Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: J.K. Rowling, April 25—May 8, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ A new year, a new nightmare for the world’s unluckiest wizard. The Harry Potter series … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects: Gillian Flynn, April 5—17, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Up-and-coming reporter Camille Preaker returns to her hometown to cover two potentially linked child murders in Flynn’s debut novel. Returning to her … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Treasure Island

Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson, April 2—4, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Treasure Island is a perennial classic, and in a way that’s fitting. It’s not good, it’s not bad. It just is. … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment


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

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 Gillian Slovo 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 Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins John Crowther John Green John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary McNamara Matt Haig 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 Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James 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 P. Young William Shakespeare

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