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My Real Children by Jo Walton
My Real Children by Jo Walton
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now or Never?, 22 Aug 2014
My Real Children is a masterpiece of understated brilliance.

The novel opens with the rambling thoughts of an elderly lady in a care home. Her sense of reality is confused. Stairs misplace themselves, lift doors appear where before there was only wall and did she have three children or four? Is she suffering from dementia, or is this something else? Is she remembering lives that never were, or did both happen?

The book is predicated on a simple 'Sliding Doors' premise. Patty's (rather peculiar) boyfriend asks her to marry him (in extremely unromantic circumstances). What happens if she says 'Now'? What if she says 'Never'?

The two stories then run… Read more
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
4.0 out of 5 stars Word up!, 21 Aug 2014
Here at Robin's Books, titles that revolve around social media seem to be coming more and more prevalent. In the last few months I've read the writer's view, the scary vision of the future for grown ups and the scary vision of the future for young adults. All of these titles ask what exactly are we surrendering by putting so much stock in social networking; are we in danger of becoming homogenised sheep all shuffling after the next trend? If they had a coverall catchphrase it might be 'Think before you… Read more
Our Lady of the Streets (The Skyscraper Throne) by Tom Pollock
4.0 out of 5 stars Scaffwolves of London, 21 Aug 2014
The Skyscraper Throne trilogy is a fascinating series created by a one of the genre's finest new talents. Tom Pollock's inventiveness is astounding. His grimy London is filled with magical creatures, ghost trains and tower cranes; even the streets themselves rise up. When one of the major players in a novel continually and convincingly recreates itself from the rubbish and detritus of the city, you know you're reading something pretty special.

My opinion was divided on the opening two novels. Whilst impressed by Pollock's creativity in book 1, The City's Son, I felt he'd thrown too many ingredients into the pot, making… Read more

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