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Neutral Evil ))) by Lee Klein

You know how some books just sell themselves? They have that comfy kind of mass appeal –  a little light and shade, a little wholesome, a character for everyone? Well, how does a work of autofiction with a semi stream-of-consciousness narrative about a doom-drone band, the specifications of guitar amps, edibles, the echo chamber and

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The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley

Dive into steam-punk Japan with Natasha Pulley’s highly anticipated sequel, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow. Favourite characters return for an exciting, daring adventure, which perfectly blends the worlds of science and mythology. New additions help keep the story fresh, and Pulley’s decision to shift the setting to some lesser-known areas of Japan allows for some

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Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-ha

Delving into Diary of a Murderer, one is filled with a curious sense of unease. Despite holding short stories of definite direction and plots, one wanders around inside them as if in a David Lynch movie. We have characters, progressions and plot twists, but they somehow the tone of these stories supersedes their storylines. There

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Bone China Laura Purcell

Hester Why is running from her past. Louise Pinecroft is waiting for resolution. But in Morvoren House, no one gets what they want. Bone China is the latest novel from Laura Purcell – a modern queen of gothic fiction. Fans of her sinister story-telling in The Silent Companions will be delighted with this new tale,

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

A novel which shows the reader the magic of science, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is captivating, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. A blend of tones bring this unique story to life, bouncing around time-zones and character point of views to give us a well-rounded narrative. Pulley’s alternative portrayal of Victorian Britain is an added twist

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Little Feasts by Jules Archer

Jules Archer is the author of the chapbook All the Ghosts We’ve Always Had, published by Thirty West and regularly publishes flash fiction in a variety of magazines. This tiny collection of nineteen flash fictions features a ‘menu’ instead of a contents list and is focussed on tales of hunger, appetites and cravings. Many of

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Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

For lovers of action and all things magical, Warrior of the Altaii will not disappoint. However, while it delivers with uniqueness and is unarguably a developed concept, the story itself is somewhat confusing and hard to follow. A tense read, filled to the brim with various character arcs with some really well-written sections, this was

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Eden by Tim Lebbon

Part of the job here at STORGY is that I have to read a tonne of books, everything from short story collections, to anthologies, to independently published fiction, to the great novels from the larger publishers – poetry sometimes, experimental the next… I read everything and everything. Eden is one of those books that wraps

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House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

Hannah Rothschild’s House of Trelawney is an unexpected and gripping read. Using the crumbling yet charming Trelawney House as a central character and backdrop, complete with eccentric characters and plenty of scandalous gossip, the result is a humorous and modern take on a classic period drama. Set against the tumultuous time of the 2008 crash

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Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame by Alan McMonagle

A daringly bold and funny novel, Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame is a colourful portrayal of grief, mental illness, and dysfunctional families. Laura plays her part of the “leading lady” wonderfully, a hugely likeable and muddled character, who has ambitious dreams. McMonagle encourages us to see past her – and the other characters’ – mental

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