A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 3)

Peter Morwood’s third novel is another adventure featuring Aldric Talvalin, the last lord of an ancient line, currently wandering the lands of his king’s enemies acting as part spy, part knight errant. And where the first two books hinted at the machinations going on behind the scenes, this novel actively ramps them up, making the … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 3)

A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 2)

Aldric Talvalin has vanquished the sorcerer who killed his family and forced him into hiding for several years and has taken a journey into foreign lands on a secret mission for his king to prove his loyalty. Unfortunately, not terribly far into his trip he is ambushed by foreign agents and must take refuge in … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 2)

A Book Ian Likes: Tea With The Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

Martha Macnamara has come to California to find her daughter Elizabeth, who appears to have disappeared. While searching for her she meets the enigmatic Mayland Long, an oriental gentleman of indeterminate age with lovely long fingers that can reach all the way around a teacup and – importantly for Martha’s day job as a musician … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Tea With The Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

An Author Ian Likes: in memorium, Sir Terry Pratchett

(This post was originally written on the original stuffianlikes blog the day after Sir Terry passed. I've tidied up some grammatical errors and added a couple of pictures but this is otherwise the way it appeared 4 years-minus-a-day-ago) I usually dwell on these posts for bloody ages but this one needs to be gotten down … Continue reading An Author Ian Likes: in memorium, Sir Terry Pratchett

A Book Ian Likes: Nation by Terry Pratchett

John Donne wrote that no man is an island. Following that line of thought, just how many people does it take to make a nation? What makes a culture? Terry Pratchett’s novel Nation asks these questions and even tries to answer them. It takes place in a parallel world, with some significant differences to our own (yet … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Nation by Terry Pratchett

A Book Ian Likes: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Adaptations of art into different mediums most often fall without trace into the collective memory, occasionally dragged out by a teacher trying to show their class that what they taught had some cultural currency once, when they clearly just aren’t engaging their students properly. More often than not, the adaptation is soon forgotten while the … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A Book Ian Likes: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

For many years, Arthur C. Clarke held the belief that a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only unnecessary but also impossible. So it was a surprise for many when 2010: Odyssey Two was published. Certainly it was an unneeded sequel, but it manages to extend and explain many of the events of the original film/ book … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke