Paul Thompson

"Pól MacGilla tSamhais"
At The Meeting of the Waters (Cumar an dá Uisce)
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,969
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (117 of 135)
Location: England
In My Own Words:
I'm an Irishman living in England who enjoys the pleasure that books give - both reading them and writing them. The advent of the Kindle has been wonderful as it is so easy to try new authors and not overload my book shelves in the process.

I love to travel, cook and share a bottle of good wine. Apart from these essentials of life I also read a lot and play chess. Then there are my other interests - ancient history, geology, philosophy and mythology.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,969 - Total Helpful Votes: 117 of 135
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edit&hellip by Richard Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage to explore, 7 Sep 2014
I was given this book to read as part of my A Level Religious Education Course many years ago. My Teacher was a wonderful woman who encouraged us to ask questions and also to allow our ideas to be challenged. Education was exploration and this book, though it was short, was an important element of that journey. I have re-read it many times since then and am pleased to now have it on my Kindle. It is still as inspiring as ever and now also reminds me of the person who first encouraged me to ask questions and step with courage out onto the journey of exploration.
Black Mountain (Alex Hunter) by Greig Beck
A very enjoyable book to escape into for pleasurable reading.

It flows well from the other books in the Arcadian series and I do feel that they need to be read in sequence for the nuances of the characters and their interactions to be appreciated.

Like the other books in the series I would suggest that the reader not analyse the plot too much but simply read for the fun of it but there was one point where I must admit that I did linger. The non-human characters in this book are based on the legends of a large primate creature which is of course known by different names in different parts of the world - could they have a basis in reality? I find that I keep hoping… Read more
Icefall by Guy Hallowes
Icefall by Guy Hallowes
4.0 out of 5 stars An evolving society, 27 Aug 2014
There were times I got annoyed with the characters in this story and struggled with the often quick leaps from one element of the plot to another but I still was drawn into the story and the great sweep of human future that was being envisioned here.

Forgetting about the specific details of the collapse of the ice sheet and the subsequent collapse of human civilisation I found myself seeing this book as examining ways in which human societies develop and evolve. Here there was one family - with other families/individuals in other parts of Australia - that rose to prominence in the new world. Would this have been the way that chieftains, monarchs etc developed in ancient times… Read more