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Jade the Obscure
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A book review and literary musings website
A book review and literary musings website

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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain Billy and Ant Lie is the fourth book in James Minter’s ‘Billy’ series – a life learning collection for children entering adolescence. The series focuses on difficult or troubling…
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It’s that time of year again, and this one is a special one, because one of the world’s best-loved children’s Christmas stories is turning 60, and it’s had a special makeover to celebrate. This beautiful new edition of Dr Seuss’s Christmas masterpiece…
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The last two weeks have been crazy – many a lost purse, blocked drain and sick cat to keep me busy, so I do hope you’ll forgive my radio silence. Couple of pieces of good news for you: Firstly, I have recently received a beautiful copy a super-exciting…
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I have a real soft spot for books about mice. I’m sure it has something to do with how tiny they are – almost the perfect size for living in a dolls house, and so somehow just right for ascribing human qualities to. Obviously, ‘The Tale of Two Bad Mice’…
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I was drawn to this book by the illustration on the front cover; there was something vaguely nostalgic about the big, scratchy blue bear that seemed to pull on a distant childhood memory and invite me back inside. Who am I to try and resist? This book is…
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The perfect bedtime companion, this beautiful children’s book is soft, sweet, and magical. So often it’s the words or images alone that make a children’s book, with the other standing in the side-lines paying an occasional well-placed compliment. This…
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Social media is a powerful thing, even in a world where government-sanctioned firewalling attempts to keep it under wraps. In a place where public opinion is learned, not formed, and freedom of expression is non-existent, innocent Tweets, shares and…
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I’m a sucker for a book with rhyming couplets. Rhyme offers so much opportunity to explore the written word in children’s books – archaic and dated words fit right into the flow of text, alongside nonsense terms and odd turns of phrase. In short, anything…
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There are plenty of predictions out there for what a future world filled with artificially intelligent machines might look like, from utopian visions of technological miracles and marvels, to dystopian predictions of man enslaved by robotics. In a world…
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  A blend of science and philosophy teases out the paradoxes surrounding whether it will ever be possible to slip back and forth between the ages. Time travel is a curious thing. Imagine having the whole of history at your very finger tips; it would be…
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