Sam Tyler

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Location: Reading, Berkshire



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The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
2.0 out of 5 stars Feels Like Eternity, 18 Sep 2014
I always have misgivings about starting a trilogy as you never know after all the time you have put into reading the books that the finale will be worth the effort. In the case of ‘The Strain’ trilogy by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, the third book has a great ending, but the 400 pages leading up to it almost makes you want to give up. Set a couple of years after the events of ‘The Fall’, ‘The Night Eternal’ follows Eph et al as they deal with a world almost completely covered in shadow as the vampires have inherited the Earth.

This all sounds very exciting and at times it is. The destroyed New York in which our heroes struggle to survive under the ever watchful eye of… Read more
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the Job Done, 17 Sep 2014
The professional criminal is the type of person who gets in, does the job and then gets out again. Sounds like the perfect way to stay undetected as a lifelong miscreant, but does not sound like the most exciting narrative for a story. Instead, take a bunch of young kidnappers who are drunk on their own success, whose racket goes wrong one day when they pick up the wrong mark. Watching their lives spiral out of control would be a much more thrilling read. A read just like Owen Laukkanen’s ‘The Professionals’.

Pender, Sawyer, Marie and Mouse are four recent graduates finding it hard to get a job in the current harsh working climate. Like any sensible person with a degree they… Read more
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Adorning a book with a sticker saying that it was written by the person that brought you ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ appeal to a certain audience, but not the blokes in their 30s demographic. However, having been offered this book by a pal I thought I would give it a read anyway and it was worth it. I’m not quite sure what they thought would appeal to me in the book; the know-it-all aging child prodigy, or the overweight lover of Judge Judy.

‘An Abundance of Katherines’ is a lesson in character. The story is pretty loose and not a whole amount happens, but when you are in the company of the likes of Colin, Hassan and Lindsey that is not really an issue. This is a book about… Read more

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