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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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Songs Of The Earth (The Wild Hunt book 1) by Elspeth Cooper (book review).

October 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Songs Of The Earth (The Wild Hunt book 1) by Elspeth Cooper (book review).

Gair is resigned to the fact that he is about to die, due to be executed for being a witch, so it comes as a bit of a surprise when he instead finds himself exiled, travelling far away in the company of a strange old man. Gair’s powers are strong but outlawed in the society […]

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The HG Wells Collection (audiobook review).

October 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
The HG Wells Collection (audiobook review).

HG Wells is a pioneer of the Science Fiction genre and if you’ve not heard of him and his stories then I think you must have been living under a rock. Even if you only know ‘The War Of The Worlds’ and, even if it’s only the very American film version starring Tom Cruise, HG […]

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Our Child Of The Stars by Stephen Cox (book review).

August 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Our Child Of The Stars by Stephen Cox (book review).

When a meteor crashes in the small town of Amber Grove, everything is thrown into chaos. Emergency services work tirelessly to treat the injured and contain the wreckage, while government agents descend upon the town to determine whether something other than a hunk of rock landed that day. Little do they know that in one […]

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The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess (audio book review).

July 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess (audio book review).

Bea is driving home with her parents and younger brother when they encounter a magical hunt that opens Bea’s eyes to a world she never imagined could exist. Until then, Bea had no idea that she was a powerful witch but, once her powers emerge, she finds a local community of witches who introduce her […]

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Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (book review).

July 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (book review).

‘Vita Nostra’ has been translated from Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s original Russian by talented translator Julia Meytov Hersey. How anyone goes about translating something so alien is beyond me, but what has emerged in English is a compelling yet often confusing tale of one girl’s education in the surreal, mystical and metaphysical arts. Sasha Samokhina […]

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