Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Dazzling the Gods by Tom Vowler

Short story collections, are, when done right, a thing of beauty. A piece of fiction to behold, where you can end one moment on the uncanny, the rich and the dark, and the next moment on heartache and acute sensitivity. Each thrusting you into the relative unknown. That is the utter joy of short story

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BOOK REVIEW: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

‘NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS THE TRUTH’ Some of you may already be swooning and adoring fan of the actress, Krysten Ritter. If so, you’re probably not going to need to read this review to decide whether to give it a read or not. However, if you are as unaware of the ‘Jessica Jones’ and

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BOOK REVIEW: Fifteen Minutes by Erinna Mettler

This book is a collection of short stories and boy oh boy were they brilliant! There wasn’t any that I didn’t like. One was about a mother who lost her son to illness and she couldn’t move on without him in her life. She was searching for anything that could bring him back to her

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BOOK REVIEW: The Cloak of Feathers by Nigel Quinlan

Blurb on the back cover: “Every hundred years, in the magical town of Knockmealldown, fairies known as the Good Folk join the villagers for a Great Festival. It’s a raucous, beautiful, enchanted celebration.     Well, it’s supposed to be.     Except every time the luckless Brian Nolan helps to organise the Great Festival it’s a disappointment. 

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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 by E.R. Murray

Sometimes, it takes more than one lifetime to put things right… After the death of her beloved grandpa, Ebony Smart’s world is turned upside down. Sent to Dublin to live with an aunt she didn’t know existed, she soon discovers that her new home, 23 Mercury Lane, is full of secrets. E.R. Murray delivers a

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BOOK REVIEW: Bank Holiday Hurricane by Kelly Creighton

The Irish have always been better than anyone else at the short story, a list of forebears of which Mary Lavin, Frank O’Connor and John McGahern are but the tip of the iceberg. Nowadays Nuala O’Connor, Colin Barrett and Kevin Barry are among those flying the flag for the form. Though the small print of

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fountain in the Forest by Tony White

The Fountain in the Forest is a mystery built on mysteries. First, there is the question of the corpse found strung from the rigging of a West-end theatre. Next, there is Detective-Sergeant Rex King, the policeman with the sketchy past. Lastly, and perhaps most surprisingly, there are the words in bold scattered across each chapter,

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BOOK REVIEW: Fog Lane by Neil Campbell

If you’ve ever thought your memory was getting a little foggy, it’s about to get a whole lot more so. Fog Lane is a collection of, in author Neil Campbell’s words, ‘stories about memory’, or lack of it. According to his introduction, Campbell personally dislikes the term ‘flash fiction’. However, having read this collection, I’d

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BOOK REVIEW: Women by Chloe Caldwell

Women is a novella exploring sexual confusion, female friendship, being a woman, and being a daughter. The book is an urgent recall of heartbreak, a stark portrait of an identity in crisis. Chloe Caldwell delivers a deliciously written novella in the shape of ‘Women’ the prose is tight and works well at opening the reader

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BOOK REVIEW: Jaws by Peter Benchley

To mark the 70th anniversary of Pan paperbacks, twenty classic Pan titles are being re-issued in homage to the golden age of paperback publishing and with new cover designs in brilliant technicolour. Peter Benchley is one of my favourite authors of all time. His books explore the world around us; with many featuring the sea

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