Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is an excellent author, not only because his imagination created the magical Discworld, but also because he can write. I mean, really write. He understands grammar. He knows how to structure the piece. And his trademark sense of humour doesn't hurt, either.

A Slip of the Keyboard is a worthwhile collection of his non-fiction: articles, speeches, musings. From topics as diverse as Alien Christmas and Old Timers Disease (read the book to find out), he spins an enchanted web with which to capture his readers.

If you love Discworld, read this book, too.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Murder @ Work - #2 in the Christine Chamberlain series

Now on Kindle

Have you ever had a Boss From Hell? Not someone who's basically nice except on their off-peak days... we're talking about a Verbal Abuser who can't be sued or fired. Seduced by the heat of a South African summer, would you be tempted to tamper with his tea a little... just a little... ???

Friday, October 31, 2014

Short of time? Read Short Of Crime!

Short Of Crime, my collection of short crime stories is free on Kindle for the next 3 days. Go on, you know you want to.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Murder @ Play - the first Christine Chamberlain Mystery

When it comes to your loved ones, is it possible to know too much?

Murder @ Play, the first Christine Chamberlain Mystery, has a brand-new cover and is available - for a limited time only - at a reduced price of 99c on Kindle

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lucy - the movie

It was supposed to be a simple job. All Lucy had to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to Mr. Jang. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug. When the bag she is carrying inside of her stomach leaks, Lucy's body undergoes unimaginable changes that unlocks her mind's full potential 100%. With her new-found powers, Lucy turns into a merciless warrior intent on getting back at her captors. She receives invaluable help from Professor Norman, the leading authority on the human mind, and French police captain Pierre Del Rio.
- Written by LeiaSolo

It's not a bad movie. The acting is great, the visual effects stunning, the plot perhaps a tad predictable. Personally, I didn't care for the ending. Don't get me wrong, I did understand it, unlike some of the movie reviewers - I just thought it could  have been cleverer. Fans of SF will probably find the movie too action, and vice versa. Still, worth watching just to form your own opinion.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lee Child - Jack Reacher 19 - PERSONAL

It's my dream to meet Lee Child one day and to ask him why he writes some Jack Reachers in the first person. There's no judgement in this question: I don't think the first person reads any better or worse than the third person, but my analytic and almost obsessive-compulsive mind needs to understand Lee's decision-making process, even if it's simply spinning a coin. Spinning a coin I'll accept. A vague "oh, I don't know, it just came out that way" will not fly with me.

So, anyway. PERSONAL is written in the first person (no, I won't accept a glib "because it's personal", either), and it's brilliant.



Don't believe any review that doesn't love it.

Oh, you want to know the blurb? Sure. Reacher is engaged by the USA army to track down one of the four snipers who may be planning to kill all of the world's major presidents. Some people may think that's actually not such a bad idea, to reduce the number of politicians, but Reacher is one of the good guys, so he accepts the task. This takes him to Paris and London. Go there with him. You won't regret it.