Apart from mine, of course, here are some books I think are certainly worth reading:
The Dream by Maria Savva
I was intrigued from the start of this story, as it began with a delicious mystery, which continued to develop and then unfold with pleasing affect.
A clever tale, where its heroine, believable and likeable, helps the reader relate and sympathise with many of the ‘love’ issues, yet pins us to our seats wondering what will happen next.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who are fascinated by that ‘something extra’, that something which allows the imagination to wander where enigma is the watchword.
Into The Light by Darcia Helle
Into The Light brings to us a mixture of humour and mystery, as it deals with what could happen after we are dead. It shows how we don't always appreciate the 'imprint' we leave while we're are alive, and that maybe we were more than we thought.
It is a book that deals with the human condition, with such themes as love, sorrow, regret, grief, jealousy and of course, death, yet, attempts to answer the many questions and thoughts we might have about 'the mysterious journey' beyond our comprehension.
It also gives us hope and I was delighted with the proclaimed ideas.
Altogether, a read that is thought-provoking and fun.
I would certainly recommend it to others.
About Billy by Brian W Fisher (1st of the Billy Trilogy)
Billy's world is threatened by war...'whatever that meant'...but his six year old mind is filled with the excitement of his first hunting trip. The extended visit with 'Uncle' Jake and 'Aunt' Dolly expands his knowledge, not only of the practical but also self-reliance and confidence.
Jake, the gentle giant, who can 'toss deers on his back and chop down trees without breaking into a sweat'...('undred a month')...helps Billy, amongst numerous things, discover the secrets of the forest, the wonders of carving his own totem pole and his talent for drawing.
These adventures are the first of many escapades where we see how Billy faces the wrathful Miss Kirby when back at school, and puts to use his own bow and arrows (to mention but a taste) along with his 'pals', Chalky, Stinker and Squint, some other members of 'The Robin Hoods'.
The meaning of war and 'floppy necks' become even more apparent to his young mind while on the hunt for shrapnel amongst the devastation of whole streets and his father off to volunteer with the Home Guard.
About Billy is more than a snapshot of this period of history but a superb album. It is a sensitive and informative story brought to life by 'real' personalities, particularly the tenderness and understanding between father and son.
Getting to know Billy through the six-year time span was a pleasure and anyone reading the story would have to agree with Jake and Dolly, that he has the heart of a soldier and the soul of a poet.
A wonderful read.
More About Billy by Brian W Fisher (2nd of the Billy Trilogy)
Another great read following the adventures of Billy Clark - this time as a soldier in the jungles of Malaya during the early- to mid- 1950s. We see Billy's journey from boy to man as he fulfils his National Service to do battle against the hateful Corporal Wyatt, though it is not until he reaches the sweltering heat of the jungle that his real battle begins.
His promotion to sergeant is justly earned after surviving an ambush and he has to kill for the first time. Yet it is his fight against the egoistical and murderous Heng, the communist Chinese leader of South Johore, that has the most impact. Befriending locals, not least a village chief, helps him in a do or die situation, again emphasising his childhood memories of floppy necks.
A brilliant story giving the reader another snapshot into a time in history that should never be forgotten.
Well done...looking forward to the last in the trilogy.
The Politics Of Billy by Brian W Fisher
The Politics of Billy was worth the wait. The cover alone tells us what's coming and it's not a disappointment. Weaving through the corruption that surrounds his hometown, Billy's mission is clear and we cannot help but champion his cause.
With the help of his friends, not least the likeable, if sometimes exasperating, Chalky, we watch as Billy battles his way with indomitable force. Wonderful!
Billy Clark - a hero we desperately need in today's tragic world.
A great end to a fabulous trilogy. A recommended read for everyone.
The Guardian's Apprentice by J Michael Radcliffe
An excellent tale steeped in magic, with wonderful characters that bring alive the story.
The Guardian's Apprentice is very well written and draws in the reader from the first and has all the ingredients that make for successful fantasy novels.
I'm very glad I won this story, for I enjoyed its atmosphere and 'telling' with great relish.
That will have to do for now, I must get back to writing! :)