Category Archives: Book Reviews

A Reader of Reviews of your Own Books: To be or not to be?

All authors can be divided into three categories: those who read reviews of their books, those who don’t, and those that do and claim they don’t. It would be fair to say that all authors can also be divided into … Continue reading

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New Reviews (and Thanks!)

I’d like to share some recent reviews, say thanks to those that wrote them, and also share with other authors the observation that if you aren’t active at Goodreads yet, you might wish to give it a try. It can … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1177 B.C. (Eric H. Cline): Not What You’d Expect

This is perhaps the most disappointing book I’ve read in the past five years. Moreover, I say that based not only on my original assumption about what the author was setting out to achieve, but also on  my adjusted assumption, … Continue reading

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New Reviews of The Alexandria Project (thanks!)

I’m grateful for the following recent reviews (you can find all of the Amazon reviews here) 5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing cyber tech & international thriller – great read!, May 6, 2014 By Phil – Verified Purchase (softcover) Combining … Continue reading

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Book Review: Johnny Nothing (Ian Probert)

What is Johnny Nothing? Well,it’s a book that any child would love reading. It’s also a tale that any child not yet old enough to read would love to have their Mum or Dad read to them. And finally, it’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Paul Kennedy)

Paul Kennedy’s exegesis on the intersection of economic capacity, extraterritorial ambition and political reality is what Monty Python might refer to as “a bloody big book.” Indeed weighing in at 677 pages, it is more than up to the task … Continue reading

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Review – Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind (Brian Fagan; 2011)

Brian Fagan is an astonishingly prolific producer, for a non-fiction writer, having produced more than three dozen research-based books (at the rate of more than one a year!) focusing mainly on the areas of archaeology, anthropology and the impact of … Continue reading

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Review: Blue Bloods, by Ian Frazier (The New Yorker)

One after another, and then in bunches, like helmet tops of surfacing mermen, they came up in the outwash along the smooth wet sand. What a great sentence. The kind you read and think, “I wish I’d written that.” It’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Richard Conniff)

The Species Seekers is based upon two main themes. The first is that the people that became obsessed (or sought their fortunes) by discovering new species were a remarkably strange and interesting lot, and Conniff substantiaties this contention amply through … Continue reading

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