Tag: England

Oli Jacobs – The Children of Little Thwopping | Review

Title: The Children of Little Thwopping

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 160

Rating 3.75/5



This book was a riot, although it’s also not for the easily offended. It follows a bunch of debaucherous young gentlemen in 1950s England when for some reason, everybody’s wives all become pregnant and the babies turn out to be aliens with laser beams for eyes.

It’s not necessarily the most realistic of books, but it is pretty entertaining and it reminded me of a sort of comedy horror take on something like The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. I also think it was just the right length, because it would have been easy to make it double the length and to dilute it. I think that the story line could have stretched and so could the humour, but with the two of them together, I thought it was just right.



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Ian Fleming – Moonraker | Review

Title: Moonraker

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 310

Rating: 8/10


Ian Fleming - Moonraker

Ian Fleming – Moonraker


I went into Moonraker a little half-heartedly, because I’d heard that it’s the Bond book that has aged the most, but I needn’t have worried. True, the science is a little sketchy from time to time, but it’s not so bad that it forces you to suspend your disbelief and come out of the story.

In fact, I thought it was one of the better Bond novels, and it’s also interesting to note that it’s the only book in the series to be set entirely in England. But that’s cool, because it helps to round it all off, and it’s fascinating to see Fleming’s depiction of a time that’s long gone.

The only real problem that I found here was the lengthy description of a card game towards the start of the novel. Now, I see the point of the card game, because it sets the story up and introduces us to Hugo Drax, the novel’s antagonist, but it did feel a little tedious and I was relieved when it was finally over and we could get on with the story.


Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


But other than that, I thought it was a fantastic little read, and it even seemed to whizz by faster than other Bond novels despite the fact that the book has more pages than most. There were also some generally kick-ass scenes, including one where the side of a mountain falls in, as well as an intriguing story of espionage in which the security of the entire country – and perhaps the whole world – is at stake.

Overall then, this comes recommended by me if you’re already a fan of the Bond series, or if you like to read thrillers or espionage novels. Maybe start with Casino Royale and work your way up.


Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


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