Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Strange Weather by Joe Hill

I was delighted to find out that Joe Hill had a collection of short stories coming out; well in fact, four short novellas and that they would be released in one collection named aptly ‘Strange Weather’. I have been a fan of Joe Hill’s work ever since my wife bought me his first book ‘Heart-Shaped

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BOOK REVIEW: THE FANDOM by Anna Day

An interesting concept for a book. ‘THE FANDOM‘ commences with four friends traveling to a Comic Con convention to see their idols from their favourite book and film. On discovering their idols, they fall into a parallel dimension and start realising that they have become part of the adventure. The four heroes have to follow the

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BOOK REVIEW: Seeing Red by Lina Meruane

How much can we depend on others before we cease to be ourselves? This is one of the central questions in Seeing Red, a semi-autobiographical novel written by Chilean writer Lina Meruane, and translated by Megan McDowell. On the back of the book, Literary Hub calls Meruane ‘one of the best contemporary novelists’. A bold

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BOOK REVIEW: Eight Ghosts – Edited by Rowan Routh

It’s like that Ronseal advert once famously stated ‘It does exactly what it says on the tin’. That is what September Publishing have done here with ‘Eight Ghosts’ – featuring a plethora of fabulous authors; Mark Haddon, Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Perry, Andrew Michael Hurley, Stuart Evers, Kamila Shamsie, Kate Clanchy and Max Porter. The authors

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THE BEST SHORT FICTION COLLECTIONS – READ BY ROSS JEFFERY IN 2017

Well 2017 has been a busy year for me writing, reading and reviewing a huge amount of books and a highlight or guilty pleasure of mine has been and shall always be that of the short story. I have read a vast list of short stories this year, five-hundred of them for our short story

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BOOK REVIEW: You Should Come With Me Now by M. John Harrison

‘You Should Come With Me Now’ an anthology by M. John Harrison from the wonderful Independent publisher Comma Press boasted a collection of short stories that were quite different and a joy to read, this due in part to the range Harrison possesses; the storylines ranged from people with schizophrenia (are they schizophrenic or were

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BEST BOOKS 2017 – Read by Ross Jeffery

It’s that time of year again where I recap on the books that I have read over the last year; and lets face it I have read an awful lot, some of them have been outstanding, some have been boring as hell and some have left a mark long after the pages were closed and

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘He’ by John Connolly

If this book had a sound it would be the rhythmic hushing of the sea, soporific and salty sweet, a sound of longing reflection. ‘He’ is the story of one of Hollywood’s greats from its golden era, Stan Laurel. There is an impressive attention to detail of the era, from the dying vaudeville theatre of the late 1800s

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BOOK REVIEW: Sleeping Beauties

Hodder & Stoughton bring us the absorbing, provocative and quite outstanding ‘Sleeping Beauties’ written by father and son duo Stephen and Owen King. The book is set in the town of Dooling and Dooling Correctional Institute; a woman’s prison that contains a rag tag bunch of convicts who all seem quite settled in their way

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Dark Societies: In Conversation with Owen King

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…

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