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2015: Titles i hope to review….

Every year around this time i post a list of books that i would like to review… its only ever a starter for 10, it only includes the ones i know, there are many i don’t, many that will be a surprise: Its a line in the sand (and maybe a hint for the lovely publishers ūüėČ

I hope it also helps my fellow readers and bloggers know what is coming…..

Title Author Publisher Date
Rain on the Dead Jack Higgins Putnam 30/12/2014
The Providence of Fire: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book Two Brian Staveley Tor 15/01/2015
The Last Roman: Honour Jack Ludlow Allison & Busby 22/01/2015
The Mime Order (The Bone Season) Samantha Shannon Bloomsbury 27/01/2015
Blood Infernal: The Order of the Sanguines Series James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell William Morrow 10/02/2015
Guns of the Dawn Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor 12/02/2015
The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage trilogy) Brian McClellan Orbit 12/02/2015
Master of War: Defiant Unto Death David Gilman Head of Zeus 12/02/2015
Kings and Emperors: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures) Dewey Lambdin Thomas Dunne 24/02/2015
Fields of Wrath: A Renshai Novel Mickey Zucker Reichert DAW 24/02/2015
Wings of the Storm Giles Kristian Bantam 25/02/2015
Those Above (The Empty Throne) Daniel Polansky Hodder 26/02/2015
Gallow: The Anvil Nathan Hawke Gollancz 26/02/2015
The Boy Who Wept Blood (Erebus Sequence 2) Den Patrick Gollancz 28/02/2015
Maximus Richard L. Black Shadow Mountain 03/03/2015
Rome’s Lost Son: Vespasian VI Robert Fabbri Atlantic Books 05/03/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Four Christian Cameron Orion 12/03/2015
The Assassin (Isaac Bell Series) Clive Cussler Michael Joseph 12/03/2015
Sword Of The North (The Grim Company) Luke Scull Head of Zeus 12/03/2015
Empire of the Moghul: Traitors in the Shadows Alex Rutherford Headline 09/04/2015
Eagles at War: (Eagles of Rome 1) Ben Kane Preface 09/04/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Five Christian Cameron Orion 09/04/2015
Gallow: Solace Nathan Hawke Gollancz 09/04/2015
The Skull Throne (The Demon Cycle, Book 4) Peter V. Brett Harper Voyager 09/04/2015
The Patriot Threat (Cotton Malone) Steve Berry Hodder 09/04/2015
Thunder of the Gods (Empire) Anthony Riches Hodder 16/04/2015
The Curse of Anne Boleyn C C Humphreys May-15
Keane’s Charge Iain Gale Heron Books 07/05/2015
At the Ruin of the World John Henry Clay Hodder 07/05/2015
At the Ruin of the World John Henry Clay Hodder 07/05/2015
Absolution (The Carnivia Trilogy) Jonathan Holt Head of Zeus 07/05/2015
The Girl Who Walked Into The Fire Manda Scott Bantam 07/05/2015
The Watchman of Eternity Paul Witcover Bantam 07/05/2015
The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) S. G. MacLean Quercus 07/05/2015
Solomon Creed Simon Toyne Harper Collins 07/05/2015
Black River Tom Harper Hodder 07/05/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Six Christian Cameron Orion 14/05/2015
Blood and Steel (Throne of the Caesars, Book 2) Harry Sidebottom Harper Collins 21/05/2015
Piranha (Oregon Files) Clive Cussler Putnam 26/05/2015
Greatcoat’s Lament Sebastien De Castell Jo Fletcher 02/06/2015
Tintagel Book 1 M. K. Hume Headline 04/06/2015
Whose Business is to Die Adrian Goldsworthy W&N 11/06/2015
The King’s Assassin Angus Donald Sphere 15/06/2015
The Liar’s Key (Red Queen’s War, Book 2) Mark Lawrence Harper Voyager 18/06/2015
Queen of Fire: Book 3 of Raven’s Shadow Anthony Ryan Orbit 02/07/2015
The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels) James Rollins William Morrow 02/07/2015
Uprooted Naomi Novak Tor 02/07/2015
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell Bantam 02/07/2015
Kingmaker 2: Betrayal Toby Clements Century 02/07/2015
The Insider Threat: A Pike Logan Thriller Brad Taylor Dutton 07/07/2015
Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou Conn Iggulden Putnam 16/07/2015
The Madagaskar Plan Guy Saville Hodder 16/07/2015
Ruin John Gwynne Tor 16/07/2015
Ruin John Gwynne Tor 16/07/2015
Marston Moor (The Civil War Chronicles) Michael Arnold Hodder 16/07/2015
Half a War (Shattered Sea) Joe Abercrombie Harper Voyager 28/07/2015
Hereward: The Immortals: (Hereward 5) James Wilde Bantam 30/07/2015
Vanishing Games Roger Hobbs DoubleDay 30/07/2015
The Protector S.J. Deas Headline 30/07/2015
Saxon: The Pope’s Assassin Tim Severin Macmillan 30/07/2015
The Eternal World Christopher Farnsworth William Morrow 04/08/2015
Salamis Christian Cameron Orion 13/08/2015
Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool, Book 2) Robin Hobb Harper Voyager 13/08/2015
Sword of Apollo Noble Smith Thomas Dunne 18/08/2015
Scourge of Rome: Gaius Valerius Verrens 6 Douglas Jackson Bantam 27/08/2015
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms George R. R. Martin Harper Voyager 06/10/2015
The Prisoner’s Gold (The Hunters 3) Chris Kuzneski Headline 08/10/2015
The City of Mirrors Justin Cronin Orion 08/10/2015
The Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovitch Gollancz 19/11/2015
War Hawk James Rollins, Grant Blackwood Orion 07/01/2016
Fire C C Humphreys Century 05/05/2016
King of Ashes (The War of Five Crowns, Book 1) Raymond E. Feist Harper Voyager 05/05/2016
The Ember in the Ashes: The Book and the Sword: 2 Antoine Rouaud Gollancz 16/06/2016
Robin Hobb Untitled 3 (Fitz and the Fool, Book 3) Robin Hobb Harper Voyager 14/07/2016

