Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; by John le Carré

After watching the film of the book I thought I’d see what the original text was like. Well I found it to be a really good read that moved at pace and had an interesting twist. This seems to be very much of its time, but then the reality of it was good. It was the sort of book that was enjoyable, though it was a little dark in places. I have to say that I’m likely to look out some more of le Carré‘s work

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

An interesting read, that picks up where the book before left off. Would say that having read both books back to back, that they read as a single plot line – or more episodes of the wider plot – and that one would not be advised to start with this book. Also some of the text gives this a clear 18 certificate if a film. I look forward to finding Ms Gail Carriger‘s next book in the set.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger

In this book Ms Gail Carriger has a nice approach to the whole urban fantasy crossed with steam-punk style, and I’d look forward to reading more of the Parasol Protectorate books. The plot moves with pace, and is a very nice pulp style to it as well, making for an enjoyable read. The setting is well thought out and there are some nice characters sketched out in the text. Some of the content would give the an 18 rating, but it is well treated and with humour.

Flashman in the Great Game (The Flashman Papers #5): George MacDonald Fraser

So in the fifth instalment of the Flashman Papers we find the “hero of the hour” being sent off to India to track down some trouble. We meet a verity of the great and the good of time, as ever old Flashy only mixes with the best. Even when in the middle of the Indian Mutiny; and we get to see how much Flashman is to blame for it.

Much is off course the footnotes and appendices provided by George MacDonald Fraser help explain what was going on. But again as with the four that went before this is a good story that moves as quickly as Flashman does from trouble.

Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers #2): George MacDonald Fraser

This is the second volume of the Flashman Papers, and picks up from where the last one – Flashman – left off. We have Flashman meeting Otto von Bismarck, and helping deal with major questions around German unification – all much against his will and with him as ever trying to get out of it as much as possible. We see our dashing hero, with his fine whiskers getting to be royalty for a while, but still not managing to end up on top.