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Kiersten White ★★ “Fourteen competitors. Seven Days.” Still haunted by the horrors of her childhood, Mack reluctantly agrees to enter a competition, knowing that the prize money would allow her to move out of the shelter and take control of her life. Fourteen contestants will enter an abandoned amusement park for a week-long game of…… Continue reading Hide

Eyes of the Void [The Final Architecture #2]

Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★ “He had asked it Why, and it had told him, through image and comparison. Why? Because it was a slave…” Following on from the utterly brilliant Shards of Earth, Eyes of the Void continues the story of the disparate yet valiant crew of the battered salvage ship Vulture God in their fight…… Continue reading Eyes of the Void [The Final Architecture #2]

The Kaiju Preservation Society

John Scalzi ★★★★★ “No one anticipates surprises,” Kahurangi said. “That’s what makes them surprises.” When Jamie Gray decides to swap his doctorate studies for a career at start-up food delivery app füdmüd, he never imagined that he’d end up actually delivering the food, much less have the ridiculous job title of Deliverator™ forced upon him.…… Continue reading The Kaiju Preservation Society

Echo

Thomas Olde Heuvelt ★★★★ It’s One Thing to Lose Your LifeIt’s Another to Lose Your Soul When climber Nick Grevers is brought down from the mountains after a terrible accident he has lost his looks, his hopes and his climbing companion. His account of what happened on the forbidden peak of the Maudit is garbled,…… Continue reading Echo

February Releases

January has flown by in a whirl of post-Christmas exhaustion, accounts, and tax returns [Warning: I’ve adulted and finally done my tax return – with whole days to spare – and I feel I’m not getting nearly enough credit for it, so I may feel the need to mention it again], and suddenly February beckons.…… Continue reading February Releases

This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

C.K. McDonnell ★★★★★ Vampires do not exist. Everyone knows this. So it’s particularly annoying when they start popping up around Manchester . . . Nobody is pleased about it. Not the Founders, the secret organisation for whom vampires were invented as an allegory, nor the Folk, the magical people hidden in plain sight who only…… Continue reading This Charming Man [Stranger Times #2]

The Five Star Reads of 2021

My Goodreads Reading Challenge aim for 2021 was to read 200 books, having missed that number by four in 2020. It was a fairly lofty target, given that I’d closed my business down for a couple of months in 2021 due to Covid-19, which gave me so much more time to curl up with a…… Continue reading The Five Star Reads of 2021

January Releases

Wow, January. 2022. You know you’re getting old when time passes too quickly for you to reliably remember what year it is. I generally try to do these ‘end of month/looking forward to next month’ things before, as seems logical, the end of the month, but everything’s been crazy over the last few weeks, and…… Continue reading January Releases

Seasonal Reading Suggestions

Yule blessings, merry Christmas, happy holidays – basically, whatever flavour your late December may be, have a good one. If you’re looking for something seasonal to read, then I humbly recommend the following mixed bag of offerings. The Christmas ThingyF. Paul Wilson Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster;…… Continue reading Seasonal Reading Suggestions

The Untold Story

Genevieve Cogman ★★★ Return to the world of the Invisible Library for Irene’s most perilous mission yet … Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at…… Continue reading The Untold Story