Too Close for Comfort by Adam Croft

A British police procedural/serial killer yarn which aims to be enjoyable hokum and succeeds admirably. That might look like I am damning with faint praise, but actually I liked that it was there to just entertain and not take itself too seriously, and I was entertained and didn't take it too seriously. In a fictional…

Dolce Vita Confidential by Shawn Levy

DOLCE VITA CONFIDENTIAL is a book which purports to be the story of Rome in the 1950s when it was the centre of the fashionable world. A city of impossible glamour that most of the world’s cities will never get within a whisker of. (The Last Shaun Levy book I read was about London in…

Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

I’m a big Bowie fan, with the records, the T-shirts and a seeming desire to watch every documentary ever made about the man and his work. The first Christmas present my now wife ever bought me was tickets to the V&A exhibition, while for a long time I sang STARMAN every day to my tiny…

The Love Witch (2016)

I was entranced by THE LOVE WITCH. But then I think most classic horror film fans will be entranced by THE LOVE WITCH. Yes, characters do use mobile phones and they drive modern cars, but the look, the styles, the cinematography, even the acting all seems to come straight from some early 1970s Euro-film. Seriously,…

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

There’s poetry at the end of the world. There’s proper high culture at the end of the world. There’s both. STATION ELEVEN is a beautifully written poem of the post-apocalypse. Its subject matter is grim, there’s no hiding this, but this is a book determined to still focus on the finer things in life. This…

The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett

Reading this (virtually) back to back with the excellent STATION ELEVEN, it struck me that in an end of the world scenario, religion really isn’t your friend. The religious types encountered across both books are likely to either stone you or forcibly marry you. Okay, those are the very extremes, but even the milder examples…