Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor


Chaos: Ted Dekker, March 29—April 1, 2016 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ To be fair to Dekker, he puts some effort into Chaos. It feels like, really, Chaos is the story he wanted to tell. When … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment


Renegade: Ted Dekker, March 25—28, 2016 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ The dreadful Lost Books series continues in Renegade, which slips from the sublime to the ridiculous. Fans of the wider Books of Histories Chronicles will know … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Strip Jack

Strip Jack: Ian Rankin, March 14—24, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Rebus is back in Edinburgh, where he belongs. It’s a funny instalment that seems to be having an identity crisis to … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · Leave a comment


Disclaimer: Renée Knight, March 7—13, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Disclaimer joins the slew of apparent successors to Gone Girl, and it has plenty of the hallmarks: a relationship, a secret, a pair of … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

More Than This

More Than This: Patrick Ness, March 3—6, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Seth is a 16-year-old boy who dies at the very beginning of the novel, then wakes up in a seemingly unpopulated version … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Balaclava Boy

Balaclava Boy: Jenny Robson, March 2, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ This short story introduces Tommy, the new kid at school, who perpetually wears a balaclava. Tommy’s classmates find this unusual and, naturally, … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Humans

The Humans: Matt Haig, February 23—March 2, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ An unnamed alien narrates his adventure on Earth in The Humans. Our protagonist inhabits the body of Professor Andrew Martin, who … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

My Brother’s Shadow

My Brother’s Shadow: Tom Avery, February 23, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ My Brother’s Shadow is a gorgeous book, filled with beautiful illustrations. Kaia describes herself as “frozen” since she discovered the … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cloud Busting

Cloud Busting: Malorie Blackman, February 22, 2016 My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊ Cloud Busting is a very disappointing effort from Children’s Laureate Emeritus, Malorie Blackman. Acknowledging her considerable skill and talent, this falls way … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars: John Green, February 18—22, 2016 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ The fault is not in our stars. It’s with John Green, for writing such a dull book. Boy … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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