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In Just The Right Light by William R. Soldan

In Just The Right Light is a stunning collection of interconnected short stories from William R. Soldan, these stories link through sense of place, characters or events, the connections are there, they might be loose and you’ll need to pay attention but you can follow the journey of these characters, this town and its inhabitants

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Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (Folio Society Edition)

A classic that feels on the forefront of its genre, it’s not hard to understand why Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land has been hailed as one of the novels which set the tone for popular science-fiction. Yet, in addition to the Martian lands and futuristic practices, Heinlein also offers up his powerful comments

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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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Best Books Read in 2020 by Mariah Feria

While 2020 has unarguably been one full of stressors and upsets, it has (thankfully) been a great year for my literary intake. Months of furlough and a year spent mostly indoors has allowed me to turn to my bookshelves, reading lists and book recommendations, and wade through the bad times with words. The books on

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All Of Them To Burn by Beau Johnson

A huge thank you goes out to Well Read Beard – why have you not subscribed to his YouTube channel yet, you are missing a trick. So I’ve made it easier for you, just click here and have your mind opened to a whole host of indie writers you’ve not heard of but need to

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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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Salt Blood by T.C. Parker

T.C. Parker delivers the creeping unease of past masters with a story that is as beguiling as it is terrifying – Salt Blood is a story that keeps on giving from the very first page! Salt Blood is an interesting concept for a book and one that seems far removed from the brooding cover (although

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Curfew by Kev Harrison

When I first read Kev Harrison earlier this year (The Balance) I was blown away by his offering, and I made it a conscious effort to support and follow this very talented writer, so I was delighted to see that Demain Publishing (who have published him previously – Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could

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Hell Ward by James Sale

I’m not a huge fan of poetry, okay I’ve said it. I don’t know what it is, there’s something about the artform that I struggle with, it may have underlining issues with how this was dealt with at my secondary school and the bullying that took place in the classroom from my teacher and directed

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