Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from author Simon R. Taylor

How to Win X Factor

How To Win X Factor: Keeley Bolger, October 31—November 8, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ It does what it says on the tin. How to Win X Factor combines the author’s observations … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · Leave a comment


Thr3e: Ted Dekker, November 9—12, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Ten years on, the book that introduced me to Ted Dekker in 2005 is every bit as incredible as I remember. Seminary … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: J.K. Rowling, October 31—November 8, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ The second book in the Harry Potter series is even better than the first. The … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Storm of Swords, Part 1: Steel and Snow

A Storm of Swords, Part 1 – Steel and Snow: George R.R.Martin, October 12—31, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Buckle up. Things just got real. In Game of Thrones, Ned is in the … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Concrete Blonde

The Concrete Blonde: Michael Connelly, October 5—12, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Fans of Mickey Haller will see some familiar territory for Connelly as Detective Bosch faces up to his actions in … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings: George R.R.Martin, September 11—October 4, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Following the incredible debut of A Song of Ice and Fire in A Game of Thrones, the sequel fails to … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Shining

The Shining: Stephen King, August 30—September 10, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ A recovering alcoholic is appointed winter caretaker of The Overlook hotel and moves his wife and son in for … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kiss the Girls

Kiss the Girls: James Patterson, August 24—29, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊  Alex Cross is back and this time he has two serial killers to catch instead of one – and … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin, July 27—August 23, 2015 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ A Game of Thrones is known by fans, critics and even those alien to it for its considerable … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

LIVE BLOG: A Game of Thrones

This blog will be updated automatically as read-through progresses.  Read the full review here. 06/08/15: I’m going to stop live-blogging now at the risk of sounding repetitive, and will publish … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

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