Look To Windward by Iain M. Banks

It took a while to get used to Iain M. Bank’s style of changing the focus to different scenes and characters every chapter and the “Culture” species, ships etc but after that Look To Windward was quite good. Will keep an eye out for... Read More

A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

A tongue-in-cheek travelogue following in the tradition of the immensely popular Innocents Abroad in which Twain and his mysterious traveling companion Mr. Harris make their way through Germany and across the Alps into Italy. More top quality writing... Read More

Sydney Bookcrossing Meetup

The Sydney Bookcrossing Meetup for February is on tomorrow at the The James Squire Brew House so as the organiser I urge anyone interested to turn up :-) For those not familiar with Bookcrossing, this old post in my blog about bookcrossing resources... Read More

Every Living Thing by James Herriot

The last book written by one of my favourite authors, in it Herriot reintroduces many old friends like Mrs. Pumphrey, his partner Siegfried Farnon, and of course, his wife Helen. But there are wonderful new faces too, especially his children Rosie and... Read More

Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure

Ending up reading it in 2 days. Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure is the tale of a gambler who becomes more addicted as the odds against him succeeding grow, for me his name will forever have the word association gorman -> gormless (lacking... Read More

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is the best fantasy novel i’ve read for some time. Finally an author adventurous enough to not use stereotypical characters like elves, dwarves, trolls, dragons etc on... Read More