# Review

Reviews of everything from reads to restaurants.


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 […]


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: Flotilla (Pac Fish #1) 1

Sometimes the internet is a gift that gives.  A little while back I reviewed the Codebreakers Series by Colin F. Barnes and the inner workings of this website sent a tweet announcing as such over on Twitter and one of the responses to the review of the first book was rather unexpected….   @Dizzyfy Hey Dizzyfy, can I tell you about my #scifi thriller available for review on Netgalley? https://t.co/WSnagwI0BD — Flotilla Online (@FlotillaOnline) May 2, 2016 That was Dan Haight, author of Flotilla a story narrated by Jim, a teenage (recovering) alcoholic from a near-future Pacific coast USA.  At the point Dan tweeted me I […]


Review: Alice’s Adventures In Steamland

“He was a March hare, a species filling any job that permitted marching, which they were obsessed with.” –Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork Goddess If you have ever wanted to read something truly bonkers then try Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork GoddessA. This has to be one of the strangest tales I have ever read – and that’s including the psychedelic tale that is Gregory Maguire’s WickedA. If I had actually thought to check out author, Wol-vriey‘sA. I would have maybe got an inkling of what to expect. His portfolio includes titles such as “Vegan Zombie Apocalypse” and the “Bizarro 101” flash fiction stories. […]


Unboxed: HOW Jewellery Club, April 2016 2

“She opened a little door and Dorothy walked boldly through and found herself in a wonderful place.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz (1900) I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like to receive a parcel of goodies.  I like it even better when the goodies I receive have a bit of mystery about them.  I guess that is why I enjoy my Glitterati box subscription and why I have been so excited to receive my first House of Wonderland Jewellery Club box this month.  I just had to share this with you! I learned about “the UK’s first jewellery club” through  #TheGirlGang and when […]


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 […]