- Lewis Carroll: The Man and His Circle by Edward Wakeling (27%)
- Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams (32%)
Time for the inevitable top 10 list. Not all of these were published in 2014, they’re simply my top 10 from the ~60 books I read over the year, and they are in no particular order (that was too hard).
Links go to my reviews, where published.
This turned up in the mail yesterday, and I’m quite looking forward to reading it. It’s the first time I’ll be reading Gayle Forman, and I hear very good things about her writing.
It took me a long time to write this review, not because I didn’t enjoy the book, but because I found it difficult to get my thoughts in order.
Fatal Puzzle is actually two intertwined stories – one half is set in 1495, where women are being murdered and mutilated to complete a puzzle, and the other takes us to the present day, where there appears to be someone copying the medieval murderer.
I really enjoyed both stories, they were engaging and entertaining from start to finish, and there wasn’t a lot of mucking around with unnecessary side plots – the book isn’t even 200 pages long.
I did find the writing style a bit jarring. It reminded me very much of a young adult novel, which is definitely not a bad thing. I did find it quite jarring in some sections though, where victims and scenes were described in quite graphic detail.
I also would have enjoyed both stories fleshed out into their own individual pieces, as they were both very interesting separately, but the length of the book means that everything is shorter by necessity.
That said, this appears to be book 1 in a series, and I’m very interested in seeing what Catherine Shepherd does next.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Presented in no particular order, and entirely made up of books I didn’t get around to purchasing this year.
I’ve been a fan of Matthew Reilly’s work for quite some time, ever since a friend introduced me to Ice Station. One of my favourite things is the speed the story moves at, and how unbelievably-believable everything is.
The Great Zoo of China is no exception – it’s an action packed beast, and I loved the contents of the zoo. Having a female protagonist was simply fantastic, and my patchy memory tells me it’s the first time he’s done this – but I certainly hope it won’t be the last.
I’m quite a fan of how he continually works in fantastic elements in a way that’s completely believable and it’s a testament to the time and effort he spends on researching each of his books.
While this isn’t one of my favourites of his, it’s definitely just as high quality as the rest of his work, and absolutely worth a read.
The Fell Sword picks up where The Red Knight finishes, with the Captain leading his men on to their next job. It was just as good a read as The Red Knight – where The Red Knight was non-stop drama and action, The Fell Sword has a bit more character development and world building.
I really liked being able to see more of what was happening in other places, especially in the Wild, and being able to see another kingdom described really enhanced the world building – it stopped being a place mentioned in passing and became a real thing. Having a wider range of characters telling their parts was great for me – there were quite a few new faces to get to know and I’m quite fond of most of them.
There was also a lot of time spent laying the foundations for the next book – the Fell Sword of the title barely rates a mention in this book, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing how it all pans out, especially in relation to Duchess Ghause’s role, and newcomer Morgan. I still love how magic, religion and “reality” are mixed in this series, and how it’s all being used in a war setting. It’s perhaps one of the best uses of magic that I’ve seen in quite some time.
If you enjoyed The Red Knight, and don’t mind taking a slower trip through this book, you’re going to really enjoy it. If you haven’t read either yet, grab The Red Knight and settle in for a long and wonderful ride.