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BookLore Archive Page - 2001
This page contains old items in date order for the year 2001.
Date of Update
1st December 2001
Matthew Reilly:
Area 7
Ben Elton:
Dead Famous
Douglas Lindsay:
A Prayer for Barney Thomson
David Brin:
J. K. Rowling:
Prisoner of Azkaban
Terry Pratchett:
The Last Hero
The Truth
Jackie Chan:
I Am Jackie Chan
Robert Rankin:
Snuff Fiction
Richard Laymon:
The Beast House
Mick Farren:
More Than Mortal

The 'It's Christmas Already!' update
Just a small update this month, somewhat late, mainly due to work and the dreaded Christmas shopping (…ok, plus one or two parties and the 'odd' beer). Nothing major, just a few reviews, as we are still busy with the database which is taking some putting together. Enjoy what there is… and have a very happy Christmas.

*Thanks to all the reviewers, authors and publishers for their contributions and help throughout the year... we look forward to 2002.

Review - Area 7Area 7 by Matthew Reilly
Shane Schofield, the hero from Ice Station, is back in Matthew Reilly's new action adventure Area 7. Shane is once again fighting for his life underground but this time a large part of America depends on his success. Action from beginning to end with a few double crosses thrown in for good measure.
Review - A Prayer for Barney ThomsonDouglas Lindsay and Barney Thomson
Nigel has reviewed A Prayer for Barney Thomson by Douglas Lindsay. In this instalment our hapless hero is again being blamed for the work of the latest serial killer. The police are hot on his trail, even though he didn't do anything and has in fact been trying to give himself up. Things are never straight forward for Barney however.
Rview - Prisoner of AzkabanJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
The Harry Potter items still keep coming in. This time we have a short review
of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from Vex. I can't see any more arriving... unless of course Ray manages to finish The Goblet of Fire although from the amount he has been drinking lately it is unlikely... don't forget the beer this weekend m8.
Review - I Am Jacki ChanI Am Jackie Chan by Jackie Chan
Vex, a big fan of Jackie Chan (I think he has all his films) has sent in a review of his autobiography, I Am Jackie Chan. This guy is either very lucky or very skilled... or just plain mad. If you are into your martial arts films this book is a must.
Review - The Beast HouseThe Beast House by Richard Laymon
The Beast House is reviewed by Vex. It tells the story of Malcasa Point where nasty things have happened in the past and people visit to get their thrills... unfortunately they get more than they bargained for in this gory horror
Review - Dead FamousDead Famous by Ben Elton
Ben Elton has turned his sharp observational style to the phenomenon that is 'Reality Television'. Dead Famous sees the usual collection of wannabe stars talking pants, only this time a contestant has been murdered in front of the cameras.
Review - SundiverSundiver by David Brin
Well knock me down with a feather... one month after Nigel sends David Brin's Sundiver to the Recycle Bin we get an unsolicited review from Vex... did he think it was any good? Check it out, seems Nigel may have stopped a page too short.
Review - The Last HeroTerry Pratchett
Well, Nigel is in trouble. His joke last time about Pratchett writing them faster than Chrissi is reading them came true! This month we have The Last Hero from Ray and The Truth from Chrissi. Which means she has, with the publication of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, three to go, which is the same as last month.
Review - Snuff FictionSnuff Fiction by Robert Rankin
This is a book about Snuff... the stuff you put up your nose... honest! Ray has been brave enough to venture into the mind of Robert Rankin and has reviewed Snuff Fiction, the story of Doveston, the King of Snuff.
Review - More Than MortalMore Than Mortal by Mick Farren
This is the third instalment for Victor Renquist, the Master of a nosferatu colony in America. In More Than Mortal Renquist travels to England to investigate an old Saxon burial mound and its contents.
And finally...
...sorry we didn't get any quizzes together this month. We should have lots of time over the holidays ( in between bottles of Stella) to do a decent update next month... watch this space.
1st November 2001
Colin Bateman:
Shooting Sean
Nick Hornby:
How to be Good
Douglas Lindsay:
The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson
The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson
James Patterson:
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
J. K. Rowling:
Fantastic Beasts
Goblet of Fire
Terry Pratchett:
The Fifth Elephant
Tom Holt:
Expecting Someone Taller
Dava Sobel:
Sara Caspian:
The Next Big Thing
Philip Shelby:
Days of Drums
Peter J. Hedge:
Legacy of a Hanged Man

The 'Environmentally Friendly' update
e have a new feature this month - the Recycle Bin. Have you ever started a book but never managed to finish it? It sits on a shelf and every now and then you feel guilty, pick it up, read a few pages, remember why you hated it, put it down again... only to repeat the process a month later. No? Just us then!
We have some good reviews this month from a number of reviewers, as well as a new author page for J. K. Rowling which includes an article by Victim on the Harry Potter phenomenon (keep sending in the HP stuff… you can never have too much).
On the new site front we have just installed a test server and are busy sorting out the database… expect some news in one or two years time.
No books from authors or publishers this time… always next month.

*Stop press - Terry Pratchett has just published The Last Hero at the end of October so the prediction about Chrissi's TP saga (see below) has come true… for this month anyway.

