Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke

With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past.  When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting toContinue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke”

Foundation * Isaac Asimov Book Review

If you’re here, it might be because you’ve seen the new Foundation series and you’re thinking maybe the book is worth it. Maybe it is for you but for me it proved to be too much of a monologue on the direction of humanity than an actual story with a beginning, middle and end. FirstContinue reading “Foundation * Isaac Asimov Book Review”

Sydney Sheldon * Rage of Angels

From the charity bin and into my home, this classic from 1980 follows the life of a wannabe woman lawyer – Jennifer Parker – as she ascends to fame and glory and also notoriety in New York. She loves and is loved by two men – both married, both on different sides of the law.Continue reading “Sydney Sheldon * Rage of Angels”

Children of Dune * (Book 3) by Frank Herbert

I’ve finally finished this monster of a trilogy. Yes, I know there are more books but I think I’ll stop here with Frank Herbert and go back to Asimov. There was a seven-year gap between the publication of ‘Dune Messiah’ (1969) and ‘Children of Dune’ (1976), which is notable for being the first hardcover bestsellerContinue reading “Children of Dune * (Book 3) by Frank Herbert”

Dune Messiah * (Book 2) Frank Herbert

Having recently finished Dune by Frank Herbert, I decided to jump right in and read the second book in the series, following the immediate outcome from Paul of the House Atreides marrying princess Irulan alongside his concubine Chani. He’s now the new emperor and under his command are the Fremen and a lot of conspiring housesContinue reading “Dune Messiah * (Book 2) Frank Herbert”

World’s Scariest Places: ISLAND OF THE DOLLS – Bates, Jeremy

The novels in the World’s Scariest Places series are set in real locations. The following is a Wikipedia “Island of the Dolls” excerpt: A two-hour canal ride from Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls. It is the best-known chinampa , or floating garden, in Xochimilco. It belonged toContinue reading “World’s Scariest Places: ISLAND OF THE DOLLS – Bates, Jeremy”