Book Haul

I’m really struggling with my fantasy reading (aside from a foul-mouthed, hilarious comedy fantasy series, I have zero enthusiasm for the genre at present). With that in mind, I’ve decided to go for a few things outside of the fantasy genre to try and keep my reading up even if it I can’t enjoy a bit of swords and sorcery.

There is one book on this list, from the aforementioned comedy series, as it seems to be the only fantasy thing I can really get excited about sinking my teeth into. Yet even that is progressing far slower than I would like.

I’m somewhat late to the party with a couple of these, what with their authors having passed away some years back. Cannot wait, though.

Without further ramblings, here is a brief list of the things I’m looking forward to reading and listening to over the coming weeks:



Master and commander

Master & Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Genre: Historical Fiction

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute. His power of characterisation is above all masterly.


Critical Failures 6

Critical Failures 6 by Robert Bevan

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy

In the wake of their recent loss, the Caverns & Creatures gang are left hanging. Do their choices amount to more than waiting around to die of thirst and leaping to a quicker death? Probably, or else this would have been a much shorter book.


Audio Books


Caves of Ice

Caves of Ice by Sandy Mitchell

Genre: Science Fiction/Warhammer 40k

On the ice world of Simia Orichalcae a spate of mysterious disappearances is causing unrest amongst the mine workers, and, as senior officer of the Astra Militarum, Commissar Ciaphas Cain is nominated to investigate. Unbeknownst to him, the planet is right in the path of a major ork incursion, and, as the savage greenskins attack, a malevolent evil begins to stir deep in the ice caves.


Something Fresh

Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse

Genre: Historical Fiction/Comedy

This is the first Blandings novel, in which P.G. Wodehouse introduces us to the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, his bone-headed younger son, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, his log-suffering secretary, the Efficient Baxter, and Beach the Blandings butler.

As Wodehouse wrote, ‘without at least one imposter on the premises, Blandings Castle is never itself’. In Something Fresh there are two, each with an eye on a valuable Egyptian amulet which Lord Emsworth has acquired without quite realizing how it came into his pocket. But of course things get a lot more complicated than this…



The Rats by James Herbert

Genre: Horror

The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!


30 thoughts on “Book Haul

  1. I wouldn’t sweat not being into fantasy too much right now. Just read other genres until you feel like it again. And maybe deliberately read enough other genres so you don’t burn out on fantasy again. This is exactly why I’m reading non-fiction, some Shakespeare, some Dickens and some Max Brand (western) in my reading rotation.

    I’m almost done with Jeeves and Wooster (well, 3 more books to go) and my next Wodehouse are the Blandings novels. I’m already anticipating them 😀 😀 😀

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  2. I’m looking forward to that master & commander review. The series was highly recommended to me by a bunch of people, and I have the first book in my TBR, but still haven’t started it.

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  3. Yay! Something Fresh! Sounds like you have some great books to read. And I shouldn’t worry too much; if you’re not enjoying something, there’s no point in reading it (yet)!

    Have you read any of C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake books?

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    1. Have you read Something Fresh? It’s not quite as good as the Jeeves & Wooster stuff for me but I think its intriguing enough to carry on with 🙂

      I’ve never heard of the Matthew Shardlake books. What are they about?


      1. I have! I love the Blandings novels – I’ve just finished the eleventh one. They’re just so lighthearted that they always make me smile!

        The Matthew Shardlake books are historical crime fiction set in the Tudor period. They’re actually some of the best books I’ve read and I’d class C.J. Sansom as my favourite author outside of fantasy! I highly recommend! The first book in the series is Dissolution 😀

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  4. Haven’t read any of these, but I remember watching that Master & Commander movie as a kid and liking it.

    Also, that guy on the Warhammer 40K cover looks fierce. I like the M. Bison look.

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    1. He’s an interesting character. Somewhat of a ‘will do anything to avoid danger but always ends up in the thick of it anyway’ type.

      I haven’t seen the film. So I’m going into the book without any knowledge other than its nautical 🙂

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  5. I know how a fantasy burnout feels especially when you have no compulsion whatsoever to want to pick up a book in the genre. At some point, it’ll pass and you’ll find your love for it again. In the meantime, just enjoy reading other genres and hopefully, you’ll enjoy the books too. 😉

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    1. Yea, I thought of you as soon as my fantasy love started to dwindle. I think, when I do get back to them, I’ll read more sparingly.

      Just thankful, like yourself, it is just a genre burnout rather than a complete lack of interest in reading.

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  6. I had burnout earlier this year. So I mostly used my reading time to play video games. Now I’m experiencing video game burnout and using it to read more. These things happen, you’ll get past it. Life is strange sometimes. It’d be stranger if it didn’t happen occasionally.

    As a side note, I hated Master & Commander. I hope you like it better!

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  7. Changing genres, from time to time, or adding a new one just to “spice up” the mix is always a good policy: it keeps the… reading drive fresh and interesting. That said, I had to shudder at your last addition, which I’m sure I read a long time ago and – given the subject matter – clearly preferred to forget, to preserve my mental health… 😀
    But I will welcome your review of that rat-infested (EEEEKK!!!) novel!

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  8. I’ll be looking forward to your review of Master and Commander! I’ve read my first Jeeves this year and enjoyed it quite a lot, so good luck with your change of diet! 😀

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  9. The only solution I know is to mix genres… and Patrick O’Brian is an excellent choice, the movie was great, but the books are even better. And there’s plenty of them! Great characters, sea battles, good bit of history… I cannot recommend it enough 🙂

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      1. There is also Forester and his Hornblower series, that I haven’t read, but O’Brian is really great. And then there’s Weber with his Honor H., sailing in space 😉

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  10. I really enjoyed TV series with Sean Bean, but haven’t read the Sharpe novels yet – I have them all, and one day I will 😉
    Check out “Weber” tag on Re-E, I write about my complicated feelings towards David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. He doesn’t really try any more, but early books are some of the most interesting space operas I’ve ever read, wonderful space battles and clearly inspired by the likes of Forester and O’Brian 🙂

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