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T.O. Munro
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The Most Achingly Beautiful Book I've Ever Read (Probably)
I picked up American Girl by Baird Wells (writing as Iowa Riley) in response to a social media post. I'd no idea really what to expect except that I'd read a couple of Baird's blogposts and been amusingly impressed by one and deeply moved by the other. I ha...
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4th Time round and Still the Charm (I re-review Pretty Little Dead Girls).
I've just finished re-reading Mercedes M Yardley's gentle masterpiece "Pretty Little Dead Girls" for the fourth time.  The joy of a kindle is that I can mark up fresh notes to myself when different lines caught my eye, and also refresh my memory on old note...
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I don’t get out much, but when I do… I drink and I learn things
Reflections on an October trip to Bristol and Bristolcon2017 Counting back the fantasy related gatherings and events that
I have attended, it only just used up the fingers of one hand. The Grim Gathering in London in August 2014, The Grim Gathering in Brist...
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A Marked Story - my review of "Ismark, the Marked boy" by JH Lillevik
I first met this story at an early stage in its development, when the author shared some initial thoughts and drafts with me and few other friends on social media.  I find it an exciting and privileged position to be able to see how the story has developed ...
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A Story with Heart, - my spoiler free review of "Court of Lions" by Jane Johnson
Decades ago I studied History at A'level - including a paper in European History from about 1480 to 1680.  My revision strategy consisted of stringing together every incident of European History and making them but branches from a single stem of "Why did Sp...
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The Grey Bastards, by Jonathan French. A spoiler review
I try to observe a rule not to read other people's reviews of something that I've read until after I have written my own, lest there opinions should colour mine.  So I am writing this review of The Grey Bastards in some haste so I can freely indulge my curi...
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Nothing is Ever Simple - Corin Hayes book two by G.R.Matthews
This is the second book in G.R.Matthews' series of underwater dystopian sci-fi series.  It sees our hero on a mission to a different underwater city - one that is neither silent nor homely.  The nature of Corin's work, his past, his setting, and his persona...
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A Study in Whethering - Spoiler free review of "The Heart of Stone" By Ben Galley
I like ARCs  Advanced Reader Copies - there is a delicious thrill in getting an early insight into books not yet available to the general public.  So I was very grateful to receive an electronic ARC for "The Heart of Stone" by Ben Galley. Galley is an exper...
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Of Myth and Magic
I was talking to my second daughter (she's a quaternary scientist you know) about the fact that we are currently 10,000 years into an interglacial - a pause between ice ages - after the last 100,000 year ice age came to an end. I had heard that apparently t...
Of Myth and Magic
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Red Sister - this is what is inside it. (My spoiler free review)
As a reviewer, Red Sister set me a challenge I have not had since "The Girl with All the Gifts." The conundrum of capturing how it made me feel and why, but without spoiling the experience for anyone who comes after me. (By the way - as far as The Girl With...
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