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Nanodaemons: By George Saoulidis


“George Saoulidis Nanodaemons is a remarkably cultivated novel… his pacing is brisk, his scientific reckoning well-informed and plausible and his characterisation nothing short of outstanding.”

In the opening chapters the reader is introduced to a number of daemons who are trying to find their way around their Users newly fitted prosthetic arm after a construction accident.  The User is a likable hero called Leo, who loves dogs and is framed for murder.

Basically, without giving too much of the plot away the humorous daemons who fight among each other try to help Leo overcome the opposition.

Nanodaemons is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is loaded with laugh-out-loud cyber dialogue, along with an interesting tale of redemption and I would highly recommend it to all cyberpunk fans out there who have a good sense of humour.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

The Adventures of George: By Blair Gowrie


The Adventures of George is a fascinating and entertaining narrative poem that is written entirely in verse and chronicles the adventures and struggles of George, a chef who works in an exclusive New York restaurant along with his five cooks.”

These thirty-one hilarious connected short stories introduce the reader to a number of kaleidoscopic and peculiar characters, which resemble national leaders, terrorists and celebrities who are described in a humorous and satirical way.  I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in politics and international affairs, knowledge of recent history and have a great sense of humour.

Each story is superbly crafted, original and well-written and a real credit to the author who clearly knows how to inject the right amount of satire to make this a fun and highly entertaining read.

My Ranking: 5 Stars


A Classical Fairytale Shaped into A Modern Day Narrative.


By Stacy Juba

“Fooling Around With Cinderella is a wonderful and exciting start to what promises to be the first in the Storybook Valley series.”

The story follows Jaine Andersen, an overworked, loyal and yet undervalued heroine, who is taken advantage by her sisters. Jaine is in desperate need of a change as she has been laid off from her job in a medical centre and applies for a marketing role at the local amusement park where she used to visit as a girl. Jaine manages to convince the general manager, Dylan Callahan, with her great ideas for the amusement park and Dylan offers Jaine a marketing position in November, when the park closes for the season, but in the meantime he manages to charm her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer.

I admire the way Juba takes on a classical fairytale and shapes it to a modern-day narrative. Overall the story and its charm are still in tack, it is just wrapped differently.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

Book Review: The Stink By C.C Hogan


This novel successfully captures the magic of being young and going out and feeling like anything is possible. Hogan successfully transports readers back to the seventies where a group of 16 year olds are trying to form a band against a backdrop of unpredictable social values.

This story follows main protagonist, Smell and a group of friends who have just completed their O-Levels and are on a mission to score a gig for their neophyte band. Little do they know that their quest will land them in trouble with a notorious group of tramps who will stop at nothing to terminate them all? Against the odds Smell and his friends are also up against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism in an era of upheaval and they must rely not only on the power of hope and determination, they must believe in themselves to rise up to the adversity surrounding them.

Having lived in London for a long time as a teen, I can tell you that Hogan has nailed the setting to perfection as he makes the place a real and integral part of the story, as the setting is woven into the story in much the same way it was once woven into my life and creates a nostalgic atmosphere in which I would like to return. Seriously, if you weren’t a teenager then, by the time you read this story you will wish you had been there.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Inventive and clever with genuine laugh-out-loud humour! “A Fistful of Clones” By Seaton Kay-Smith


A Fistful of Clones is a comedy sci-fi novel and follows the protagonist, Henry Madison, who is 26 years old and floats through life without any real desire, direction or motivation and seems to be emotionally cut off from the very few people in his life. When he loses his job as a coupon boy and his girlfriend in the same day he makes a rash decision to sign up for medical testing, so he won’t starve to death. However, a few days after he donates his various forms of DNA he receives some disturbing news from the doctor who is unknowingly constructing Henry’s clones that seven of the clones have escaped. Dr Efflund insists that only Henry can hunt them down and kill them and manages to convince a very reluctant Henry with a large amount of money and some special combat training to terminate his doppelgängers ASAP. Henry soon discovers much to his despair that his carbon copies are running around trying to ruin his life and his original mission to stop them all in a short space of time isn’t working as the clones soon develop personalities of their own. After he hesitantly murders clone number five, his conscience gets the better of him and instead of murdering the remaining two clones, he comes up with a plan to try to save them as his own life is on the line as the doctor and his ruthless associates will stop at nothing to end all traces of the scientific experiment that went horribly wrong.

