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Peter James – Not Dead Yet | Review

Title: Not Dead Yet

Author: Peter James

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 536

Rating: 3*/5

 

Peter James - Not Dead Yet

Peter James – Not Dead Yet

 

This book annoyed me, which is a shame because I’m usually a fan of Peter James’ work. But in this case, it was the twist, which just made me feel cheated. It felt like the sort of twist where no hints are given and it comes out of the blue, and more as though I’d been lied to as a reader. Perhaps that was just the effect that it had on me, but it kicked in after about 400 pages and I felt as though those 400 pages were pointless.

Still, it’s a Peter James Roy Grace novel, and so even though it’s my least favourite so far, it’s still pretty good. I mean, it’s well-written and well-researched, as each of his novels always are, but I wasn’t feeling this one anywhere near as much as his others. Perhaps it’s because I’d only just read another one, so maybe I’m getting Roy Grace fatigue – although I doubt it.

One of the main problems that I had here was with the characters, largely because I felt like they weren’t acting how they normally would. This happened with both Roy Grace and with Glen Branson, who both acted kind of unnaturally. I was also occasionally thrown out of my state of suspended disbelief at the whole ‘Gaia‘ thing, a major character who’s basically an international singer, actress and superstar. I’ve been concerned by this issue in a few other books of late and I’ve been trying to avoid it in my own writing. It just feels weird to have fictional celebrities and real celebrities intermingling.

 

Peter James

Peter James

 

But this is probably me just nitpicking. The truth is that I was expecting to like this book and I also wanted to like it, I just didn’t. It probably also doesn’t help that I’ve read the books out of order and so when there are mentions of Roy Grace’s missing wife, I already know how the story arc ends and so I’m kind of dragged out of the story before being thrust back into it again when the chapter changes. That’s my fault and no fault of the author’s, but it’s something to think about if you’re reading them yourself. There are a few bits here that are kind of vital to later story lines, so even if you’ve been put off by my ramblings, it’s still worth reading.

So once again, I feel as though it’s actually something wrong with me as a reader that led to me not enjoying this, rather than Peter James’ fault as an author. But then that’s probably because he seems like such a nice guy from all of the interviews I’ve seen (and his pretty impressive social media presence), which makes me want to like his work. But this particular book wasn’t for me, perhaps because I prefer the crimes that are committed by regular people, rather than the crazies. But each to their own, and don’t judge the book too harshly from my review. It’s certainly not bad enough to abandon the series just because of this one book, and besides – maybe you’ll like it.

 

Peter James - Want You Dead

Peter James – Want You Dead

 

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Simon Joyner – Only Love Can Bring You Peace | Review

Title: Only Love Can Bring You Peace

Author: Simon Joyner

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 284

Rating: 5*/5

 

Simon Joyner - Only Love Can Bring You Peace

Simon Joyner – Only Love Can Bring You Peace

 

Simon Joyner is one of my favourite singer/songwriters of all time, and so when I got the chance to catch one of his live shows, I jumped at it. It was a great show, and I had a chance to meet the man himself, but one of my highlights was coming home with this little beauty. I didn’t even know it was existed, but I was able to grab a signed copy there and then from the author – which was awesome.

This, then, is Simon Joyner’s collected lyrics, and the songs inside span over a quarter of a century of creative output. Reading through is almost like binging on his music, except that you can get through more if it more quickly. It’s also like reading a poetry book, which just goes to show that the best lyricists really can be poets in their own right. I’d say that Joyner is one of the great lyricists, and I’ve always enjoyed his work. Seeing it in book form is like a natural evolution, and it works really well.

Add that to the fact that it also includes interviews, liner notes and stunning pieces of art that were created by Joyner fans and other musicians and you can start to see why this is such a cool piece to add to your collection. It might not mean as much to you if you’re not a Simon Joyner fan, but you’d still enjoy it. And if you’re a fan, it’s just sublime. It’s an absolute must-have, at least for me.

 

Simon Joyner

Simon Joyner

 

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