Category: Reviews

Smoke: Book Review

I got a lovely hardback copy of Smoke by Dan Vyleta  for my birthday 🙂 Something a little different too: YA Fantasy, but set in an alternate Edwardian England. It details a world where sin shows up as soot on skin. I hear you, the old adage: “there’s no smoke, without fire”, except in this […]

Book Review: An Artist of the Floating World

A beautiful book. A lot like ‘Remains of the Day’, but a beautiful story nonetheless. In this story Ono, a retired artist looks back on his career and life. In a meandering (typical Ishiguro) narrative, he re-examines the patriotic and propagandist values he has endorsed. And we see how Ono is held by his family and in […]

Embers: Book Review

I read this beautiful book as I was looking for more Hungarian treasures – missing the likes of Szabo and Szerb. Unfortunately, I’ve read the two books of Szabo translated into English  (and not knowing Hungarian, the others are off limits.) Got a Szerb: the Pendragon Legend  waiting for me now too. Embers by Sandor […]

Book Review: White is For Witching

  Oooooo….a birthday book from one of my lovely sisters and what a treat. Been meaning to try out a Helen Oyeyemi after reading some good reviews and I wasn’t disappointed. Devoured this in two sittings. Set in a large house in Dover, the two main narrators are twins, Eliot and Miranda Silver, who are […]

Book Review: The Scarlet Thread

Thought I’d give this D.S.Murphy book a try as I wanted to read a little more in the Myth and Legend category of Amazon. (Technically my series that I’m releasing in March will be in this so I should be reading more from here). Although, it can be categorised as Urban Fantasy too so…. Anyways, […]

Book Review: Disgrace

Disgrace by J.M.Coetzee has sat, untouched by my bed for at least the last two months. Shameful….disgraceful you might say (or I would). Such an interesting and insightful book that when I finally picked it up I devoured it in just two sittings. It tells the story of David Lurie, a Communications professor at the […]

Book Review: Pure

Pure by Julianna Baggott was recommended to me by my brother ages ago – finally got round to reading it. A YA Dystopian novel that is definitely unique. The story takes place after a nuclear detonation and features a world where some survivors are living in a Dome, shielded from the detonations, whilst the others […]

Book Review: You Are Not a Stranger Here

  I recently read Adam Haslett’s debut collection of short stories, ‘You Are Not a Stranger Here’ released in 2002. I read this article, ‘The Perpetual Solitude of the Writer’ on the Literary Hub about the mindset of the writer and found Haslett’s take on it very interesting, hence trying his book. So glad I […]

Book Review: The Art of Fiction

A little while ago I went on Curtis Brown’s 6 week online novel writing course. (A bit of CPD that kept me busy for some time and helped me get the oomph back into developing ideas, but in a more structured way to how I’ve previously written.) I would thoroughly recommend the six week Curtis Brown […]

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert: Book Review

I tried this a few months ago after I had been reading a lot of commercial fiction (YA Fantasy generally). I didn’t keep reading because it felt so slow to get into at the time, think Thackery or Dickens, just a bit to much for my current mood. It definitely shows the importance to read […]