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A new take on the battle between good and evil, throughout space and time. For God’s Sake contains three narratives that run simultaneously depicting slightly different spiritual struggles. Len is a banker who is quite selfish and intimidating but needs to discover who is trying to kill him before they succeed. Joyce is a teenager living through the 1960s but doesn’t seem to experience it in the way you’d expect due to her devoutly Christian family and beliefs. All that may be changing when she starts to get to know ... View Full Review
A really inspirational thought-provoking book. Whilst this is not a self-help book as such, each chapter poses a question that reveals a little bit more about the author and also gets you asking the same question and promotes self-reflection and self-awareness but not in the typical way that books of this kind normally do. Written with a feeling of part journal/part travel diary the author mixes the two topics really well and got me thinking about the metaphor of travelling as a journey much like the life journey. Travelling by not only means of escaping but actually travelling has ... View Full Review
'The Richness' by Stephen Driscoll is a powerful indictment of racism in all it's forms, wrapped up in a tale of love, cruelty and suffering that spans five centuries and three continents. It is well written, meticulously researched and chillingly relevant to the present-day crisis.
The book comes in three parts. The first follows three young Irishmen, brothers John and Conor O'Driscoll and their cousin, Patrick O'Mahoney, who left Ireland in the early 17th century, each for a different reason and with a varying degree of compliance. We track the men and their fortunes until their deaths, with two of ... View Full Review
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Complete Darkness is an action-packed science-fiction explosion. At 111 pages, though it is small, it is mighty. Following the story of Cleric20 and his sidekick GiX who perhaps unwittingly must defeat the satanic President of the World.
The writing in this book flows very well and I thought the world-building was really strong. I enjoyed spotting the modern culture references throughout such as the Lloyd Weber Museum, and the integration of landmarks such as Westminster Cathedral and Tower Bridge. I think this really helped to create an “our world but not as we know it” feel ... View Full Review
Ryan’s futuristic, Independence Day-esque battle to save his family and the planet.
Ryan Ellis is an innovator at US Tech, a company that seemingly oversees advancement in a variety of sectors from construction to security and DNA databasing to Space travel. Ryan seems to be progressing well in his career but things at home aren’t running so smoothly, the loss of his first and only child has had an impact on his marriage and he is plagued by terrifying nightmares of his wife being ripped away from him. When the strange events he experiences get stranger, ... View Full Review
Mia is happy, until a bombshell proposal from her boyfriend. Trying hard to let him down easily, another massive surprise sends those plans scattering as well. Just as she thought her life couldn’t get more hectic, in walks the handsome Stephen Fitzgerald. Can she maintain a professional distance between them?
Nothing But The Truth is a lovely and very enjoyable book to read at this difficult time. I found it a most charming story, and although at times I felt I knew the outcome, it was well written and a good distraction. I felt part of ... View Full Review
Futurist and business innovation expert Trond Arne Undheim uses his knowledge to show how to build a successful and multi-faceted innovation portfolio whether you're an individual or as a part of a company. This book is helpfully divided into chapters which then have their own sub-sections in order to cover every aspect of Undheim's perspective.
Starting from working with start-ups to developing innovation portfolios, lab scouts and corporate venturing, innovation secrets from MIT, serial entrepreneurs, why startups fail and whether they can be rescued, this is a comprehensive walk-through for anyone interested in business innovation. The list of topics above ... View Full Review
I did enjoy this book and was intrigued why a procession of men were walking together with their hands round each other's necks. I loved some of the characters trying to find out why and found Alice and Max very believable if a little slow on the uptake. They stayed near the place where one of the 'processions' started and enlisted other people to help them investigate. I find it hard to write a review without giving away the whole plot but I will say it was rather unusual and yet strangely compelling even if a little slow in the ... View Full Review
Knowing Your Mind explains what the human mind is, how human intelligence differs from computer intelligence, and where our minds appear to be taking us, drawing upon the latest developments in neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
This scientific, academic work also manages to be approachable. The writing style makes it understandable for those who may not have a scientific background (like myself). I like that this book uses a wide range of analogies throughout. I found it helped me to understand the concepts being discussed.
The ideas in the book develop gradually, from an understanding of human development ... View Full Review
Hunting Ground makes you ask questions right from the start, who is featured in the prologue? Why are they in such a dire predicament? All these questions and more are answered in this action-packed agent mystery.
I did wonder as I read whether this is one of a series, and after researching I found that this is the second in a series. It didn’t detract from the events in Hunting Ground, but there’s references to a story before and the ending hints at more adventures with McGill and Sinclair so it may be best to start ... View Full Review
Part coming-of-age story, part wilderness survival epic. I found The Rising of the Son to be an exciting read that took me by surprise and made me think.
The prologue hints at something life-threatening having taken place. The tension was built, I was intrigued and so I read on. Told from multiple perspectives, Jonno and his dad, James, attempt to climb Mount Casharaqu without a guide. It doesn’t go quite to plan and they are put in a situation where they are struggling for survival and in need of rescue.
The Rising of the Son looks at ... View Full Review
A bluntly honest account of Liz’s life with Bipolar.
Told in a whistle-stop tour, Liz shares her experiences of Bipolar in this memoir. With open and honest accounts of her life that are almost anecdotal throughout, the reader is able to very quickly understand Liz’s life experiences. I prefer this type of autobiographical writing, as you grow to understand the author more quickly and spend less time lingering on perhaps superficial detail. With the aim of increasing awareness and expanding the discussion around mental health, Life As A Rollercoaster ends with reflections from each of Liz&... View Full Review