Under the Dome

I read this when it was first issued in paperback, about ten years ago. I’ve just read it again for my book club, and it was even more intense and demanding the second time around. This story about totalitarianism taking hold in a small Maine town shut off from the outside world by an invisible …

Captive Hearts

One piece of Neil Gaiman’s advice for writers was not only to read, but to read ‘outside your comfort zone’. So I picked up Captive Hearts. My reluctance wasn’t due to its belonging to the MM gay romance genre; it’s the fact that it's a romance and most romance stories – in films or books …

Life of Pi

I don’t know how to write about this one. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Is it easy to read? Absolutely; the pages zip by. Are the characters memorable? Definitely. And the two main settings of an open lifeboat and a strange, meerkat-infested island in the Pacific are vividly realised. But I have absolutely no idea …