Review - Shooting SeanShooting Sean by Colin Bateman
Dan Starkey is back in Colin Bateman's latest novel Shooting Sean. The Sean of the title is a movie star come director who Dan is asked to write a biography about. As usual nothing is what it seems and 'Shooting' of the title has many meanings in this story.
Review - The Cutting Edge of Barney ThomsonDouglas Lindsay and Barney Thomson
Nigel has continued with the Barney Thomson novels this month with
The Cutting Edge of Barney Thomson, the second instalment in the series with Barney hiding out as a monk. Chrissi has also added her review for The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson in which we see the hapless barber starting his 'serial killer' career.
Review - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
We have managed to get a copy of the second Comic Relief publication Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, which fills in all the gaps in the main books with regard to the various beasties. Nigel has also finished The Goblet of Fire. To top it all Victim has sent in a Harry Potter article, come review, come unspecified thingy, which has prompted a J. K. Rowling author page... told you... never ending
Review - Expecting Someone TallerExpecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt
Ray has sent in a review for Tom Holt's debut novel Expecting Someone Taller. First published in 1987 it tells the story of Malcolm and his unexpected rise to Ruler of the World, much to the annoyance of the other Gods who set about putting things right. Classic Tom Holt and well worth a read.
Review - The Next Big ThingThe Next Big Thing by Sara Caspian
Some more of Chrissi's Sunday 'trash' reading.The Next Big Thing by Sara Caspian tells the story of Tierney's
search for the next advertising sensation to get her that much wanted promotion... pants apparently.
Review - Legacy of a Hanged ManLegacy of a Hanged Man by Peter J Hedge
Bryn has sent in another
review for an e-book this month. Legacy of a Hanged Man by Peter J Hedge is a provocative account of a young man facing the death penalty.
Review - How to be GoodHow to be Good by Nick Hornby
Nigel picked this up thinking it was a self help book... How to be Good sees Nick Hornby's keen observational style turned to relationships within the family and the mid life crisis.
Review - Violets are BlueJames Patterson and Alex Cross
We have reviews for two James Patterson novels this month. Chrissi has read the latest Alex Cross novel Violets are Blue, which is a sequel to Roses are Red, for which, by pure coincidence, Kevin has sent in a short review... funny old world.
Review - The Fifth ElephantTerry Pratchett
Chrissi crawls across the living room carpet, a barely audible whisper can be heard over the rustle of pages... 'Discworld! Discworld! …my small two bed semi for the next Discworld!' Chrissi has definitely slowed down somewhat with only The Fifth Elephant read this month in her continuing Discworld saga. I'm beginning to think TP might actually write them quicker than Chrissi is reading them so the task will also
become, like the Harry Potter saga opposite, never ending…
Review - LongitudeLongitude by Dava Sobel
This book is a popular science account of the 18th century problem of establishing longitude… boring stuff you may think. Not so, this account will have you hooked from the first page. The political intrigue and back stabbing is almost unbelievable as John Harrison develops the perfect time keeper to win the £20,000 prize set up by the government at the time. Dava Sobels Longitude is a must for any library shelf… preferably having been read.
Review - Days of DrumsDays of Drums by Philip Shelby
A female bodyguard is framed when the American politician she is protecting is assassinated in this conspiracy thriller. Chrissi found Days of Drums by Philip Shelby a good but predictable read.
And finally...
...a request has been made by Zero for some more Quizzes (with answers) and as we listen to everything our visitors say we will be adding a few more next time. Any ideas or changes you would like to see send an e-mail to editors(at)
1st October 2001
Christopher Brookmyre:
Country of the Blind
Sheryl Jane Stafford:
A Deadly Exchange
Douglas Lindsay:
The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson
Terry Pratchett:
Carpe Jugulum
J. K. Rowling:
Quidditch Through the Ages
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Joan Conway:
Bunny Girl
David Ewing Duncan:
The Calendar
Sidney Sheldon:
If Tomorrow Comes
Muriel Gray:

The 'Usual Monthly' update
Welcome to the October update. We have had another fantastic month at Booklore with two reviews for books sent in directly by the authors.* As we mentioned last month we have received a copy
A Deadly Exchange from Sheryl Jane Stafford, a nautical thriller much in the vain of Bernard Cornwell.
We have also been contacted by Kathryn Lindsay, the wife of author Douglas Lindsay, who has been kind enough to send copies of her husbands black comedies concerning the exploits of the barber Barney Thomson...very dark but with plenty of laughs.
We have also received a review from Kevin, a Booklore newbie, who has sent in a short item for Muriel Gray's Furnace, a book I believe Nigel recommended to him... keep sending them in.

