The Learned Turtle is the evolution of a nickname which I was given over twenty years ago by a work friend, and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s now a pseudonym behind which I indulge my book geekery.
I’m a 44 year-old born and bred New Zealander and I currently call the beautiful little city of Christchurch my home. I’m a professional aircraft maintenance engineer, my wife is a nurse, I have three sons and a modest obsession with motorcycles (the truth: I’m crazy about bikes).
Whenever I can fit it in around the busy rush of everyday life, I love to read books, talk about them and review them. Reading is my favorite escape, a crucial element of my “sanity maintenance” regime and my preferred way to nourish my mind.
My reading varies in flavor but in recent years I’ve found myself enjoying a lot of science fiction. I also like to read historical and military themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as biographical books about people who interest me. The occasional thriller and action-adventure novel finds it’s way onto my list as well.
My reviews begin with a synopsis (in italics) followed by my thoughts. I usually find my ratings by scoring the book in three basic categories and the final score is simply the median. The categories are meant to apply to both fiction and non-fiction works and are as follows:
Concept – The idea of the book or story, how well the theme or plot captured my imagination.
Delivery – The writing style, layout, presentation and how this helped or hindered my comprehension (even a book that I didn’t enjoy could still score high here).
Entertainment – Did I gain anything from reading it, was I inspired? My favorite category.
I haven’t the faintest idea about the technicalities of sentence construction or meter or such things, nor do I particularly care. There are many great reviewers who do understand the subtleties of language and will judge a book accordingly. All I know is what I think is a good story told well, and the whole idea is that others will find my simple reviews helpful in some way.
After the review I include links to where you can buy the book. If you are the author or publisher of a book that I review and have a preferred outlet then please let me know.
In addition to book reviews and things about reading, you may see links to random things which have caught my eye. I sometimes like to delve into the occasional speculative idea or theory.
Thanks for indulging me and if you have any comments or questions please get in touch using the Contact page.
See you around:-)