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Friday Reads: Among Others – Jo Walton

Confession: I am a Book Essentialist. It’s a made-up term. I was trying to work out what it was made me read printed books and turn away from the iPad, and realised it was an essentialist thing. Essentialism involves imbuing … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch

Let us begin with a story. Once upon a time, I experienced what it’s like to be at sea in a storm. Force nine gales, to be precise, in the Eastern Med. All evening, we’d had a to-do with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

One of the stories about World Fantasy Con I meant to tell – but never did – was about how I went for lunch with Scott Lynch. Admittedly, once I inform you that there were also a lot of other … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: The Magic Cottage – James Herbert

This is embarrassing. Really quite embarrassing. It goes to show there’s a rather large difference between reading a book when you’re thirteen and reading it again when you’re 35. Not all the time. Just this particular time. From the clunky … Continue reading

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Review: The Silence of Ghosts – Jonathan Aycliffe

It was a marathon day of horror stories. I read Naomi’s Room and The Silence of Ghosts in one day, which isn’t a boast about speed reading but possible because both books are short. Indeed, they’re both exactly 216 pages … Continue reading

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Review: Naomi’s Room – Jonathan Aycliffe

When it comes to horror, nothing compares to a proper ghost story. Having survived the worrying quantities of questing prehensile penis in Kim Newman’s Jago, I was feeling rather disappointed. I wanted to find something more in the manner of … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: The Chosen Seed (Dog-Faced Gods 3) – Sarah Pinborough

The lesson to take away from reading this book is that you should never leave a trilogy a while unfinished. I loved the first two books of this trilogy, but it’s taken me until now to finish off the last … Continue reading

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Review: Jago – Kim Newman

Today I made a terrible discovery. Over the course of the last two decades, I’ve moved around a bit, always trailing in my wake various boxes full of books. Somehow, over time, as new books are added, old ones disappear. … Continue reading

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Review: Apartment 16 – Adam Nevill

Walking along the lines of free books offered at World Fantasy Con, this was the one that caught my eye first. I registered on the first night, when it was mostly swords-and-sorcery fantasy (not my cup of tea, if I’m … Continue reading

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Review: Empire in Black and Gold – Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is the first book of my convention haul to be read and reviewed. It took ninja moves to get it, and it was well-worth it. Empire was added to the free book table the day after I registered. Social … Continue reading

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