BookReview ~ The Introvert by Michael Paul Michaud #books #bookreview

A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

Guest Review ~ by Lee 

I wasn’t clear how to even categorise this book. It’s a fairly quick read and at the outset I had a pretty low opinion of it. The title is misleading and that I think threw me. My view was that this is a book written by an extravert trying to portray what it’s like to be an introvert. I still feel that to a degree. The writing is a bit clumsy in places.

However, the main character isn’t an introvert really or maybe I’m just offended. He’s more high functioning aspergers.

I’ve read comparisons to ‘The Curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime’, but it has little in common with that and more in common with ‘American Psycho’.

If you find it slow, stick with it. It improves.

My rating: Three Stars!


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BookReview ~ Room 119 by TF Lince #books #goodreads #bookreview @Room119TFLince

Room 119 High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed.

Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes?

As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves.

It’s a promise he may have to keep.

Guest Review ~ by Lee 

What a ride! I nearly put this book down as my first genuine DNF. I just thought the initial part of the story was too ‘unreal’ and it irritated me. Yes, fiction, unreal, blah blah. But it was worth persisting. The story is like a blend of Ghost of Christmas Past, Life on Mars (TV) and Wall Street!

It’s a great story with some great feel-good moments. It put me through all of my emotions and at one point I was ‘Oh no, you’re kidding’.

The characters are engaging, the writing is ‘easy reading’, but maybe lacks some sophistication. However, it is the author’s first book and from his ‘foreword’ he only started writing in 2017.

I formed an early opinion as I often do and considered this a 3/5, then as I progressed I gave it 4/5, then ultimately because I enjoyed the tale so much a lenient 5/5.

Good stuff!

My rating: Five Stars!


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Book Review – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson #fantasy #bookreview

Guest Review ~ by Lee 

My wife simply cannot believe that in recent weeks I have progressed from an occasional reader. One who mainly reads a Dan Brown or two each year when on holiday to suddenly devouring books. I’ve also gone from having never read a fantasy book to… let’s try The Way of Kings, a Brandon Sanderson behemoth! Actually, I’d never heard of Brandon Sanderson. I found this book quite by accident after watching a YouTube video. So what did I think?

Well, I cannot believe it’s taken me a week of reading every day to complete it! But I couldn’t stop reading it. Yes, the pace is not that fast throughout. But it’s never dull in any way. The character development is excellent, with each of the primary and secondary characters being introduced steadily and built in layers. Brandon doesn’t try to tell you everything about any character too early. The world and its people are also well built. You feel like you understand the cultures and the landscape and even some (that’s been revealed) of the history.

I’ll avoid spoilers, but will add, there are moments where you’re so disappointed with a path the story takes that you look away from the book and say “Seriously!” and there are moments where you’ll punch the air and want to yell “Go on!” like a sports fan cheering their team.

Whether you’ve read fantasy or not, give this book a go, but if you like a glass of wine whilst you read, consider ordering a case.

My rating: Five Stars!

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Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (5 STAR) #Bookreview

Arguably one of the best fantasy books I have read in a long while Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel) lived up to its mighty 5/5 on Amazon with a whopping 2000+ people providing feedback.

I actually bought it on Audiable rather than a book, and wasn’t disappointed. Sometimes you have to get along with the narator, and in this case I thought they did a great job.

Without going into detail, it follows the life of  Vaelin Al Sorna. It begins with his father abandoning him to a mysterious order devoted to battle following his mother death, and then follows his journey to adulthood and beyond. There are plenty of battles, mystery, and travel as you would expect form an epic fantasy. There is also a smidgen of magic or mysticism, but not a lot. I think for me the quality of the writing and the genuine attachment I formed with the characters was a stand out and kept me riveted.

If you love a good chunky fantasy fiction with plenty of action and a strong character, then this is the book for you.

See it on Amazon : Blood Song (A Raven’s Shadow Novel) by Anthony Ryan