One of the great things about borrowing books from the library is that you can take a chance on books – which is what I did recently with a whole load of poetry and novels. The only problem then, is that you might not enjoy them all. Here are thoughts on two of them – Read More
On Presence: Essays | Drawings by Peter Reason and Sarah Gillespie Recruiting Peter to the team of Shiny New Books reviewers was a bit of a coup – in fact he approached us. A retired professor, he has a deep interest in the natural world and humanity’s place in the ecology of the planet. His Read More
Year End Review #2: The Disappointments
There are always some books that just don’t live up to expectations. Here are a few that didn’t gel with me for various reasons – plus my nominations for silliest thriller of the year. The DNFs I had a good year again with just 2 DNFs – books that I got a way into before Read More
Worth Every Penny? It’s Morrissey’s novel…
List of the Lost by Morrissey Republished into my blog’s original timeline – one of the lost posts. Regular visitors will know that I am willing to try reading anything, and I always try to look for the best in a novel. I read Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography‘ and reviewed it here, finding some parts, especially the childhood Read More
Too lurid and too pretentiously cute!
Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell When I read Alex Preston’s review of Adam Thirlwell’s new novel in the Financial Times I instantly wanted to read and review this book for Shiny New Books. As you know I love quirky novels, and I thought this book would be fun, very contemporary and something a bit Read More
YA books and sex!
I wasn’t going to write a post featuring the book below as it was a DNF (Did not finish) for me, but it did raise questions and I wanted to ask your opinions, especially after I heard someone calling for debate on lowering the age of consent to 15 on the radio this morning … Read More