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Smoke by Dan Vyleta (book review).

October 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Smoke by Dan Vyleta (book review).

If you sin, you smoke, visible for all to see and infectious to everyone around you. Thin wisps of white smoke for tiny transgressions, thick black smoke for major offences. Nowhere to hide. Thomas and Charlie attend a prestigious boarding school for the upper classes, where education is as much about mastering your emotions to […]

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Disney Block: art by Peskimo (book review).

October 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
Disney Block: art by Peskimo (book review).

Out of all the books I’ve ever reviewed, the ‘Disney Block’ is probably the hardest to write about. I think part of my difficulty stems from the fact that I can’t quite figure out who it’s aimed at. I’m in my mid-30s and have an almost 3 year-old daughter, so it seemed like something we […]

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You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (book review).

August 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (book review).

Renowned author and suspected murderer Cassandra Tipp is missing, presumed dead. After a year with no leads, her estate is willed to her niece and nephew, Penelope and Janus, who must follow a very precise set of instructions before they are allowed to claim the inheritance. Drawn to the mystery of not only her disappearance […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 30 no. 3 #113 (magazine review).

August 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 30 no. 3  #113 (magazine review).

‘On Spec’ is billed as ‘The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic’ and this is the first time I’ve read this particular publication so I had no idea what to expect. It’s a neat format, slightly larger than a standard paperback and coming in at a fairly chunky 134 pages, which I think is bigger than […]

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Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey (book review).

August 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey (book review).

When a murder occurs in an exclusive magic school, private investigator Ivy is drafted in to solve the case. To complicate matters, her estranged twin sister just happens to work there and Ivy is definitely not still holding a grudge that Tabitha got all the magic, while she got a lousy education and a job […]

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Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (book review).

March 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (book review).

“Are you a coward or are you a librarian?” This might be the best tagline I’ve ever seen for a book and it made me immediately excited to pick up Sarah Gailey’s ‘Upright Women Wanted’. In a dystopian future where communities are small and far apart, the Librarians travel from place to place delivering approved […]

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High Fire by Eoin Colfer (book review).

January 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
High Fire by Eoin Colfer (book review).

‘Lord Highfire’ was a magnificent dragon, flaming whole villages when angered and ruling his kingdom through fear and awe. These days he goes by the name of Vern and lives in a shack in the swamps of Louisiana. Times have changed. Vern still doesn’t trust humans, though, so he’s as surprised as anyone when he […]

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Athena’s Champion (Olympus Trilogy book 1) by David Hare and Cath Mayo (book review).

January 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
Athena’s Champion (Olympus Trilogy book 1) by David Hare and Cath Mayo (book review).

Odysseus has travelled to Pytho to seek the blessing of his grandmother, the famous seer known as the Pythia. Expecting this to be a mere formality before being officially pronounced as heir to his father’s kingdom, Odysseus is shocked when the Pythia’s revelations expose family secrets that result in his banishment. Fleeing alone into the […]

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Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability by Rowan Hooper (book review).

January 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability by Rowan Hooper (book review).

‘Superhuman: Life At The Extremes Of Mental And Physical Ability’ is a popular science book looking into the science behind performance at extreme levels. Ranging from seemingly subjective qualities, such as bravery and musical ability to more quantifiable traits like memory and endurance, this book covers a wide range of topics. Bringing together science and […]

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The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

January 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

In the near future, a strange plague has swept the Earth. People are losing their shadows and, with them, their memories. Without memories, humans are turning into something new and uncontrollable, shaping the world around them into a dreamscape of the strange and the terrible. Yet some shadowed humans remain, fighting for survival, fighting to […]

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