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Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

A Clockwork Orange

This zonk was ringliddy foodla and I couldn’t stop nopping the doodlewotsit. A great idea written in gibberish is still gibberish. The real shame is, when you wade through the … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Animal Farm

Animal Farm: George Orwell, February 21-24, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Orwell’s classic attack on Stalin, Animal Farm, tells of a farm which revolts, ousts the oppressive farmer and is run … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brave New World

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley, February 11-20, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Huxley’s dystopian classic comments on the intricacies of human nature by exploding the debate. In 2540 AD, or 632 … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Special Announcement: 2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge

The BBC recently reported that dystopian novels have seen an upsurge in popularity, with President Trump and Brexit being given a fair bit of the credit. In that spirit, I’ve decided … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Will of Dargan

The Will of Dargan: Phil Allcock, January 29-February 10, 2017 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ Sometimes returning to your childhood can be amazing and nostalgic; sometimes it can be a crushing disappointment. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Second Time Around

Second Time Around: Mary Higgins Clark, January 18-28, 2017 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ Second Time Around was awful. The CEO of a pharmaceutical company goes down in his plane crash, and … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Grownup

The Grownup: Gillian Flynn, January 17, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The last published book from Gillian Flynn (to date) needs to be savoured, but as a single-chapter short story, it’s hard. The … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Day of the Donald

The Day of the Donald: Alex Shaffer, January 14—16, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ This cheeky and irreverent drama is set 18 months into Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Combining fact with speculation, … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Remnant

The Remnant: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye, January 5—13, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Turbulent, unpredictable and unnervingly unreliable. That’s not the tribulation I’m talking about: it’s the Left Behind series … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Artemis Fowl – The Opal Deception: Eoin Colfer, December 22, 2016—January 4, 2017 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Given that Eternity Code ended with Artemis and Butler having their memories wiped, Opal had some work to … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

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@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Alan Clements Alastair Campbell Aldous Huxley Aleksandr Orlov Alex Shaffer Andrew Neiderman Anthony Burgess Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh Carolyn Jess-Cooke Charles Dickens Chuck Palahniuk Dan Brown Dante Alighieri dashiell hammett david baldacci David Brin David Glattauer David Kirkpatrick David Line David Tennant David Wolstencroft Dylan Jones E.L. James Edgar Allen Poe Emilia Fox Eoin Colfer Erica Spindler Frank Peretti Gabrielle Lord Gareth Roberts Geoff Ryman George Orwell George R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Gillian Slovo Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Herman Koch Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jack Thorne Jacqueline Rayner James Herbert James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jem Lester Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins Jim Thompson John Crowther John Green John Grisham John Tiffany John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Kaci Hill Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary Higgins Clark Mary McNamara Matt Haig Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Mike Lancaster Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Cornwell Patricia Stotley Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James Phil Allcock R.J. Palacio Rachelle Dekker Raymond Chandler Richard Bachman Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Ludlum Robin Cook Robin Kirkpatrick sandra brown Sebastian Beaumont Sharon Osbourne Stella Rimmington Stephen Cole Stephen King Steve Lookner Steve Lyons Stuart MacBride Sue Townsend Suzanne Collins ted dekker Terry Pratchett Tim LaHaye Tim Randall Todd Strasser Tom Avery Tom Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William Golding William P. Young William Shakespeare