# Fiction


Review: The Countenance Divine

Publisher’s description: ‘Michael Hughes writes like a brilliant cross between David Mitchell and Hilary Mantel’ Toby Litt In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something. In 1888, five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master. In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns. And in 1666, poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later. But where […]


Z-Day 2

“You’ve got red on you”  – Shaun of the Dead, 2004 If you’ve been around this blog for a while you may have noticed that I am drawn to post-apocalyptic fiction. Indeed, during the twitterview I had with Dan Haight (author of Flotilla) we ended up talking about the zombie apocalypse and contingency plans.  The thing is, I was only half joking. A few months ago I wrote a little about my fear of zombies.  The idea that humans could become infected with some sort of man-made contagion is perfectly plausible to me. 28 Days Later  (with it’s fast moving Rage infected/fuelled “zombies”) is […]


Review: Ophelia Adrift

So today (1st July 2016) Helen Goltz‘s first Young Adult book is released.  I was lucky enough to get a copy pre-release and (despite being about 15 years past the age of the target audience) I found it an engaging read and will be recommending it to the step-daughter and eldest niece. So, let’s start with the synopsis provided by the publisher: “In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in […]


Review: Code Breakers Series (Beta to Delta) 1

So back at the beginning of the year I reviewed the first in Colin F. Barnes’ Code BreakersAdystopian post-apocalypse cyberpunk series and I’ve been intending to review the rest of the series ever since.  Now I downloaded the Complete Series Kindle edition and it’s the cheapest and easiest way to read the whole series.  If you want to purchase the whole series in paperback, you’ll have to buy the books individuallyA. A slight drawback, especially as, at time of writing, an individual paperback costs significantly more than its electronic sibling! Economics aside, I have to say I did enjoy this series.  The story shifts away from […]


Code Breakers: Alpha (Review) 4

Before Christmas I took advantage of one of the numerous Black Friday week offers a certain online bookstore has for its ebooks and purchased Code Breakers Complete Series: Books 1-4.  I have never read any of Colin F. Barnes‘ work before, or even knowingly read any cyberpunk fiction (despite being a massive sci-fi fan), but I was intrigued and thought I would give it a go.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I started reading it not long after and I’m currently on the second book.  I thought I would review them as I go… As the first in the series, this is […]