Category: Books

  • The Colour of Magic: Terry Pratchett

    Ruby and I have frequent quality daughter/daddy time on an evening. We both love books and read together when we can. We’ve read all the Harry Potter books, The Hobbit, and loads of other kids’ books and now we have embarked on our biggest book series yet: all of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. […]

  • A Christian friend of mine lent me a copy of The Shack a few months ago and I figured that I’d read it. I might be a bit of a heathen but I have quite an interest in theological things. This book has an enormous following around the world with well over a million copies […]

  • …and the Wheel turns

    One of my favourite book series is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordon. It was a monumentally long series of books – 12 in total – although Jordan sadly died before he could finish it. I’ve read the first ten and despite the tenth book being immensely dull I would love to finally get […]

  • I seem to be in the mood for free short stories from Tor! After reading through, and thoroughly enjoying After The Coup by John Scalzi I’ve just read the other free story on the Tor site – Down on the Farm by Charles Stross. I’ve not read anything by him before but I do have […]

  • US Sci-Fi and Fantasy book publishers Tor have launched their new website recently and are celebrating this event with a couple of free stories. The first of these is by one of my new favourite authors, John Scalzi. I really enjoyed his novel Old Man’s War and his US publisher, Tor, have persuaded him to […]

  • It’s been a long, long time since I read any of the Thomas Covenant novels. I started the original trilogy back in the mid-80s while I was supposed to be revising for my O-levels. I found all three books far more interesting and exciting than maths and physics, but despite my lack of revision I […]

  • Free Sci-Fi

    Now that I’m getting back into reading again I’ve been pleased to see that so many publishers are releasing free copies of some of their books. I think this is a great way to get people to read authors’ works that they perhaps wouldn’t have done normally. I’ve managed to find a few books here […]

  • I seem to have the habit of buying books when they’re cheap and then storing them, unread, on a shelf gathering dust. One of these books is The Portable Door by Tom Holt. Tom is one of those authors that I’ve been meaning to try out for years. I love Terry Pratchett‘s stuff and I […]

  • The last few years have seen me reading fewer and fewer books. There are only so many hours in the day and my reduced book-reading activity seems to have been replaced with an increased internet-browsing addiction. I’ve also been watching less television too. Less TV is probably a good thing but fewer books perhaps not […]

  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

    I’ve not really read many Science Fiction novels even though my interests suggest that I’d enjoy them. I’ve read a lot of horror and fantasy stuff but have never really got around to reading much Asimov and the like. The stuff I have read has been excellent, especially The Gap Cycle by Stephen Donaldson. I’ve […]

  • Wheel of Time – moving on

    One of my favourite book series has been Robert Jordan’s rather excellent Wheel of Time. I absolutely adored the first six or so books of the series, and even though it started to drag a bit under the weight of increasing numbers of storylines in later books I still really, really want to know how […]