Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Journey Begun

You could see the whole world, that day. The sky was a clear, brilliant blue that seemed to be limitless, an unplumbed depth far above. It was the kind of day on which you can feel all your concerns dissipating, drawn into that endless open […]


The Coral Thief

Entranced by it’s beautiful cover and intriguing blurb, I bought The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott on a whim at a second-hand store a few months ago. An extremely well-researched historical novel, it takes place in Paris shortly after Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. The […]

A Moment’s Reflection

This marks my 100th post on this blog – a feat that I’m quite proud of.  In an attempt to gain some overview of what I’ve written (which, for the most part has been book reviews), I’ve set up a list of all the books […]



I was deeply affected by Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club (even more so than the movie, which is also excellent), and so was excited to read another of his novels. Rant tells the story of a young man, Rant Casey, who starts a rabies epidemic. […]

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne is one of those authors I’ve been aware of for ever, but never before got as far as reading. As a result, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was my first experience of his writing. An early forerunner of the Science Fiction genre, 20,000 […]


The City & The City

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed a number of China Miéville’s previous novels, so it was with some excitement that I got hold of his latest book, The City & The City. In this, as in his other works, Miéville’s greatest strength lies in his […]


Gulliver’s Travels

I first started reading Jonathan Swift’s classic Gulliver’s Travels way back in 2004. At the time, however, it was a bit much for me and I only made it about a third of the way through. As a result, it was with some trepidation that, […]