Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Consultant by Liam Muir

I won the book The Consultant by Liam Muir via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
Grrrrr. This novel is set in England and Scotland but it is written in ‘American English’ it is very annoying for a native Englishman reading it in England. Having ‘Police cruisers’ ‘Sidewalks’ ‘Back-Up lights’ etc. in England and Scotland is just plainly wrong.
I’m a big fan of this genre of novels but sadly not a big fan of The Consultant by Liam Muir. Americanisms aside I felt the story was lacking in depth and pace. I only managed to get half way through it, before calling it a day. This is Liam Muir’s first novel, so a lot can be forgiven and I hope his future output is of a much higher standard.

5/10
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Total prize value to date: £917 (from 1st September 2013).

The Elementals – Sansul by Natasha Quaresma

I won the book The Elementals – Sansul by Natasha Quaresma via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
The Elementals – Sansul is a throughly enjoyable witch, warlocks and vampire romp. There is a enough blood and gore to keep the average guy entertained and enough romantic elements to enthral female readers. It is a well paced novel that keeps you wanting to read more. It is very much of the Zeitgeist and I’m sure it will appeal to a wide range of avid readers. It ends on a cliff hanger, so I’m sure there is another one int e pipeline.

7/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £883 (from 1st September 2013).

The Rich, the Poor & the Foolish by Paul Liburd

I won the book The Rich, the Poor & the Foolish by Paul Liburd via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is a interesting little book from Paul Liburd and while I do not agree with all the arguments used for being ‘Rich’, it does make some very valid points for the ‘Foolish’ and ‘Poor’. It would make a good little read for those starting out in life and thinking about being self employed/entrepreneurial. If you are older and already fall into ‘Foolish’ and ‘Poor’, then you will need a lot more then this book to kick start you on the way to a better life.
P.S. If Paul Liburd reads this little review, I hope he likes the fact I’ve taken a book given to me for free and turned it in a possible way to make money by including and Amazon advert for the book in the review.

6/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £852 (from 1st September 2013).

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang – Review

I won the book The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwangn via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is a charming little book, and a very touching story. As the book title may suggest, it’s about a hen. It is an allegorical tale, so each reader will take something different away from the story. The author, Sun-mi Hwang is from South Korea, this book is an English language translation.
7/10

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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £850 (from 1st September 2013).

Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon

I won the book Love, Lies and Lemon Pies by Katy Cannon via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
This is not a book I would buy for myself. I’m not the target audience, being a middle aged man. That said, I did find it interesting, and liked the recipe idea at the start of each chapter, and the notes pages in the back of the book. I read about 1/3 of Love, Lies and Lemon Pies and liked the idea of it. I’m sure young females would really enjoy reading Love, Lies and Lemon Pies.
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £845 (from 1st September 2013).

The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah (Culver Valley Crime)

I won the book The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah via a giveaway on the Goodreads website. This is a cracking murder mystery from Sophie Hannah. It is very well written and with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages. What I liked about it was the wit, humour and the fact the main ‘good’ characters all seemed slightly slightly neurotic. A very entertaining read.
7/10
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Total prize value to date: £840 (from 1st September 2013).

The Terrorist’s Daughters by Brian Arthur Levene

I won the book Emperors Once More by Duncan Jepson via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
It is a paradox. I liked this novel, but at the same time I did not.
The reason I liked this book is hard to explain, I can only say I found it interesting, and gripping.
The reason I did not like the book is because it read like a Famous Five novel by Enid Blyton, with two girls going on an adventure by escaping Pakistan and ending up in America via Dubai and Mexico. The storyline is very improbable and far fetched.
While the writing style of The Terrorist’s Daughters may read like a novel aimed at teen girls, the content is not. It deals with incest/child abuse, terrorism, drug addiction, human trafficking etc. It is an adult themed novel, but written like a Children’s adventure book. Perplexing.
Even more perplexing is the fact I would be happy to read the next installment.
6/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £825 (from 1st September 2013).

Emperors Once More by Duncan Jepson

I won Emperors Once More by Duncan Jepson via a giveaway on the Goodreads website.
Emperors Once More is a fast paced and well written crime thriller. It is set in Hong Kong, in 2017 and explores crime, social media, global economic and Chinese cults from the distant past. The mix makes a exciting and fasted paced read. It is gruesome in parts, but Duncan Jepson does not overplay it, so it balances well. All in all Emperors Once More is a very good crime thriller and stands well with its peers.
7/10
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £778 (from 1st September 2013).

The Decapaphiliac: or love in the time of cappuccinos by Alex Weinle

I won The Decapaphiliac: or love in the time of cappuccinos by Alex Weinle via a giveaway on Goodreads. There are some interesting stories in the collection of short stories, but to be honest I did not like the writing style. To me it seemed rather juvenile and vapid. Writing tempo was also missing, which meant even though the stories are short, it took, or seemed to take ages to finish them. 3/10
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Total prize value to date: £764 (from 1st September 2013).