Doctor Who Reviews – The Witchfinders

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  It’s an interesting phenomenon that this series seems to be on its surest footing in the historical episodes. The two before – ‘Rosa’ and ‘Demons of the Punjab’ – could have both, with a few tweaks, been straight historicals with no sci-fi elements at all.…

Doctor Who Reviews – It Takes You Away

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  Well, without even seeing next week’s, I can confidently proclaim that ‘It Takes You Away’ is my favourite episode of this series of DOCTOR WHO. Let’s be honest, next week is not going to have a moment as magically surreal as The Doctor making friends…

Huckleberry Fiend by J. Paul Drew

HUCKLEBERRY FIEND is a book made for bibliophile mystery fans, so there’s no wonder I had such a good time reading it. Our plot (which knows it’s ludicrous and knows we’ll find it ludicrous and revels in its own ludicrousness) centres on a former journalist, Paul, who comes into possession of the lost original manuscript…

Doctor Who Reviews – Kerblam!

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  Like The Fourth Doctor series ‘The Robots of Death’ only rubbish-er! This felt like the weakest of the series so far. The satire was half-hearted, the plot was so-so, the jokes were poor, the effects are going to age really badly and that’s all before…

The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

I, of course, know of Mark Dawson from his huge presence in the Indie author community. All he’s achieved is a great inspiration for all of us, and I’d be personally happy to succeed even half as well as he has. Until now though, I’d never read one of his thrillers. But having raced through…

Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End

I gave qualified, but enthusiastic reviews to both the previous books in the series. The first one because it explored the wider universe and didn’t give much in the way of needless fan service by bringing in swathes of characters from the films; while the second I greatly enjoyed because of the depth Wendig was…