Tag: Books Reviewed

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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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 BBC National Short Story Award 2020 by Various

What a feast of delights awaits us the reader in this years BBC National Short Story Award 2020 from Comma Press – I’m a huge fan of this series as I’m a huge fan of the short story form and well this year we are treated to some great voices, some old and some new

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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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Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor is one hell of a creepy offering, one that is full of dread and menace but one which is also intrinsically beautiful in the macabre – this in part is due to the masterful storytelling one comes to expect from Taylor. Given her beautifully crafted vision that was Little Paranoias

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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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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – Folio Society Edition

There are some books that I believe deserve the Folio Society makeover and Jurassic Park is just one of those books. Folio have excelled themselves with this new edition of the 1990 bestseller from Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park holds a dear place in the hearts of people my age (cough, cough) who as youngsters were

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Beneath the Trees of Eden by Tim Binding

Animalistic, thrilling, and intense, Tim Binding’s Beneath the Trees of Eden contains a plethora of beautiful and complicated relationships, set against the real and raw portrayal of death. Our characters skirt the fringes of society and live on their own terms – but at what cost? Binding challenges us to reconsider what ‘Eden’ really is,

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