Oblivion Storm (The Grenshall Manor Chronicles, #1) by R.A. Smith

Oblivion Storm (The Grenshall Manor Chronicles, #1) by R.A. Smith

Published by Xchyler Publishing

A very good page turner, that kept me reading and wanting to read more.

The novel has some very well constructed characters and a plot that draws you on. While the led characters are all female they are well written and are not just 2D ciphers used to express an opinion, but are rounded and well developed. This I note particularly as the author achieves 4 well developed characters who I hope to read more of in the next volume of The Grenshall Manor Chronicles.

The plot has a good pace to it, and the movement between the historic and present period does not jar or seem forced. With both stories developing in tandem until they full resolve in the climax of the book. The dialogue is well paced and used well, with the text used to inform but not just info dump on the reader. The near now setting of London works well and the urban fantasy and paranormal elements draw in well.

As a side note, and not yet having read the next book in the series I do hope that one of the walk on parts (the morgue attendant) is explored further.


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

In Wolf Hall we have from Hilary Mantel the life of Thomas Cromwell, as given in the main in recollection and first person accounts. A book full of intrigue and what seem to be a set of decent character portraits, if all from one point of view . The one confusing bit at times was the move between 1st 2nd and 3rd person but still in part a narrative as if from the first person.

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.

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.

The Hunger Games (Film)

Well last night was the watching of The Hunger Games, not having read the books but heard a little about the plot, it sparked some interest.

It was a well put together film, with some clear plot, and the characters did not seem overly 2D. And having read that original author (Suzanne Collins) did some work on the screen play (if not all of it), them I think some more plot was carried over. Also most of the stuff produced by Liongate I’ve seen has been good, and this lived up to it.

However it was a very dark film, not in lighting as such, but it was the subject matter of children being used in a certain way and the way that humanity could go. Though I am now intrigued to read the books so will see what I can do about that.