Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s new book Norse Mythology is a retelling of many of the classic stories of the pantheon of Norse gods. One might ask, why? Why bother with old stories of forgotten gods. Well, dear reader, apart from the obvious answer, which is why not? The answer is that they are quite important, culturally speaking,

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BOOK REVIEW: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

At the start of last year, I read American God’s by Neil Gaiman. At the start of this year I read his Anansi Boys. It’s not a tradition or anything. Things sometimes just happen in patterns, or perhaps the mind does strange things without you noticing. I’ve now read all of Mr Gainman’s novels, for

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Iyer Goes to War by Ryan Lobo

Lalgudi Iyer is the elderly star of this debut novel by Ryan Lobo, an ambitious, and mostly successful, Indian take on Don Quixote, a geriatric quest for the 21st Century. He is a man who imagines himself to be learned and wise, a lover of poetry and someone with a deep knowledge of the Sanskrit

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BOOK REVIEW: Pigeon by Alys Conran

There is more to the sky than just the pretty birds – those with colourful feathers or melodic songs. In among the parakeets and the blackbirds are the pigeons: those clumsy, fumbling and unadorned birds that are populous to the point of invisibility. It can be easy to forget the humble pigeon as it pecks

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dark Place by Michael Bray

Michael Bray is making a name for himself in the world of horror and with good reason. He writes with the kind of fury a young Stephen King wrote with, a restless pace to his work that propels the reader on. It’s rather hard to identify how he achieves this pace: whether it’s economical style,

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Writers of long-running series at a certain point face a choice, expand their universe or continue to focus only on what the fans liked in the past. Thankfully, The Hanging Tree, the sixth of Ben Aaronovitch’s best-selling Rivers of London novels, goes for the latter option. For those unfamiliar with the series, it can best

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BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to Lagos By Chibundu Onuzo

Welcome and Welcome to Lagos is an enjoyable trip to a destination that is known for its rife corruption, bustling and chaotic city life and quite importantly bent officials. My personal views of Lagos in Nigeria seems to have been stained by the many articles that appear that discuss officials put in place to govern

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BOOK REVIEW: The Burning Ground by Adam O’Riordan

For those of you who the name Adam O’Riordan doesn’t ring any bells then this review is for you; firstly, you are going to discover a wonderfully talented writer who is also a talented poet; who’s beautifully poignant collection ‘In the Flesh’ should be a must for your books to read in 2017; plus, you

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BOOK REVIEW: The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk

The Equestrienne is an interesting, slightly odd, debut from Slovak author Ursula Kovalyk. It is published by Parthian in the UK, in an edition translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. More a novella than a novel, the book is a coming of age story, set against a backdrop of the fall of

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BOOK REVIEW: Wild Quiet By Roisin O’Donnell

  From the current powerhouse of Irish fiction New Island Books comes the arrestingly brilliant ‘Wild Quiet’ written by the supremely talented Roisin O’Donnell who blows up the competition with her debut anthology; where every story is wonderfully crafted and delicately executed making ‘Wild Quiet’ a ride you’ll never want to forget. If your standing

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