I was in the mood for no-thinky fun when I picked this up, and that is exactly what I got. Just One Damned Thing After Another is light, makes no demands of the reader except the suspension of disbelief and zips along at a cheerful pace (multiple deaths notwithstanding). It’s the first in a series, and while I don’t think I’ll be carrying on with it, it’s a good start for anyone looking for more than a one book deal. Our heroine is historian Dr Madeleine Maxwell, (Max to her friends), who at the start of the book goes for … Continue reading Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Book Bingo – Time Travel = Achieved! I didn’t expect this to be as much fun as it was. The jacket blurb talks about Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Regency London and, even though it also mentions time-travelling tourists, it all sounded a little too much like my A-Level English Lit classes to be thoroughly enjoyable. And yet that’s exactly what it was. This is the most fun I’ve had since reading A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer back in March (albeit way, way darker), in terms of rip-roaring, can’t tear myself away, capital ‘F’, Fun. So the blurb does … Continue reading The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
My husband, Thumbs, bought me a beautiful old dictionary for my birthday that was published in 1902 and which he found in a charity shop in Church Stretton, Shropshire. I don’t collect old books particularly, but sometimes I come across a book that’s just beautifully made, or illustrated, or printed that kind of makes my heart feel funny – and this is that type of book. It’s covered in brown cloth, with a leather spine. The pages are a deep cream, browning at the edges and they smell amazing – like old libraries and dark bookshops. Better than that, the … Continue reading Dictionary = time travel!