*To all the authors and publishers out there - keep sending your books for review... please :)

Review - Country of the BlindCountry of the Blind by Christopher Brookmyre
Chrissi first came across Christopher Brookmyre's work in Germany when she read a friend's copy of 'Boiling a Frog'. Since then she has managed to get a signed copy of Country of the Blind, a black comedy thriller with a touch of political cynicism... a very good read.
Review - The Long Midnight of Barney ThomsonThe Long Midnight of Barney Thomson by Douglas Lindsay
This novel was sent in by the authors wife, Kathryn Lindsay, to whom we are very grateful. The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson sees the barber of the title going about his mundane existence until fate takes a hand and realises his dreams in a darkly humorous manner. Subtle as well as obvious observational humour.. very funny - but not for the squeamish... then again, maybe it is.
Review - Quidditch Through The AgesJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
Bringing you something different on the Harry Potter front this month both Chrissi and Nigel have reviewed the Muggle release of Kennilworthy Whisp's seminal work Quidditch Through the Ages. A must for all fans of the great game. On a more regular note Nigel has also finished The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Will there be any end to the Potter reviews? Probably not.
Review - If Tomorrow ComesIf Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon is a prolific writer and If Tomorrow Comes is one of his older novels from the 80's. Never the less, having read it several times through the years, Chrissi still finds it a thoroughly good read...
Review - FurnaceFurnace by Muriel Gray
Many thanks to Kevin for sending in this review for Furnace by Muriel Gray. We must stress that no pressure what-so-ever was put on Kevin to read this novel and money most certainly did not change hands...
Review - A Deadly ExchangeA Deadly Exchange by Sheryl Jane Stafford
Chrissi has reviewed the thriller A Deadly Exchange kindly sent to BookLore by the author Sheryl Jane Stafford. The novel tells the story of Matt and Alex Spencer, a couple living their dream travelling around the Bahamas on their own boat. Unfortunately, they don't realise that a shipment of drugs is hidden aboard and that the owners are more interested in setting an example than retrieving their goods. This novel offers a lot more than the average thriller - it is excellently crafted with an eye for detail rarely seen.
Review - Carpe JugulumTerry Pratchett
Chrissi is almost there!! Another
Discworld novel this month. She has reviewed Carpe Jugulum which means she only has three more to go! It also means that Booklore has a review for every Discworld novel to date, all 26 of them! All we need now are all the rest... hello... anyone there?
Review - Bunny GirlBunny Girl by Joan Conway
Chrissi classes these novels found in the remainder bins as 'Trash' Sunday reading or switch off and enjoy stories. Unfortunately, Bunny Girl by Joan Conway fits this description in more ways than one. Based in Dublin, in a situation similar to Sushi for Beginners, it however, ranks a poor second.
Review - The CalendarThe Calendar by David Ewing Duncan
The Calendar is a popular science title that looks at the development of the modern day calendar and how we arrived at our current date/time scenario.
And finally...
...we have been contacted by, AOL Time Warner's digital publishing venture. Hopefully in the coming months we will be able to bring you competitions to win various bits and bobs... if we can sort out the US/UK connection.
1st September 2001
Tom Holt:
Nothing but Blue Skies
Helen Fielding:
Bridget Jones's Diary
Raymond E. Feist & William Forstchen:
Honoured Enemy
Terry Pratchett:
The Last Continent
J. K. Rowling:
Philosopher's Stone
Jeffery Deaver:
The Devil's Teardrop
Mac Fletcher:
Death Must Go On

The 'Silly Season' update
Well, hello again, better late than never as they say... we have had some serious computer problems this month and that, hand in hand with the Holiday season, has caused the delay with the update, which is unforgivable we know. So, unforgiven as we are, we will continue none the less.
Firstly, we have been contacted by Sheryl Jane Stafford, the author of 'A Deadly Exchange', who has been kind enough to send us a copy for review. Chrissi is already well into it so expect an update next month.
Secondly, we have a review for our first e-book this month which has been sent in by Bryn. To be fair he does work for the publishing company so he may be a little biased in his opinion... but then again he did admit to this so he can't be all bad.

*Can't think of anything to go here this month but I'm not deleting it as it finishes the page off nicely...

Review - Nothing but Blue SkiesNothing but Blue Skies by Tom Holt
This is Tom Holt's latest novel hot off the press. Nothing but Blue Skies is about the good old English weather. An irritable Chinese Water Dragon is kidnapped and his daughter sets out to find out why. Great fun.
Review - Honoured EnemyHonoured Enemy by Raymond E. Feist & William Forstchen
Is there no end to the Riftwar I hear you ask. Apparently not with this latest novel from Feist and crew. Honoured Enemy is set during the Riftwar and sees yet another take on this never ending war.
Review - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
Nigel has finally joined the masses having read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone so we have yet another review this month. As you would expect he enjoyed it immensely and is currently working his way through the rest... no end in sight for Potter reviews I'm afraid.
Review - Death Must Go OnDeath Must Go On by Mac Fletcher
This review, our first one for an e-book, has been submitted by Bryn of Hollow Hills Publishing. Death Must Go On by Mac Fletcher re-creates the humour of the classic British comedy... complete with Vicar.
Review - Bridget Jones's DiaryBridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
I suppose it was inevitable that this one would appear at some point. Chrissi has reviewed Helen Fielding's best seller Bridget Jones's Diary and surprisingly didn't find it that good. Can over 1.5 million people be wrong? Check out the review and find out.
Review - The Last ContinentTerry Pratchett
Chrissi is near the end of her
self imposed task (we never forced her! Ed.) with two more Discworld novels this month, Jingo and The Last Continent. She only has four more to go before she is finally up to date with all things disc shaped.
Review - The Devil's TeardropThe Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver
Nigel has read The Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver following Chrissi's recommendations last month. A very good story that has you on the edge of whatever you happen to be sitting on at the time of reading, with a very good twist at the end. Well worth a look.
And finally...
Ray has complained that his picture did not do him justice and so it has been changed for a much nicer one. We have however removed the Guinness sign in the background as we in no way support drinking... at all... ever... oh go on then, just the one.
1st August 2001
Tom Holt:
Nothing but Blue Skies
Helen Fielding:
Bridget Jones's Diary
Raymond E. Feist & William Forstchen:
Honoured Enemy
Terry Pratchett:
The Last Continent
J. K. Rowling:
Philosopher's Stone
Jeffery Deaver:
The Devil's Teardrop
Mac Fletcher:
Death Must Go On

The 'Playing around' update
Welcome to the August update of Booklore. We have a few new bits and bobs on the site this month to help pass your time. Firstly we've added a Visitor Poll which will ask a deep and meaningful book related question each month. Answers should be provided with suitable gravitas as this isn't some insignificant MORI poll and could have serious consequences for all concerned. (yea, right.. Ed.)
Secondly, ever wanted a cool banner to add to your own site to link seamlessly with Booklore? Well now you can with our Banners & Logos page. Not so many logos at the moment but we will add more over time when we've worked out the instructions for doing animated Gifs.
Last, but not least, we have started doing an exclusive Booklore Author Interview. Every couple of months we are going to try and bring you an original interview with a real live author. These will be actual interviews between intrepid Booklore Personnel and the authors - not just nicked from a magazine* :)
As for the reviews this month we have received a fair few from various reviewers. Chrissi has been bogged down with Tad Williams so has only managed one Pratchett this month, however she has done an amazing ten reviews in total, so we'll let her off. Vex and Victim have also submitted a few this month and of course we have Nigel dragging up the rear. (That doesn't sound very nice. Ed.)
As far as site news goes we are still trying to transfer servers but as all you high flying peeps will appreciate time is not an infinite resource and creating the database is taking some sorting out…. plus we haven't got the fee yet to move...

*We are actually sending e-mail questions to the few we know in the hope they will return them... however, they are original, which is nice.

Review - P is for PerilP is for Peril by Sue Grafton
This is the latest novel in Sue Grafton's alphabet series of murder mysteries. P is for Peril sees Kinsey Millhone, the private detective, investigating the disappearance of a prominent local doctor. One question, what happens when she gets to Z?
Review - SlugsSlugs by Shaun Hutson
Victim has sent in a review for Slugs by Shaun Hutson this month. Basically slugs eat people, which seems a bit far fetched to me, but I haven't read it yet so can't comment... however, Victim has and does:)
Review - I, ClaudiaI, Claudia by Marilyn Todd
A murder mystery set at the time of the Roman Empire is the premise for Marilyn Todd's I, Claudia. Important clients of a certain lady of the night are dying in mysterious circumstances. Can Claudia
solve the mystery before Marcus Cornelius Orbilio?
Review - Blue GoldBlue Gold by Clive Cussler
Someone has been nasty enough to kill a pod (collective term?) of whales and Kurt Austin sets about finding the reason for this dastardly deed. Blue Gold is the latest Clive Cussler Action Adventure that traverses the globe in search of the eco-nasties bent on world domination...
Review - A Fire Upon the DeepA Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
The far future
science fiction epic A Fire Upon the Deep is vast in its scope. The story spans the whole galaxy as an ancient power is awakened and starts to slowly absorb known space and its civilisations. Two children, stranded on a world still in the middle ages, appear to hold the secret that can destroy the threat. However, the local inhabitants are stuck in their own power struggle and as rescue approaches so does war.
Review - Otherland Vol 4Tad Williams
Chrissi has finally found out what happens in the Otherland series following the publication last month of the final installment, Otherland Vol 4. She has been going insane ever since she finished Otherland Vol 3 and I've never seen anyone so glad to finish a book! She has been a bit scathing but if you had seen her you would understand.
Review - Philosopher's StoneJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
Vex has started reading the Harry Potter books this month and has sent in a brief review for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. These books are proving to be some of the most popular with Booklore reviewers, young and old. Watch out for more in the coming months.
Review - Broken EggshellsBroken Eggshells by Christian Cook
Chrissi has reviewed Broken Eggshells by Christian Cook this month following Nigel's review last time, just to see what all the laughing was about. Find out if she though it was as good as he did.
Review - HogfatherTerry Pratchett
This month Chrissi has taken longer to read a single book than any I've ever known (Otherland 4 if you are wondering) so has only managed to fit in Hogfather this month to continue her labour of love!
Review - The Devil's TeardropJeffery Deaver
Chrissi has reviewed two more of Jeffery Deaver's novels this month to go with the new author profile. The Devil's Teardrop and The Lesson of Her Death are both taut thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Review - ChocolatChocolat by Joanne Harris
When a shop dedicated to selling chocolate opens opposite the local village church at the beginning of lent the temptation proves too much for some of the residents. The ensuing conflict between the vicar and the shop owner brings disquiet to the otherwise tranquil village. Chocolat by Joanne Harris takes a humorous look at the power chocolate has over people, especially women .
Review - F2FF2F by Phillip Finch
Phillip Finch's novel F2F is about a serial killer who uses the Internet to track his victims. It was written in the mid 90s so the technology is somewhat dated, however, the real-time chat software discussed is now common place. Who doesn't use ICQ, MSN, IRC or the like nowadays... you have been warned!
Review - The Big BreachThe Big Breach by Richard Tomlinson
Richard Tomlinson's biography charts his days with MI6. The Big Breach sets out to expose the dastardly goings on behind closed doors in the spying game... now call me a sceptic but what do people think that spies do if it isn't spying?
Review - NightfallNightfall by Isaac Asimov
Nightfall is the classic story from Isaac Asimov that describes the wonder of an alien race that has perpetual daylight except for one night every 2000 years, at which time they see the stars for the first time. Although a short story it is brilliantly written with enormous vision.
And finally...
...thanks to Christian Cook for his time doing the interview
and all our reviewers for their hard work. No books from authors or publishers this month... shame on you .
30th June 2001
Jeffery Deaver:
The Blue Nowhere
Christian Cook:
Broken Eggshells
Arthur C. Clarke:

Rendezvous with Rama

Terry Pratchett:
Interesting Times
Feet of Clay

Penny Vincenzi:
No Angel
Janet Evanovich:
Seven Up
Roger Levy:
Reckless Sleep
Patrick Robinson:
HMS Unseen

The 'We wish we were rich' update
We are a little late with the update this month due to the fact that 'Earning a Living' has seriously interfered with the much nicer work of doing BookLore. Starting at six in the morning and finishing at midnight has hampered the otherwise smooth running operation (You what!! Ed.) and forced some very silly hours.
However, due to the fact that the wolves have stopped knocking at the door and have started moving up heavy artillery we thought better of putting them off any longer and decided work was a much needed, however evil, necessity.
Again we must thank Paul for another review. Don't be shy, send in some personal details (not too personal) and we will add you to the reviewers list. However, if you prefer to remain anonymous for fear of a vast fan base developing and the occasional mad stalker it isn't a problem.
Christian Cook, the author of Broken Eggshells, has been in contact and sent us a review copy of his novel. The story is a dark comedy much in the vein of Iain Banks. It is his debut novel and we have to say it is very good, with some classic scenes that will have you in stitches. If you need to brighten your day get a copy, we promise you won't regret it*. As always, any other publishers or authors out there can send books to BookLore for review without fear as we are quite harmless really and don't find many books we don't like (except Hannibal:).

*Your home is at risk if you believe this sort of blatant marketing as we can't promise you will like anything in particular and BookLore cannot be held responsible if your sense of humour does not fulfill the requirements for this sort of novel and you actually hate it. Remember, even sperm have free will.

Review - The Blue NowhereThe Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver has delved into the world of hackers for his cyber thriller The Blue Nowhere. Both Chrissi and Nigel have done a review...Chrissi because she loves Jeffery Deavers work and Nigel because he likes computers...sad. As usual it contains plenty to keep the reader interested and the twist at the end is quite good.
Review - Rendezvous with RamaRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Paul has kindly sent in another review. This month it is for the Science Fiction classic Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. The year is 2131 and an Alien object is discovered passing through the solar system. A team is sent to investigate. Nuff said
Review - WindfallPenny Vincenzi
Chrissi has reviewed two of Penny Vincenzi's novels, No Angel and Windfall. These novels are basically period romances set in the early 1900s; although I've just been smacked around the head for calling them romances. Apparently they are historical fiction!
Review - Reckless SleepReckless Sleep by Roger Levy
Nigel has managed to find another book delving into virtual worlds where reality is questioned. Reckless Sleep is Roger Levy's first novel and shows a future earth that is dying. Salvation appears to lie in the hands of Maze, a company developing a very realistic VR game...but is it too real?
Review - Broken EggshellsBroken Eggshells by Christian Cook
Broken Eggshells by Christian Cook was very kindly sent to BookLore by the author
. Described as a 'black comedy in several hues of yellow'. It's difficult to describe in such a small space, except to say it is very yellow and very funny. Check out Nigel's review then buy the book and send in your own...we need this guy to write more.
Review - Feet of ClayTerry Pratchett
Chrissi has read three more Pratchett's this month. We have Interesting Times, Maskerade and Feet of Clay. She has finally reached novels she hasn't read before so is looking forward to the next few. Only six more to go!
Review - Seven UpSeven Up by Janet Evanovich
This is the latest installment for Stephanie Plum. In Janet Evanovich's Seven Up we see Stephanie on the trail of an bail jumper who is a harmless old man. Or is he? More laughs and mayhem with the bounty hunter from hell....and Grandma Mazur!
Review - HMS UnseenHMS Unseen by Patrick Robinson
This is a terrorist thriller from the author that brought you Nimitz Class. HMS Unseen of the title is a stealth submarine that is stolen and used in various nasty ways to make some point or other. Unfortunately this isn't The Hunt for Red October.
And finally...
...we would like to wish Victim a happy birthday, as he turned [CENSORED] this month. Happy Birthday m8.
31st May 2001
Arthur C. Clarke & Michael Kube-McDowell:
The Trigger
Sandra Feder:
Side Effect
Ben Elton:

