Tag: Literary Review

Skein Island by Aliya Whiteley

Skein Island is a fricking masterpiece. Right now I’ve got that out of the way we can continue; so, Skein Island is the next novel from Aliya Whiteley, and it’s an old novel, which has been repurposed and republished by Titan Books and I for one am so very thankful that this has happened – I had

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Especially The Bad Things by Greg Gerke

Especially the Bad Things is a strange collection that sparks the reader’s own imagination, challenging our previous perceptions of form, plot and character relationships. Gerke has set out to bend traditional ideas of what a flash fiction/short story should be, cramming his pieces with humour, sadness, twists and the odd sprinkling of something rather beautiful.

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The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout

Despite having more access to information than ever before, there are some topics which the West cannot seem to grasp. One of these is the history of, and current situation in Palestine, a misunderstood and often-overlooked nation. We frequently hear shocking developments and benign platitudes from the mouths of politicians and newsreaders, yet become bored,

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Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

Another urgent and powerful collection from Atlantic Books. Xuan Juliana Wang provides us with a gripping and impressive collection. A collection that is told in three distinct parts – Family, Love & Time and Space. Each part of the book focuses on real lives, circumstance, immigrant life, the loss of culture, the fading of the

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The Folio Society: Midnight in the Garden of Good And Evil by John Berendt

First published in 1994, John Berendt’s account of the 1981 killing of 21-year-old Danny Hansford in the city of Savannah, Georgia by local antiques dealer Jim Williams, ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ received massive success on its debut, remaining a New York Times best-seller for over two hundred weeks. What made William’s

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Murmured in Dreams by Stephen Bacon

Stephen Bacon is a writer of mostly horror short stories. He has one previous anthology, Peel Back the Sky, published by Grey Friar Press in 2011. In this collection, published by Luna Press, most of the stories have previously been published in magazines and anthologies including Black Static, Cemetery Dance, Crime Wave, and several Best

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Million Eyes: Extra Time by C.R. Berry

Wow, what a ride! That is the first thing I think of after reading Million Eyes: Extra Time by C.R.Berry. This compilation of short stories is set in the universe of Time Travel where conspiracies are explained through the lens of time travelers changing time to suit their purpose. It is part of a trilogy whose

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The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

A captivating and rich novel, The God Child paints a strong image of the changing perception of African culture. Set between Germany, England and Ghana, narrator Maya is thrust into a whirlwind of family stories, unfulfilled prophecies and alien cultures, while she struggles to place herself in her surroundings as a young girl. Fast-forward to

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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Another book about a Wizarding school? The beginning of this novel definitely has similarities to the other very famous Wizardry School and weirdly the author’s other fictional character: about a private investigator down on his luck, but  I thought the twist in the tail, that of a ‘non wizard‘  being summoned to investigate a ‘magic

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Piece of Me by Steve Stred

I think I’ve arrived late at the Steve Stred party, but with his latest and phenomenal dark fantasy epic Piece of Me – I’m sure to be gorging myself on more of his fabulous offerings for some time to come (as of writing I’ve dived into his dark horror offering in the shape of ‘The

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