Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor

American Psycho

American Psycho: Bret Easton Ellis, January 27—February 6, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ American Psycho is technically brilliant. It’s a masterclass in writer’s craft that just misses the mark in terms of … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hana’s Suitcase

Hana’s Suitcase: Karen Levine, February 3, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Hana’s Suitcase is the remarkable true story of Hana Brady, a Jewish child who lived during the time of WWII; and Fumiko … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment


Once: Morris Gleitzman, February 2—3, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Felix is an orphaned evacuee, living in the Polish mountains during WWII. He escapes the convent that shelters him, believing his book-selling parents … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question: Michael Morpurgo, February 2, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The Mozart Question is a short children’s book by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Reporter Lesley McInley interviews renowned violinist … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Broken Skin

Broken Skin: Stuart MacBride, January 19—26, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Detective Logan McRae is back with another handful of cases – this time with no gory decomposing bodies! This time he’s … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson, January 16—18, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Stevenson’s famous novella needs no introduction. This seminal piece runs to less than … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment


Snuff: Chuck Palahniuk, January 11—15, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Snuff tells the story of porn star Cassie Wright, whose professional swansong is to sleep with six hundred men on camera in a … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment


Desecration: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye, January 4—10, 2016 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ It’s hard to tell if the book’s title refers to the desecration of the temple by the Antichrist, or … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

War Horse

War Horse: Michael Morpurgo, December 30, 2015—January 3, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Michael Morpurgo’s classic children’s novel War Horse is told from the perspective of Joey, a horse who finds himself part of WWI. While … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl – The Eternity Code: Eoin Colfer, December 23—29, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ The latest instalment of the Artemis Fowl series didn’t live up to the standard of its forerunners. Artemis has … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Author Cloud

@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Aleksandr Orlov Andrew Neiderman Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh 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 R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jacqueline Rayner James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins John Crowther John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Juliana Foster Justin Richards Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary McNamara Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Stotley Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James 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 Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William P. Young William Shakespeare

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