A Novel Ian Likes: The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

Mike and Phyllis Watson are journalists who are covering a series of unexplained phenomena. Beginning as a lethal curiosity, a series of unexplained catastrophes are wreaking havoc on the world’s sea lanes and coastal communities and – eventually – on the polar icecaps. Finding themselves increasingly isolated and at risk, they eventually become part of … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

A Biography Ian Likes: C.S. Lewis by A. N. Wilson

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is best known as the author of The Chronicles Of Narnia but was also a professor of English at both Oxford and Cambridge. He was also internationally renowned as a lay theologian and Christian apologist. A. N. Wilson is an award-winning novelist, biographer and popular historian. Both men had relationships with … Continue reading A Biography Ian Likes: C.S. Lewis by A. N. Wilson

A Novel Ian Likes: Illusion by Paula Volsky

Eliste is the daughter of a minor noble in the kingdom of Vonahr. She secures a position as a maid of honour to Queen Lallazay, wife to King Dunulas. But Eliste arrives at the palace in a time of political unrest which soon bubbles over into outright revolution. She manages to escape from the palace … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Illusion by Paula Volsky

A Novel Ian Likes: Heart Of The Comet by Gregory Benford and David Brin

In the year 2061, humanity has launched an inspirational expedition to explore Halley’s comet on the occasion of its lifetime-spanning orbit around the solar system returning it to the neighbourhood of Earth. It’s supposedly a celebration of technology and ingenuity but the crew appears to be comprised largely of political embarrassments, has-beens and troublemakers. And … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Heart Of The Comet by Gregory Benford and David Brin

A Novel Ian Likes: Beloved Exile by Parke Godwin

Arthur is dead. Betrayed in battle, his kingdom is on the verge of collapse. Guinevere, his queen, needs to escape from Camelot to safety. Unfortunately, disaster strikes, and she finds herself the captive – and then slave – of the invading Saxons… I grew up loving the legends of King Arthur. The idea of a … Continue reading A Novel Ian Likes: Beloved Exile by Parke Godwin

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