Category Archives: Books

Jonathan Morris. Doctor Who: Plague City. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

It is a disease that somehow has managed to invade the very well of fears and become the very identity in which we realise that our lives are but feeding grounds to pestilence and sickness, arguably no other disease has struck as much terror into the hearts of humanity than that of Yersinia Pestis, the Bubonic Plague, the Black Death; whichever quaint word you choose to give it, it boils down to the same sense of heightened emotions, death that is painful, contagious, virulent and almost mercy.

Mike Tucker, Doctor Who: Diamond Dogs. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

There are those who will stare into the eyes of a soul who craves excitement and adventure from a young age and believe that they are looking into the heart of the demented and troubled soul. That to have a map on the wall when the heart has barely started to beat in time, the mouth that openly suggests that to go on holiday is not to stare at a beach or order the same food as you would get in a crumbling old chip shop somewhere in the Midlands, is the words of fools.

John Thompson, Jobe – The Beginning Of A Liverpool Legend. Book Review.

Jobe- The Beginning of A Liverpool Legend is Liverpool writer John Thompson’s debut novel, and is a nostalgic look at 19th century Liverpool and the thriving port that bought so much wealth to the city.

Mr. Thompson’s research into Victorian Liverpool is extensive and he has created a rich, vibrant description of the city. Mostly seen through the eyes of eight year old Jobe, he has painted a bleak picture of what young Jobe and his friends face daily; the struggles that his mother Kitty faces in the tenement slums where she does her best to keep her son safe. But it has not always been this way, and as is often the case circumstances change the fate for young Jobe that alters the course of his life for good.

Bruce Dickinson, What Does This Button Do? Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The insatiable desire to learn, experiment and not stand still, that is the first thought that might run through the mind when reading Bruce Dickinson’s What Does This Button Do? Yet despite all the glory, the incredible dexterity in which he has juggled the almost impossible, lead singer and unmistakeable voice of Iron Maiden, half a dozen solo albums, writer, maker of film, swashbuckling blade for Great Britain, airline pilot and for all we know would make a finer example of Prime Minister than many of the incumbents to hold office. What comes across is the realisation that at times this is a man who has actually lived; he has not taken a single day for granted and that in itself is more powerful, more genuine, than many autobiographies that seek to address a perspective of a life in the limelight.

Spencer Leigh, Elvis Presley: Caught In A Trap. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Forty years on from his untimely passing, the name Elvis still sells, although perhaps to a younger generation, those to whom the world is moving rapidly away from such sentiment to entertainers who died before their time, the urge to go to Memphis, Tennessee, is not a high priority in life, to sample Nashville, unless they have a musical ear, not a place to go when so many exotic places still remain undiscovered.

Tom Holt, The Management Style Of The Supreme Beings. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

In days such as these when British politics is doing its level best to provide its own particular brand of satire and absurd-ism, laughter, a look into the eyes of the strangely bizarre and reasonably silly is all the more important; for all what life throws at us, we have to have the ability to look the script provided by the cosmic joker and laugh.

James Paterson, Cross The Line. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

A hero can become tiresome, their continued exploits a cause for concern as the writer makes their lives more fantastic, more appealing and even if they take the most severe of beatings in the pursuit of their chosen profession, they somehow come up smelling not just of a single rose, but a whole field of red blooms.

The point sometimes is missed that a hero needs to be fallible, they need to have a weakness and whilst Alex Cross’ love for his family is undoubtedly one, it means that he has no place to go but always on the side of the angels, the go to safety net that means that he must never Cross The Line.

B.B. Taylor, Murphy And The Monsters. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

What is under the bed, who really hides away with their fur showing and a pair of eyes looking out from in between the crack in the closet and what really lives in the fertile imagination of a child; monsters are real, parent’s reactions to them are unfeigned and yet for one small boy, monsters are the finest things in the world; they also deserve love and respect.

B.B. Taylor’s Murphy and The Monsters is an explosion of colour and deep thought all wrapped up in a wonderful children’s tale; a tale in which the monsters are there to be loved.

Ian Cawley, Gnosis. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

How much of the world is actually real, how much of it is just a by-product of our own consumption and greed? The problem lays with our own perception of what is good for ourselves rather than what is beneficial for the planet. Over commercialised, de-sensitised to the true scale of the issues that are laid out in stark reality before us, Earth is choking, suffocating and throwing up so much bile and yet people are more concerned about profit, the year on year increase of the bottom line and making a fortune out of the world’s misery; it is something to really get angry about, however those that do are still in the minority.

Sally-Anne Tapia Bowes, Her Father. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Crime and its hopeful punishment, the restoration of justice in a world that at times barely even sees the word as anything but a triviality, of open ended reasoning and deduction; sometimes the world is just too blind to see how truth gets in the way of the facts and that neglect of a single person can not only lead them to feeling invisible but also on the fringes of society enough where their actions have no thought of possible reprisals.