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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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Ramayana – An Illustrated Retelling by Arshia Sattar with illustrations by Sonali Zohra (book review).

July 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
Ramayana – An Illustrated Retelling by Arshia Sattar with illustrations by Sonali Zohra (book review).

The ‘Ramayana’ is one of the oldest pieces of Hindu literature, thought to date to somewhere between the 7th Century BCE and the 3rd Century CE or so Wikipedia tells me. This has to position it as one of the earliest works of fantasy from any culture and as such should be on the ‘to […]

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Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

April 11, 2019 | By | Reply More
Barren (A Demon Cycle Novella) by Peter V Brett (book review).

Peter V Brett’s ‘Demon Cycle’ is an epic fantasy set over five fairly sizeable books and a number of accompanying novellas. ‘Barren’ is the most recent of those novellas and with only 135 pages you might expect it to be a little light on content but, in those pages, Brett fits in what many others […]

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Blood On Satan’s Claw adapted by Mark Morris (audio book review).

April 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Blood On Satan’s Claw adapted by Mark Morris (audio book review).

‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’ is a full cast Audible Original audiobook based on a cult 1970s horror movie of the same name. Its voice cast features the well-known names of Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith (apparently both big fans of the film), alongside one of the original film’s cast (Linda Hayden) and the screenplay has […]

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City Of The Iron Fish by Simon Ings (book review).

October 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
City Of The Iron Fish by Simon Ings (book review).

The thing that really drew me to this book is the eye-catching artwork on the cover, which is by one of my favourite cover artists, Jeffrey Alan Love. Drawing me in enough to read the blurb, I thought that ‘The City Of The Iron Fish’ sounded intriguing and I was looking forward to my first […]

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Marked (Alex Verus book 9) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

September 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Marked (Alex Verus book 9) by Benedict Jacka (book review).

‘Marked’ is the ninth instalment in one of my favourite series of books, Benedict Jacka’s ‘Alex Verus’ novels. When you’ve already read eight books in a series, reading a new book is almost like visiting old friends and the challenge for the author is to keep adding in new elements and greater depth to keep […]

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