Artemis – A Review

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jazz Bashara is a criminal

Jazz Bashara is a pain in the butt.

And Artemis is 305 pages of disappointment. I was close to giving up several times but I hate to leave a book unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad, just mostly. The plot had such potential but the pace was far too slow. To be honest, I think I was about a third of the way through before I even started to pay attention. The most annoying aspect for me though was having a female protagonist behave like an adolescent boy. Weir could have done so much more with such an obviously intelligent character. It’s a shame really as I had such high hopes for this novel. Oh well.

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Deadly Partnership – A Review

Deadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit WorldDeadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit World by Richard Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Richard for providing me with a free PDF copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

Deadly Partnership is not a book I would ordinarily buy as I’m a sceptic where spiritualism is concerned. Having said that, it is only a minor part of this book and fits in well with the storyline.
Scepticism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The first chapter had me hooked and I found myself unable to put it down. The story flows well and is a very easy read that took me roughly eight hours to finish.
The characters were likeable. I found myself particularly endeared to Paul despite the revelations throughout the book. Gary, Paul’s son, didn’t sit too well with me though, given his easy acceptance and complicity in the unfolding events. Then again considering his father’s propensities I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Overall it has an interesting plot with enough twists to keep the reader engaged right through to the end. It’s not often that a book will grip me enough that I will read it in one sitting, but this one certainly did. If you enjoy a good thriller this one is most definitely for you. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Leonard – A Review

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable ManLeonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though I have been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, I was surprised to learn a few things while reading this book. Over the years I had been aware of the rumours regarding feuds between its stars but I chose not to take stock in them. This book is an honest and frank account of a relationship that was to span five decades. I admire William Shatner for his openness and it was clear that although there were painful periods for both of them, William’s love for Leonard came through quite clearly.
At times this book was humorous and at times very emotional. It moved me deeply and I learned so much about the kind of man Leonard actually was. I have seen a different side to him now and I admire him even more for it.
I highly recommend this book and I do not feel that it’s necessary to be a fan of Star Trek. There is so much more to this amazing story and the deep (if somewhat patchy) friendship between two remarkable men.

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