Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Quiet Belief in Angels by RJ Ellory

I’ve read A Quiet Belief in Angels before. I read it about five or six years ago, and it only a little ashamed to admit that it had me crying like a small child who’d fallen over and hurt his knee at one point. I have a heart made mainly of stone, so a book getting that reaction from me is fairly rare, but since then I’ve also read Candle Moth by RJ Ellory, and that had me crying as well (while we’re getting them out there, the only other book I can think of that made me cry was The Time Traveller’s Wife. Let’s move on shall we?). Read the rest of this entry


Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

At some stage it becomes pointless to write further actual reviews of the Dresden Files series. This is the eleventh book of the series, and at this point in my reviews either you’ll be convinced to read them, or you’ll just skip right on by. You don’t need another review of me saying how much I love the characters or mythology, so instead of just doing a straight review explaining what’s good (almost all of it) and what’s bad (very little) in Turn Coat, I figure I’ll instead concentrate on some stuff that I found interesting. Read the rest of this entry

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

Use of Weapons is a rare book, in that it’s one that I didn’t finish. I just couldn’t. I got two thirds of the way through it and just had to give up. It’s not that it’s a bad book per se; in fact it’s pretty well-regarded generally. But I just couldn’t get on with it. I wouldn’t personally recommend that you read Use of Weapons, but if you have read it and liked it, I’m not going to look at your like you’re a lunatic. Read the rest of this entry

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Small Favor is the tenth book in Dresden Files series. I’ve reviewed the first nine, so I shan’t cover the basics. Things get off to a pretty sharp start here, as Harry is quickly attacked by three Billy Goats Gruff (I’m not even kidding). Following that, Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, Queen of the Winter Court, and part-owner of Harry’s soul pops up to remind Harry that he still owes her two favours. And she’s calling one in: rescue Chicago’s pre-eminent gangster, Gentleman Johnny Marcone, who has been abducted forces unknown, using magical methods chaotic enough that they almost bring down an entire building to get at Marcone. Read the rest of this entry

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

This a difficult book to review. I don’t want to spoil either Broken Homes itself or the previous three books in the series. Which isn’t usually a major problem, as there are always interesting things to talk about even avoiding spoilers. But the only thing I want to talk about with Broken Homes is the absolute stone-cold, copper-bottomed bastard of an ending, which kind of overshadows everything that went before it. Read the rest of this entry