Watchmen by Alan Moore

My first ever graphic novel. I’d seen the film and from what I remember it was a fairly faithful adaption apart from the end. It starts with a murder and the follow up by a ‘superhero’ called Rorschach. It’s set it an alternative 1980’s and it’s a pretty dark world. It’s on the verge of …

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This is the first horror novel I’ve read apart from some Stephen King quite a long time ago. I’m not totally sure what to make of it. It wasn’t scary but there was a kind of stifling tone throughout. It’s all set in some suburbs in Sweden and we have plenty of POV’s. The main …

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

I had high hopes going into this novel. I’ve always liked Obi-Wan Kenobi and the idea of a novel about him set just after Revenge of the Sith sounded really interesting. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I was bored from the start to the finish. Okay there were some bits near the end that were alright but …

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This is a new retelling of Scandinavian Mythology. It follows the familiar pattern from origin myths to Ragnarok. Most of the stories follow Odin, Thor and Loki as there is the most material on them according to the author. I always loved reading about these myths when I was a kid, more so than the …

Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr

That was a surprisingly good book. It’s set in a Celtic/Gallic kind of alternate world in a fairly primitive society. Nobles and lords might only a have a few men at arms and a large battle involves only a few hundred people. It is quite cool to see these small scale battles rather than ones …

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

This was such an intriguing book. It starts off with a girl, Rose, who falls down a hole while out cycling her bike but then lands on what looks like a giant hand made out of some unknown material. The story then continues some 20 odd years later with Rose as an adult and lead …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

This should be a 5 star book. It has so many amazing moments, pretty much from Malfoy Manor onwards. The battle of Hogwarts is spectacular and heartbreaking. I much prefer the final duel between Harry and Voldemort in this compared to the movie version. No stupid special effects, no long drawn out battle. It feels …

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I remember thinking this book was just okay when I read it before but I really enjoyed it this time around. The whole horcrux thing is brilliant and the chasing of clues through memories was a great way to do it. For quite a big book it feels much smaller as it is very well …

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Another great entry in the series. I really appreciate what the author did with this series, the first book is rather simple but the story progresses and grows darker and more complicated with each entry. Harry is quite annoying in this story but to be honest he’s a young teenager so it’s fairly accurate. We …

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