Category: Literature

BOOK REVIEW: Sleeping Beauties

Hodder & Stoughton bring us the absorbing, provocative and quite outstanding ‘Sleeping Beauties’ written by father and son duo Stephen and Owen King. The book is set in the town of Dooling and Dooling Correctional Institute; a woman’s prison that contains a rag tag bunch of convicts who all seem quite settled in their way

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Dark Societies: In Conversation with Owen King

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place…

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BOOK REVIEW: Flesh and Bone and Water By Luiza Sauma

‘Flesh and Bone and Water’ is the debut novel from Brazilian born journalist and short story writer Luiza Sauma; who was later raised in London. One would be foolish not to notice the links between her own transition to the UK to that of her main character; which I feel helps get the passion and

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BOOK REVIEW: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

It’s the late Victoria era and the citizens of a bloated British Empire feel confident they have mastered nature. The role of religion in everyday life is receding. More and more about the world is understood. But then, on the banks of the Blackwater estuary in rural southern England, something seems to stir in the

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BOOK REVIEW: Blackout by Marc Elsberg

Blackout is one of the few books I’ve read in the last couple of years that lives up to the word “thriller”. Originally released in Germany, and a best-seller of over 1,000,000 copies, Blackout has finally been translated into English (by Marshall Yarbrough) and is being published by Black Swan Press. Full throttle from the

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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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INTERVIEW: Christa Wojciechowski

Christa Wojciechowski Christa (Wojo) Wojciechowski is the author of The Wrong David, Sick, and is working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope. Her characters explore existential turmoil, mental illness, and the complexity of romantic love. She uses her stories to compare the dark, carnal nature of humanity with its higher qualities of

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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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