July 2019 books

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook: a history of the Renaissance mathematics that birthed imaginary numbers, probability, and the new physics of the universe by Michael Brooks My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was a rather interesting book, The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook looks at the life of Jerome Cardano, a sixteenth century mathematician and physician, credited…

June 2019 Books

All That’s Dead by Stuart MacBride My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another excellent Logan McRae book, in this one Logan has just returned from the sick and is back at Professional Standards. He’s asked to keep an eye on DI King, who is about to be outed by the press for being an Alt-Nat,…

Punch Needle

I’ve been intrigued by punch needling for a while but it was Arounna Khounnoraj’s new book, Punch Needle that sold me, just that cushion on the front cover, *swoon*. It has lots of nice things inside too, this is one of those craft books where if I saw any one of the projects on sale…

May 2019 Books

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars Metro 2033 is interesting, a post-apocalyptic story set in the Moscow Metro. Armageddon has happened some years previously and the survivors in the Metro have settled down into an existence that is kinder for some than for others. Each Metro station has become a…

April 2019 books

Dead Girl Walking by Christopher Brookmyre My rating: 4 of 5 stars I used to love Chris Brookmyre books, funny and gripping and with some fantastic rants, also really cool covers, then he decided to get serious, even though his old books weren’t exactly comedies, I tried a few and, well, Brookmyre got knocked off…

March 2019 Books

The Trespasser by Tana French My rating: 4 of 5 stars I love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books and this one is no disappointment. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the Dublin Murder Squad series follows different detectives investigating murders, the lead characters vary but will often have had more minor parts in earlier…

February 2019 books

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I rather liked The Hunting Party, okay pretty much all the characters were obnoxious and in particular one of the reveals (pretty much all of the characters have secrets), seemed to have one of the characters behaving in a way, in response, that…

January 2019 books

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is an interesting book about the science of meditation. It goes into how research was started and how it initially wasn’t very accurate because the scientists weren’t distinguishing between types of meditation and…

December 2018 Books and My Books Of The Year

My December 2018 books were – Dracul by Dacre Stoker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Although it took me a little while to get into this, I absolutely loved Dracul, a prequel to Dracul written by JD Barker and Dacre Stoker, a descendant of Bram. It starts with the story of Bram’s childhood in…

November 2018 books

Tombland by C.J. Sansom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Phew, Tombland is long! I mainly listened to the audiobook version (I also have it on Kindle), and it took me almost a month. It’s the latest in the Shardlake series, a lawyer, now in the reign of King Edward. Shardlake now works for the…