Book review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

5/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Neil Gaiman. UPDATE: I forgot to mention (this is the disadvantage of reviewing books weeks after the fact) that each chapter is introduced with a bit of Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns’s Dance Macabre, which is a wonderful piece of music and really helps set the tone of the story. It took…

Book review: Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

4/5 stars. Martin Banks is your average geeky guy with an uneventful, average life, until one day he discovers a mysterious file. A file, it turns out, that is the source code of our world. Martin carefully starts to experiment with the file, and finds he can teleport by changing the coordinates listed for his…

In defense of the Twilight saga (a confession)

When I first read the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, somewhere in my late 20s, I loved them. And I have been ashamed of it ever since. It seems that the books are unanimously hated by anyone with any taste and/or brains above the age of 15. The only thing worse than liking Twilight would…

Book review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

3/5 stars. I’ve been eyeing this sample on my Kindle for quite a while. It looked/sounded really promising, so I’ve been saving it for the right occasion, and during my holidays I caved and downloaded the full book at last. I’ve been looking for a new fantasy series to fall in love with and suspected…

Book review: Waking by Emily Thompson (Clockwork Twist #1)

4/5 stars. Disclaimer: I’ve never before read a steampunk novel or related work of fiction, so I am completely free from any bias as to how things “should be” within this genre. It was one of those Kindle offers that I got, and on a whim thought “steampunk, why not?” So, that being said I…

Book review: Library of Souls

3/5 stars This is the third and final instalment in Ransom Riggs’ tales of Peculiardom. The story in the first book was based around old, mysterious photographs that the writer had collected, which also feature throughout the series. This way of telling a story worked very well in the first book, less so in the…