2019 Rewind Challenge

I saw this challenge over on Books Bones and Buffy.  Tammy has come up with this idea to try and catch up, during the second half of the year, with some of the books that have passed by unread and are now sitting waiting patiently on the tbr.  We all know how easily this happens and once it does those books seem to get forgotten in the relentless pursuit of the new shiny releases.  I really like this idea and decided I want to join the challenge.  There’s still almost half a year and so if I choose six of the books that I’ve already undertaken to read and put them on my challenge then I’m hoping it will keep me on track.

So, here are the books I’ve chosen, I’ve gone for a combination of books requested from Netgalley, purchases and a couple of books from authors who were gracious enough to offer me the second books in their series:

Two books from authors – with deep apologies for not yet having picked these up:

Two books fairly recently purchased – I am determined to strike a balance between review books and those I buy:

And finally, two Netgalley books that I was really excited to be approved for but kind of lost the plot with my scheduling and simply couldn’t fit them in:


Waiting on Wednesday : Clockwork City (Delphic Division #2) by Paul Crilley

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : Clockwork City (Delphic Division #2) by Paul Crilley
clockworkCop. Drunkard. Low-grade magic user. My name is Gideon Tau, but most people just call me London.

Three years ago, someone killed my daughter. I sacrificed everything to learn his name – and then allowed that knowledge to be erased from my mind.

It was for a good cause: I was saving the world, after all.

But now I have to start over from scratch, with only my boss and my dog to help me find my daughter’s killer. The reanimated corpse of my boss, and my alcoholic, foul-mouthed demonic sidekick dog, that is.

Our journey will take us from Durban, South Africa to London, England.

And once we’re there… well, if things seemed dark before, they’re about to get a lot darker.

I really enjoyed Poison City so eagerly await the next instalment.

Publication : December 14th 2017

Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Posted On 26 January 2017

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department-zeroDepartment Zero by Paul Crilley feels like a slightly madcap adventure with a liberal dash of bizarre and a sprinkling of surreal.  It’s an odd mash up, the baby of Lovecraft and Men in Black.

As the story begins we are introduced to Harry Priest.  I confess I didn’t envy Harry his day job – his role has a very fancy name but basically he cleans up after any and all sort of deaths.  Murders, suicide, natural causes.  And sometimes it’s been weeks before the body is found.  When the book begins Harry has been called to his next job.  On arrival at the address things seem a little amiss and it doesn’t appear that the police have been at the scene to examine any potential wrong doing.  However, before Harry has a chance to call the office (or the police) a group of characters arrive on the scene, saying they’re from ICD (Interstitial Crime Department) and claiming precedence and sending Harry and his colleague on his way.  As it happens, this was the highlight of Harry’s day, from hereon in things are going to get seriously bad and Harry’s world is going to wind up in turmoil.

Without giving too much away about the plot lets just say that there are a number of artefacts and there are a number of groups interested in said artefacts.  So interested in fact that they’ll go to just about any length to get their grabby hands on these items.  The problem is – these items could unleash a force that would unravel the universe, unravel multiple universes and in fact parallel universes.  So Harry, simply needs to change job, go to work, retrieve items, prevent world destruction, all in time to be home for tea and a spot of telly!  Of course the job at the ICD plummets a little as soon as Harry joins and he ends up in Department Zero – just about the worst possible demotion you can imagine and seemingly he’s back on the clean up crew again.

I enjoyed this, it was highly entertaining.  There was quite literally never a dull moment and in fact that could be probably one of the only issues I had with the book, that occasionally I found myself thinking ‘for goodness sake give Harry a break, or me!  But, yeah, the action is none stop and in fact I thought the opening chapters were incredibly gripping – the scene with the spiders, I nearly had kittens (which oddly enough would have been quite fitting at the time and probably wouldn’t have been quite as surreal as some of the scenes in this book).

The writing was very easy and persuasive and the characters very easy to get along with.  Well, when I say characters there are primarily two – Harry and Graves – but they had a very readable double act – good cop bad cop feel if you will.

The setting is creative and awash with creatures.  There is no shortage of tentacles and beasts, gods, demons, rips in time, battles, dreamscapes – it’s difficult to know whether to say it’s fun – but it is.  It’s a romp.  A riot.  Creative.  Imaginative and entertaining.

There’s a lot of potential for Harry and Graves to have more adventures although I have no idea if that is the author’s plan.  If more books were in the offing though I would certainly read on.



Weekly wrap up 22/1/17

So, another Sunday where I look back over the past week with a weekly wrap up post.  I went to see LaLa Land last week – and I loved it – I would go and see it again without hesitation.  It has a lovely old style musical charm to it, is beautifully shot and for a modern day film there is no swearing sex or violence – it doesn’t always feel easy to find a film like that these days and it was a lovely refreshing change!

Reading wise I finished a couple of my books and started the third one.  I read the third instalment of Chimes at Midnight which I’m loving.  I have three reviews to catch up with at this point.

Last week’s reads:

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder.  Fans of this series, I think, will love the way this concludes.  A definite 4* end to series I thought.  Review to follow shortly.

Department Zero – a crazy story with plenty of non-stop action.  The start scared the bejesus out out of me with the spiders!  Feels like Lovecraft meets the Men in Black.  Highly entertaining.  Review to follow shortly.

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh – I’ve just started this one.  The start was very curious indeed and really drew me in – I have that certain feeling – the one you have when you really feel like you’re going to enjoy a book!

Next week I’m hoping to complete:

  1. The Grey Bastards, which is my SPFBO book – this is receiving some very favourable reviews and I’m really looking forward to picking it up.
  2. The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer – urban fantasy and evil Wickers – how could I resist??  Sounds amazing.

I also need to complete Rosewater – which I made a good start on at about 30% and am looking forward to getting back to.


And, finally, my cover compare this week:

I can see the reasoning for the grey cover with the stylised dragon on it but it isn’t as colourfully dramatic as the first.  My choice this week:


Which is your favourite – and what are you currently reading?

Weekly wrap up 15/1/17

Friday Firsts: Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  Department Zero by Paul Crilley

department-zero‘The polite term for what I do for a living is “biohazard remediation.”

That’s what I say in anyone asks me at a dinner party.  Not that I’m ever invited to dinner parties.  (Megan got custody of all the friends in the divorce.)  But it’s what I’d say if I was invited, and if someone was actually polite enough to approach through the chemical smell of industrial-strength cleaning products that clings to my body.

Another term for what I do is Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination.  Or CTSDecon, if you want to sound cool.

Which, basically, means that I clean up stiffs for a living.

All the stiffs.  No prejudice in my line of work.

Murder? Check.

Suicide? Check

Murder-suicide? Check.

Industrial accidents? Check.

Decomposition after unattended death? Check.

Spontaneous human combustion? Check. (Not that I’ve ever had one of those, but I live in hope.)’

My First Impressions

Well, no messing around there then!  What a great opening, I think I’m going to enjoy this one.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.