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Book reviews

Whenever I finish a book, I will post a review of it on this blog.  A lot of the books covered here will be of a science fiction or fantasy bend, but I do occasionally read other things too.

The books I have reviewed so far, listed by title in alphabetical order, can be seen below.

Alone, by Carmen Capuano (3/5)

The Bite at The End of The Line, by Simon Cantan (4/10)

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (10/10)

Catskinner’s Book, by Misha Burnett (6/10)

The Disenchanted Pet, by Kate Policani (2/10)

Dragon And Thief, by Timothy Zahn (4/5)

Embers at Galdrilene, by  A. D. Trosper (6/10)

Fat Girl Fairy Boy, by Carol McConkie (2/5)

Gone, by Christine Kersey (1/5)

Growing Wings, by Laurel Winter (4/5)

Hippy Drum, by Jnana Hodson (2/5)

Infinity’s Reach, by Glen Robinson (1/5)

The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu (4/10)

Minutes Before Sunset, by Shannon A. Thompson (3/5)

The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller (2/5)

Next of Kin, by Erek Frank Russell (4/5)

The Ocean at The End of The Lane, by Neil Gaiman (5/5)

Other Systems, by Elizabeth Guizzetti (4/5)

Parasite, by Mira Grant (8/10)

The Seventh Spell, by Danielle E. Shipley (8/10)

The Star Beast, by Robert Heinlein (9/10)

St Charles At Dusk, by Sarah M. Cradit (2/5)

The Stone Kingdom, by Danielle E. Shipley (8/10)

The Swan Prince, by Danielle E. Shipley (9/10)

To Dream, Perhance to Soar, by Ashlyn Navina (?!?/10)

Wasp, by Erek Frank Russell (5/5)

What’s Left of Me, by Kat Zhang (4/5)

When Stars Die, by Amber Skye Forbes (4/5)

About my rating system

At the end of each review, I will give a numerical score out of ten – pretty straightforward, all things considered.  My rating scale, roughly speaking, is defined as follows:

10/10 –  Incredible.  Just about everything about this book was spot on, and its few flaws are so minor as to be completely irrelevant.  I would happily re-read it.

8/10 – Very Good.  Not quite flawless, but highly enjoyable nonetheless.  I would consider re-reading it.

6/10 – Good.  A good read overall, but not spectacularly so. Worth a look so long as you’re willing to take the rough with the smooth.

4/10 – Poor.  This book had its moments, but the bad parts outweighed them.  Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the author and/or the genre, I would suggest giving this a miss.

2/10 – Terrible.  This book took conscious effort to finish and I struggled to come up with anything good to say about it.  Avoid.

0/10 – Irredeemable.  This book left me severely disappointed and quite possibly angry. Try though I did, I could not think of a single positive thing to say for the review.  Do not read under any circumstances.

DNF – Did Not Finish.  For whatever reason, I did not manage to finish this book. I will not assign scores to such books as it is possible that they get better later on, but I will explain precisely what it was that made me stop reading.

?!? – No idea. Every now and then, I will come across a book I feel unable to rate. Reasons for this will vary. Books that are So Bad They’re Hilarious will merit this rating, as will books that are simply too far removed from my tastes for a score to be meaningful.

  1. Bethanie permalink

    Might I suggest “The Beholder” by Ivan Amberlake. It is an outstanding book!

    • Sorry for not replying to this (much) sooner. I’ve taken a look at the book’s amazon page and it certainly sounds very interesting. It’s on the list; put it that way 😉

      Thank you for the recommendation.

  2. I just happened by your sight in my quest to get used to this blogging system I’m still quite new to. I find your page very interesting as another struggling writer.

    Might I suggest ‘Gravity’ by Tess Gerritsen? It’s a sci-fi story, though the main protagonist is a woman. It is one of my favourite book and have read it countless times. You may like it.

    Keep writing. 🙂

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I went and checked it out on Amazon and it sounds like a really creepy concept (in a good way, of course). I’ll certainly consider reading that further down the line.

      And yeah, I’ll keep writing. Hope you do too 🙂

  3. Hi,
    I’m representing a writer who is about to publish his first book. I’m contacting you to see if you would be interested in reviewing it before it will be published? (release date is 15th Sept)

    If you are interested let me know and I will sending you the book file via e-mail.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Hannah,

      To be honest, it’s hard to reply properly to this without knowing at least a little about the book in question. I’m certainly happy to review pre-release books, so feel free to email me.

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