J. Holsworth Stevenson, writer & purveyor

Welcome to my small corner of the internet. I review books, from classics to contemporary, self-published pamphlets to bestsellers. If you’re looking for a particular author or a particular review, here is where you can find it. If there’s a book you think I ought to review–either because you hated it, loved it or wrote it, please let me know.

Abbott-Anderson Baron-Burke Campbell-Curry Dahl-Dunlop
Eco-Ellman Fanon-Freedman Gaiman-Grahame Harris-Hurston
Irwin-Ishiguro Jacques-Jones Kafka-Kurzman Lawrence-Ludlum
Machiavelli-Moorcock Nixon O’Dell-Oser Paine-Puzo
Ramsey-Rushdie Sanderson-Sutcliff Taylor-Tyers Voltaire-Vonnegut
Walton-Wright Young-Zubrin

A

Abbott, Jacob; Peter the Great
Aldous, Richard; The Difficult Relationship
Allen, Roger Macbride; Ambush at Corellia
Allston, Aaron; Solo Command
……………………Starfighters of Adumar
Anderson, Douglas A. (ed.); Tales Before Narnia
Anderson, Kevin J.; Jedi Search
……………………Darksaber
…………………… (ed.); Tales of the Bounty Hunters
(with Moesta, Rebecca); Heirs of the Force
 
 
B
 
Baron, David; The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah
Barry, Dave and Pearson, Ridley; Peter and the Starcatchers
………………………………………Peter and the Shadow Thieves
………………………………………Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Bayard, Pierre; Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong
Beck, Glenn; Common Sense
Bede, The Venerable; Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Bickle, Mike; Passion for Jesus
Blair, Tony; A Journey
Blyton, Enid; The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage
……………………The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters
……………………The Mystery of Holly Lane
Bohjalian, Chris; Skeletons at the Feast
Brendon, Piers; The Decline and Fall of the British Empire
Breuer, William; Hitler’s Undercover War
Brooke, John; King George III
Buchan, John; The Thirty Nine Steps
Burke, H.L.; The Ordinary Knight/The Invisible Princess
 
C
 
Campbell, Broos; Peter Wicked
Campbell, Joseph; The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Carey, Peter; True History of the Kelly Gang
Cargill, Michael; Shades of Grey
Carr, Marina; By the Bog of Cats
Carson, Dale; Arrest-Proof Yourself
Carter, Rubin “Hurricane”; The Sixteenth Round
Cassuto, Umberto; The Documentary Hypothesis
Chesterton, G. K.; The Club of Queer Trades
……………………Heretics
……………………The Man Who Knew Too Much
……………………Orthodoxy
……………………The Everlasting Man
Christie, Agatha; And Then There Were None (Also, Ten Little Indians)
……………………N or M?
……………………Towards Zero
Clancy, Tom; The Hunt for Red October
Clarke, Susanna; Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Colbert, Stephen; I am America (And so can You!)
Collier, James and Chris; My Brother Sam Is Dead
Collins, Suzanne; The Hunger Games
……………………Catching Fire
……………………Mockingjay
Conrad, Joseph; Heart of Darkness
Cornwell, Bernard; The Last Kingdom
……………………………1356
Crocker, George N.; Roosevelt’s Road to Russia
Crowley, Robert; 1453
Curry, Patrick; Defending Middle Earth

D

Dahl, Roald; Danny the Champion of the World
……………………George’s Marvellous Medicine
DiCamillo, Kate; The Tiger Rising
……………………The Magician’s Elephant
Dick, Philip K.; Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
……………………Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
……………………Ubik
……………………Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
……………………A Scanner Darkly
……………………The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
Dickens, Charles; A Tale of Two Cities
Dietz, William C.; Soldier for the Empire
……………………Rebel Agent
……………………Jedi Knight
Dorril, Stephen; MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Doyle, Sir. Arthur Conan; The Hound of the Baskervilles
Doyle, Debra; Land of Mist and Snow
D’Souza, Dinesh; The Roots of Obama’s Rage
Dubay, Thomas; Happy are you Poor
Dunlop, Nic; The Lost Executioner
 