Blast from the Past

Terry Pratchett:
Thief of Time
Men at Arms
Soul Music

Bernard Cornwell:
Sharpe's Trafalgar
J. K. Rowling:
Philosopher's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Matthew Reilly:
Ice Station
Mark Pepper:
Man on a Murder Cycle
Mike Gayle:
My Legendary Girlfriend

The 'Can't leave well enough alone' update
Welcome to the May update. Before you ask we haven't changed a thing on the home page, it's just your memory playing tricks, honest. Too much beer probably.
We are very pleased to have received a new novel, Side Effect, directly from Thornwood Publishing Company LLC. To any other publishers or authors out there, large or small, we are happy to offer, completely free of charge (OK, it will cost you a book) a fair and honest review, completely original and not nicked from anywhere...the more the merrier.
Are you sitting down……Ru has finally submitted his reviewer profile after only 16 months of requests, as well as a new review for Inconceivable. I know, hard to believe. Chrissi is still taking the Prozac!
Also received this month was a review for Sharpe's Trafalgar from a BookLore newbie, Paul. Keep them coming m8.
Hope you enjoy the books. As always reviews are welcome form anyone (please). Just use the Submit page or send an e-mail to submissions(at)
Following a suggestion from Hailey we have added codes to the Reviews page to indicate the genre of the title concerned.
See, we do listen.

Enjoy the sun and see you next month….....and don't think we haven't noticed Victim!

