I only read six books in June which makes it a rather slow month for me but I blame the World Cup which has kept my attention for much of this month for this, as well as my reading of James Joyce’s Uylsses.

The books that I read were Under the Moon a short science fiction story set in the future where there is a man made ozone layer protecting the planet and there are space stations in orbit controlling them. This story is about when they start to fail and how people cope with that from different walks of life.

Heartless and Timeless were books four and five of the parasol protectorate series of Steampunk novels that I have been reading. I enjoyed both of them but did think that Timeless was a bit of an anti-climax after the thrills and spills of the previous books but do recommend to anyone who loves this style of fiction to give then a go.

Turning 40 is a book about the tribulations of turning 40, which I am due to do in just over a months time. The book was a bit of a laugh, but sometimes takes itself a little too seriously and I don’t think that so much soul searching is absolutely neccessary as being 40 is not so different to being 39.

Ulysses is one of those books that you either get or you don’t. I am not sure which group I fall into. Yes I have finished the book, but am not sure that I understood much of it. I do marvel at the imgaination and the vocabulary of Joyce and the way he uses language which is just so different to anyone else that I have ever read. I would have to say that it was an interesting experiement and that I am glad that I have read it, but don’t think that I could ever read it again.

Timewyrm: Genesys was the first of the Virgin New Doctor Who adventures. Published 23 years ago it is on the one hand a typical Doctor Who pseudo-historical story where there is a clash between the earths past and science fiction elements. One the other hand it did try a bit too much to be adult with the constant references to sex and the semi-naked female characters and the sex pest character of Gilgamesh. It wouldn’t have changed the story so much without all that and to be honest it wasn’t as obvious when I read it again, as it was when I originally read it back when I was just 16 years old.