Tag: Land

Laline Paull – The Ice | Review

Title: The Ice

Author: Laline Paull

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 374

Rating: 4*/5


Laline Paull - The Ice

Laline Paull – The Ice


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book was interesting because it took a different approach to structure and storytelling. Most of the plot follows the aftermath of the tragic death of a young environmentalist, and the ensuing enquiry in which they try to establish the truth. That means that the critical incident happened before the story even starts, which means that all of the action is effectively set in the denouement.

To counter this, the author uses flashbacks and jumps backwards and forwards in time, which can be disconcerting from time to time but which works quite well. True, it’s sometimes difficult to tell exactly what’s going on, but it’s still enjoyable and it actually encourages your mind to put the pieces together and to slowly discover the truth for yourself.

A good chunk of the story takes place against the backdrop of Svalbard, where a wealthy businessman has teamed up with his friend, an environmentalist, to purchase some land. Only all sorts of political interests start to get involved, and many of the characters are forced to do things that they otherwise might not have done. It’s a novel of intrigue, then, and it raises some important questions about the future of our world if we continue to abuse the planet in the way that we do.


Laline Paull

Laline Paull


The writing was pretty good, although it felt too flowery for me from time to time, and I liked the illustrations and the quotes at the starts of each of the sections. I’d say that it’s probably not suited to everyone, but if you like to read political thrillers and stuff that will engage your brain and push you to guess what the truth is, it’s worth a go. There’s a twist at the end, of course, but I didn’t guess what it was – in fact, I suspected something else entirely.

The only other thing to mention is the cover, which is gorgeous. Of course, I’ve got an advance copy and so the cover might change before you get your hands on it. But still!


Laline Paull

Laline Paull


Click here to buy The Ice.


J. G. Clay – Peace and Quiet. Time and Space. | Review

Title: Peace and Quiet. Time and Space.

Author: J. G. Clay

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 4*/5


J. G. Clay - Peace and Quiet. Time and Space.

J. G. Clay – Peace and Quiet. Time and Space.


Disclaimer: J. G. Clay is an indie writer friend of mine. While I aim to be unbiased, the relationship should be disclosed.

This one’s a hard one for me to review, because I enjoyed it but it wasn’t perfect. There were quite a few typos dotted throughout, and I often found it difficult to tell what exactly was happening. That latter issue, though, is due to the fact that Clay has created such a dynamic world that I felt like a visitor in a foreign land, like when you’re on holiday and can’t understand what you’re looking at or what strangers are saying as they walk past you.

I couldn’t decide whether to give this a three or a four, but bear in mind that a three is average. It’s an above average book, but it could do with an extra round of proofreading. I also preferred Clay’s first bookTales of Blood and Sulphur – but I think that’s because I was able to see more of the different backdrops that exist inside his head.

Overall, though, this is a pretty good read, especially for a book from an indie press. Worth reading for horror fans.


J. G. Clay

J. G. Clay


Click here to buy Peace and Quiet. Time and Space.


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