Category: Other

  • A review of ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson

    A review of ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson

    Can you keep a secret? Most authors can, often the plots of novels depend on them. A writer polishing her first book told me that in her next novel nobody would have secrets from anybody; it was too stressful remembering what each character knew and who they were keeping secrets from. I have just finished […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Will Ferguson

    From My Bookshelf: Will Ferguson

    By Lynn Willoughby Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey into the New Heart of Africa   Will Ferguson I knew this book of non-fiction would not be an easy read, but I like Ferguson’s style of writing so wanted to get into his newest book.  He can take a very dark subject – Rawanda,  and while […]

  • CANADIAN HISTORICAL FICTION: Kinmel Revisted by Robert James Bridge

    CANADIAN HISTORICAL FICTION: Kinmel Revisted by Robert James Bridge

    This is an interesting little book based on the infamous Kinmel Riot, at the end of the First World War, in a repatriation camp for Canadian Soldiers in Wales. It is called Canadian Historical Fiction, which I guess I have to take at face value, although it read more like an actual report based on […]

  • SHORT STORY REVIEW: The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English

    SHORT STORY REVIEW: The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English

    Just before Christmas, I took part in an author event run by a friend of mine. Whilst the games that we played were enjoyable, and the two authors involved (Rose English and Maria Gibbs) were fantastic fun, I didn’t really expect to win anything. Imagine my surprise then, when Rose English herself messaged me to […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Featuring Stephen King

    From My Bookshelf: Featuring Stephen King

    By Lynn Willoughby The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King This is a book of short stories by one of my favourite authors.  What is especially interesting is the preface of each novella, of very personal glimpses of King, and how and why he came to write each story.  Also at the conclusion of […]

  • SCI/FI: No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin) (Volume 1) by Andy Futuro

    SCI/FI: No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir (Special Sin) (Volume 1) by Andy Futuro

    Let me just say, in prefacing this review, that this particular book is so, so, far out of my reading comfort zone, that the three stars I allocated ut indicates a good read. I’m not denigrating the style or genre in any way, it is just so not what I would normally read, however, that […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Callan Wink

    From My Bookshelf: Callan Wink

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] Dog Run Moon: Stories ~ Callan Wink [break] This new author has been compared to Annie Proulx – one of my personal favourites. So when his book of short stories came out I was first in line, and it doesn’t disappoint. [break] While the various characters find themselves in situations that […]

  • HOLIDAYS: Sun, Sea and Secrets: A novel set in Greece by May J Panayi

    HOLIDAYS: Sun, Sea and Secrets: A novel set in Greece by May J Panayi

    I could best describe Sun, Sea and Secrets with one word – sumptuous. In this novel, Panayi has adopted a writing style that draws the reader in and caresses them with the warm breezes of the Greek Islands. This is not the first book of Panayi’s that I have read and what amazes me about […]

  • CHILDREN’S FICTION: The Witch with the Glitch – Adam Maxwell

    CHILDREN’S FICTION: The Witch with the Glitch – Adam Maxwell

    Two Reviews of The Witch with the Glitch by Adam Maxwell Nina, Oswald and Ivy enter a different world whilst they are visiting the Lost Bookshop. They meet a witch, have a spell put on them and find themselves in the middle of a magical situation in which there is a race against time to get out […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Ellen Marie Wiseman

    From My Bookshelf: Ellen Marie Wiseman

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] What She Left Behind ~ Ellen Marie Wiseman [break] This novel begins in 1929 when eighteen year old Clara falls in love with an Italian immigrant. Her wealthy, controlling and overbearing father immediately tries to marry her off to someone “suitable.” Clara refuses and is immediately bundled off to a “genteel […]

  • From My Bookshelf ~ Louise Erdrich

    From My Bookshelf ~ Louise Erdrich

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] LaRose: A Novel ~ Louise Erdrich [break] I have read most if not all, of Erdrich’s novels, so you know I am a fan. This one, while good, historical fiction, felt to busy for me. There were too many stories, too much back and forth in time, too many characters. In […]

  • HISTORY: Kinmel Revisited – Robert James Bridge

    HISTORY: Kinmel Revisited – Robert James Bridge

    The author moves into a house in Abergele and finds documents in his loft. They are the writings of Captain George Sawley about the events at Kinmel camp in 1919 where several thousand Canadian soldiers were waiting to go home. Ships to their homeland had been cancelled and the war weary soldiers felt resentful at […]