Posted on May 10, 2020 Leave a Comment
It’s time once more for another exciting edition of Super Snappy Speed Reviews: Children’s Edition!
Posted on April 12, 2020 Leave a Comment
There is no doubt in my mind that anyone who loves a rich story, both history buffs and laymen, alike will appreciate From Waterloo to Water Street for the masterpiece it is.
Posted on April 2, 2020 2 Comments
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is a hefty tome about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge in 12th century England. It’s full of lovable and deplorable characters, political intrigue, technical details about medieval construction and just a little bit more sex and sexual violence than was necessary.
Posted on March 29, 2020 Leave a Comment
Beyond by Georgia Springate is sensitively written, drives the protagonist towards a reasonably satisfying resolution and takes the audience on a coming-of-age odyssey of the full tapestry of teenage life. A strong debut from a promising new author.
Posted on March 15, 2020 Leave a Comment
I consider Nancet Marques, author of Chino & the Boy Scouts, to be a personal friend… so I do hope you’ll bear with me as I share some of my thoughts and impressions on this debut novel.
Posted on March 1, 2020 5 Comments
It’s that time again where I step aside to share the limelight with some of my fellow fiction bloggers from across the internet. This time, the posts I’ve listed here share a unifying theme: they are all excellent book reviews.
Posted on January 5, 2020 1 Comment
After a whopping ten years of blissful happiness, my trusty old third generation Kindle Keyboard was finally starting to show its age and so I decided it was time for an upgrade.
Posted on December 29, 2019 Leave a Comment
Imagine a world where Angels and Demons are not just spiritual beings but physical beings… what kind of world would that be? Debut author H.L. Walsh answers his own question in his new book, From Men and Angels…
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Posted on November 28, 2019 Leave a Comment
So, here we have it: my full scale review of The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson; the second book in the high fantasy Mistborn series.
Posted on November 14, 2019 Leave a Comment
A few days ago someone very kindly (but not entirely accurately) referred to Penstricken as a ‘writing tips blog’ when really I intended this site to be for both story writers and their audiences. So, I decided it was time to write a post for those of you who have put up with me rambling about writing week in and week out when all you really want is a book recommendation. And since I have recently finished The Malice, it seemed a logical choice to review it on this week’s post.
Naturally I will try to give a fair, balanced and critical review but you know…
The Vagrant trilogy is arguably the best sci-fi/fantasy series I’ve come across in a long time! It has made me believe in sci-fi/fantasy trilogies again! I wish the third book would just hurry up and COME OUT already!
… and relax.