Tag: Fiction Review

Dead Woman Scorned by Michael Clark

Every great story needs an origin story and what Clark has done here with Dead Woman Scorned (the follow-up book to his quite brilliant The Patience of a Dead Man) is something down right masterful. Not only has Clark been able to develop and add to his existing story of Tim and Holly – he’s

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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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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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Criterium by Tyler Jones

Back in the early part of 2014 I first read Bunt Tongues (an anthology of transgressive fiction) and to be honest, I didn’t think much of it. This year Burnt Tongues got a much needed facelift. The thing is the only difference was a new cover and an illustration for each of the stories held

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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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The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock

‘Some people were born just so they could be buried.’ The Devil All The Time is a sprawling, gritty, powerhouse of a book that follows the lives of a handful of characters as they fight to survive in the town of Knockemstiff and the surrounding towns of Ohio and West Virginia. The opening of this

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Nocturnal Blood by Villimey Mist

Nocturnal Blood is book one in the Nocturnal series and judging by book one this is going to be one hell of a ride. Nocturnal Blood is a vampire book, no, don’t you shrug your shoulders, it’s not a vampire book about teenage angst and shiny vampires with oiled muscle and chiseled good looks, it’s

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Out Behind The Barn by John Boden & Chad Lutzke

Out behind The Barn is my first encounter with Boden and Lutzke and what an encounter it was, a tale that is dripping with sorrow, hope and brotherhood / sonship with a side portion of loneliness. The book is short coming in at just 100 pages but sometimes as the old adage says ‘the best

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Shills Can’t Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner

If you’re looking for an exciting detective story, heaped in nostalgia and classic quips, Shills Can’t Cash Chips certainly won’t disappoint. Erle Stanley Gardner – known for his master storytelling skills and talent for unfolding mystery – entices with a well-paced, unexpected and bite-sized novel, complete with quality characters and unique zest. As someone not

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