E

Eco, Umberto; The Prague Cemetery
Ellman, Richard; Oscar Wilde
F
Fanon, Frantz; The Wretched of the Earth
Fenby, Jonathan; Chiang Kai-Shek: China’s Generalissimo and the Nation he Lost
……………………The Sinking of the Lancastria
Fleisher, Wilfrid; What to do with Japan
Fleming, Ian; Casino Royale
…………………… The Spy who Loved Me
……………………The Man with the Golden Gun
Forsyth, Frederick; The Odessa File
Frank, Pat; Alas, Babylon
Franks, Fred and Clancy, Tom; Into the Storm
Freedman, Adam; The Naked Constitution
 

G

Gaiman, Neil; The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Garrett, Randall; Despoilers of the Golden Empire
……………………Lord Darcy
Gellman, Barton; Angler
Gertz, Bill; Breakdown
Gibson, William and Sterling, Bruce; The Difference Engine
Glenny, Misha; The Balkans
……………………McMafia
Golding, William; Lord of the Flies
Gombrich, E. H.; A Little History of the World
Grahame, Kenneth; The Wind in the Willows

H

Harris, Jonathan; Byzantium and the Crusades
Harris, Robert; Fatherland
Heller, Joseph; God Knows
Herbert, Frank; Dune
…………………Dune Messiah
Hersey, John; Hiroshima
Hobbes, Thomas; Leviathan
Hosseini, Khaled; The Kite Runner
Howarth, David Armine (ed.); The Dreadnoughts
Hunt, Irene; Across Five Aprils
Hurston, Zora Neale; Their Eyes Were Watching God
 

I

Irwin, Colin; Highway 61 Revisited
Ishiguro, Kazuo; The Remains of the Day
……………………Never Let Me Go

J

Jacques, Brian; The Pearls of Lutra
……………………The Legend of Luke
James, P. D.; Children of Men
Jeter, K. W.; The Mandalorian Armor (sic)
……………………Slave Ship
Jones, Robert Edmond; The Dramatic Imagination
 

K

Kafka, Franz; The Metamorphosis
……………………The Trial
Kahaner, Larry; AK47: The Weapon that Changed the Face of War
Katz, Art; Apostolic Foundations
Kerouac, Jack; On the Road
Khadra, Yasmina (Moulessehoul, Mohammed); Sirens of Baghdad
King, Stephen; The Gunslinger
Kipling, Rudyard; Plain Tales from the Hills
Kitchen, K. A.; On the Reliability of the Old Testament
Kurzman, Dan; A Special Mission
 

L

Lawrence, Brother (Herman, Nicolas); The Practice of the Presence of God
le Carré, John (Cornwell, David); The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
……………………The Russia House
……………………A Most Wanted Man
Lessig, Lawrence; Free Culture
Lewis, C. S.; Out of the Silent Planet
……………………The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(as N. W. Klerk); A Grief Observed
Lowry, Lois; The Giver
Lubet, Steven; Murder in Tombstone
Luceno, James; Millennium Falcon
Ludlum, Robert; The Bourne Identity
 

M

Machiavelli, Niccolo; The Prince
Maguire, Gregory; Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
……………………Mirror Mirror
……………………Matchless
Mango, Andrew; Atatürk
Márquez, Gabriel García; One Hundred Years of Solitude
……………………The Autumn of the Patriarch
……………………Chronicle of a Death Foretold
……………………Love in the Time of Cholera
……………………News of a Kidnapping
Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich; The Communist Manifesto
McDougall, Sophia; Romanitas
McIntyre, Vonda M.; The Crystal Star
Melton, Brian; Waverly Hall: Relois
Melville, Herman; Moby Dick
Michaelsen, O. V. (ed.); Never Odd or Even
Miller, Donald; To Own a Dragon
Moorcock, Michael; The Chronicles of Corum (also, The Prince with the Silver Hand)
 

N

Nixon, Richard; The Real War

O

O’Dell, Scott; Island of the Blue Dolphins
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska; The Scarlet Pimpernel
Oser, Lee; The Return of Christian Humanism
 

P

Paine, Thomas; Common Sense and The Rights of Man
Parsons, Rob; The Sixty Minute Father
Paul, Rand; The Tea Party Goes to Washington
Pistone, Joseph D.; Unfinished Business
……………………with Bonanno, Bill; The Good Guys
Porter, Stephen; The Great Fire of London
Pratchett, Terry; Reaper Man
……………………with Gaiman, Neil; Good Omens
……………………Thief of Time
……………………Unseen Academicals
……………………Snuff
Puzo, Mario; The Sicilian
……………………The Fourth K
……………………The Family
 

R

 
Ramsey, Dave; The Total Money Makeover
Rand, Ayn; Anthem
……………………Atlas Shrugged
Ratchnevsky, Paul; Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy
Reaves, Michael and Perry, Steve; Death Star
Reynolds, Francis J. and Churchill, Allen L. (eds.); World’s War Events Vol. I
Roth, Philip; The Plot Against America
Rothfuss, Patrick; The Name of the Wind
……………………The Wise Man’s Fear
Rowling, J. K.; The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn; The New Rebellion
Rushdie, Salman; The Satanic Verses

S

Sanderson, Brandon; The Way of Kings
Santorum, Rick; American Patriots
Scahill, Jeremy; Blackwater
Schama, Simon; Citizens
……………………At the Edge of the World
Schweighofer, Peter (ed.); Tales from the Empire
……………………Tales from the New Republic
Self, Will; The Quantity Theory of Insanity
……………………Great Apes
Sewell, Anna; Black Beauty
Shelley, Mary; Frankenstein
Short, Martin; Inside the Brotherhood
Sinclair, Andrew with Farago, Ladislas; Royal Web
Sinclair, Upton; Wide is the Gate
Smith, A. D. Howden; Porto Bello Gold
Snicket, Lemony (Handler, Daniel); The Miserable Mill
…………………………………………The Ersatz Elevator
…………………………………………The Vile Village
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Speare, Elizabeth George; The Sign of the Beaver
Speer, Albert; Inside the Third Reich
Stackpole, Michael A.; Rogue Squadron
……………………Wedge’s Gamble
……………………The Krytos Trap
Steinbeck, John; The Grapes of Wrath
Stoppard, Tom; After Magritte
……………………Arcadia
Sutcliff, Rosemary; The Eagle of the Ninth
……………………The Lantern Bearers
……………………Knight’s Fee
……………………Sword at Sunset
……………………The Mark of the Horse Lord

T

 
Taylor, A. J. P.; Bismarck: The Man and the Statesman
Tec, Nechama; When Light Pierced the Darkness
ten Boom, Corrie; The Hiding Place
Tolkien, J. R. R,; The Silmarillion
…………………… The Fellowship of the Ring
……………………The Two Towers
……………………The Children of Hurin
Tolstoy, Leo; War and Peace
Tozer, A. W.; The Knowledge of the Holy
Trotsky, Leon; From October to Brest-Litovsk
Twain, Mark (Clemens, Samuel); A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Tyers, Kathy; The Truce at Bakura
 

V

Voltaire; Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt; Slaughterhouse-Five
……………………A Man Without a Country

W

Walton, Kenneth; Fake: Lies, Forgery & eBay
Welch, Ronald (Felton, Ronald Oliver); For the King
Wells, H. G.; The Time Machine
……………………The Invisible Man
……………………The Outline of History: The Whole History of Man
White, T.H.; The Once and Future King
Wodicka, Tod; All Shall be Well; and All Shall be Well; And All Manner of Things Shall be Well
Wolverton, Dave; The Courtship of Princess Leia
Wright, N. T.; The New Testament and the People of God
 

Y-Z

Young, Toby; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Zahn, Timothy; Allegiance
……………………Choices of One
……………………Heir to the Empire
……………………Specter (sic) of the Past
Zubrin, Robert; The Case for Mars
 
 

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    I see you are a writer but I can’t find anything that you have written.

    • J. Holsworth Stevenson said,

      My dear anonymous contributor! It is a plain fact that the uniforms of critics and writers cannot be donned simultaneously. Why, some of the authors whose work I have judged the most cruelly are certainly better than I. Others are not better, but are more influential. It is therefore incumbent upon me to remain,

      Yr fthfl srvt, etc.
      J. Holsworth Stevenson

  2. Michael Cargill said,

    That’s quite an extensive list of reviews you have to your name!

    I myself have recently published a book and was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing it. It is a collection of three short stories called Shades of Grey.

    I can provide you with a code so you can download a free copy if this is something you would like to do.

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