Thursday, 5 May 2011

Catching up

Now that my debut novel 'Convictions' is up and running, I happily have time to catch up with some reviews of things I've been reading as well as  reading some things I've been dying to get stuck into, which will themselves be reviewed soon. For starters we have Sean Patrick Reardon's novel MINDJACKER and Nigel Bird's short story collection DIRTY OLD TOWN.

Sean Patrick Reardon: MINDJACKER

LA psychologist Joel Fischer is a bad man. He’s also brilliant, and a sociopath. When Joel develops the DreemWeever, he creates a device that takes manipulation to a whole new level. When the device is stolen before he can deliver it to the Russian mobsters who commissioned it, things get very ugly, very fast. As Joel’s people race against the clock to retrieve the device, certain truths begin to emerge, fiction blurs into reality, and loyalties are tested. If you like fast-paced thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, Mindjacker is for you. It’s a wild ride, packed with musical references, taut as a drum, a great read that’ll keep you turning the pages right to the end. Highly recommended.

Dirty Old Town is a terrific collection of stories - in turns sad, funny, poignant, violent and chilling. My favourites are Sea Minor, Taking a Line for a Walk, and Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight). Having said that, each one of these stories is an absolute pleasure to read and will stay with you long after you’ve finished. This collection is highly recommended. Nigel Bird is a writer to watch.

I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. I hope you do, too.

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