Seaton Kay-Smith has created a story that is well written, inventive and clever with genuine laugh-out-loud humour that is entirely effortless and entertaining to read. It’s almost like the disarming and friendly style in which it was written wraps you up in the story and refuses to let go. Each character, especially Henry, who is my favourite, is equally flawed, believable and realistic and complements the plot’s cause and effect beautifully.

This is a novel that will stay with me for some time and is definitely one not to be missed and I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of the author’s work in the near future.
My Ranking: 5 Stars

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5 Star Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude By DJ Swykert

Jack Joseph is the main protagonist who is a functioning alcoholic, womanizer, weed smoker, physics philosopher and swimming pool cleaner that holds a master’s degree in particle physics. His marriage is in turmoil due to his heavy drinking and broken promises to his wife who eventually kicks him out. Jack has a lot of emotional and financial worries going on in his life that he needs to clean up, but just like his physics states, everything is in a state of flux, decomposition and failure and he finds it hard to get motivated and address these issues until he meets Sarah…

After meeting Sarah, Jack begins to self medicate and runs down his own detox program and discovers love for the first time in his life beyond himself. He uses a mix of Xanax and Valium to wean himself off the alcohol. However, with his ex-wife filing for a divorce and his other girlfriend Rosemary, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit he struggles to break free from. Jack makes a commitment to Sarah but still has an obligation to Rosemary who bailed his sorry arse out of jail and gave him cash and drugs with the possibility of a new home as she has friends in real estate.

With Rosemary, Jack crosses the threshold in to Rosemary’s abyss away from everything he said he wouldn’t step away from love, Sarah, an honest relationship, breaking free from his drug orbit and unhooking himself from his habits. No longer Rosemary’s pool boy and casual lover, he soon becomes her servant as she is his lifeline to drugs and Rosemary eventually becomes his benevolent, malevolent and benefactor.

Will Jack come clean to Sarah, who is his lifeline to his spirit and soul? Or will he revert back to his old habits? Or will he succeed for a change?

DJ Swykert successfully manages to create a great first person narrative that sucks the reader into Jacks world to such a degree it seems effortless which leads me to conclude that DJ Swykert is a master of an incredibly complex art that is conspicuously challenging to any author.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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4 Star Review: The Simulations By John Forelli

This delightful, comical and highly entertaining story starts when the Ray Ality, the main male protagonist goes for a job interview. Ray has high expectations as he is fresh out of college with new ideas about statistical formatting and is excited at the prospect that he will get to use his advanced technical skills in a company that uses the latest software. However, he is soon informed that his duties will be beneath his abilities and accepts the job anyway as he feels it a fair price to pay to start his professional career.
A few days later Ray, greets the Delilah again, the friendly and extremely attractive receptionist and is introduced to the rest of the team he will be working with. He perceives these new co-workers as a strange bunch of people. First Ray is introduced to Tom, who works in Human Resources who tries to lower his starting salary and takes an instant dislike to him as Tom clearly states that Ray wasn’t his preferred choice for the position. Secondly, Ray is introduced to his new cubical partner, Jordan, who listens to classical music and drinks red wine. The rest of the team consists of a woman called Margie, who has a distinctive limp and airs her loud, profound and profane rants out daily on the telephone with her husband that Ray finds very disturbing as she is situated in the next cubical. There are several more strange and eccentric characters he can’t quite work out and ends up befriending Bob, who works in the server room number 42. Bobs sole wish seems to be chomping down on Cheetos, playing the Sims, while smoking weed and eating junk food. Ray finds Bob a welcomed distraction away from his repetitive and mundane tasks he has to perform on a daily basis. In an attempt to win Delilah’s heart over they start to rip data from Delilah’s social media accounts to get the metadata they need to put into her new file. The servers can hack in to all her private messages, email, text messages etc, so it will provide them with a perfect information avatar. Bob combines the source code for the Sims and Eclipse and uploads all of Delilah’s information and pictures to the program and uses it to create her Sim in order to run a number of simulations for Ray to try out. However, the simulations become repetitive as Ray becomes more and more absorbed with the oculus virtual reality headset and is unable to distinguish between two different realities.
Will Rays and Bob’s attempts win over Delilah, the receptionist’s heart? And if so, at what cost?
Highly recommended reading for virtual reality fans that have a sense of humour and enjoy a plot with plenty of twist and turns.
My Rating:
4 Stars

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