Classics

Reviews of books in this genre:

Fahrenheit 451 by

This is one of those classics that you’re supposed to read, a dystopian vision of the future that sits in the pantheon containing 1984, Brave New World and Slaughterhouse 5. It certainly contains a bleak vision of the future. Originally published in 1953, it has predictions of the future that seem both insightful and naive. He’s – Read the rest of this review

Ringworld by

An alien recruits three fellow travellers, two human, to visit a newly discovered structure 200 light-years from Earth. The ringworld is vast, surrounding a star it has a surface area of roughly three million Earth-sized planets. Approaching it cautiously, wary of the powerful race it must have taken to build it, they get shot down – Read the rest of this review

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by

Technically, this was released as The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu (although the hyphen was later dropped). The US market had the alternative title. Needless to say, the author was also known by another name (Sax being his pen name). It follows the tale of (Denis) Nayland Smith but is narrated by his friend Dr. Petrie – Read the rest of this review

Don Quixote by

When you’re counting down the chapters, the hours and minutes until it finishes, you know a book isn’t floating your boat. This became a battle of attrition that, by rights, I should have given up on. As an audiobook it has a running time of over 21 hours and this is only part one. The story nominally – Read the rest of this review

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by

This isn’t a novel but rather a collection of stories, each one a different tale covering the investigation of a mystery by Holmes. They were originally serialised in a magazine, which explains some of the cross and back references (that come across as a bit of self-promotion). They’re charming enough tales, but a little uncomplicated compared to – Read the rest of this review