Tag Archives : Books

The Ecliptic


The Ecliptic. 2016. A novel by Benjamin Wood. Imagine an idyllic island off the coast of Turkey. Nestled in the wooded hills, with a splendid view of the ocean, is a secret refuge for artists who have burned out or lost their way. There is no map to help you find it, there are no adverts for its services. Word…

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The Trespasser


The Trespasser A novel by Tana French. 2016.   Tana French works her magic again. The sixth instalment in her Dublin Murder squad series belongs to detective Antoinette Conway. As the only woman in the squad she is the target for daily jibes and jokes. On the surface it appears to be a chuckling, light-hearted disrespect but the behaviour has…

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Horrorstor


Horrorstor, a novel by Grady Hendrix. Quirk Books. 2014. We all know it’s hard to escape from IKEA – and it’s just a store. Orsk on the other hand is an American owned IKEA knock-off. It’s also a store, but this particular outlet was built on the demolished foundations of a 19th century experimental prison where many a prisoner was…

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American Gods


American Gods, a novel by Neil Gaiman. William Morrow, 2001. There’s things you should know. A. Belief makes gods real. B. When believers emigrate to new lands their faith gives birth to new local versions of their gods. C. When the believers perish, the gods remain, forgotten and bitter…but not quite powerless. D. Mr. Wednesday, the American version of Odin, has…

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A Darker Shade of Magic


A Darker Shade of Magic, a novel by V.E. Schwab. TOR Books, 2015. A fascinating multiple worlds story in which four geographically identical earths have developed in radically different ways. They have one thing in common. Each earth has a London in the exact same spot. London, England exists in Grey London, the other Londons exist in different nations with different…

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War Porn


War Porn, a novel by Roy Scranton. SOHO, 2016. This is a brutal book. Yet there is a great vitality to the writing. What it adds to the genre of critical war fiction: a powerful immediate writing style, personal experience ‘on the ground’ and ‘back at home’ (Scranton was a soldier in the invasion before he got his PhD in…

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Brasyl


Brasyl, a novel by Ian McDonald. 2007. Brasyl is a fast paced riff on multiple worlds, what they might mean, and how they might connect. It follows three protagonists in three distinct times. Marcelina Hoffman is a reality TV producer in 2006 Brazil who can’t help scraping the bottom of the barrel. Her latest plan is to find the vanished…

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Mongrels


Mongrels, a novel by Stephen Graham Jones. 2016. A coming of age story about a young boy orphaned to live with his aunt and uncle, who are werewolves. As the title suggests, the werewolves of this world are not majestic lords of the night. They are garbage eaters with boot prints on their flanks. Aunty would like to settle down.…

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A Little Lumpen Novelita


A Little Lumpen Novelita, a novella by Roberto Bolano. 2002. “Now I’m a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime. My brother and I had been orphaned. Somehow that justified everything.” – Roberto Bolano A teenage sister and brother are orphaned after their parents are killed in a car accident. They’re left…

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Barren Cove


Barren Cove, a novel by Ariel S. Winter. 2016. A suicidal early generation robot rents the beach house below an estate and spends his vacation intruding into the tragic life of the owners, a family of sorts that consists of several late generation robots and an aged, bedridden human. The protagonist is torn between admiration and contempt for the new…

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