Saturday, 19 January 2013

A month of reading

Poor neglected blog, I've had the back to work blues and haven't been very inspired to post.  But I'm going to pick up a month of reading from where I last left it here, which you will see is a little over a month so there are quite a few reviews here.  I hope you enjoy, and as ever if you have any good books to recommend then please do I'm always looking for new things to read!

1. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

This is the second in Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series and follows Rivers of London which I absolutely loved.  This is another stonking read and I really enjoyed it, I found it a little harder to follow than Rivers of London but I wouldn't let that put you off reading it.  Moon Over Soho picks up the story of policeman Perter Grant who is finding his feet in a world of magic goings on across London (I know! I know!  It sounds a bit bobbins but it's not as naff as it sounds).  With healthy people seemingly just dropping dead around London the story focuses on the jazz scene in Soho and is a complete page turner!

2. Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

If you've read my month of reading posts for any length of time you'll know that when I like an author I go completely over the top and read everything they've written one after the other, and Aaronovitch's books are no different!  I like them because they are so different to the magic/fantasy books out there that seem to take themselves far too seriously with their infallible heroes.  Whispers Underground has some amazing tense moments where you can't read the pages quickly enough to find out what happens,  shit happens to the characters that won't be miraculously fixed (I'm looking at you Downton Abbey) and the stories deal with the consequences of these things and how the characters deal with it.  I would thoroughly recommend this series and from a quick peek on Fantastic Fiction it would appear Aaronovitch has a fourth book coming out in June *squee*.

3. The Unicorn Crisis by Jon Rosenberg

So I faced the usual 'just read a great book NOW what do I read' problem, the Kindle recommend this.  I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I did, it was rubbish.  However I got over myself and gave it a go, it took a couple of chapters for me to get into it simply because I kept thinking this book was going to be a poor man's Peter Grant series.  Whilst it is similar (magic, investigations, bad un's doing bad things) it was still a fantastic read.  In places utterly daft, but that's a reason to love it more!  The Unicorn Crisis follows custodian of the Midlands David Ash who is investigating summonings of vicious unicorns and flying monkeys amongst other things and has to find out who is creating these beasts and to stop them.  Throw into the mix an evil imp called Puck from fairy and you're on to a winner.  Don't have your serious literary head or you're I'm too hipster to read anything that doesn't make me look like an intellectual head on when you decide to read this book or not because it's good, you'll like it.  Honest.

4. The Digital Wolf by Jon Rosenberg

Sensing a theme developing?  If I haven't persuaded you to read The Unicorn Crisis I doubt I can persuade you to read this, book two of the series.  Just as good as the first and a real page turner, plus these books are great escape or relaxation reads you can just sit back and enjoy them, they're not try hard at all!

5. Pantheon of the Dead by Jon Rosenberg

Hey, it's January I've clearly lacked imagination with my reading so far this year but I don't care!  Pantheon of the Dead is the third book in the David Ash series but Rosenberg has said he hopes to add to the series.... no news on that so far.  If I told you that in comparison to the previous two books which had unicorns, giant wolves, technologically advanced elves and flying monkeys, this book was daft you can get an idea of how daft this book is.  Still thoroughly enjoyable but when MozzyMr asked about it and I told him that Zeus, Bacchus, Homer, and Poseidon all make an appearance you can get an idea of how ridiculously awesome this book is.  I loved it!


  1. I haven't heard of any of those books! I've signed up for the 50 book challenge.... have you seen it on my blog? xx

    1. I hadn't but I've just had a look! I did 37 last year, may be I could get to 50?? xx

  2. Hello Anna! I've not heard of any of these books either. I do love reading though but still have two books to finish, I'll get there one day! Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the awesome pens, pencils and notebook I won off you. Lovely to come home to those after my holiday. Doodling is helping me with the post holiday blues :) I've mentioned it in my latest post and put a link to your blog. Thanks again fellow Anna Moss!! :) x

  3. Hi Anna,

    I'd just like to say thank you for such a lovely set of reviews. There are many perks to being a writer but few match that of seeing people enjoy what you've put out into the world.

    Currently I'm twenty four chapters into the next volume in The Hidden Academy series and hope to have it out and available to be read sometime this spring.

    Best wishes and many thanks,

    Jon Rosenberg


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