A Book Ian Likes: A Mirror For Princes by Tom de Haan

Reyhnard is living in a small village, doing some menial work to pay his rent, sharing a cottage with a girl his neighbours view as “simple”. He’s also writing his memoirs: an account of the time when he was a prince, the third son of King Basal of Brychmachrie. He’s also recounting the events that … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: A Mirror For Princes by Tom de Haan

A Multimedia Phenomenon Ian Likes: Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

Adrian has problems: his parents are going through a messy separation; the new girl in school won’t look at him; his community service project is a grumpy old man with a vicious dog; his lunch money is being stolen by the school bully; and he hates his Noddy wallpaper. Unfortunately for Adrian – but joyously … Continue reading A Multimedia Phenomenon Ian Likes: Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

A Book Ian Likes: The Song Of Phaid The Gambler by Mick Farren

Phaid is a gambler, currently down on his luck. He usually sidles into town, finds a game worth playing, then sidles out with either a pocket full of winnings or with just the shirt on his back. Trouble is, though, things don’t always pan out that well for Phaid… Mick Farren (1943 – 2013) was … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: The Song Of Phaid The Gambler by Mick Farren

A Comic And Movie Ian likes: The Rocketeer

Cliff Secord has problems. He’s a stunt pilot living off what he can get doing air shows, but his ambitions soar higher than that. His girlfriend Betty seems to be much more successful than him which he thinks spells doom for their relationship. And to make matters worse, some gangsters just tried to shoot up … Continue reading A Comic And Movie Ian likes: The Rocketeer

A Book Ian Likes: Titan by Stephen Baxter

Titan begins with the crash of a space shuttle on re-entry in 2003 and the realisation that people just aren’t that interested in going “out there” very much anymore. So Paula Benacerraf, grandmother, astronaut and nobody to trifle with, joins forces with a rogue scientist and a NASA administrator who knows that the agency’s number is … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Titan by Stephen Baxter

A Series Ian Likes: The Fey, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Blue Isle is placed several days sailing from the nearest port. An independent island, it has kept its nose out of international affairs for several hundred years. The Fey, a warlike race of magical beings, have just conquered the last country on the nearest landmass and are looking for a staging post to launch their … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Fey, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A Book Ian Likes: A Day In Summer by J. L. Carr

Peplow is off to the little village of Great Minden for their annual Feast, a day of celebration that brings visitors from near and, well, nearer. He attracts interest for being a stranger in town. He also discovers that two of his colleagues from the Second World War live there, but that is of only … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: A Day In Summer by J. L. Carr

A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 4)

And now we come to the (allegedly) final volume in this terrific series by Peter Morwood. Aldric Talvalin, reunited with his lost love Kyrin, is now roaming the Drusalan Empire looking for a way to fulfil his oath to his foster father Gemmel: he must restore to him a “jewel” that he needs for science-fictional … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Book Of Years by Peter Morwood (Part 4)