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This Is The Water
This Is The Water
by Yannick Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Different, perhaps a little challenging, but non the worse for that, 10 Feb. 2016
This review is from: This Is The Water (Paperback)
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A serial killer story revolving around a swimming team this is an intriguing book written in a rarely used tense which gives the whole narrative an interesting, surreal feel, where you are both detached and intimately involved with the narration at the same time. It's a difficult style to pull off but Yannick Murphy does with a fair degree of panache. The suspense is well developed and you cannot help but get drawn into the at times claustrophobic atmosphere of the scenario presented. Different, perhaps a little challenging, but non the worse for that. Well worth a look.


Storm and Stone: Struck
Storm and Stone: Struck
by Joss Stirling
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted YA novel that is great fun, 10 Feb. 2016
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A well crafted YA novel that is great fun working on the premise that there is a boarding school where students go only to undergo some sinister treatment so that they emerge as changed people. So in go two teenage spies to see exactly what is going on... and so the result is a delightful, at times rather manic mash-up of mystery, romance, action thriller and spy story and thoroughly enjoyable it is for all that. Great, escapist caper. Well worth a read.


Gold Fame Citrus
Gold Fame Citrus
by Claire Vaye Watkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely evocative, 10 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Gold Fame Citrus (Hardcover)
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An extremely evocative if at times patchy novel in terms of narrative and plot, this is an accomplished and atmospheric dystopian tale that holds the attention well, but it does fall down at times when you get the niggling feeling that what is going on here, is a little bit more style than substance in the storytelling department. That said the prose is at times brilliant, at others borderline pretentious, and as an exercise in scene setting and landscape description, extremely well crafted. There's a lot to enjoy in this novel- it's hardly a rollercoaster ride of thrill, but as a literary experience you end up feeling the better for it.


People of the Great Journey
People of the Great Journey
by O.R. Melling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A quite wonderful, enchanting book, 9 Feb. 2016
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A quite wonderful, enchanting book where the physical and spiritual planes co-mingle and modern perceptions and angst are juxta-positioned with the shadow world of folklore and the supernatural.

The focus is on new age spiritual beliefs and the people and groups who populate the movement and anyone who has had even a cursory experience of such, will recognise much in this finely crafted novel. You are quickly drawn into the dynamics of the group Olwen joins for a week on a remote Scottish isle and I found it a thoroughly absorbing read. It's not a book for everyone- if you are a materialist who believes the universe is one big self-assembled lego set with no room for spiritual matters, you won't find much here- but for the more open-minded there's plenty to enjoy here. Only one niggle- what an appalling cover, doesn't do the book any justice at all. But never mind, look past that and give it a go.


Rocks in the Belly
Rocks in the Belly
by Jon Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Assured, slow burn novel, 9 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Rocks in the Belly (Paperback)
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An intriguing at at times rather dark exercise in existential angst that explores the child-parent relationship in at times affecting detail. The narrative is assured and a slow burn, which means you need to be happy with atmosphere rather than snappy plot weaving but the overall impact is accomplished and such that you'd think the author had a few books under his belt, rather than being his first. Worth a look.


The Hanging Girl (Department Q 6)
The Hanging Girl (Department Q 6)
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and chilling, 9 Feb. 2016
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A doorstep of a novel that's another installment of Adler-Olsen's acclaimed Department Q series of books, and a worthy addition it is too. The book takes it's time to tell it's tale but that's not really a problem, as this is part of an on-going saga where a range of characters interact and develop through interlinked past cases and events so in many ways it works like another installment of a TV series as much as anything else. The flip side of that of course, means it's probably best if you are new to Department Q to go back and start at the beginning for the full-on experience and you'll find a slow-burning but rewarding read with a range of well-drawn, complex characters charting their way through an atmospheric and chilling in more ways than one Danish landscape. Well worth a try.


Beyond
Beyond
by Graham Mcnamee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great spooky romp of a read, 9 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Beyond (Paperback)
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A great spooky romp of a read. Aimed at a YA audience, but as with so many books in this genre these days, can be enjoyably read by any older age groups. I for one being one of those oldies, thoroughly enjoyed it- very entertaining, rather creepy and well worth a look.


True Tales of Scientists  Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack
True Tales of Scientists Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £50.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A very good teacher resource, 8 Feb. 2016
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A very good teacher resource with a CD-ROM that includes a wealth of printable material. It's the companion book to the True Tales of Scientists Reading Book so not much use without the latter of course, but as a back up teaching aid and a good guide for marking/assessing the activities in the core book, it's excellent.


New 2015 A-Level Economics: Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice
New 2015 A-Level Economics: Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.11

4.0 out of 5 stars An essential aid for the study/revision bookshelf, 8 Feb. 2016
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An essential aid for the study/revision bookshelf for those studying A level at Years 1 and AS. Up to date and excellent value for the assistance the student and parent or tutor gets from it. A good size to keep handy on the move as well with plenty of lively narrative and illustrations that relays the necessary detail and guidance with verve, but the minimum of fuss.


New 2015 A-Level Economics: Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
New 2015 A-Level Economics: Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.43

4.0 out of 5 stars An essential aid for the study/revision bookshelf, 8 Feb. 2016
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An essential aid for the study/revision bookshelf. Up to date and excellent value for the assistance both the student and parent or tutor gets from it. A good size to keep handy on the move as well with plenty of lively narrative and illustrations that relays the necessary detail and guidance with verve, but the minimum of fuss. Definitely recommend.


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