Monday 22 February 2010

Mortlock by Jon Mayhew - Five *

I got the opportunity to read a review copy of this d├ębut novel and really enjoyed it. You can read my review at Nayu's Reading Corner.

Maryom's comment was "Absolutely wonderful book. Riveting read,full of suspense, excitement and gore from page one. Maybe not for the slightly squeamish reader. Definitely 5 stars."

Tuesday 16 February 2010

The Still Point by Amy Sackville * * * * *

An excellent book.

been reading and reviewing this for Book Munch

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Transition by Iain Banks * * * *

Imagine a million Earths existing in different dimensions and a team of specially trained assassins who flit from one unsuspecting body to another between these Earths. This is the background to Transition, as the organisation behind this team seek to change all the worlds to their ideal and one specially gifted man tries to stop them.
A complex interwoven plot told by a variety of characters at different times and locations across the multiverse. Iain Banks has written this kind of novel before, although in simpler form with fewer narrators - The Bridge and Walking on Glass - this one is rather more convoluted. It was rather hard to keep track of events and timelines on a first reading which is why, for now, I've only given it 4 stars. I think it will improve with rereading as the way in which the various narratives relate to each other becomes clearer.

Tuesday 2 February 2010

Never Stop Looking by Sarah Jackman - Four *

The synopsis on the book's cover implies this is a thriller with a love angle. There are love angles in this book, but it is not a thriller. It is about Abbie's search for he husband Nick who has been missing for six years.

Throughout the book Abbie meets stimuli that cause her to reflect, flashback, on her life with Nick. When Owen, a divorcing father, moves into the flat above new stimuli come into Abbie's life and new reflections come to light. The reader shares these reflections and sees a side to Nick that Abbie doesn't see.

Very compelling though not all the characters involved are, to me, very convincing. I found I could not put this down and did enjoy the reading of it and the underlying story line is quite solid.

I discussed this book and suggested it was 'Black Tragedy' and was told that that is a new one?