Review - The TriggerThe Trigger by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell
What would happen if all guns became obsolete over night? This is the premise of The Trigger by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell. As you can guess not everyone is happy with such an idea. A well written near future thriller.
Review - InconceivableBen Elton
Ru has reviewed Inconceivable by Ben Elton. A humourous two sided novel that looks at the trials and tribulations of IVF treatment from the male and female perpectives. Nigel has also reviewed Blast from the Past following Vex's recommendation last month...very funny, if a bit dark in places.
Review - Sharpe's TrafalgarSharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell
We would like to thank Paul for his review of Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell. A Booklore newbie we hope Paul will submit more in the future and join the select few who are BookLore Reviewers. This installment deals with the dashing (Chrissi's words. Ed) Sharpe and his exploits in the Napoleonic wars.
Review - Ice StationIce Station by Matthew Reilly
Another review for Ice Station has been submitted
following Chrissi's one woman crusade . Dirk Pitt has nothing on the guys in this novel. Should really be a Marvel comic.
Review - My Legendary GirlfriendMy Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle
Nigel has reviewed Mike Gayle's first novel My Legendary Girlfriend to see if Chrissi was right with her review. Apparently not, as he says (risking life and limb) that she just
doesn't understand men.
Review - Side EffectSide Effect by Sandra Feder
Side Effect by Sandra Feder was sent to BookLore directly from the publishers, Thornwood Publishing Company LLC,
in the USA. The novel tells the story of double dealing in the world of drug research.
Review - Thief of TimeTerry Pratchett
Nigel has reviewed Terry Pratchett's 26th Discworld novel, Thief of Time. Chrissi has slowed down a bit with only two Terry Pratchett reviews this month, but still very inpressive dedication you will have to admit. This time she has done Men at Arms and Soul Music. Only nine more to go!
Review - Goblet of FireJ K Rowling and Harry Potter
Chrissi has finished all of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter books this month. Check out what she thought of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
She is a big softy really
Review - Man on a Murder CycleMan on a Murder Cycle by Mark Pepper
This is Mark Pepper's second novel. Man on a Murder Cycle tells the gruesome story of an author who steals anothers work and claims it as his own. The true author is supposed to be dead but strange events start to occur that mirror the novel too closely. A gripping thriller in the style of Shaun Hutson.
And finally...
...a dark month for the literature with the death of Douglas Adams at the age of 49. His books entertained a generation and he will be sadly missed.
The 'Overuse of Smilies' update
Another good month for reviews, with the number of reviewers also increasing. Nigel's parents
of all people (what's a computer?) have submitted reviews for Temple following severe pressure from Chrissi on the benefits of reading Matthew Reilly.
Nigel has been surfing the Cyber Seas to bring you, the discerning Internet connoisseur, the best in Smiliedom (he has far too much free time! Ed.).
Chrissi has finally regressed to childhood following Ray's recommendations regarding reading fare....she has to be dragged kicking and screaming (only a slight exaggeration) from the Harry Potter books to eat and, err, do stuff.... expect some reviews next month.
Walking on Air by Christina Jones
Chrissi has gone to great lengths to find the remaining Christina Jones novels to add to her set. No sooner did she get them than she had finished them. Check out her reviews for Walking on Air, Stealing the Show, Going the Distance and Running the Risk. There is only one more to find...
Blast from the Past
Vex has reviewed Blast from the Past by Ben Elton. A very good book by all accounts that will have you asking questions
. Includes many of Ben's insights into life as well as a smattering of politics (not Mr Elton surely? Ed).
Dome by M. J. Rusch
Nigel has added his review of Dome by M. J. Rusch. This book was kindly sent in by the author and tells the story of a future where the ozone layer has finally failed and man fights for survival.
Temple by Matthew Reilly
Two more reviews have been submitted for
Temple by Matthew Reilly following Chrissi's one woman crusade . Dirk Pitt has nothing on the guys in this novel. Should really be a Marvel comic.
Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
What if the Cuban Missile Crisis had ended in nuclear war? Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois is a thriller set in
an alternative 1972 where the USA and Russia have been decimated.
1st to Die by James Patterson
Does this guy ever stop to sleep? This is James Patterson's latest novel and starts a whole new series. Newly wed couples are being murdered
on there wedding day in 1st to Die and our new heroine sets about solving the case.
My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle
Chrissi has read and reviewed Mike Gayle's first novel My Legendary Girlfriend. Will Kelly has been dumped by his girlfriend Aggi and basically his life has gone down the toilet. Don't worry, it has its funny moments.
Terry Pratchett
Not many left now! Chrissi has managed to fit in four more of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels. This month we have Reaper Man, Witches Abroad
, Small Gods and Lords and Ladies.
The Princes in Terror Tower by Terry Deary
Jay has read and reviewed the third case for the Time Detectives. The Princes in Terror Tower looks at the events surrounding the disappearance of the two youngest sons of Edward IV. History can be fun
Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler
Dirk Pitt stars in this, the latest novel from Clive Cussler. In Atlantis Found various ancient artifacts are found around the world that seem to point to an amazing find. The race is on to get all the pieces of the puzzle.
Edge of Danger by Jack Higgins
Sean Dillion is at it again in Jack Higgin's latest novel Edge of Danger. This time we see the Sean pitted against a family of Arab Oil billionaires who have too much time on their hands.
And finally
We would like to officially welcome Graham and Jay as BookLore reviewers. As we mentioned before Jay is reading books for the younger people out there and this month he has submitted his first full review. Graham in the meantime is submitting his famously long reviews (see Jingo:). We look forward to a few more reviews (and words. Ed) in the near future.
31st March 2001
Nothing to Lose
Ice Station
Guards! Guards!
Moving Pictures
Fifth Elephant
The Fall
Waiting for Godalming
From the Corner of his Eye
Roses Are Red
Tear of the Gods
The Art of Breaking Glass
Spin Off
The New Look Update
As you can see we have updated the look of Book Lore prior to the move to the new server. All the old links are there, just in a different format. We have reduced the number of frames and images to help load times and a few other tweaks behind the scenes. Hope you like it and as always comments are welcome. Anyway, enough of the geeky boring stuff, on with the books.
Nothing To Lose by Christina Jones
Chrissi has reviewed Nothing To Lose by Christina Jones. This book isn't published until 9th May 2001 but we were lucky enough to get a proof copy from the author.
Ice Station and Temple by Matthew Reilly
Both Chrissi and Nigel have reviewed Ice Station by Matthew Reilly, a action thriller that puts James Bond to shame and a book Chrissi has scored 10/10, making it one of our highly recommended star books. Chrissi has also reviewed Temple by the same author as she just couldn't get enough.
The Fall by Simon Clark
Victim has reviewed this horror novel by Simon Clark. The Fall deals with a group of people who find themselves slipping back in time.
Waiting for Godalming by Robert Rankin
Robert Rankin's new novel Waiting for Godalming is reviewed by Nigel. In this latest installment from the master of weird we see Lazlo Woodbine solving his biggest case, the murder of God no less. Like marmite, Robert Rankin is an author you either love or hate.
Roses Are Red by James Patterson
This is the latest Alex Cross novel from James Patterson. Roses Are Red sees Alex investigating what appear to be copy cat crimes to which there is more than meets the eye. Read Chrissi's review and see what you think.
The Art of Breaking Glass by Matthew Hall
Always looking out for new authors Chrissi picked this book out on the merits of its write up. The Art of Breaking Glass compares itself to The Silence of the Lambs....bad mistake to make.
Dome by M. J. Rusch
Chrissi has also reviewed Dome by M. J. Rusch. This book was kindly sent in by the author and tells the story of a future where the ozone layer has faintly failed and man fights for survival.
Terry Pratchett
Chrissi has again found time to continue her quest to read all Terry Pratchett's Novels. This month she has done Guards! Guards!, Eric and Moving Pictures. Vex has also reviewed The Fifth Elephant.
Colony by Rob Grant
Rob Grant is one of the co-creaters of the Red Dwarf series. This is his first solo novel that isn't about the Red Dwarf or it's crew. Colony charts the ups and downs of one Eddie O'Hare and very funny is is too.
From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
This is the latest thriller from the prolific Mr Koontz. Victim and Nigel have both submitted reviews for From the Corner of His Eye, which is a sort of time travel story, sort of .
Krondor - Tear of the Gods
This is one of Chrissi's favourite fantasy authors and she has reviewed his latest installment,
Krondor - Tear of the Gods. This is a stand alone novel set sometime between the Riftwar and Serpent War sagas, apparently.
Spin Off by Michael Shea
A novel about the political shenanigans that occur when the Prime Minister looses his marbles. Is it crime or punishment? Spin Off is a thriller reviewed by Chrissi which confirms her low opinion of politicians.
And finally
We would like to officially welcome Crystal as a Book Lore reviewer. She has passed the stringent quality control procedure (e-mailed us!) and has previously reviewed The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. We look forward to many more in the future.
28th February 2001
Mr Commitment
Turning Thirty
Wyrd Sisters
The Truth
Fountain Society
Exit Wounds
Philosopher's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Hot Six
A Darkness More Than Night
Book Lore needs you! update
What a month! Firstly we would like to thank all the reviewers for spending their spare time sending stuff in; another great month for submissions.
Secondly, have you just read a good book you can't keep to yourself? Do you want to spend hours slaving over your computer, writing what you think of a new (or old) novel for no recompense but thanks. If so Book Lore would love to hear from you! Spread the word and send your reviews to submissions(at) Any size, any book!
Thirdly (and we have only put it third as we didn't want to sound too excited:) you remember we mentioned Christina Jones and Jumping to Conclusions last time? Well, we've recieved a proof copy of her new novel 'Nothing to Lose'. As you can imagine we are pretty chuffed to say the least. We didn't have time to include it in this update but watch out for a full (and frank:) review next time, along with an authors profile.
Next (lost count:) we have also been contacted by Mick Rusch, author of Dome, a dark science fiction thriller about a futuristic Earth finally devoid of its ozone layer and fallen into world war for technology to save the planet from the sun’s deadly rays. We should be getting a copy from the publisher in the near this space. We are also waiting for two new Memento Mori Mysteries courtesy of
Avocet Press Inc and Clyde Lynwood Sawyer, Jr., although he is busy at the moment working on a film.
Some good news for the future. Asylum Designs (wonderful company, Ed.) have set up their own hosting services so we should be moving servers soon, which will give us bags more bandwidth. We'll then be updating the site with more colourful graphics and the like, all to make your visit a bit more interesting, while still improving load times, which will be nice
Mr Commitment and Turning Thirty by Mike Gayle
Following Ru's recommendations both Nigel and Chrissi have read Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle. This was so good they immediately went out and got a copy of Turning Thirty by the same Author. These books are so funny, full of observational humour that will have you laughing out loud before you realise the same thing has also happened to you!
Fountain Society by Wes Craven
Wes Craven, he of 'Freddy' fame, among others, has written a novel. Now, like us, you may be skeptical at hearing this but we have to admit it's a pretty good read. Fountain Society is a fast paced medical, horror, thriller sort of thing. Trust us, it's good. Reviews by Chrissi, Victim and Nigel.
Hot Six
Chrissi has finally got her hands on the new Janet Evanovich, Hot Six. Stephanie Plum is back with serious man trouble and the way Chrissi keeps laughing out loud when reading it must mean it's all quite funny.
A Darkness More Than Night
Another one of Chrissi's favourite authors has written a new novel which she has bought, read and reviewed in the space of ten minutes! Check out A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly and you will understand what we mean.
Terry Pratchett
True to her word (unlike Nigel :) Chrissi has maintained her promise to continue reading all the books of one Author. This month she has done Mort, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters and Pyramids. Even more to come. Nigel has also added The Truth just to screw up the sequence.
Exit Wounds by Shaun Hutson
Vex has sent in a review for Shaun Hutson's new novel Exit Wounds. Blood and guts maybe? Nah, not with a title like that!
J K Rowling and Harry Potter
Well, who hasn't heard of these books? We know a lot of readers and every single one, young or old, that has read these books can't stop going on about how good they are. As you are no doubt aware they are Children's stories that have also captured the hearts of adults the world over (they are now even being published in 'Adult' versions, sans kiddy covers). Ray has chosen the first three stories for his debut reviews. Like every other person on the planet he found Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a great joy to read!
Reviewer Ray
The Reviewers page for Ray page has been updated with a few words of wisdom.
...and finally
We have also sneaked in a picture of Vex without his knowledge. We have more...send in your bio Vex or we will post them...
19th January 2001
The Code Book

