Author Archives: Growing Young

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (book review)….

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wonderful, thought provoking collection of short stories from someone who knows how to write short stories. Well worth the 5 star rating i gave it. View all my reviews

Less (book review)…

Less by Andrew Sean Greer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Around the world in 80-ish days with a turning 50, gay, struggling writer, recently dumped by his much younger lover, having a mid life crisis – that about is what is at this book’s heart. Another Kindle 99 pence book that just drew me read more »

CycleOps Distance Challenge…

29th out of 517… Once again, just stuck with my training plan and watched the miles add up. It’s surprising how quickly they accumulate. #loverouvy

Chasing Excellence (book review)…

Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes by Ben Bergeron My rating: 4 of 5 stars A very interesting book for those into achieving extreme levels of performance in their lives. Although it’s based in the world of Crossfit (which i have no interest in whatsoever) and written by a top Crossfit read more »

Dark Matter (book review)…

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! That was a total head trip and a half. While i’m not a subscriber to the multiverse theory, that didn’t detract from the story at all. I was just totally swept along at an amazing pace, i just didn’t want to stop reading. read more »

Dangerous Gifts (Babylon Steel, #2) (book review)…

Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book follows on perfectly from ‘Babylon Steel’, with all the usual characters we were introduced to in that book. And it’s much the same kind of fantasy stuff that really isn’t for children as there’s a fair amount of sex and some quite read more »

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (book review)…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s one of those ubiquitous books that’s kept turning up on library shelves, charity shop shelves and bookshop shelves throughout my life and yet i’ve always walked away from it – until now. I’ve always had quite a read more »

Rouvy – Berlin Beetzsee…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Berlin Beetzsee’ route… Another nice route i had to ride to complete one of Rouvy’s challenges, this challenge was to ride 100km in one go. And this was a good ride to do it on with plenty to look at along the way and not many hills. #loverouvy

Babylon Steel (Babylon Steel, #1) (book review)…

Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow, what a great story. I really enjoyed this book. After reading some YA fantasy lately it was definitely time for some grown-up’s fantasy and this really fit the bill. The only thing i’m unhappy about is that i’m utterly skint until i get read more »

The First Adventure: Feyland Series Prequel Novella (book review)…

The First Adventure by Anthea Sharp My rating: 1 of 5 stars I’m glad i didn’t pay anything for this, the Kindle edition being free, as free is all it’s worth. I was expecting a lot more about Jennet’s history prior to Feyland #1, which is what this book is supposed to be about. But read more »