Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Old Man and the Sand Eel by Will Millard

I have no interest in fishing. If I’m perfectly honest, I consider anglers a little odd – the endless sitting and staring, it’s unsettling. You could see the appeal of fishing on a sunny day, but as an excuse to sit by a secluded river with a cool-box of beer. God forbid you should catch

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BOOK REVIEW: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is fast becoming one of the most respected authors writing today, and it’s easy to see why. His first title with Quick Books, Horrorstör, was a masterstroke, combining witty corporate satire and locked-room horror. His second novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, was one of the most celebrated books of 2017, a heart-rending tale

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BOOK REVIEW: Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

This is Olivia Kiernan’s debut crime novel and I found her writing style very pleasant and easy to read. The introduction to the plot was interesting….. A young woman Dr Estelle Costello, a University Lecturer is found dead at her home. Initially it looks to be suicide, by hanging; however Frankie Sheehan – Detective Chief

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BOOK REVIEW: Tales from the Shadow Booth vol 2 by Various Authors

The Shadow Booth has once again graced this world with its presence. In the first volume we found it on a pier, now we find “The Shadow Booth Vol 2” buried underneath the sand near some dunes. You think after the first volume we would have learned to turn and run. Instead, we dive in

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BOOK REVIEW: Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford

It seems cliché to say – or perhaps redundant to note, but there truly is a magic to magical realism. A genre that teaches us as much as it turns tales of fantasy and fiction. ‘Follow Me to Ground’ by Sue Rainsford is a short novel of such proportions. Bound in imagination and riveting from

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BOOK REVIEW: The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay

There is a cabin in the middle of nowhere. It’s rustic, has a large front yard, and a nice back porch with a lovely view of the lake beyond. At this cabin we find Eric and Andrew, a lovely married couple, and their adopted daughter, Wen, enjoying a nice relaxing vacation. Seems like a peaceful

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BOOK REVIEW: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Artificial Intelligence is clearly on our minds right now, more than ever before. In television, HBO’s Westworld, now in its second season, probes deep philosophical questions of moral choice and what defines humanity in a world where increasingly nothing is “real”. In the realm of video-games, Detroit: Become Human similarly engages with the emerging complexity

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RETROSPECTIVE BOOK REVIEW: Thinner by Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman is the pseudonym of Stephen King (if you didn’t already know) and his alter ego has produced some standout books such as Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man, Thinner, The Regulators and Blaze – all of which were well received, but when word got out and fans began to notice the

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BOOK REVIEW: Did You Put The Weasels Out? by Niall Bourke

Well now, here’s a curio. Billed as a ‘perverse novel in verse’, Did you put the Weasels Out? is several things at once – the tragi-comic story of an Irish emigrant’s blossoming mid-life crisis, a re-imagining of the legend of Cú Chulainn and a formal experiment which begins as a series of Onegin sonnets and

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BOOK REVIEW: Things Bright and Beautiful by Anbara Salam

Anbara Salam’s debut novel ‘Things Bright and Beautiful’ is such a vivid read. Salam is a PHD graduate of Theology and is now a research associate at Oxford University! Penguin have rightly snapped up this unique work of fiction from someone who has such a fresh, yet detailed understanding of the world around her, making

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