Tag: Book Reviewed

Radio Life by Derek B. Miller

In a post-apocalyptic USA, sometime in the 25th century, the scattered remnants of humanity have formed themselves into several small communities. There is ‘The Commonwealth,’ a highly-organised and sophisticated group, who live in a Stadium on the edge of the desert, clinging to the remnants of old technology. They’re a society organised around a mission:

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Severed by Joshua Marsella

Since I was little I’ve always had a fascination with the Vietnam War, I don’t know why, it probably has something to do with my father and his influence on me at a young age. We used to sit and watch so many war films (probably when I shouldn’t have been, I remember watching Full

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Having and Being Had by Eula Biss

Brutally honest and illuminating, Having and Being Had by Eula Biss is the book we should all be reading, now more than ever. Described as a collection of short, interlinked essays, Biss’ dives into work, possessions, and art are shrewd, funny and yet alarmingly insightful. By aligning these topics with her experiences, Biss acknowledges her

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

Lot by Bryan Washington was my book of the year in 2019 and you can read that review here and I have been eagerly awaiting his novel Memorial for some time, staring wide eyed with delight at the announcements as they etched closer to a release date – and then the day was finally here,

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Informative and necessary, Abdulrazak Gurnah uses stripped back prose to tell the stories of Hamza, Ilyas and Afiya in his insightful new novel, Afterlives. It’s a satisfying linear tale, and one that doesn’t need any literary embellishments to bring the narrative to life. Gurnah takes us through the lives of his characters in a simple, effective

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Dust & Time by Mitch Sebourn

I first discovered Mitch Sebourn during the Covid pandemic – and I have to say it’s one of the best things that has come out of all that crazy! With being stuck in the house and not a lot to do (when I wasn’t at work) I also decided to set up a YouTube channel

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Nocturnal Farm by Villimey Mist

Another dark chapter in the Nocturnal series awaits. But is it bigger, brutal and better than the first instalment? You’ll have to read on to find out. Villimey Mist first came to my attention this year with her devastatingly brilliant take on the vampire trope with Nocturnal Blood – a book that I bloody loved

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The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures by Jennifer Hofmann

Hofmann transports us to the surreal setting of East Berlin in her humorous and emotive novel, The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures. The disastrous results of living under a spy state are carefully examined through the eyes of Bernd Zeiger, whose glimpses into paranoia demonstrate this brutal and unforgiving regime. It’s absurd yet completely plausible, and

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Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower

Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower is pretty damn good, actually it’s pretty stunning – and to think this was her debut, bloody hell! Fierce storytelling, prose to die for, and a story that is achingly brutal; whilst also populated by characters that are really relatable, even the secondary cast of characters – all

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Unbecoming Me and Other Interruptions by Christopher Stanley

Christopher Stanley is an author who when he releases a book I go straight out and purchase it, such is the quality that he brings to the table with ever outing. There are only three other authors that I do that with; Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Donald Ray Pollock, Kealan Patrick Burke, Gemma Amor and

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