Welcome to FictionFan’s Book Reviews!
I’ve been reviewing books for a few years now and have got into the habit of reviewing everything I read. I do it mainly for my own pleasure, to remind me of what I liked (or didn’t) about a book, but I hope other people might find them interesting too.
I suppose it’s obvious from the reviews that I’m a big fan of crime and thriller novels, and as a Scot, I particularly enjoy the ‘Tartan Noir’ authors – old favourites like Ian Rankin and newer writers like Gordon Ferris – it’s fun to be reading about places I know. Though most of the crime I read is in a modern setting, I also enjoy historical fiction with a crime element, such as Sansom’s Shardlake novels. Add to the mix some good literary fiction, both classic and contemporary, a little bit of history, a pinch of popular science and lots of political memoirs and that about sums up my reading tastes.
I’ve been a member of the Amazon Vine UK programme since March 2011 and that often gives me the chance to read books before they’re published. The programme has introduced me to lots of new authors who have now become favourites, such as Patrick Flanery and Jane Casey, both very different writers but each excellent in their chosen genres. I review on Amazon UK and US under the profile name FictionFan. (The Amazon links given on reviews are intended merely to be helpful. I am not an affiliate and make no money from this blog.)
I am also a member of NetGalley too and enjoy the wide range of titles they offer. And they give me badges…
I’m happy to consider requests from publishers for reviews of books in one of the genres I enjoy. I can be contacted at FictionFan@virginmedia.com. As always, my review will reflect my honest opinion. I regret that I won’t accept requests from self-published authors.
Please browse the site and I’d love to hear what you think of the blog, the reviews or the books, so all comments will be gladly received.