M.T. Anderson was so successful at depicting a superficial, mindless society in the beginning of his book Feed that I almost gave up reading, unwilling to plunge into such a world. The impression was reinforced by the off-hand, futuristic lingo of young people and less young people that the author had crafted.… Read more

The Divergent trilogy

Divergent trilogy

Read my review of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

To say the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth is gripping would be an understatement. It is in the same genre as the Hunger Games, and as with that trilogy, it carries you off like a tornado, never letting your feet touch the ground, until it leaves you nerve-wracked and washed out somewhere beyond the last page.Read more



Read my review of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Neverwhere is built around an imaginative and hilarious use of the names of the stops on the London Underground in the strange world of London below. A familiar, mundane reality becomes the stage of outlandish and gripping adventures witnessed by an “upworlder” who strayed through his goodness and generosity into the world below only to become the central protagonist in a deadly quest….Read more

The Dream Thieves


Following close on the heels of listening to the first book of the Raven Boys Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, entitled The Raven Boys, here is my review of the newly released second book: The Dream Thieves which I listened to in an audio version read by Bill Patton.… Read more

The Night Circus


I have just published a review of Erin Morgenstern’s best selling novel The Night Circus. Here is the first paragraph.

My initial reaction to The Night Circus was one of wild enthusiasm. Just like a young, wide-eyed spectator embarked on a magical tour, I was enthralled by the colours, the shapes and movements, by all the sounds and smells of the circus.Read more

Review of Boy & Girl

Go over to Amazon and read Ginger Dawn’s review of Boy & Girl on Amazon. Here’s a snippet from the end of that.

… Boy & Girl is an entertaining and intricate novel. It offers a message about interpersonal relationships and importance of free will/choice.Read more



It is not easy to write a story in which most of the population’s appearance and behaviour have been normalised such that there are few distinguishing features. There’s a sort of faceless grin or grimace to the world. Even the baddies, when they finally erupt on the stage, look alike…” (read on)… Read more