Only Human

The Colour of Magic

The Light Fantastic

Equal Rites

First Anniversary Update
Book Lore is a year old today and to celebrate Vex has submitted his first reviews (Hannibal didn't count, Ed.) and we have become an Associate of, which will allow you to conveniently purchase a book if you like the sound of it (and make us some money, Ed.).
We have done some behind the scenes modifications to allow this and for this reason (pathetic as it is) the number of reviews is not what we hoped.
We also have a cool new smiley - - looks good, but I'm not sure where we will use it...
Finally, we did a review of Jumping to Conclusions by Christina Jones in August and I'm happy to report we've been e-mailed by the author. She has a new book out in May, Nothing to Lose, and we should be getting a copy from the publisher very soon, so expect a review in the next update.
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Vex has finally (joking, Ed.) managed to submit his review for The Code Book by Simon Singh, to go along with Chrissi's, as promised months ago .
Only Human by Tom Holt
Vex has also reviewed Tom Holt's Only Human. I think we can safely say this guy is an Atheist, and if not, he is going to have a VERY warm future . (Hmmm, Ed.)
Terry Pratchett
Chrissi has decide to follow Nigel's advice and read all the books by one author (anyone notice he didn't keep this up?). She has chosen to read Terry Pratchett's work since he hasn't written much and has made a good start with The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites More to come we feel.
Time by Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter's Time deals with one of Nigel's pet subjects and delves into the long term future of mankind as a species...and we're talking very long term.
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