Author Archives: Robbie

Book Review: Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

BoysBlur

Random House sent me a copy of this latest book by the author of the 100 Cupboards and Ashtown Burials series. I thank the author and his wife for arranging it, and apologize for once again taking so long over such a short book. Released in April 2014, it is as Heather Wilson described it to me, a mash-up of “Beowulf + football + Florida swamps.” As befits a book based on an epic poem—the ... Read More »

Book Review: The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson

HauntedAir

When the vultures were circling over the carcass of Borders Bookstores, I swooped down on one of the clearance sales and picked up this book. Then I found out it was the sixth installment in the Repairman Jack series. It has perched ruefully on my bookcase since then, waiting for the day when I finally read the five books before it. Getting there has been a challenge. Some of the earlier volumes in the series ... Read More »

Book Review: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Quixote

Everyone who meets Don Quixote is amazed that one and the same person can be so wise and well-spoken regarding most things, and so completely insane when it comes to chivalry and the deeds of knight-errantry. Really a sensible old country gentleman, he has had his head turned by “books of chivalry”—romances about the apocryphal acts of apocryphal knights, their quests and amours, their saintly virtues and their military exploits. At times it seems possible ... Read More »

Book Review: Hosts by F. Paul Wilson

Hosts

In the fifth of sixteen Repairman Jack novels, a strange Russian lady with a large white dog appears at Jack’s sickbed and tells him that he, and he alone, must stop a virus that the Adversary of all mankind has unleashed to create war, hate, death, fear, pain, and destruction. Here is a snippet of their conversation: “Stop virus before it spreads, or all you love will perish.” She turned and headed for the bedroom ... Read More »

Book Review: Resistance by Samit Basu

Resistance

Thanks to the publicity department at Titan Books, I had the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publication in July 2014. In fact, they were even kind enough to send me a free copy of Turbulence, to which this is the sequel. In that book, India-born author Samit Basu introduced a new wrinkle on the superhero cape and spandex, with ordinary people on a present-day flight from London to Delhi becoming extraordinary ... Read More »

Book Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

RotRuin

Though I have never read a book by Jonathan Maberry before, this one came home with me in the middle of a pile of library books. And there it stayed until I had renewed it so many times that I had to take it back to the library and check it out again. I have never really taken much interest in Zombie Apocalypse literature. But something about this book appealed to me to that extent. ... Read More »

Book Review: Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

RightHo

The Jeeves novels are one of the few series of books I have chosen to enjoy without any regard to canon order or the order of publication. Wikipedia has a nice list of the books it comprises, if you’re interested. I’m interested, but only so far as making sure that I don’t miss any of them. Nothing brightens my outlook on the world after a nutritious diet of serious books on CD, quite like listening ... Read More »

Book Review: Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

OddApocalypse

In the sixth Odd Thomas novel, a young fry cook who sees dead people continues his sabbatical from the spatula and grill. As in his previous two adventures, he finds trouble brewing in a misnamed California coastal town. In Odd Hours it was Magic Beach, where practically everything in town is named contrary to its nature, where premonitions of nuclear disaster forced him into the role of avenging angel, and where he was joined in ... Read More »

Book Review: Turbulence by Samit Basu

Turbulence

What if, instead of all-American journalist Clark Kent, Superman turns out to be an Indian Air Force pilot named Vir Singh? What if his archnemesis also happens to be his commanding officer? What’s in store for the world when passengers on a flight from London to Delhi suddenly start to present super powers? One of those passengers, a nerdy guy named Aman, has thoroughly studied the prophetic texts on this subject—namely, comic books—but he isn’t ... Read More »

Book Review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic

Two twelve-year-olds from Waterloo, U.K. (near Liverpool) tell their parents they are going to the Lake District for a school camp, when in fact they are going to the moon. Kids these days! It’s only the latest prank pulled by young Liam, who has made a study of ways to get in trouble by being tall for his age and stubbly-chinned. When adults mistake him for one of them because of his height and mature ... Read More »