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Book Review: White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Title: White is for WitchingAuthor: Helen OyeyemiPublisher: Picador Date: 2010 (2009)Genre: Contemporary FantasySummary: In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. The twins, Miranda and Eliot, and their father, Luc, are mourning the sudden death of Lily, beloved mother and wife. All… Continue reading Book Review: White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

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Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Title: The Fifth Season Author: N. K. Jemisin Publisher: Orbit Date: 2020 (2015) Genre: Fantasy Summary: It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and… Continue reading Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Book Review: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

Title: The Golem and the Djinni Author: Helene Wecker Publisher: Blue Door Date: 2013 Genre: Historical Fantasy Summary: Unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their… Continue reading Book Review: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

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Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

Title: Perfume: The Story of a MurdererAuthor: Patrick SüskindTranslator: John E. WoodsPublisher: Penguin BooksDate: 2010 (1985)Genre: Historical fiction / Fantasy / MysterySummary: In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odours of Paris, and… Continue reading Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Süskind

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Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Title: Assassin’s ApprenticeAuthor: Robin HobbPublisher: Harper VoyagerDate: 2014 (1995)Genre: FantasySummary: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the… Continue reading Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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Book Review: Mort by Terry Pratchett

Title: MortAuthor: Terry PratchettPublisher: CorgiDate: 2012 (1987)Genre: FantasySummary: Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romantic longings did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death’s apprentice… Mort is the fourth… Continue reading Book Review: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Title: Equal RitesAuthor: Terry PratchettPublisher: CorgiDate: 2012 (1987)Genre: FantasySummary: They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not half so bad as a lot of ignorance. The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of… Continue reading Book Review: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

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February 2021 TBR

The day is ending,The night is descending;The marsh is frozen,The river dead. Through clouds like ashesThe red sun flashesOn village windowsThat glimmer red.–  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Afternoon in February Kraken by China Miéville Summary: Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once… Continue reading February 2021 TBR

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ARC Book Review: The Stranger Times by C. K. McDonnell

Title: The Stranger TimesAuthor: C. K. McDonnellPublisher: Bantam PressPublication Date: 14th January 2021Genre: Mystery / FantasySummary: There are Dark Forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular) and so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but more often… Continue reading ARC Book Review: The Stranger Times by C. K. McDonnell