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The greatest gift is the passion for reading. (inc Competition)


On Monday 1 December Quercus launched their Christmas campaign, The greatest gift is the passion for reading.

They are inviting as many readers, bloggers, Book Tubers and bookshops to share their passion for books during December using the hashtag #GreatestGift. We want to hear why you think books are the greatest books to give.

Everyday in the lead up to Christmas they have invited some brilliant bloggers and Book Tubers (and me) sharing blog posts and videos on why they think books are the greatest gift to give. Do keep an eye on their twitter feeds and websites as they will also be giving away a fantastic bundle of books on the day of their message.  See below for the full #GreatestGift line up.

Quercus Books

Monday 1 DecemberReader Dadhttp://readerdad.co.uk/

Tuesday 2 DecemberBook Addict Shaunhttp://www.bookaddictshaun.co.uk/

Wednesday 3 DecemberLiz Loves Bookshttp://lizlovesbooks.com/

Thursday 4 DecemberChick Lit Padhttp://chicklitpad.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday 5 DecemberBumbling Bibliophilehttps://www.youtube.com/user/bumblingbibliophile

Monday 8 DecemberRaven Crime Readshttp://ravencrimereads.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 9 DecemberFantasy Factionhttp://fantasy-faction.com/

Wednesday 10 DecemberWondorous Readshttp://www.wondrousreads.com/

Thursday 11 DecemberThe Mile Long Bookshelfhttp://www.themilelongbookshelf.com/

Friday 12 DecemberDestiny Loverhttps://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/

Monday 15 DecemberParmenion Bookshttps://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 16 DecemberNovelicioushttp://www.novelicious.com/

Wednesday 17 DecemberCivilian Readerhttps://civilianreader.wordpress.com/T

hursday 18 DecemberLove of a Good Bookhttp://theloveofagoodbook.wordpress.com/

Friday 19 DecemberFranny and Perkshttps://frannyandperks.wordpress.com/

So join all of us in sharing  and tweet why you think books are the #GreatestGift to give to @QuercusBooks

So for me: why do I read? what is it that makes me think books are the #GreatestGift?

I’d love to say I have been a reader since I was little, but that’s not the case, I was always busy running, playing football and avoiding the fact that books didn’t feel right. I don’t suppose I understood at the time why books bored me, until one day I realised¬†that sometimes I look at a sentence and see words incorrectly, and then I read them again and they makes sense, this becomes then, when becomes while.. simple things that throw the meaning of a line, only as a kid I didn’t reread, it just didn’t make sense so I got bored with it. Then one day I was stuck at home, I became a single parent, I could not go out and TV was generally 4 channels of bilge. So I tried the library, a world of other worlds and times, thousands of mini time machines.

I remembered the few books and stories I did enjoy as a kid. The escapism of places like Narnia and the Hobbit, stuck in with only a baby for company I needed that escapism again. I started many books and finished few until I found the things that struck that chord, that made me immerse myself in reading. Next came the man who gave me a true passion for reading, David Gemmell, not just a great writer, but as nice and decent a person as I have ever met, from his books I learned something that has stayed with me ever since. I learned the true value of books, I learned that I, myself, I don’t just read a book, because that would not be enough, any book that only allows me to read it doesn’t rate with me, it’s why I’m careful about the books I read and review.

For me a book is a portal to another time, another place, it’s where I fly with dragons, march with legions, fight the good fight, travel though-out time and space and across dimensions into alternate worlds and time periods, wielding magic, swords and living anything from an ordinary to an extraordinary life. Every book needs to be total immersion. No film can give you this gift, because no film is powered by the human imagination, backed by the words and research of great writers.

So you may find my site full of books that say you must read them, but that’s because I have lived those books, and the books I cannot be consumed by don’t get reviewed by me. (a writer pours months of blood sweat and tears into a novel, so just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, it’s just taste). This is also one of the major reasons why I love to support as many debut writers as I can, to find the new Gemmell’s, to help as much as I can get those great books read by as many people as possible.

I hope you enjoy the reviews on my blog, and I hope you find some of the passion for the books that I have.

 So competition time:

I’m making this easy: Just tweet / comment with why “The greatest gift is the passion for reading” #GreatestGift

share your reason or what led to your love of books, I will draw names at random to win the below titles

Prize 1: Traitor’s Blade, Sebastien De Castell
Prize 2: Tom Pollock Series  1) Glass Republic 2) Citys Son 3)Lady of the Street
Prize 3: Churchill’s Secret Warriors by Damien Lewis
I look forward to hearing your comments.

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