Showing posts from May, 2016

#MoonOverSoho (Rivers of London 2) mini spoiler free book review

Moon Over Soho is the second in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, where dectective fiction meets fantasy, occasionally travelling via romance and thriller. The many quotes from reviews suggesting this is the love child of Harry Potter joining the London Met aren't inaccurate. Although certainly aimed at an older audience, this is in my opinion no bad thing! 
Firstly, the detective side of the story is compelling, and whilst weaving a tale set between conventional detective work and fantasy, somehow finds itself very believable, never being absurd. There are as there should be, many twists and turns, surprises and non surprises too. 
Set around the Jazz music seen in Siho, London, the descriptions of the locations really invoke the sense, creating a very detailed world in your minds eye. The characters are both familiar and new, but all descibed in great detail that makes bad guys scary and good guys lovable, and sometimes vice versa. I don't feel reading the first …

#SekretMachines by Tom Delonge mini spoiler free book review

Sekret Machines: Chasing Shadows has been billed by it's creators as the first part in a multimedia venture crossing art, music, movies and literature both fiction and non fiction to create not just a single product, but a variety of experiences all united by a single theme.

Like the similar project then of  Poet Anderson before it, many will be drawn to this through the involvement of pop punk legend, Tom Delonge, Though Poet Anderson and the accompanying works were entirely fictitious, it's claimed by the rock star and sci-fi fanatic that Chasing Shadows has at least some of it's ideas based on "actual events and other truths drawn from sources within the military and intelligence communities" (, 2016) and which are today kept as highly guarded secrets,

Whether based in fact or not matters little to me for the purposes of this blog. I'm sure governments do indeed keep secrets from the general populous, but I'm writing about this book as a wo…

#PSP #RetroGaming #Emulation

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my Retro Gaming. I was brought up in the 16bit Sega Vs Nintendo console war, which only became more brutal with the arrival of the 32 bit Playstation from good ol' Sony. Due mainly to logistics, playing these games on actual hardware becomes a bit of an issue, especially as your collection inevitably increases as the addiction sets in... Setting up the consoles on a suitable monitor, getting them to work and even having the space to set them up in the first place are common problems. But now Emulation offers people a solution, and if you make sure you own an original copy of the game, it's also perfectly legal!

The reason I like retro gaming on the PSP is because in my opinion handheld gaming trumps all other types of gaming. It's a console - IN YOUR POCKET!? Why would anyone think that isn't awesome? The PSP has a nice screen, good speakers, respectable battery life, a good host of original games in it's own right, but is also…

LOTR #TheFellowshipOfTheRing mini book review

Okay, so not a review as such - everyone already knows this is a fantasy classic. People who know me and are aware of my reading tastes will know I've always been a huge fan of Tolkien's The Hobbit, but I've been bested by The Fellowship a few times, for some reason not being able to get into it.

I'm not sure what changed this time around - I think just simply I've been reading more and have a better concentration for this kind of thing. This time I was able to appreciate and enjoy the story to it's fullest.

What I really enjoyed are the long and detailed descriptions of Middle Earth's varied, beautiful and terrifying lands. I was really able to detach myself from my experience of the LOTR films and create my own Middle Earth with my imagination, though admittedly it's difficult to imagine anyone other than Sir Ian Mckellen playing Gandalf.

There are sometimes long gaps between action sequences, but when they come they too are incredibly well written, r…