Category Archives : Book Reviews

Songs My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando My rating: 3 of 5 stars I don’t know why I wanted to read a biography of Marlon Brando. And I really don’t know why I wanted to read an autobiography of Marlon Brando. This is the actor, mind you, who was […]

An intentional weirdo

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein My rating: 4 of 5 stars Podkayne, known as Poddy, is the titular character in this book. She’s an opinionated teenage girl who was raised on Mars. Her opinions range across several subjects, mainly the superiority of women, the superiority of Martians, and […]

A pleasant interplanetary ride

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë My rating: 3 of 5 stars The story: Mr Earnshaw adopts a young boy on the streets of Liverpool (Heathcliff) and brings him home. Son Hindley doesn’t like the new addition to the family and is mean to him. Daughter Catherine and Heathcliff hit it […]

The heights, they are a-Wuthering

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis My rating: 3 of 5 stars For a novel written about Mars in the modern age this book shows little awareness of the scientific data that had been gathered about the red planet by the time it was written. (When Edgar Rice […]

Mars but not as we know it

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov My rating: 5 of 5 stars I Robot is the book that first introduced the world to the Three Laws of Robotics, which are: 1. A robot may not… yadda yadda yadda. 2. A robot must obey… etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. 3. A robot must protect… […]

I writer, you robot

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m not personally keen on historical fiction. I like the idea in principle but not in practice. Somehow, despite the drama of the events, I’m not very susceptible to the charms of reading about fictional people in real times, […]

The French collection

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne My rating: 5 of 5 stars Today, reading a book about some people on a submarine may not evoke the startled sense of wonder that it must have in the 19th century. Nevertheless, when I read this book as a child, […]

Something’s fishy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars What can one say about The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that hasn’t already been said? There are a plethora of reviews for this book, so what makes it so special to me personally? Part […]

I miss Douglas Adams

Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another of my favourite ever novels, Lord Foul’s Bane, features a main character, Thomas Covenant, who is depressing enough to be interesting. Indeed, it is the journey through this character’s tortured psyche which is perhaps the most […]

A tortured psyche

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars It begins as part of the memoirs of Dr Watson, told as if it was real. Throughout the story, for all we know it is a true recounting of something that really happened. Watson is back […]