Losers in Space (Episode 1: Genesis) by Scott Pixello

Possibly because I don’t usually read humorous books, I found this to have a slow start. I’m glad I stuck with it though. I smiled all the way through the biggest part of it, with many an out-loud laugh. I particularly enjoyed the style of conversation given the characters, along with comments on modern society which were accompanied by a deep level of comprehension.
From the outset, Pixello creates, in my experience, a unique scenario from which he builds a fascinating story. There’s even a big surprise at the end.
As with all good sci fi, philosophical questions are posed: what’s real and what isn’t? How did these non-astronauts come to be where they are? Where are the heading; and why? Why has something extraordinary happened to their life-cycles? I’m going to have to continue with the series to find the answers. It will be fun.


Reflections for Lent by Jane McFarlane 4*

Beautiful reading for any time of year.
This book is one that I read frequently. It has beautiful passages in it, without the sugary sentimentalism I find difficult to digest in some devotionals. I recommend it very highly.


Luke for Everyone by Tim Wright

One of my rare 5star reviews.

I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Wright’s style of writing and I found his interpretation of the gospel enlightening. Tim Wright made sense of some aspects of the gospel I had previously found confusing and he brought out for me some parts I’d been unaware of skipping over without comprehension.

I recommend this book very highly.


The Autoimmune Fix by Tom O’Bryon

Will give lots of people hope.

If you are American you will find this book user-friendly. Having said that, I must express my admiration for the high level of medical science Tom O’Bryon has applied to the advice in this book. It is accessible to anyone from any background. I hope this diet will help reduce the level of pain I experience with my autoimmune disease. At the very least it has given me a chance to try something other than ineffective, potentially addictive painkillers.


Quote from DCZ

Helen found her voice, ‘Do you know anything about the satellite system they claim to be using?’
I said, ‘A bit. It was supposed to have been decommissioned.’
Her eyes narrowed. She knew me well.
‘You believe them.’
Isobel said, ‘You really believe they could keep a huge thing like that going in secret?’
‘Classified military, unacknowledged by the government, even military personnel and certainly defence contractors,’ the details slipped from my tongue. I’d speculated, reported on and written books about such things over the years. I can’t pretend I had doubted the official line at the time: Star Wars had become an expensive white elephant. It was an embarrassment. It had been scrapped. That had been my unwavering belief. But what if those scientists who were way smarter than any politician, had continued the work on the SDI as a black project for the U.S. DOD and then, from that special position, set up a method of hijacking it?
Both women were looking at me. Waiting to hear the results of that long thinking process. I stood, picked up the bottle of JD and marched up the steps and over to the cupboard I never need to open these days. It now contains the bits and pieces I keep in memory of my parents but not that bottle of Jack.
Isobel looked up to where I’d remained in the area above the lounge, commenting quietly, ‘If you think we need to keep clear heads you don’t believe it’s a hoax.’
I had all on not to snatch that bottle back and guzzle it in one go.
‘It isn’t bound to be a bad thing,’ she said hopefully.
Helen downed the last of her whiskey, relaxed back in the chair and closed her eyes. I thought I could read her mind. I believed then that she was stopping herself reacting to my sister’s naïve ‘save the planet’ claptrap


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 5 *

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

A successful experimental brain operation on lab mouse, Algernon, leads to a human trial on Charlie, in order to increase his very low IQ. Charlie relates his experience in a poor level of literacy at the beginning and end of the story, whilst rising to a fantastically high level in the middle of it. It is an astonishing concept, possibly analogous of its time in late 1950s New York, beautifully executed. This book can be studied, appreciated and loved from many angles. It is moving, fascinating and incredibly clever.