The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Review: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge, is a quantum fairy-tale. Albie – short for Albert, named after Albert Einstein – is the son of two scientists: his Dad has a popular science TV show, and his Mum worked down a mine, safe from the interfering effects of cosmic rays, probing the universe… Read More

The Night Raid

Review: The Night Raid by Caroline Lawrence

The Night Raid is another of Caroline Lawrence’s retellings of stories from Virgil’s Aeneid for Barrington Stoke. After I reviewed Queen of the Silver Arrow a few days ago, Ms Lawrence was kind enough to send me a copy of The Night Raid for review. While Queen of the Silver Arrow is taken mostly from Book XI… Read More

Queen of the Silver Arrow

Review: Queen of the Silver Arrow by Caroline Lawrence

Queen of the Silver Arrow, by Caroline Lawrence, is a retelling of part of Virgil’s Aeneid – the story of Camilla, huntress and warrior, who comes to the aid of Prince Turnus against the invading Trojans, led by Aeneas, who are fleeing the sack of Troy and looking for a new home in Italy. I love… Read More

Cat Burglar

Review: Cat Burglar by Tamsin Cooke

Cat Burglar by Tamsin Cooke is the story of Scarlet McCall, 13-year-old completely unremarkable schoolgirl by day, apprentice cat burglar by night. Her dad is in the business of stealing back stolen art and antiquities – and given that this involves balaclavas, night-vision goggles, and grappling hooks, Scarlet is only too happy to accompany her… Read More

The Gracekeepers

Best of 2015 part one: Adult books

As in previous years, I’m doing a run-down of the best books I’ve read this year. This year it’s split into two parts: adult books and children’s books. I haven’t read enough comics this year to come up with a top five – although if I did, it would certainly include John Allison’s Giant Days ongoing series… Read More