Recent Reads: When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall (Sceptre/Hodder & Staughton, 2015, 345 pgs.) Roza Polanski lives with her Moth and Popi, and siblings, Boris, Delphine, and Lucia, inside a long-abandoned high rise in Birmingham. After a virus wiped out much of Britain’s population when she was an infant, Roza has really only known a rather… Continue reading Recent Reads: When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

Recent Reads: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz, 2015, 273 pgs) Toby lives in ‘the Death House’ – a re-purposed manor being used as a quarantine for young people designated ‘Defectives.’ Kept away from the public on an island, and separated from society and loved ones, the young patients all live as if in a boarding school.… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Best Reads of 2017

During 2017, I read thirty-four books (not including graphic novels, comics, etc.) and this is a quick little post of the most memorable, with special mentions at the bottom for those which I absolutely loved, regardless. Nonfiction: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Arrow, Kindle ed., 1975, 2015, USA –… Continue reading Best Reads of 2017

Best Reads of 2016

Over the course of 2016, I managed to read a total of twenty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction. Yep. So close to thirty. So very close. That’s 2017’s goal sorted then. That can go on the New Years Resolutions. And so, for the first post of 2017, I’m going to list four books I particularly enjoyed reading;… Continue reading Best Reads of 2016

I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Unwise Child’ (1962)

“‘Snookums […] is a self-activating, problem-seeking computer with input and output sensory and action mechanisms analogous to those of a human being. […] He is as close to being a living creature as anything Man has yet devised.’” [63] PUBLISHING: Unwise Child, Randall Garrett (192pgs); Mayflower Books, USA, UK, 1962. THE PLOT: Michael Raphael Gabriel… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Unwise Child’ (1962)

I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Overlay’ (1972)

“‘These people are dangerous and insane,’ Hemmings said. ‘The polarities, the constants, the projections, and so on, all of this would indicate that within a very short amount of time, even by our standards, they will pose a real menace. We have to stop this, of course. Onward! We must protect our interests and so… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Overlay’ (1972)

I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Starbrat’ (1972)

In this series, I review an older science fiction or fantasy novel from a small yet-to-be-read collection (thanks, late-night eBay purchases!), summarising its plot, its cover, and a little about the author’s canon. For the first entry in this series I’ve read: Starbrat (1972) by John Morressy. Though the novel is only 190 pages long,… Continue reading I Can Remember It For You Wholesale: ‘Starbrat’ (1972)