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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

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Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Title: Piranesi Author: Susanna Clarke Publisher: Bloomsbury Date: 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded… Continue reading Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: Mexican Gothic Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus Books) Publication Date: 30th June 2020 Genre: Gothic / Fantasy Summary: When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging to be rescued from a mysterious doom, it’s clear something is desperately amiss. Catalina has always had a flair for the dramatic,… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mini Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Title: The Light Fantastic Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: Corgi Date: 1986 Genre: Fantasy Summary: As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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ARC Book Review: The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Title: The Age of Witches Author: Louisa Morgan Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: 23rd April 2020 Genre: Historical Fiction / Fantasy Summary: In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need;… Continue reading ARC Book Review: The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan