
Strange Love : A Life With Purpose - Sommer Marsden
Strange Love : A Summer Dance with a Succubus - M.E. Hydra
Strange Love : Remembering Ausar - Madeleine Drake
Strange Love : Manhattan Sex God - Kiera Thomas

Halloween only.

3.5 out of 5

New gynoid model a bit too realistic.

3 out of 5

New control witch.

3 out of 5

Assassin to pleasure slave not so bad.

3 out of 5

A bit sci-fi?

3 out of 5

Doubly unlikely.

2.5 out of 5

Hunting education.

3 out of 5

For the odd mortal.

3 out of 5

Ghost investigation.

2.5 out of 5

Taking half the women alien incubators.

3 out of 5

Feral back.

3 out of 5

Femen magic.

3 out of 5

Dead satisfied.

3 out of 5

Giant gold artifact.

3 out of 5

Cookies fill.

2.5 out of 5



3 out of 5

Remembering Ausar - Madeleine Drake

Giant gold artifact.


3 out of 5

Manhattan Sex God - Kiera Thomas

Cookies fill.


2.5 out of 5

A Summer Dance With A Succubus - M. E. Hydra

Dead satisfied.


3 out of 5

The Natural - Bernard Malamud

A supremely outstanding baseball player is not supremely outstanding off the field, and ends up having a lot of problems because of his stardom and inability to cope with that in general.

This book is ok, but as far as sport books go you can certainly get better and more interesting things to read than this.


3 out of 5

A Life With Purpose - Sommer Marsden

Femen magic.


3 out of 5

Absolute Beginners - Colin MacInnes

A book about a teenager's view of the scene in London in the 1950s. It is pretty entertaining. In the main it is about the post-war period and the rise of teen culture in England, jazz, drugs all that sort of thing.

The beginning of youth culture in England as the main character runs around taking photos and lusting after a girl.


3 out of 5

Where the Heart Is - Saskia Walker

Feral back.


3 out of 5

Slaves of the Tarsus - Jennifer Campbell

Taking half the women alien incubators.


3 out of 5

Shadow Love - Bekki Lynn

Ghost investigation.


2.5 out of 5

Angels Would Fall - Erin O'Riordan

For the odd mortal.


3 out of 5

Of Pets and Pleasures - Annette Gisby

Hunting education.


3 out of 5

Fireflies: Immaculate Conception - Amicu Amicus

Doubly unlikely.


2.5 out of 5

Live Assist - Sam Kepfield

A bit sci-fi?


3 out of 5

Mysteries of the Bass Strait Triangle - J. K. Loney

Or another tricky patch of ocean.


3 out of 5

How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn

Welsh coal mining village.


2.5 out of 5

Indigo Blue - Wynter O'Reilly

Assassin to pleasure slave not so bad.


3 out of 5

Mining the Sky - John S. Lewis

Mining the Sky : Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets
by John S. Lewis takes a balance looked at the possibilities and/or necessities of space exploration and exploitation for economic reasons.

There are a lot of resources out there, and finite resources here, and he looks at both private and public involvement in the activity.


3 out of 5

Encounters: The Mare - D. B. Story

New control witch.


3 out of 5

I Love You Fcsk 12712 - Elliott Mabeuse

New gynoid model a bit too realistic.


3 out of 5

Fearless - Morgan Sierra

Halloween only.


3.5 out of 5

Happy Ever After - Selena Kitt

An anthology of fractured fairy tales that are generally a bit on the dull side.

Happy Ever After : Emet - Gabriel Deamon
Happy Ever After : Red Smoke - Elise Hpener
Happy Ever After : The Goose Girl - Giselle Renarde
Happy Ever After : Black and Gold - Tessa Buston
Happy Ever After : The Little Mermaid - Karenna Colcroft
Happy Ever After : Jack and the Beanstalk - Phineas Magnus
Happy Ever After : Annie and the Young Master - Bekki Lynn
Happy Ever After : Re-Write - Marshall Ian Key
Happy Ever After : The Lothian Farmer - Willson Rowe
Happy Ever After : A Lover for Caché - Dakota Trace
Happy Ever After : The Sleeping Booty - Ava James

Perfect Golem woman crushed.

3 out of 5

Riding Hood take.

3.5 out of 5

Poultrysexual's lost member usage.

3 out of 5

Seelie split Raven.

2.5 out of 5

Walking out.

2.5 out of 5

Giant strap zap.

3 out of 5

Work meeting.

2.5 out of 5

Odd kingdom, hairy.

2.5 out of 5

Odd kingdom, hairy.

3 out of 5

Caleb bet.

2.5 out of 5

A bit dead.

3 out of 5



2.5 out of 5