Tag: Bookworm

BOOK REVIEW: Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn

The charm of Van Llewyn’s writing lies in the simplicity of the language. You’re not expecting anything bad to happen. You’re dancing along in the half-poetic-haze of short sentences, well-chosen words from the less obscure end of the vocabulary range, and a wonderful rhythm of punctuation– highly sophisticated starts and stops. (A feeling heightened by

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BOOK REVIEW: The Folio Society’s How To See Fairies by Charles van Sandwyk

Illustration © Charles van Sandwyk 2018 from The Folio Society edition of Charles van Sandwyk’s How To See Fairies   The Folio Society edition of How To See Fairies is a very special book indeed – it is so magical that one can’t help but be drawn into the world that Charles van Sandwyk has deftly and

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BOOK REVIEW: The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The final volume from the critically acclaimed Cemetery of Forgotten Books cycle, in which the reader is transported once again into the mesmerising world of intrigue, suspense and compelling stories of beloved and new characters. The beautiful and enigmatic Alicia Gris is at the centre of this final volume, and her investigation leads to the

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BOOK REVIEW: Manfried the Man – written by Caitlin Major & Illustrated by Kelly Bastow

When I was first sent Manfried the Man, I didn’t know where to begin. One – I’d never really read a graphic novel before [that is what Manfried the Man is] and two, I had no idea how to review it. Do I talk about the illustrations [which are wonderful], what about the plot? How do

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BOOK REVIEW: Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

The Novel, most often, is a simple entity. It’s job, by-and-by, is to be read. It runs from left to right and front to back and tells you what it wants to be known; quite often it runs chronologically and even more often there are only a small number of characters that you need to

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BOOK REVIEW: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Lost Connections is the culmination of Johann Hari’s ideas about the origins of depression and anxiety. His search for answers was inspired by his own experience of having been diagnosed at 18 years old and immediately being given the explanation that Western medicine offers; that his illness was caused by a chemical imbalance in his

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BOOK REVIEW: Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King & Bev Vincent

Flight or Fright brings together 17 turbulent tales which will strike terror into those who especially have a fear of flying but will quite frankly scare the pants off of anyone who has ever been on a plane…these stories will get that grey matter ticking, whirling it into overdrive so it resembles a greying custard

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BOOK REVIEW: Ironopolis by Glen James Brown

I’m not too sure what I expected with Ironopolis…but it wasn’t this, no preamble just straight in to the heart and message of this wonderful offering from Glen James Brown and Parthian Books. It is not a book I would naturally be drawn to reading…but drawn I was, like a wasp to a jam sandwich!

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BOOK REVIEW: French Exit by Patrick deWitt

French Exit is pretty darn good – in fact I would say it’s exquisite! A fan of deWitt’s writing, I was delighted to be sent an early copy of ‘French Exit‘ to review from Bloomsbury Books – and so I set about devouring this latest offering in a couple of sittings. If you haven’t read

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INTERVIEW: James Frey

James Frey James Frey is originally from Ohio. His books A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible have all been bestsellers around the world. He is married and lives in New York. Q. What was your first engagement with literature and what inspired you

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