Red Seas Under Red Skies v Zia

Beer: ZiaBrewery: London Beer FactoryStyle: Tiramisu Pastry StoutStrength: 9.2% Bought this one at (wishful drinking) a while ago but have been saving it for a special occasion. What better than to drink it while watching pastry week on Bake Off. F*ck me that’s a sweet beer. Sugary syrup texture with a hint of coffee. TastesContinue reading “Red Seas Under Red Skies v Zia”

Empire of Sand v Cocoa Wonderland

Beer: Cocoa WonderlandBrewery: ThornbridgeStyle: Chocolate PorterStrength: 6.8% Sharp bitterness sort of overpowers any supposed coffee or chocolate flavour the beer has. Not bad though. Quite like it, but not my favourite Thornbridge beer (that is still Jaipur by a mile or more) Book: Empire of SandAuthor: Tasha SuriPublisher: OrbitPublished: 2018 It’s always refreshing to readContinue reading “Empire of Sand v Cocoa Wonderland”

The Rage of Dragons v Kwak

Book: Rage of DragonsAuthor: Evan WinterPublisher: OrbitPublished: (Indie: 2017 Trad: 2020) This book is brutal. The violence starts from the very get-go and barely lets up at all throughout the book. If you’re looking for a gentle, relaxing read look elsewhere because your adrenaline will be pumping the whole time you’re reading Rage of Dragons.Continue reading “The Rage of Dragons v Kwak”

The Twilight Herald v Faith in Futures

Book: The Twilight HeraldAuthor: Tom LloydPublisher: GollanczPublished: 2009 This is the second book in the Twilight Reign series. Stormcaller is a good fantasy book and I’ve enjoyed it both times I’ve read it. TR though is exceptional. I think it is sadly overlooked because the preceding book is good but not great. Otherwise I’m adamantContinue reading “The Twilight Herald v Faith in Futures”

The Final Empire v Sunnybank

Book: The Final EmpireAuthor: Brandon SandersonPublisher: GollanczPublished: 2006 This was the first Sanderson book I read &, like so many others, I was hooked on his books from then on. His writing style is extremely accessible & his plots drive forward at a near-perfect pace. Combined with his prodigious output it is no little wonderContinue reading “The Final Empire v Sunnybank”

King Rat v Eternal Haze

Book: King RatAuthor: China MievillePublisher: MacmillanPublished: 1998 This was China Miéville’s debut novel, written before the better known Bas Lag books. Like his later work, this is a Weird book. Saul’s dad is murdered and he becomes the chief suspect. While waiting in a cell trying to work out what on earth is going on,Continue reading “King Rat v Eternal Haze”

The Free Bastards v Riggwelter

Book: The Free BastardsAuthor: Jonathan FrenchPublisher: OrbitPublished: 2021 POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNINGS This is the last book in the Lot Lands trilogy. I’m not going to give much background on the series as I intend to do a review of book 1 (the Grey Bastards) once I find the right beer to go with it. IContinue reading “The Free Bastards v Riggwelter”