• Private Sydney by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Permalink

    US author James Patterson is unquestionably one of the most successful, popular and prolific writers of our time. He’s perhaps best-known for his Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and (now) his Private series'; and he’s increasingly becoming recognised for his charitable work focused around encouraging reading in our next generation.

    Patterson does attract some criticism however, as a result of his fascinating output and the likes of Stephen King have talked about quantity over quality. One of the ways in which Patterson keeps up his publishing pace is by co-authoring books. Obviously it helps keep his sales figures’ high but I wondered what benefits it offers to his co-authors.

  • Weekly check-in

    Sunday, August 2, 2015 Permalink

    It only seems like yesterday I was writing my last weekly reading check-in… commenting that it only seemed like yesterday I was writing my last weekly reading check-in. Rinse repeat. It reminds me of the Superman movie in which Christopher Reeve flew around the earth quickly in order to reverse time so he could save Lois from the earthquake. I’m pretty sure (the much cuter) Henry Cavill is doing the same. Just in fast-forward. Ahem… anyhoo…

  • Book review: Kingdom of the Strong by Tony Cavanaugh

    Friday, July 31, 2015 Permalink

    I think of myself as well-read. Not in the manner of someone who takes in Tolstoy and the like, but rather in the manner of someone who devours books in their favoured genres. So it comes as a surprise when I come across an established author who I’ve not previously…. errr… come across.

    Australian Tony Cavanaugh is one such author. I seriously cannot believe I’ve not read any of his previous work because having picked up his latest release (and yes, again I’m reading something midway through a series), I LOVED it.

  • Book review: Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

    Monday, July 27, 2015 Permalink

    After starting a few series part-way through (some more successfully than others), I’m excited to have been able to read the first in a new series. Of course I hadn’t realised that when I requested Broken Promise. I love Linwood Barclay and the plot sounded interesting so it wasn’t until it arrived and I checked Goodreads, I discovered it referred to as Promise Falls #1.

    And what a fabulous first-in-a-series it is! Like David Baldacci’s (recent) Memory Man, I enjoyed this so much I’m eagerly awaiting more in the series.

  • Weekly check-in

    Saturday, July 25, 2015 Permalink

    It’s been an unusual week for me as I’m getting used to some additional commitments and attempting to develop some new routines. #Spoileralert… I’m failing badly so can really only improve!

  • Book review: Heartbreaker by Tania Carver

    Saturday, July 25, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve had some bad experiences lately when picking books up part-way through a series. I’ve written about the sequel dilemma before… new readers are either completely befuddled about who’s who, or they’re provided so much backstory there’s no need to read any earlier books in the series.

    I noted Goodreads labelled this Brennan & Esposito #7… so I was kinda worried.

    But I need not have been.

  • Weekly check in

    Saturday, July 18, 2015 Permalink

    To say this week’s been a strange one would be an understatement. After raving about starting my new productivity plan (ie. working in 52min blocks) it mostly went out of the window. But more on that later.

  • Book review: The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve long been a Mary Higgins Clark fan. Indeed – my love of her work dates back to the early 1990s when her novels seemed different and quite cutting-edge. Before heading into the bath with the book I joked on Facebook about reading MHC, saying I’d be revisiting Barbara Taylor Bradford next. Of course it wasn’t until I really thought back to my reading habits of the 1990s I remembered that it was (in fact) a time I discovered Joy Fielding, Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Patricia Cornwell and of course MHC.