Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor

Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams

The Stealers of Dreams: Steve Lyons, April 24—26, 2014 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Stealers of Dreams is an odd one. The concept is there: a world where fiction is banned. Utterers of non-facts are … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment


Infidel: Ted Dekker, April 13—23, 2014 My rating: ♦♦◊◊◊ The Lost Books series continues, and remains slow, frustrating and below par. How can it be that these books followed the likes of Thr3e … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dark Places

Dark Places: Gillian Flynn, March 29—April 8, 2015  My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦  Let’s get the elephant out of the room first of all. This isn’t Gone Girl, and they shouldn’t be compared. … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf: Adolf Hitler, March 28, 2015  My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊ Adolf Hitler is one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century and this, his two-volume autobiography-cum-manifesto should be fascinating. … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Wave

The Wave: Morton Rhue, March 27—28, 2015  My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Was Nazism an insane blip in humanity? How did it happen, and could it happen again? These are the questions Ben … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Hard Can It Be?: The World According to Clarkson

How Hard Can It Be? The World According to Clarkson: Jeremy Clarkson, March 25—26, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ In view of recent events, it seemed a good time to see what … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Light Fantastic

The Light Fantastic: Terry Pratchett, March 17—25, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Brought forward in tribute to the late Sir Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic continues the story of Discworld’s debut, The Colour … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tooth and Nail

Tooth and Nail: Ian Rankin, February 26—March 16, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Detective Inspector Rebus finds himself seconded to Scotland Yard to assist the Metropolitan Police with a serial killer known … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train: Paula Hawkins, February 16—26, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The Girl on the Train is a tense thriller about a missing woman, told by multiple narrators in … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doctor Who: Only Human

Only Human: Gareth Roberts, January 17—February 15, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack explore what it is to be human in the latest Doctor Who novel. A Neanderthal … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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