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Shtum
Shtum
by Jem Lester
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and raw, but you'll be so glad that you read it., 19 April 2016
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A terrific book. I love the fact that we're taken on an uncomfortable journey with such honesty. Moving, funny and life-affirming.


The Art of Staying Dead
The Art of Staying Dead
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pacy thriller with a rich seam of laconic humour, 15 April 2016
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This book is action packed from the start. The first chapter sees Sam Williams involved in a prison riot, which he manages to get out of.
He then encounters resistance to his recollection of events. The situation spirals out of control and his whole life is turned upside down as he's caught up in the aftermath.
As well as a superb story, the voice of Sam is clear and distinctive, adding a layer of wise-cracking fun to the whole novel.
Read this now, it's a brilliant journey and Sam is a wonderful companion.


The Killing of Bobbi Lomax
The Killing of Bobbi Lomax
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Elmore Leonard, form an orderly queue!, 9 Jan. 2016
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What a treat this is, for so many reasons.
The characters are fascinating. We have two strands. The cop strand follows Marty and Al as they try to understand the reason for a series of bomb attacks in Abraham City. The path they follow puts them directly in conflict with their boss and the all-powerful “faith” whose brand of religion rules the town with a mixture of tradition, nepotism and fear.
The other strand follows Houseman, who is busy building a secret alter ego. This is such fun to follow. Each problem that he encounters he overcomes with his endless ingenuity and diligence.
The two plot strands are clearly on a collision course, and we gradually uncover how that will happen, although there are surprises right up to the end.
The style of writing is the biggest treat of all. Evoking Elmore Leonard there is “just enough dialogue” written in chatty fragments. Not a single line is wasted.
As a bonus, I feel as though I have learned quite a bit about forgery, collecting and US small town religious fervour.


Where the Dead Walk: A Supernatural Suspense Thriller
Where the Dead Walk: A Supernatural Suspense Thriller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to care about, 29 Dec. 2015
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The haunted house mystery is the centre of the plot. Who haunts it? What happened to put them there? What do they want?
The layers of the story unfold gradually. We follow Kate’s journey. She’s had plenty of bad experiences before now, even leading her to think that she might be cursed. In spite of all that she’s built a successful career, hosting a TV show about paranormal activity.
They come across a house that affects Kate deeply. It may be genuinely haunted, and by someone who understands Kate’s mysterious past. Those who care about her urge her to stay away, but she is drawn to the house and its charismatic owner, Sebastian.
The suspense builds in each chapter, as we learn more about what’s going on. We follow the characters and get an insight into their motivations, but we don’t uncover the whole truth until the dramatic end. A great book that can still surprise you, even after you think you’ve figured it all out!


The Curse of Besti Bori: Volume 2 (Nephos)
The Curse of Besti Bori: Volume 2 (Nephos)
by Simon Fairbanks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Escape from New York with kickass fairies, 4 Dec. 2015
It's an absolute delight to explore another part of Simon Fairbanks' Nephos, the fantasy world above the clouds.
This time, there's a lawless wilderness that nobody's allowed to enter or leave, until an accident strands one of the Sheriffs right in the midst of it.
The rescue team is assembled, and it's headed up by Sheriff Shaula who is known to be a maverick.
She doesn't want any help, but she's given some anyway.
Thrillingly, her helpers include a team of crack warrior fairies.
The relationships between the team members are a delight.There is bickering, banter and a dangerous love triangle.
Will Shaula find the stranded Sheriff Baran before he's killed by the resident monsters, or will her team simply tear itself apart?
Read the book to find out, and be prepared for an exhilerating ride.


C90
C90
Price: £1.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to 1990's youth, 17 Oct. 2015
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If you enjoyed Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity then you’ll find much that resonates within this charming story of a young man dealing with two stages of his life.
Side 1 sees him wrestling with the track choices for a mix tape for the girl of his dreams. Against the backdrop of his school career in the 1990s we experience the highs and the lows of a shy but smart boy trying to fit in with the world.
Side 2 sees that boy in full time employment. He’s making another mix tape, and his music choices are by now even more esoteric. What of his life though? Can he fulfil any of his dreams or will he be held back by his own inner demons? It will only take you around 90 minutes’ reading time to find out.


Furnace
Furnace
Price: £4.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I want from a horror novel, 15 Oct. 2015
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This has everything I want from a horror story.
It’s got an atmosphere of creeping fear that stays with you for days afterwards.
It’s got characters that are rich and complex; the protagonist, Josh, says horrible things to his pregnant wife in the heat of an argument and makes foolish decisions in his subsequent pain, but ultimately we’re rooting for him as he realises what horrors he faces.
Finally it comes with a glimpse into a culture that is unfamiliar and fascinating. It seems to be a trademark of Muriel Gray’s novels that she enjoys the challenge of taking us somewhere unusual. In the same way that we were immersed in the world of native Canadians in The Trickster, we are introduced to the subculture of US truckers. Every detail is rich and believable.
Do read this book, it’s masterfully crafted and incredibly compelling.


The Trickster
The Trickster
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely unputdownable, 24 Sept. 2015
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A series of gruesome deaths take place in an isolated ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. The local native Indian population comes under much suspicion, and these people, their history, culture and other people’s attitude to them is a large part of what makes the book so fascinating. Sam Hunt was brought up on the reserve, but has spent his adult life trying to distance himself from his background. We learn, alongside Sam himself, why he can’t afford to do that. The book takes us on a wonderful ride, which switches back and forth between the present day and events surrounding the coming of the railroad, when the same ancient evil was unleashed.


Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident
Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident
Price: £1.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Gold, 28 Aug. 2015
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Carpet Diem is an absolute hoot. It features an actual carpet as the MacGuffin, the thing that everyone wants, but that isn’t the most enjoyable thing about this book. The characters and the situations are the most enjoyable thing. Aunt Harriet steals the show. An overbearing great aunt is fun to begin with, but when she is transformed into a much younger woman with a fantastic body, she becomes a marvellous seam of comedy gold as she strives to fit in as much pleasure and outrage as she can before she has to give it back. Superb story, I'd like to read more.


The Realt
The Realt
Price: £8.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world you'll want to return to, 25 May 2015
This review is from: The Realt (Kindle Edition)
Tourmaline the novel introduced Tourmaline the world, which is where we go when we dream. It’s a world where people live their lives when we’re not interfering, and it can cause quite a disturbance if dreamers from our world summon up wild, outlandish scenarios, so there is an organisation whose job it is to keep the peace. If you’ve read Tourmaline you’ll know that the peace gets well and truly shattered.
The Realt builds upon the events in the first book, and we learn much more about the connections between the two worlds. At the centre of it all is a love story, but boy meets girl is confounded in so many ways when they are either side of an impossible divide with overwhelming amounts of chaos being caused by various warring factions.
I can’t begin to tell you how much fun exists in the pages of this book. There are the delightful steampunk machines of Tourmaline, where technology lags behind our own world, there are monsters who assimilate Birmingham gangsters, laying waste to familiar landmarks in the city as they go, but above all, there is a thread of humour throughout the whole novel.


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