Book Reviews

all reviews taken from Amazon and Goodreads

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A real (and hilarious) roller-coaster ride of multiple characters and incidents and invention, leaping between worlds, time periods and storylines till you wonder how on earth(s) this author is going to pull it all together – and then, amazingly, it all clicks into place with one more rip-roaring invention.

Milliganesque absurdities pile on just recognisable (and very clever) feasibilities.

This book is clever, amusing, entertaining and treads the fine line between brilliance and insanity pretty much all the way through!

The absurdity level is off the charts yet all this does is make it all the more brilliant and funny.

Simply put, if you like your kicks on the surreal side, look no further.

This title would sit comfortably with many in the Pratchett collection, and at times (usually after spilling my coffee over the sofa, sides split) was left wondering if It wasn’t a hidden Adams’.

The book is essential reading for those who enjoy intelligent humor, wit and sarcasm.

It is fantastical and farcical, it is strange without being conceited, which is remarkable for a first novel.

Mr Downes doesn’t do mainstream and it is this that makes Cosmogonic Marbles worth reading. An instant classic? Well no, more like the snarling rage of Johnny Rotten wrapped up in quirky sense of humour.

An extremely entertaining read full of genuine surprises.

For lovers of authors such as Tom Holt, Richard Rankin and Walter Moers, this trans-dimensional journey is a winner.

I Am astounded at the authors imagination, what a tale, what a tall tale, but what a read. Well done Mr Downes!

There is a crowd of characters, and the author somehow makes every single one of them important to the story in some way – most of them in quite unexpected ways.

This reminds me of the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. I enjoyed it for the fun that it is. Read

Give your chuckle muscles a treat, buy it and read it.


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Excellent read. Highly recommend

Really enjoyed this book. A great follow up to its predecessor; just as much fun, plenty of colourful characters as well as my favourites from the first.

The continuing misadventures of the Philip’s brothers and their unique and entertaining companions certainly live up to the comedy and madness established in Book 1 of the Botolf Chronicles, Cosmogonic Marbles. A great read, with laugh out loud moments and plenty of smirks too. Really enjoyed it. Now… where’s book 3?

Really enjoyable and much tighter than book 1, Mr. Downes has clearly honed his craft as a writer. I’m glad to have only gotten around to finishing it now as, from what I understand, book 3 will be out shortly.

All of your favorite characters are back, along with some new ones. I’m just so impressed with the author’s ability to weave so much humor into a story and still have it be cohesive and complete.

Very happy with this buy. A thoroughly good read!


What a great read. I was disappointed to come to the end of my Botolf journey but delighted that the final instalment didn’t let me down.

A great read, kept me entertained all the way to the end! The book is much more fascinating than rocks! (Read it to understand).



A gritty story with a surprising number of twists and turns right through until the last page



It has variety and colour and a good deal of experimentation. It covers a poet’s progress from 1995-2015. I can recommend this book to any readers who like modern poetry with an Irish touch.


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A Human Veneer is a breath of fresh air in the world of Poetry. Steve Downes has put together a collection of poems that will make you stop and think about the world around you. They are honest and full of energy. And they will stir your emotions deep with in each time you read them.


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One of the best books I’ve ever read this year!! 5 stars Amazon

Beautifully written, awfully gripping and the two main characters are already my new favourite detectives!! 

A great read with a nostalgic feel to the futuristic landscape and plenty of twists to keep you interested


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