Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

What is it exactly that makes a good character? Everyone seems to have an opinion. Plot is not the point, didn’t you know? It’s character. Or, if you want to be pernickety like Hemmingway, you could say ‘that when writing a novel, the writer should create living people, people not characters.’ Ah people, well that

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BOOK REVIEW: The Exorcist (The Folio Society Edition)

I’d like to think that everyone remembers where they were the first time they watched The Exorcist. For me, it was 1995 and I was twelve years old. Toy Story was the year’s biggest box-office hit and everyone thought they were straight outta Compton, rapping along with Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise.’ I was going through a phase

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BOOK REVIEW: Anno Dracula – One Thousand Monsters by Kim Newman

Book five of the much-lorded Anno Dracula series from Kim Newman and published by Titan books   Short review: More Gothic and Victorian literary intertextuality that you can shake a wooden stake at. Slicker than a tanto blade after seppuku with Nipponese references. Rich character driven plot, only faintly marred with staccato transitions into action

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

If anger is an energy, then so is love. This collection, a much-lauded finalist for the American National Book Award, comes fizzing with both. The author, Danez Smith, is a vibrant young black poet whose writing flows most often between tender, elegiac confessionals and the incantatory charge of the performance pieces for which he is

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BOOK REVIEW: The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III

Somewhere, in a dark, half-forgotten corner of Texas, there’s a hotel where some pretty weird stuff is going down. It’s probably no coincidence that the night auditor of said hotel is the novelist Max Booth III, either. Novelists are strange people. Strange things seem to happen around them. It’s as though they make people aware

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BOOK REVIEW: The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John

When I read the title of the book and saw the image on the cover, I immediately expected The Haunting of Henry Twist to be a Gothic tale. Yet, without giving too much away, the haunting referred to in the title is less a paranormal presence and more the psychological aftermath of trauma and tragedy.

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BOOK REVIEW: Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

If you find yourself in late 1800’s San Francisco with a ghost in your house you might be tempted to call an exorcist, or a ghost hunter, but you’d be wrong. What you need is a Psychopomp. A Psychopomp would calm the spirit down, open up a door to the afterlife, and convince the ghost

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto

What would you do if you were living in a small American city and Frankenstein’s monster ran for mayor? What would you do if you were in that same town, but working for a candidate that was sure to lose? Would you do whatever you could to inform the populace that the person they are

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BOOK REVIEW: Scorched Earth by David Mark

David Mark is an established writer, with a number of Detective McAvoy novels preceding this one. This book is not for the faint hearted: with a violent murder within the first few pages with minute observation to detail. Mark doesn’t hold back to entrap the reader and I found I was gripped and connected to

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (The Folio Society Edition)

It is my pleasure to write a review of The Folio Society’s illustrated edition of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’. This Cornish author was ever-present throughout my childhood (my mum had her complete works in green hardbacks) and I can remember looking at the copy of ‘Rebecca” and leafing through it, excited for the day when

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