This Bookseller Recommends: Title Recommendations for Fans of The Martian by Andy Weir

MartianEveryone has heard of The Martian, right? Andy Weir’s debut sci-fi novel has been made into a film starring Matt Damon (which, incidentally, I haven’t seen) and has just generally been raved about by everybody who has read it, myself included. It follows the story of astronaut Mark Wattney, who is left stranded on Mars after his crew depart the planet, convinced that he has died in a freak dust storm. Armed with a rapidly dwindling stash of supplies, his wits and a rather wicked sense of humour, Mark must survive completely alone on Mars until a plan can be formulated back on Earth to rescue him. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends: Title Recommendations for Fans of The Martian by Andy Weir”

My Top 5 Audiobooks (So Far)!

I absolutely love listening to audiobooks – my Audible subscription has been my most worthwhile investment in recent years. Audiobooks let me work on my TBR while out and about, as well as enable me to enjoy books (certain slower paced classics, for example) that I might struggle to finish in regular book format. As with regular books, there are certain audiobooks that stand out from the crowd. They go beyond a simple narration of the story – they are outstanding performances in their own right, to the extent that I feel that I would have lost out on something significant had I simply read them in book format. Continue reading “My Top 5 Audiobooks (So Far)!”

Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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Although I finished this novel pretty much ages ago, I felt like I couldn’t write a review straight away because I wasn’t actually sure how I felt about it. I went into it fairly blind; the only plot detail I knew was that it was set in Switzerland around the time of the Second World War and that Erich Perle, a policeman and Gustav’s father, had lost his job for helping Jewish refugees to enter the country by falsifying documents. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain”

Book Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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I think I’ve just listened to one of the most unexpected and pleasantly surprising books ever. Not surprising because I thought that the brilliant Anthony Horowitz could ever write anything bad; I downloaded this new book on faith without knowing much about it because I trusted that it would be good. A devoted Alex Rider fan before I moved on to the Raven’s Gate series and then to his adult Sherlock Holmes novels, I’ve never met a Horowitz book I didn’t like. However, I still wasn’t expecting this amazingly clever and razor sharp twist on the relatively clichéd and formulaic vintage crime classic, rendered all the more unique because of its “novel within a novel” concept. If Horowitz’s ability to write intelligent, original crime was ever in doubt, Magpie Murders just serves as further proof of his talent. Continue reading “Book Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz”

February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

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There were several points of comparison between this and our first book club title, The Goldfish Boy. They both dealt with a missing person case and its impact on a close-knit community, and both impart a strong message about belonging and friendship. However, my book group felt that, despite being a children’s book, The Goldfish Boy had much more subtlety, pace and intrigue than the adult bestseller The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. Continue reading “February Book Club Part 2: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon”

Audiobook Review: The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”

After receiving this eight word message from Jerry Hadler, the father of his childhood friend Luke, Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken home town of Kiewarra in Australia to attend Luke’s funeral. The evidence is apparently incontrovertible: Luke, for no reason that anybody can fathom, has brutally murdered his wife and son before turning the shotgun upon himself. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Dry by Jane Harper”