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BOOK REVIEW: SHERLOCK HOLMES vs. CTHULHU

TITLE:  SHERLOCK HOLMES vs. CTHULHU AUTHOR: Lois H. Gresh BLURB: A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains of the deceased, along with a bizarre sphere covered in strange symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and […]


MOVIE REVIEW: INCEPTION

  DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN MAIN CAST: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, MARION COTILLARD, ELLEN PAGE, TOM HARDY AND MICHAEL CAINE. IN A SENTENCE: A mind-bending intelligent sci-fi thriller that keeps you on your toes from the first scene to the last. THE GOOD: This is the second time I’ve watched this movie and I […]


BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN GODS

  TITLE:  AMERICAN GODS AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman BLURB: After three years in prison, Shadow has served his time. But as the days and hours until his release tick away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before his release date, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

TITLE:  THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS AUTHOR: M.R. CAREY BLURB: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of […]


BOOK REVIEW: OMENS

TITLE:  OMENS AUTHOR: KELLEY ARMSTRONG BLURB: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when […]


BOOK REVIEW: MR. MERCEDES

TITLE:  Mr. Mercedes AUTHOR: Stephen King BLURB: The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and ploughs through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more […]


MOVIE REVIEW: XMEN – APOCALYPSE

  DIRECTOR: BRYAN SINGER MAIN CAST: MICHAEL FASSBENDER, JAMES McAVOY AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN A SENTENCE: The re-emerging Xmen must do battle with an all-powerful mutant to save the world and themselves (and the franchise of course). THE GOOD: Watching what was the “next generation” cast turn into the oldies when the […]


BOOK REVIEW: SAPIENS

TITLE:  SAPIENS AUTHOR: YUVAL NOAH HARARI BLURB: One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a […]


BOOK REVIEW: FRANKENSTEIN – THE SERIES

TITLE:  FRANKENSTEIN – THE SERIES AUTHOR: DEAN KOONTZ BLURB: From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE FIREMAN

TITLE:  THE FIREMAN AUTHOR: JOE HILL BLURB: Nobody knew where the virus came from. FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian […]


BOOK REVIEW: STALLO

  TITLE:  Stallo AUTHOR: Stefan Spjut BLURB: Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims that he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE WHITE ROAD

  TITLE:  The White Road AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It’s a case that nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil — […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE TREES

  TITLE:  The Trees AUTHOR: Ali Shaw BLURB: They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves. Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE KILLING KIND

  TITLE:  The Killing Kind AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: Nobody wants to believe that Grace Peltier committed suicide: not Curtis, her father; not former US senator Jack Mercier; and not private detective Charlie Parker, who has been hired to investigate the circumstances of her death. But when a mass grave in northern Maine […]


BOOK REVIEW: DARK HOLLOW

  TITLE:  Dark Hollow AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: A young woman, Rita Ferris, and her little son die at the hands of an unknown killer, and the past and present collide violently for Charlie Parker. Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the hunt for […]


REVIEW: ONE MILLION DUBLINERS

                I had the occasion to visit Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin the other day and took my camera along with me. Strolling around I watched people visit the museum, take part in a tour, take their daily constitutional and one lady was walking her […]


BOOK REVIEW: HEART SHAPED BOX

TITLE:  HEART SHAPED BOX AUTHOR: JOE HILL BLURB: Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his […]


BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF THE LOST

TITLE:  CITY OF THE LOST AUTHOR: KELLEY ARMSTRONG BLURB: Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend Diana’s ex has found her again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll […]


BOOK REVIEW: EVERY DEAD THING

  TITLE:  Every Dead Thing AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: Haunted by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, and tormented by his sense of guilt, former NYPD detective Charlie Parker is a man consumed by violence, regret and the desire for revenge. But when his ex-partner asks him to track […]


BOOK REVIEW: NORSE MYTHOLOGY

  TITLE:  Norse Mythology AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman BLURB: In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and […]


BOOK REVIEW: BRYANT & MAY-PECULIAR CRIMES

  TITLE:  The Bryant & May Series AUTHOR: Christopher Fowler BLURB: Arthur Bryant and John May are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit, London’s most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second World War to investigate cases that could cause national scandal […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA OF SHADOWS

TITLE:  The Sea of Shadows AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong BLURB: In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE GREEN ROAD

TITLE:  The Green Road AUTHOR: Anne Enright BLURB: The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness―a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them. Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS

TITLE:  The Book of Lost Things AUTHOR: John Connolly BLURB: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his […]


BOOK REVIEW: BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS

TITLE:  Bazaar of Bad Dreams AUTHOR: Stephen King BLURB: Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of Stephen’s finest gifts to the constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”   I’ve been one […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE HOST

DIRECTOR: Andrew Niccol STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel BLURB: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. RATING: […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE HOBBIT

DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson STARRING: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage BLURB: A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug. RATING:  7 out of 10   As […]


BOOK REVIEW: ALIF THE UNSEEN

TITLE:  Alif the Unseen AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson BLURB: In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to […]


BOOK REVIEW: HOUSE ON AN IRISH HILLSIDE

TITLE:  The House on an Irish Hillside AUTHOR: Felicity Hayes McCoy BLURB: ‘From the moment I crossed the mountain I fell in love. With the place, which was more beautiful than any place I’d ever seen. With the people I met there. And with a way of looking at life that was […]


THE BLARNEY STONE – BORDEAUX!

Something we don’t do on holiday is frequent Irish Pubs, mostly because we can do that at home and frankly the “Irish Pubs” abroad are often dark and scruffy places that don’t reflect actual pubs in Ireland (not since the early 20th century anyway). However, we were on a short […]


BOOK REVIEW: THE ANGEL’S GAME

TITLE:  The Angel’s Game AUTHOR: Carlos Ruiz Zafón BLURB: In 2016 a pair of amateur astronomers spot an unidentified object – an object one hundred kilometres across and heading towards Earth. As it approaches, NASA and the Russian-Indian-Brazilian Coalition race to land vehicles on the unexplored surface. With power, money and politics […]


MOVIE REVIEW: RED LIGHTS

DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Cortés STARRING: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy BLURB: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. RATING:  6 out of 10 Pro: Cillian Murphy’s performance was at […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE DARKEST HOUR

DIRECTOR: Chris Gorak STARRING: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella BLURB: In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race who have attacked Earth via our power supply. RATING:  5 out of 10 I lost my Apple TV movie rental virginity on this one and after the usual […]


MOVIE REVIEW: UNDERWORLD-AWAKENING

TITLE:  Underworld- Awakening DIRECTOR: Len Wiseman STARRING: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly BLURB: Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown […]


MOVIE REVIEW: STOLEN LIVES

TITLE:  Stolen DIRECTOR: Anders Anderson STARRING: Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas, Rhona Mitra BLURB: A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years. RATING:  4 out of 10   Stolen Lives […]


MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES

TITLE:  The Hunger Games DIRECTOR: Gary Ross STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth BLURB: Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. […]


MOVIE REVIEW: AVATAR

TITLE:  Hidden DIRECTOR: James Cameron STARRING: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver BLURB: A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. RATING:  7 out of 10   Well have you been to see  […]