Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor


Her: Harriet Lane, June 18—25, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Her is like  an attempt to create a Gone Girl/Notes on a Scandal hybrid, but falls short of both. The premise is … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Only Revolutions

Only Revolutions: Mark Z. Danielewski, June 16, 2015 My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊ Only Revolutions is a bitter disappointment. Telling the story of lovers Sam and Hailley, who are “always” sixteen and … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

Adrian Mole – The Cappuccino Years: Sue Townsen, June 11—15, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊   Adrian’s latest adventure is set in 1997-1998; the longest gap between instalments but coming at an … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment


Thirteen: Tom Hoyle, June 5—11, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Thirteen is a distinctly average young adult thriller. A mysterious group is chasing schoolboy Adam, determined to kill him before the New Year … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Chancellor Manuscript

The Chancellor Manuscript: Robert Ludlum, May 30—June 5, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ With The Chancellor Manuscript, author Ludlum writes a conspiracy about an author who writes a conspiracy who experiences the … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don Quixote

Don Quixote: Miguel de Cervantes, May 27—30, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ This seminal novel, widely regarded as the first modern novel, is a Spanish classic and is revered in the … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Choosing

The Choosing: Rachelle Dekker, May 23—27, 2014 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊  Rachelle Dekker, the eldest daughter of legend Ted, presents her debut novel with The Choosing. It is set in the … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hello, Darkness

Hello, Darkness: Sandra Brown, May 18—22, 2014 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Paris Gibson hosts a late-night radio show featuring love songs and call-ins. She is joined overnight by only the tech … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Dream Shall Never Die

The Dream Shall Never Die: Alex Salmond, May 1—2, 2014 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ This is one of the most important political memoirs in modern history. Whatever your view, the Scottish Independence … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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