Alien In a Small Town

Alien In a Small Town - Jim Cleaveland A very interesting book. An exploration of a relationship which develops between an alien (with a very well thought out background) and a human woman. In between their growing friendship we have the alien’s thoughts about humans, and God, and love. Not much else happens, so to speak, but the journey alongside the characters is worthwhile and intriguing. At times there are large info dumps which does slow things down, and sudden jumps in point of view. But this is a good novel, and I look forward to his future work with interest.

In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3)

In His Majesty's Service (Temeraire, #1-3) - Naomi Novik The best three of the series. Great fun to watch the two main characters develop their relationship.

Riddle-master: The Complete Trilogy (Riddle-Master, #1-3)

Riddle-master: The Complete Trilogy (Riddle-Master, #1-3) - Patricia A. McKillip My favourite set of books. Ever. The greatest influence upon my life and my inspiration to become an author. The books are fantasy, with a fascinating world. But above all the story is about love, and hate, and love despite betrayal.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

I Heard the Owl Call My Name - Margaret Craven A beautiful book, very moving.

The Good That Men Do

The Good That Men Do - Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin Good to see how the 'Enterprise' story might have continued. And of course Trip isn't dead!

I Am David

I Am David - Anne Holm The topic made me want to like this book more than I did. I found the boy's ability to journey as he did hard to believe, and the fairytale ending was a bit much to swallow.

The Giver Quartet Omnibus

The Giver Quartet Omnibus - Lois Lowry A rather strange set of books. I wanted to like them more than I actually did. There was a great sense of creepiness, but also a strange mix of dystopia and magical realism.

Sky Dragons (The Dragon Books)

Sky Dragons (The Dragon Books) - Anne McCaffrey, Todd J. McCaffrey I really really wanted to like this book. As a teenager I adored the Pern books. But although this credits Anne McCaffrey, it's obvious that her son Todd has done most of the writing. Surely the reason we want Pern books is because we want to read about the wonderful dragons and their riders. Instead what we have here is a long novel going into boring details about day to day life in the sky weyr. The dragons have very little characterisation and end up being little more than transport vehicles.

If you want to read excellent Pern fiction, go to the three novels called 'Dragonchoice' here:

You'll get believable characters and dragons who have personalities!

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler This book left me with mixed feelings. I did guess the 'reveal' about twenty pages before it was divulged, but that's probably because I've read some of the non fiction books on the subject. I don't want to add more to spoil this for anyone else. But I found the rationale for writing the story hard to find. What message was the author trying to give? I also wasn't that convinced by the main character. So perhaps an interesting experiment, but I was left wanting something more.

The Book Of Revelation (Scm Core Text)

The Book Of Revelation (Scm Core Text) - Simon Woodman I had the pleasure of taking lectures from the author, so I knew that this book would be good. One of the most interesting approach to Revelation that I've read. I recommend it to biblical students.

The Puzzle Of Ethics

The Puzzle Of Ethics - Peter Vardy Recommended for anyone who wants to understand more about where Christian ethics comes from. Particularly helpful for anyone who wants/needs more information on the issue of same sex relationships.

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The Complete Mars Trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson