Book Reviews of All Things Philosophical and Speculative
As an author, I’m always reading, both for research and general interest. I’m also always on the lookout for books that, like my writing, focus on subjects from an introductory or explanatory perspective, and that I can therefore recommend to general readers and students. As such, The Speculative Book Blog is a way for me to share what I come across with those who have similar interests. The book reviews here are mostly non-fiction – books on philosophers, introductions to certain aspects of philosophy, and other related subjects (psychology, science and technology, history, politics). However, I also occasionally review fiction (novels and graphic novels) if there is a philosophical slant (hence “speculative book blog”). Given my involvement in writing and self-publishing, I also sometimes review books, websites and writer services that cater to these activities.
There are a selection of recent and older book reviews below. You can see more on my profiles on Goodreads or LibraryThing – reviews are usually published there, as well as (but not always) here. If you are a publisher or author, then I’m happy to offer an honest review in return for a free copy of your book.
I am currently CLOSED for submissions, but you’re welcome to contact me to be added to the list for when I reopen (though I can’t guarantee that I’ll agree to review it, as busyness makes me quite choosy).
Note: Most reviews have links to where you can purchase a copy of the book (or sign up, if it’s a service). Some of these are affiliate links, where I earn a small commission from the website (e.g. Amazon, Hive Books, etc) – find out more about this here. This doesn’t increase the price (you’d pay the same regardless), and doesn’t influence my review. If I’ve been given a complimentary copy/subscription in exchange for a review (which doesn’t influence my opinion either!), then I’ll state this clearly.
Latest Book Review
More than Plato, arguably, Aristotle’s views on ethics have exerted greater influence than those of his mentor. For while they share much common ground – reason must guide action, a moral individual must cultivate certain cardinal virtues – Aristotle seemed to recognise that intellectual knowledge was insufficient. It isn’t enough to know right from wrong; …
Other Selected Book Reviews
- “Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics”, Gerard J. Hughes
- “Square Eyes”, by Anna Mill and Luke Jones
- “Interior States”, Meghan O’Gieblyn
- “Seven Days in the Art World”, Sarah Thornton
- “Heart of the Machine”, Richard Yonck
- “Nothing is True and Everything is Possible”, Peter Pomerantsev
- “The Cult of Information”, Theodore Roszak
- “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t”, Steven Pressfield
- “Unbound”, Christopher Osborn
- “The Golden Age”, Cyril Pedrosa and Roxanne Moreil
- Jericho Writers, site review
- “Lost Connections”, Johann Hari
- “The War of Art”, Steven Pressfield
- “Limited Edition”, Aude Picault
- “The Right Brain and the Unconscious”, Rhawn Joseph
- “Straw Dogs”, John Gray
- “In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat”, John Gribbin
- “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, Thomas Kuhn
- “The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”, Alan Watts
- “You Are Not A Gadget”, Jaron Lanier