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Review of Dead in the Water

“Dead in the Water” attempts to unravel the enigmatic events surrounding the alleged hijack and attempted scuttling of the Brillante Virtuoso, an oil tanker embroiled in a complex web of ownership and insurance connections. The book’s initial sections hint at…

Short Review of Prophet Song

I dove into “Prophet Song” during the Christmas break, and I can’t say it provided the festive cheer I may have hoped for. The dark, Stalinesque future it paints for Ireland is undeniably bleak. While I have a soft spot…

A Short Review of Act of Oblivion

My rating: 3.5 of 5 starsIn “Act of Oblivion,” Robert Harris undertakes an ambitious narrative journey, spanning decades, which is a significant departure from the more concentrated temporal scope of his previous works like “V2” and “Munich.” While this expanded…

A Quick Review of Brick by Brick

“Brick by Brick” presents a compelling exploration, primarily geared towards business-minded readers, yet it offers a narrative that may also captivate Lego enthusiasts. This book delves into the tumultuous phases of Lego’s corporate history, detailing its near-catastrophic downfall at the…

Review of The World Atlas of Coffee

I have long been aware of this book – seen it about – and actually had it sitting around – and yesterday finally dove in and was so entranced had to savour my way through. It is both a keystone…

Review of The Spy Who Inspired Me

A very quick review in praise of Stephen Clarke’s The Spy Who Inspired Me. A rollickingly good read mimicking Ian Flemming (or Lemming for copyright reasons) that shares one of the hero’s wartime tales demonstrating the vast amount of inspiration…

Review of The Shadows of Men

The fifth in the Wyndham and Banerjee detective series by Abir Mukherjee – The Shadows of Men – continues a stunningly engaging and superbly constructed detective tale set in late Raj-Era India. This volume adopts an alternating POV approach as the principal…

GeoJSON Files of Irish Railways

And now for a non-bookie post. Quite clearly it’s been awhile, but this seemed the right place to make a note. Wanting to make very quick look at now the changing spatial distribution of Irish breweries over the past 300…

Report on The Night Market: Venice

The club as a whole had a bifurcated experience tonight – apologies to all those who could not join in via Zoom. I won’t go on about the experience of being able to have a face-to-face book club after such…

Short Review of Gaia and Luna

Gaia and Luna: In the View of the Moon by Mark Newton My rating: 3.5/5 This is an intriguing, lyrical exploration of human perception of the growth of our galaxy through an amusing anthropomorphising of the planets. Newton gives ‘life/expressed…