20200901 – Books I am Reading

It has been a few months since my last blog post. However, I am still alive and my condolences to everyone who has lost a friend or family member to COVID-19. As time passes I am starting to hear of people who have have survived Covid-19 and are now on the difficult road to recovery.

For a while, during the lockdown, I was handling it quite well, and then the depression decided to sink its teeth into me, the only thing I could do to slow the downward spiral was to get out and walk. Now I am back reading and back to writing. I read two novellas by Samantha Shannon, “The Pale Dreamer” which I have had for a while but just never got round to reading and “The Dawn Chorus,” which was published just recently. I have enjoyed all the Bone Season series of books, and I am looking forward to the next book in the Bone Season series “The Mask Falling,” publication date is 16th February 2021.

I have also read the Falconer trilogy of novels by Elizabeth May, “The Falconer,” “The Vanishing Throne,” “The Fallen Kingdom.” Set in a kind of steampunk version of Scotland in the 1800s with fairies. These are the first books I have read by Elizabeth May, and I plan reading other books by this author when I get through my current pile of books in my to be read pile.


Photograph of the book cover of The Pale Dreamer


Dawn Chorus





Vanishing Throne


Fallen kingdom



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20200425 – 5th weekend in lockdown

This weekend is the 5th weekend in lockdown.

I am back to preparing my second book to be formatted into a Paperback. When the pandemic lockdown started, and all the Festivals were cancelled, like many folks, I just lost the will to write. I am now making progress on the work needed to be done and in planning my work for the rest of the year.

I finished “Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar” by Olga Wojtas earlier this week. I got halfway through by reading a chapter or two each evening and then had to binge read the second half in one sitting. Definitely a lockdown read. I will be purchasing the second book by Olga Wojtas, “Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace” when I can get to a bookseller. I want it in paperback rather than the digital version.

Miss BlainesPrefect

This is Princes Street, Edinburgh in the lockdown




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20200412 – Pandemic isolation update

It has only been a couple of weeks since the lockdown came into effect. I have been doing spring cleaning, re-watching several DVDs from my collection and I finished reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.


I am now reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradury.

Screen Shot-Zen andtheArtOfWriting

I went for my daily exercise in the ghost town on Saturday. George Street Edinburgh.


A sign of the times.


The Grassmarket pubs all boarded up, the streets empty.


The West Bow, the pavements deserted and no cars. You can breath and smell the air.


Let us hope by the end of this pandemic that East Princes Street Gardens are restored and the Council stop allowing it to be used for commercial purposes, i.e. the Christmas market. It has been 4 months and the gardens are still closed to the public.

East PrincesStreet Gardens

Stay safe everyone.


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20191201 – Books I am Reading

Back in September of this year, I read “What You Pay For” in a week, a great read.



Claire Askew won the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2019 for “All The Hidden Truths”. Congratulations.


“In a House of Lies” is the second of my Edinburgh International Book Festival book reads.



Started reading Kursk The Last Mission. I’m not usually one for reading books based on actual events.



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20190902 – Books I am Reading

In my last post on ‘Books I am Reading’ I said I was bringing ‘The Priory of The Orange Tree’ to the top of my reading pile. Well I read it on my iPad mini, all 800 or so pages. I loved it so much I had to buy the hardback so that I could get it signed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.


By the end of the first week of the Edinburgh International Book Festival I had already overspent on my budget for the entire Festival. All the books in the photo below were signed by the authors, it is going to take me a while to read them all.



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20190629 – Books I am Reading

Well what can, I say I finished book 3, The Song Rising. I loved it, I carried this book around and read it on the bus. I followed the characters and got drawn into their dystopian world and now I am now in a panic, I will have to wait now until Samantha Shannon writes the next book in the series. In the mean time I am bringing The Priory of the Orange Tree to the top of my list of books to be read.


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20190623 – Books I am Reading

Well what can, I say I finished The Bone Season the Thursday before the Cymera Book Festival and I bought the next 2 books in the series on the Friday at the Cymera Book Festival. I finished book 2, The Mime Order in a week and now I am reading book 3, The Song Rising. I am in a panic, I will have to wait now until Samantha Shannon writes the next book in the series.


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20190604 – Books I am Reading

Sorry folks for not posting books over the last couple of months. Life has been hectic, what with the re-writes and edits to book 1 in preparation for it coming out in paperback. I am trying to finish reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon before the Cymera Book Festival starts this Friday. Oh my gosh this book is good. I hope the next book is available at the book festival.


Scotland’s first SciFi, Fantasy and Horror Book festival.

Will be held on 7th to the 9th June 2019 at The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ.

More information can be found on the festival website –


Twitter: @CymeraF

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20190206 – Books I am Reading

Sorry folks, it has been a while since I made a post on this subject. While I had the cold over the Christmas period I read the complete “All Souls Trilogy” and then went on to read the fourth book by Deborah Harkness in the All Souls world “Time’s Convert”. I think the best thing I can say is that I consumed book after book. I could not put them down. I would grab time to read on the bus into town, I just could not put them down. The books gave you time to get to know the characters and I also loved the way that bits of historical information was interwoven into the stories.








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