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Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris 2) by Jim C. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars From Tiny Acorns, 29 Aug 2014
One of my surprise best reads of the year is Libriomancer by Jim C Hines. A book with such a beguiling premise that it demanded to be read. The idea that there is a coven of magicians who can pull all manner of stuff out from between the covers of a book propelled Libriomancer to the top of my to-be-read pile. Beneath the pulpy cover, vampires and lusty dryads was an intricately conceived and well executed urban fantasy that had considerable depth. It is pretty much a must read for anybody who loves the genre. Libriomancer didn't just lazily reference its influences, it embedded them in the story and enhanced their myths… Read more
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

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