Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review – Batman: Year One

Batman: Year OneBatman: Year One by Frank Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve long been a fan of Batman, having grown up with the Adam West TV show and the comic book stories of the seventies and eighties, to the Tim Burton movies of the late eighties/early nineties, and more recently the Christopher Nolan reboots of the franchise on movie screens. Through every incarnation, I’ve always considered him one of the better superheroes, even though technically he’s not super and arguably he may not even be a hero in the truest sense. However, there’s always been something about the character that’s just made me see him as simply ‘better’ than the rest of the ever-expanding pantheon of superheroes and vigilante crime-fighters.

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Book Review – Between Two Thorns

Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds)Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up out of curiosity, and I have to say I was more than a little pleased with it. The basic premise is that there are two interconnected worlds, the normal everyday world of Mundanus (i.e. our world) and the faerie prison of Exilium, and in between both is the realm of the Nether, where those mortals touched by fae magic live out their somewhat prolonged and anachronistic lives.

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Book Review – Kindred

KindredKindred by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindred is a dark and deeply disturbing novel that predominantly explores the lives of slaves in the antebellum South through the eyes of a time-travelling protagonist. The fact that this protagonist, Dana, is a woman of colour from the 1970s allows Butler to show a strong juxtaposition between the world that Dana knows and the world she finds herself unwittingly thrust into.

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Book Review – Plague Town

Plague Town: An Ashley Parker NovelPlague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel by Dana Fredsti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free, signed copy of this and the other two books in the series at a local reading the author did. While I’ve tried to keep this review honest I do understand that it’s considered good form to be up-front about these things.

I don’t normally read zombie fiction. I do like the occasional zombie movie, and absolutely loved the Evil Dead series (who doesn’t love Bruce Campbell?), but when it comes to books about the zombie apocalypse I generally to find them a bit ‘meh’. However, this one has me thinking maybe I should re-examine the genre.

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Book Review – Renaria: Into The Adyton

Renaria: Into the Adyton (Renaria, #1)Renaria: Into the Adyton by J.L. Wilson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Renaria: Into The Adyton is the first book by indie author J. L. Wilson, and tells the tale of Leda, Alex, Travis and Menaia, four young gamers who find themselves pulled into the fantasy world of Renaria in order to combat a dark power that threatens to engulf not just Renaria, but the entire universe.

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Book Review – Parable Of The Talents

Parable of the TalentsParable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

Where Parable of the Sower introduces us to protagonist Lauren Olamina and her journey towards the creation of her first Earthseed community, Parable of the Talents shows us the downfall and eventual rebirth of that community, albeit as a community that is more diffuse and distributed.

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Book Review – Carmilla

Carmilla (Annotated)Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

First published in 1872, Carmilla is one of the earliest surviving examples of vampire fiction and is arguably one of the most influential. Written a quarter of a century before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this short novel introduces a number of tropes and ideas that would eventually become a staple of modern vampire fiction.

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