Book review: Ark by Stephen Baxter

“Ark” is the sequel to Baxter’s “Flood”, reviewed here a few days ago. This is a real doorstep of a book, as science fiction often is, which picks up the story several years before “Flood” ends. The central theme – a space rocket takes survivors to another world to avoid the apocalyptic flooding of earthContinue reading “Book review: Ark by Stephen Baxter”

Book review: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Read in the Jonathan Cape hardback first edition. Any new novel by McEwan is something of an event, and this is no exception. Sweet Tooth is an ambitious novel. Set in the early 1970’s, and rich with period material, the story follows a young woman, Serena Frome, in her first few months working for MI5. SweetContinue reading “Book review: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan”

Book review: Flood by Stephen Baxter

Working on the basis that anyone Terry Pratchett decides to work with must be pretty damn good, I decided to give Stephen Baxter another try after “The Long Earth” (see review last month). “Flood” appeared to stand out from the other recommendations for reasons I haven’t decided upon. The name really tells you most ofContinue reading “Book review: Flood by Stephen Baxter”

Book review: The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde

Read in the Hodder and Stoughton hardback edition. This represents a return to fform ffor Fforde, after the disappointing “One of Our Thursdays is Missing”. The seventh in the Thursday Next series, eighth if you count “The Great Samuel Pepys Fiasco”, sees Thursday recovering from injuries sustained in a kidnapping attack, and feeling her age.Continue reading “Book review: The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde”

Book review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall won the Booker prize in 2009, and its sequel, Bringing up the Bodies, is the Bookies’ favourite for the 2012 prize. If it weren’t for this accolade I very much doubt if I would have read it, not being an historical fiction fan, and I certainly would not have persisted to the endContinue reading “Book review: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel”