New Short Book Reviews – April 2017

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Bless me gods of all literature, it has been 2 months since my last post  of reviews and in that time I have read… Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles If you remember how much I liked her debut The Glorious Heresies then it may not come as an enormous surprise to find that the continuing story of Ryan and those that surround him in Cork is just as compelling. Fast, elegantly written in a world of drugs, amorality and dance music but an expansion on the first book that’s far more than a sequel – you end up so […]

#ReadWomen – International Women’s Day 2017

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A thought after something was mentioned in the ROSBC (you can join my book club HERE) and as a result of it a one-stop shop of brilliant books written by women that I’ve read in the last 3 years or so that you might not have stumbled on from every possible genre. All have full reviews if you click on the title. Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived In The Castle Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything Susan Cain – Quiet – The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking Emily St. […]

8 Short Book Reviews

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  Sara Baume – A Line Made By Walking There is always a trepidation when you are handed the second novel by an author whose first one you came across, read and were genuinely astonished by. You hope against hope that the author isn’t a one trick pony and that they’ll disappoint you with a just average second time out. I needn’t have worried. Sara Baume’s new book (after the all-conquering Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither) is a similar and yet different beast. Just as beautiful in language, just as hypnotic in the internal monologue of an outsider and their life, […]

Short Book Reviews – January 2017

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It’s been far too long and a combination of laziness and the season that shall not speak its name getting in the way but here are a few short reviews of things I’ve read over the last couple of months.   Colin Grant – A Smell Of Burning I realise this might be of minority interest if, unlike me, you haven’t spent your whole adult life with epilepsy being front and centre, but bear with me. It’s part thorough history of the condition, part look into what it actually is and how it works and part movingly human story about […]

Books To Buy – Xmas 2016 (And January 2017!)

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As it’s something I get asked at the end of every year this has now become a sort of annual thing. So if you’re looking for ideas for books to buy as presents or to get for yourself if Book Tokens are your drug of choice this Xmas here are quite a few ideas with shortened reviews to give you at least a few starting points for your trip to the book shop. Also, before someone says X is missing (as they always do) this is far from a definitive list of the best books of the year, just the […]

Seven Short Book Reviews

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  Firstly, I am SO sorry. I’m way behind here. Seriously, what sort of reviewer does that make me? (Keep your answers to yourself…) Various – Cyberpunk Malaysia I bought this on a trip earlier in the year in London. Just wandered into Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue (something I haven’t done in, literally, decades) and ended up down in their SF section which is gloriously outfitted and varied. The plain, reflecting silver cover was what grabbed me… It’s (unsurprisingly) a collection of new cyberpunk short stories from Malaysia or Malaysian authors and is pretty much universally strong to brilliant […]