Category: book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn by David John Griffin

A short story collection can be like a good whiskey, it goes down easy, but once it hits your stomach there’s a burning that leaves a lasting impression. Two Dogs at One Dog Inn by David John Griffin, is like someone handing you 11 shots and one tumbler of whiskey. Some of the stories are

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BOOK REVIEW: The Folio Society Edition of Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

Cover design from The Folio Society’s edition of Steppenwolf illustrated by Dan Hillier ©Dan Hillier 2018 The Folio Society’s 2018 edition of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf, translated by David Horrocks is a thing of beauty and its aesthetics get first mention. The book has all the qualities of a good vintage bourbon. A vanilla hardback with an

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BOOK REVIEW: Tuesdays Are Just As Bad by Cethan Leahy

Short Review Tuesdays Are Just As Bad is a fascinating book, from the vibrant eye catching cover through to the very last page, the book sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a young adult book that explores and enables its readers to feel that they are not alone, that depression is not the

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BOOK REVIEW: Our Dreams Might Align by Dana Diehl

A surprisingly light enjoyable book: a collection of easy to read short stories with good variety. Dana Diehl has developed an accomplished assortment of short stories. These I imagine, must be difficult to write as they need to capture the reader quickly, keep the pace and interest going until the closure, which she achieved. The

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

– Short Review – This book is a whirlwind – fast paced, gripping and building on the world that Ness so delicately nurtured in the first book ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go‘ also reviewed on STORGY. Todd’s world is changed forever when he makes a deal with the Devil Mayor Prentiss (President Prentiss) to

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BOOK REVIEW: Playing with Dynamite A Memoir by Sharon Harrigan

What happens when your father dies: when you are 7years of age – how does this affect the rest of your life? Sharon’s memoir is about how she deals with death as an adult after a catastrophic event in her childhood. Her father dies in an apparent car accident after a collision with a deer;

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storm King by Brendan Duffy

All small towns have their secrets, but they rarely come as dark and dingy as those rising from the waters of Greystone Lake, the backdrop for this woozy psychological thriller. When Nate McHale, a family man with a shady past, returns home for the funeral of a high school classmate, spiralling events draw him to

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BOOK REVIEW: Mayhem & Death by Helen McClory

The quality of the writing here announces itself from the start: Frances had waited…for the static to disperse from her daughter’s personality; the obscuring details of herself that got between her and other people and then, shortly after, a storm cloud poured into the shape of a girl. These are the kind of short stories

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BOOK REVIEW: Unthology 10 by Edited by Ashley Stokes and Robin Jones

Published by Unthank, Unthology 10 is a revelation. In more ways than one. If you haven’t heard of Unthank Books or their aptly named Unthology then where have you been? This is the question I asked myself as I began reading. Perhaps it’s because I’ve only recently (in the last five months or so) sunk

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BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Odyssey by Maz Evans

Short Review Beyond the Odyssey follows the ongoing adventures of Elliot a young boy with big dreams and big issues, not only is he trying to save the world and retrieve the remaining Chaos Stones, he also has a house full of Greek Gods, a mother who is seriously ill, villains and evil doers coming

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