Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor

LIVE BLOG: A Game of Thrones

This blog will be updated automatically as read-through progresses. The final review will be published shortly after. May contain spoilers. 10:40: It is genius of Martin to thread the domestic … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Go Set A Watchman

Go Set A Watchman: Harper Lee, July 22—26, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Go Set A Watchman is the much-anticipated prequel/sequel/first draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. What you take from it will depend greatly … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: William Shakespeare, July 21, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊   This brilliant comedy play is set in a magical ancient Greek forest on the eve of Theseus’ wedding … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird: Harper Lee, July 11—20, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦   For years, To Kill A Mockingbird has been considered a classic. Such reverent hype is rarely justified, but … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment


253: Geoff Ryman, July 7—10, 2015 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ Ryman takes one of the most fascinating aspects of life and dedicates a whole book to it in 253. It is set … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lost In A Good Book

Lost In A Good Book: Jasper Fforde, June 26—July 7, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Thursday Next returns in an adventure which both directly continues and has nothing to do with The Eyre Affair. … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment


Her: Harriet Lane, June 18—25, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Her is like  an attempt to create a Gone Girl/Notes on a Scandal hybrid, but falls short of both. The premise is … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Only Revolutions

Only Revolutions: Mark Z. Danielewski, June 16, 2015 My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊ Only Revolutions is a bitter disappointment. Telling the story of lovers Sam and Hailley, who are “always” sixteen and … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

Adrian Mole – The Cappuccino Years: Sue Townsen, June 11—15, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊   Adrian’s latest adventure is set in 1997-1998; the longest gap between instalments but coming at an … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment


Thirteen: Tom Hoyle, June 5—11, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Thirteen is a distinctly average young adult thriller. A mysterious group is chasing schoolboy Adam, determined to kill him before the New Year … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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