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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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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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Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title: This Side of Paradise Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Publisher: Penguin Date: 2010 (1920) Genre: Classics / Fiction Summary: This Side of Paradise is the story of a young man’s painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald’s own career, it is also a portrait of the lost generation that followed straight on from the First World War, ‘grown up to… Continue reading Book Review: This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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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

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ARC Book Review: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

Title: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Author: Deepa Anappara Publisher: Chatto & Windus (Penguin) Publication Date: 30th January 2020 Genre: General Fiction Summary: Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

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ARC Book Review: The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood

Title: The Unspoken Name Author: A. K. Larkwood Publisher: Tor Books (Pan Macmillan) Publication Date: 20th February 2020 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A… Continue reading ARC Book Review: The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood

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ARC Book Review: At The End of Your Tether by Adam Smith, V. V. Glass & Hilary Jenkins

Title: At The End of Your Tether Author: Adam Smith Artist: V. V. Glass & Hilary Jenkins Publisher: Oni Press Publication Date: 11th February 2020 Genre: Graphic Novel / YA Fiction Summary: It’s a humid summer night in August 1997 and Ludo Carre is nervous. He hasn’t seen or spoken to his ex, Arlo Quinonez since he was fifteen.… Continue reading ARC Book Review: At The End of Your Tether by Adam Smith, V. V. Glass & Hilary Jenkins

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Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Penguin Date: 2017 (1952) Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction Summary: California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the… Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

Title: Poetic Edda Translator: Carolyne Larrington Publisher: Oxford Univerity Press Date: 2014 (c.985) Genre: Poetry / Mythology Summary: She sees, coming up a second time, Earth from the ocean, eternally green the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them, over the mountain hunting fish. After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and… Continue reading Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

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Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Title: The Complete Poems Author: Emily Dickinson Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Date: 1976 (c.1890) Genre: Poetry Summary: Only eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886; the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime. Early posthumously published collections-some of them featuring liberally “edited” versions of the poems-did not… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson