In At The Deep End

Kate Davies

This a novel about a woman whose life has become aimless after giving up her dancing career.
Her lovelife is non-existent and work is insecure and uninspiring.
Getting drunk at an arty party she makes out with a woman and the experience brings the realization that she’s attracted to women.
She throws herself into this new world with abandon. Quickly she finds herself with new hobbies, new friends and in a relationship with a woman who encourages her to explore her boundaries.
I life my romances fluffy. This is NOT a fluffy story even if you do get a sweet resolution after the drama plays out.
If you want a coming out story combined with complicated emotional dynamics then you’ve found it.
It’s well enough written – it’s really just not my cup of tea.

Rating: B


Traveller in Black

John Brunner

This collection of novellas is a fantasy work by an author better known for his science fiction.
In each story a powerful and anomalous being (the eponymous traveller in black) makes a journey around the cities in his domain and attempts to tip the universe ever further away from chaos and towards order.
These are densely written tales that seem incredibly apt given out current insane political climate.
Not the easiest read but it is short and repays the bit of effort required handsomely. I loved that it’ll give you a different take on the phrase “As you wish”.

Rating: B+


Tell Me How You Really Feel

Aminah Mae Safi

Superior teen romance.
As the author admits this tale is heavily inspired by fanfic in which Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller end up together.
It’s a hugely enjoyable and incredibly fluffy tale about two people protecting themselves from the world by pretending to be not quite who they really are.
I finished it and immediately and went back into it to re-read the best bits. I suspect this is a future comfort read.

Rating: A-


The Ruby Knight

David Eddings

Cover of The Ruby Knight by David EddingsI’ve reviewed this before and I have no new thoughts. It’s just mindless comfort reading for me. I only started reading this because I picked up the first book of the series (The Diamond Throne) for cheap on audiobook and once started it feels wrong to leave it unfinished.

Rating: C+



Bob Gendron

This entry in the 33⅓ series covers The Afghan Whigs estimable 1993 release Gentlemen.
After brief but well constructed introduction to the band members it seemed to me that it became rather by-the-numbers when talking about the recording of the record. The section talking about the individual songs held nothing new and was where the author’s personal opinions began to overwhelm the factual content.
As for the part of the book dealing with the book’s reception after release and it’s lack of sales is chock full of biases about the music industry (Gendron seems to really not get why a difficult to classify album about messed up sexual relationships might not have sold in the early 90s) and is less than even handed when talking about the fallout.
It was worth borrowing from the library. I’d be rather disappointed if I’d paid money for it.

Rating: B


Fear of Music

Garry Mulholland

The follow up to This is Uncool is Mulholland’s choice of the greatest albums since Disco and Punk (the original was just singles).
This book is very similar in style to This is Uncool. It’s tone is much angrier and (to me as someone who was on message boards during the poptimism/rockism thing) it’s a more political than personal in some choices this time around.
I’ve docked it point for the off tangent ranting in some entries and for the rather bleak view takes of even the best music in the final few choices.
It’s a cheap and interesting read for any pop music nerd in your life.

Rating: B

2018 Books

  1. The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling, rated B
  2. Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis, rated B+
  3. Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Crusie, rated B+
  4. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie, rated B
  5. Sunset In Central Park by Sarah Morgan, rated B
  6. Crazy In Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling, rated B
  7. Bury The Hatchet by Catherine Gayle, rated C
  8. Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan, rated B
  9. New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan, rated B
  10. Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan, rated B
  11. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, rated A-
  12. Head On by John Scalzi, rated B+
  13. Just For Show by Jae, rated B
  14. Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis, rated B+
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, rated B-
  16. How To Be Dead by Dave Turner, rated B
  17. The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis, rated B-
  18. Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis, rated C+
  19. Hold Me by Courtney Milan, rated B-
  20. The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, rated A-
  21. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, rated A
  22. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, rated B
  23. This Is Uncool by Garry Mulholland, rated B+
  24. Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, rated B
  25. Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, rated B
  26. Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, rated B
  27. Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas, rated C+
  28. A Gift From The Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson, rated B-
  29. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, rated C+
  30. Queen Of Sorcery by David Eddings, rated C+
  31. Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings, rated C+
  32. Castle Of Wizardry by David Eddings, rated C+
  33. Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings, rated C+

2018 Audiobooks

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick read by Anna Kendrick
  2. Armada by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  3. A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away by Christopher Brookmyre read by Angus King?
  4. A History of Heavy Metal by Andrew O’Neill read by Andrew O’Neill
  5. It by Stephen King read by Steven Weber
  6. Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre read by Angus King
  7. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde read by Gabrielle Kruger
  8. The Truth by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  9. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett read by Nigel Planer
  10. Neuromancer by William Gibson read by Jeff Harding
  11. The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, read by Nicholas Briggs
  12. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor read by Zara Ramm
  13. All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye by Christopher Brookmyre read by Sarah Barron
  14. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson read by Jonathan Davis
  16. Redshirts by John Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton
  17. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett read by Nigel Planer