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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child - Book Review
17, Sep

Sometimes change is good.

I'm big on fantasy.  If nothing else, my reviews so far on Booknest.eu prove that.  But every now and then I like to cast my net a little further and dip my toes in a different genre.  It turns out I quite enjoy a good thriller too, especially when it has the feel of a modern-day western, with a hero who would feel out of place in an old fashioned sword-and-sorcery adventure.

Shield of Thunder (Troy #2) by David Gemmell
13, Sep

WARNING: I've tried to keep them to a minimum, but potential spoilers ahead, so reader beware!

For my latest tour of David Gemmell’s work, I decided to start with the last trilogy he wrote before his untimely death. The Troy trilogy is an epic retelling of the legendary Trojan War.  A few weeks ago I reviewed the first book, Lord of the Silver Bow, which I gave 4/5.  This time around it's the turn of book 2, Shield of Thunder.

Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy #1) by David Gemmell - Book Review
15, Aug

WARNING: I've tried to keep them to a minimum, but potential spoilers ahead, so reader beware!

In my latest tour of David Gemmell’s work, I've decided to start with the last trilogy he wrote before his untimely death.

You Die When You Die (West of West #1) by Angus Watson - Book Review
29, Jul

I’d been wanting to read You Die When You Die for a while.  The mean-looking barbarian type on the cover, armed with axe and shield, and the book’s title scrawled beneath him in blood red… I mean, what's not to like?

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry - Book Review
16, Jul

Who doesn’t love Greek Mythology?

Some of my earliest memories of fantasy are taken straight from Jason and The Argonauts and Clash of the Titans (the original, not the god-awful remake).  The stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen obviously played a big part in that, as, before the days of CGI, there was something terrifyingly awesome about that fight scene with the skeletons.  More than anything though, it’s the stories themselves.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie - Book Review
24, Jun

WARNING: I've hopefully kept things relatively vague and avoided spoilers - but reader beware!

Revenge.

Nothing drives a story quite so well as a good ol’fashioned bout of revenge.  Whether it’s the patient efforts of heroes like The Count of Monte Cristo or the general-turned-slave, Maximus Decimus Meridius of Gladiator fame, or indeed the more relentless pursuit of payback found in the likes of The Revenant and Jaws: The Revenge, most people can empathise with that base human need to take an eye for an eye.  And in the world of Grimdark… there’s no purer motivation than that.

Legend by David Gemmell - Book Review
03, Jun

This is where it all began for me, standing on the walls of Dros Delnoch with Druss the Legend.